[insert stack photo] But wait! Didn’t your AppleBlossom start Third Grade in the fall of 2016?! Well yes, but in the February following, we kinda started over. So she is currently third grade, she is currently still seven-years-old, or at least she will be for one more month eight. Oi! She will turn nine in the summer. We really found ourselves to be unhappy with the overall scheduling of the Veritas Press Scholars Academy Homeschool Diploma Program and only satisfied with a few of the curriculum choices. Therefore, we kept what we liked and kicked the rest to the curb. (Note: We love materials published by Veritas Press!) About AppleBlossom’s progress… Finally, when I gave myself permission to quit we jumped back to what we love, namely that of Memoria Press. So onward with 3M (or what is known as the homeschool moderated track based off of the Highlands Latin. . .
Today I stumbled across an old forum post that I wrote about this time last year. I hope I’m not too late to join the party! The Princess, is my “spirited” four year old. Night and day scholastic comparison to her sister (my six year old accelerated student, finishing second grade) so it is quite the adventure to try to understand her. We have been using Preschool, then SC:A-C. With the older, it was checkbox it all and keep trekking. With the Princess, we have two good days and then she refuses it all and prefers disruption and drama. I’ve given up on structure with her for now. We pick and choose from the read aloud lists on the levels I mentioned. She also is working on the A-I workbooks after the other A-D series also from R&S in addition to Alphabet Books, Numbers Books, and FSR. She has lost. . .
Memoria Press ~ (http://www.memoriapress.com/) is a long-standing favorite of the Creative Madness Mama homeschooling household. Most recently we have been blessed by the TOS Crew to review their very popular D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set which includes a consumable Student Guide, non-consumable Teacher’s Guide, and cardstock Flashcards. To enhance our studies even more we also bought the Audio version of the book, and thus have read it and listened to it multiple times now. Normally, each year I share a review of the entire Classical Core Curriculum from Memoria Press and the D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths set can most easily be found within the Memoria Press Third Grade Classical Core Curriculum in both their new standard as well as their Accelerated Core. (Whether I will be able to review the rest of the core, is still pending.) We thoroughly enjoyed using Junior Kindergarten, as well as, Kindergarten, and First Grade, and Second Grade in the. . .
We are still in the beginning of our homeschool journey, yet for years, I have heard about the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) and their main program Teaching Writing, Structure and Style (TWSS). My SisterL sings their praises and uses the program with her children as well. If you’ve been around my blog at all you know that we are fans of the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum and more recently MP has recommended IEW Bible Heroes Writing Lessons in Structure and Style during the Second Grade year and has even added in IEW Fun and Fascinating Writing Lessons in Structure and Style to the MP Third Grade Curriculum package. *If you are reading this in a feed, you may wish to click through to the blog to be able to see the full details on the books. TWSS is a twelve-hour teaching seminar on DVD (but also available. . .
Earlier this week, I mentioned that my first introduction to a great art program was at a homeschool convention. Something else that I discovered at that convention was the concept of educational music CDs from Maestro Classics, which I’m glad to review and share with you today. Through a few choices, I opted to order Casey at the Bat (recommended for all ages) as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (recommended for ages 4 & up). I came by these choices wanted to enhance our own homeschool studies planned.
“There once lived a very rich king called Midas
who believed that nothing was more precious than gold.”
So begins this imaginative and breathtaking retelling of the myth of the man with the golden touch. When a mysterious stranger offers to reward Midas for a kindness, the king does not hesitate: He wishes that all he touches would turn to gold. To his delight, his wish is granted and he soon sets about transforming his ordinary palace into a place of golden beauty. But to his dismay, when he accidentally turns his beloved daughter into a golden statue, Midas learns that what at first seems a blessing can also become a curse.