We must make some changes. This is spun from a text I sent to a friend, but I would love more advice from many of you seasoned mamas. Basically without getting too many names involved, where we live we either have to be in an umbrella, or distance learning private school, or with the county. For my oldest, we have chosen to have her in a distance learning private school which was great until they changed all the requirements this year the day before classes officially began. It has been a stressful nightmare. It is no longer homeschool but school at home with crazy busy work and deadlines that just don’t work. My daughter is seven, working mostly at a third grade level in fifth grade math. With certain things she needs a bit more time but can do it. But with their new deadlines it doesn’t matter and no. . .
On Sale Date: March 8, 2016
Hi, my name is Margaret and I’m a book-a-holic. You caught me. I am without excuse a complete bibliophile, a book nerd, collector, and I missed my calling as a classical librarian. One of my utterly favorite things to do since I caught the homeschooling bug is to make book lists. I have book lists for reading aloud. Book lists for required student reading. Book lists for enrichment and unit study purposes. Book lists for taking our studies a bit further. Book lists for entertaining and educating and book lists for just plain escaping into the pages of a story. I am delighted to discover a new book list source! Share your book lists with me! Memoria Press My most appealing book lists come from particular curriculums that I’m in love with. For instance, Memoria Press has never steered me wrong when it comes to books. From Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten,. . .
Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications ~ (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .
This is post that I have honestly been scared to write as I dread the judgement. Okay, so seriously I don’t have a large commenting base on my blog, but I know from numbers and interactions along down the line that people are seeing what I write. It’s here, in email, and feeds through social networks and what-not. But even though I’m sure you’ll probably read this and go on with your day, I still fear the judgement and the “crazy woman” thoughts you’re most likely sending my way. Alas. Yesterday I talked about looking back at our year and what we did. For a large part of things, they worked for us. We’re cancelling out the idea of continuing with Seton Home Study School, but we love everything about Memoria Press Classical Core Curricula that you’ll have to pull the lesson manual from my cold hands… okay, yes yes. . .
If you’ve been reading Creative Madness Mama this week you might have noticed that I recently read and short reviewed The Core. I decided to go back and read The Core after my experience and delight with The Conversation. We are, for the most part, a Classical Christian Educating family. A couple of years ago when a conference came to Memphis I was able to discover Classical Conversations ~ (http://www.ClassicalConversations.com) where I was introduced to their methodology for those studying at home. At that time my daughter was just starting Junior Kindergarten so I wasn’t quite ready to absorb all of the information. Yet since we have enjoyed their Classical Acts & Facts History and Science Cards and plan to get more as the appropriate topics arise. In the years since I have read every book I can get my hands on, on the Classical Christian Education methodology. Thus, when. . .
The last few years I have found myself a member of the free Homeschool Buyers Co-op ~ (http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and have truly enjoyed the resources they have offered and brilliant deals I have discovered through their organization. For a while I have had my eye on their pet project and thus when an opportunity came up to review their program Homeschool Planet for a full year I found myself ecstatic! This is entirely online and is a complete homeschool/life planner and I will have access for one full year. I have become attached. Frankly if I’m online, I’m logging into Homeschool Planet. We have been able to use this program in numerous ways. My favorite and most typical forum to use Homeschool Planet has been on a Linux Ubuntu based laptop running Firefox. However we have successfully used Homeschool Planet through a 3rd generation iPad in Safarai, iMac desktop running iOS. . .
This week has been a blur with our starting of history. Last January we read the first several chapters of The Story of The World: Ancients (SOTW) and then again this March we started over here and there and have read through chapter five and we are enthusiastically discussing all-things ancient Egypt. We’ve watched everything possible on Netflix from King Tut to the mysteries of the Pyramids of Giza to all the fictitious of The Mummy and The Scorpion King sagas. (It appears there maybe a new series added this month of an Egypt lifestyle so I will have to explore that.) We’ve also read more. And experienced Egyptology more. AppleBlossom has started her lessons in the Veritas Press Self-Paced Online Lessons in Old Testament Ancient Egypt (OTAE) and is through Lesson five just having completed her first test. (Thanks to the 50% off sale!!) We’ve snuggled and read the. . .
I have been a huge fan of Apologia Educational Ministries ~ (http://www.Apologia.com) since I was a long-term substitute at the Classical Christian Education private school nearly seven years ago as they use the Apologia science curricula there. Last year I got my first taste with my own children using their Biblical Worldview curricula and this year I’m so excited to share their absolutely brand new Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal which I have blessedly received for review. We are also going at our own pace, with our purchase, using the Exploring Creation Astronomy and the matching Junior Notebooking Journal as well currently. So far every experience with Apologia texts has been incredible, thus I’m not surprised at how amazing I have found the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal to be. When the journal arrived in the mail I found myself to be very excited anticipating the learning opportunities that. . .
If you’re just joining in, you might wish to go read my first two posts about Real-Life Homeschool in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School. On Day 1 I talked about a general hour by hour what’s up schedule, and on Day 2 I shared a library day. Some how I blinked and Wednesday and Thursday were past, but then that’s life around here. Let me think, Wednesday was our first attempt a unit study day and Thursday was a normal day. Today is going to be a 3Rs and unit study day. So… What is a normal or average day for us? (Now this makes me feel like I’m sharing secrets, or something is tucked in after leaving the powder room while people look on. Not sure why, but discussing fully what we try to call school makes me feel like I’m opening myself up for judgement and. . .
Today I was wracking my brain in an effort to decide what to write today. In effect, it is now 12:19 am and I’m typing this on my iPhone after just having nursed the baby boy back sleep. *Note a few things here. 1) I’d love to go to sleep but I’m awake just enough that it’s not gonna happen for a bit. 2) I’d love to put the baby down and actually go type on the laptop (thank you BrotherG!) but reference yesterday’s post on putting down the baby at night… Tangent over, my apologies. Today was a library day. We are a book loving family but we do not typically venture out to the library. It induces a panic feeling in me that books will be lost. My hands always feeling dirty and my years in nursing school haunt me with the ideas if what pathogens I’ve introduced. . .
Today and the days during this week upcoming are special, it is all about Real-Life Homeschool. Because knowing me, you know that everything is always peachy right? For one, we never get sick and have incredible immune systems and energy to jump right in and study the day away! We read multiple books daily and my kids are about ready to become tutors themselves. Okay, now that is farfetched ‘eh? Now, now, before you harass me, stick around this week and get a peek into the Real-Life Homeschool of the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School as we participate in the TOS Blog Crew Blog Hop. Right now for us life includes an eager to learn 5.5 year old super hero AppleBlossom, her semi-shadow princess little 3.5 year old sister OrangeBlossom, and their always smiling mama’s boy baby brother nearing 8.5 months old. I’m holding Almond boy nearly throughout the night. . .
Astronomy is this year’s science subject. We jumped in soon after the new year and I’ve been on the lookout for resources to enhance our studies. What an emense blessing it is to have discovered Visual Learning Systems Digital Science Online! Visual Learning Systems Review
The timing for this review is absolutely provincial. Through the TOS Review Crew, we have been graced with the opportunity to review Visual Learning Systems – (http://www.VisualLearningSys.com). We have been given a full year access to received Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and the Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). What a resource this has proven to be!
Next on our schedule I believe, is Mathematics. Going in, I knew our year with Memoria Press Kindergarten would be great, but I didn’t know what parts were going to help add up to that greatness. One of my biggest surprises was in the math department. The full curriculum package provided by Memoria Press for their Kindergarten Classical Core Curriculum utilizes not only the Numbers Books series from Memoria Press, but also Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1, Part 1 (and the Teacher’s Edition and Practice Sheets). I really wavered on whether or not I would use R&S math or something else, I kept hearing about so many people just substituting in something they already liked. For me personally, I know I liked the higher levels of Saxon math but not the Larson elementary years. I don’t really know anything about Singapore, and we’re not willing to just throw it to. . .
I can hardly believe that my first year is nearly over with my participation with the TOS Review Crew. I have been introduced to some amazing products so far. Today’s review is an eBook that is perfectly appropriate for my beginning journey into the homeschooling world, Preschoolers and Peace ~ (http://PreschoolersandPeace.com/). When AppleBlossom was my only student, things were fairly like clockwork. OrangeBlossom was around, but more on the lap or playing on her own. Now that OrangeBlossom has reached the same age as AppleBlossom was when she started school, but is not quite ready to “sit down” and is doing much better with creative play and learning things have gotten interesting. Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet (e-book) is a good bit of advice and while perfect for my situation, it would be good for mamas of older students. . .
Working with the TOS Review Crew this year has been a neat experience thus so far, especially when I get to learn about companies that I had never heard of before such as Hewitt Homeschooling ~ (http://www.HewittHomeschooling.com/) and I’m delighted now to have discovered them! I was blessed with the opportunity to review the Grade 1 materials. We had many of the book selections in our home library and I’ve since been adding new ones to our purchase lists to buy as we are able and I’m finding some great read aloud choices here. The products I received are physical paperback books for both: Lightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Student WorkbookLightning Literature and Composition: Grade 1 Teacher’s Guide Both books are a hefty paperback with a vibrant purple cover. The interior pages of the Teacher’s Guide are black and white, and the interior pages of the consumable student workbook are full. . .