Homeschool Edition! Mid-year thoughts!! Link backs: Previous Curriculum Choices Favorite Curriculum Choices (2014) PreK3 (2012) K4 Curriculum (2013-2014) K4.5 and Tot School (Spring 2014) K5 and PreK3 (Fall 2014) PreK3 Curriculum and Tot School (2014-2015) K5 Curriculum (2014-2015) K5/1st Grade Curriculum and Tot School (Looking Back at 2014-2015) 1st/2nd Grade Curriculum (2015-2016) Hmm… so it would seem that I have missed a post or two of updating you on our curriculum choices. Life must have gotten carried away, plus we’ve had a bit of a virus filled year. Although, right now things are looking up! You might recall when AppleBlossom was five-years-old I wanted to do a Kindergarten (K5) year. We went for two First Grade curriculums hoping they would span two years. However, she completed the entirety of Seton Home Study School First Grade Curriculum AND Memoria Press First Grade Classical Core Curriculum. So when age six came around,. . .
Frontier Girls… What will we learn about next? This is a newsletter to the events of what’s going on in the Creative Madness Mama Blossom School Frontier Girls Pioneer Troop… We are so excited to be starting a new year with our participation in the Frontier Girls as a Pioneer Troop. Now, my six-year-old AppleBlossom has crossed over to participate as an Otter Level this year, while my four-year-old the Princess will continue to increase her skills and badges earned as a Penguin Level again this year. In our round-up for the Penguin Level and the last year AppleBlossom earned 167 badges and the Princess earned 32 badges. However, in still trying to figure out a way to award them (as we don’t have the budget to buy every badge earned, much less the space on a vest!) we bought some of their proudest moments in badge form – the ones. . .
Homeschool Edition! Homeschool is our way of life Technically as far as schedules go we should really be starting school the day after Labor Day, but with new review products arriving, sale prices of online curriculum, and my daughter’s begging to do the next thing – we went a head and jumped in and started the week as the birthdays went by. That seems to be a pretty good plan for us. Summer between the birthdays – that gives us mid-July to mid-August to read and IXL [review] our way through a short summer. Otherwise… I’d say we school year round briefly following with the general idea of VPSA, Highlands Latin School, and keeping in mind the local school schedules (avoid the museums on spring break etc!). This week in our Preschool I’m really going to have to work on this. All those emails and blog posts I ignored over. . .
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. . .
This has been a hectic year. This has been an amazing year. I had a baby. I blogged books, quilts, cross stitch, and homeschool stuff. I also taught a combination of Tot School and K5/1st Grade. I found some new things to love, and I discovered some things that just weren’t an appropriate fit. Love! (Backlinks of joy) Memoria Press First Grade (Advice) Memoria Press First Start Reading (Phonics) Memoria Press Kindergarten (Series) Creative Madness Mama Blossom School on a Normal Day Logic of English Foundations Lightning Literature 2014-2015 Wrap Up Blog Hop Landing Page (Visit other bloggers!) Last year, the curriculum that I chose was suppose to take AppleBlossom two years to complete. It was suppose to be K5 that merged into 1st Grade as time went on. However, she finished all of the First Grade materials, or is very nearly so through with them as of now. She. . .
So, VBS nursery duty. Wednesday sick kid exposure. Friday, sick baby Rascal (aka Almond). Sunday, sick Princess (aka OrangeBlossom). Wednesday, sick AppleBlossom. Saturday, sick mama. *sigh*
Fevers are pretty much gone. No more fever reducers or honey-cough needed much. AppleBlossom is having some pretty bad waking up with painful coughing (drainage and such) so we’ve given her a bit more there. But otherwise I’m toughing it out and dealing with three kids with runny noses and my own sore throat feeling.
We will survive. Eventually.
And in the meanwhile, since she’s no longer fevered, we’ve jumped back into schoolwork. We are trying to get some stuff done from the last year and have made some interesting decisions for the up coming year on curriculum and such. More details, if you’re interested…
Update: Now all three kiddos are fevered, runny nose, and irritable. It’s a lovely day. Storming and pouring down rain too.
Last week was VBS at our church. I was in the nursery watching workers kiddos including my own 11 month old Rascal. On Wednesday, day 3, a child had a non-stop faucet or clear runny nose and a faint cough. On Thursday, day 4, a second child had a repetitive cough. On Friday, the day after VBS ended my Rascal had a runny nose, and by evening a cough.
Now, days later he has a horrid congested cough. Runny nose with no end, and is just a clinging whimpering mess. He had two days of a moderately high fever topping out at 103.9 one night. Now he’s steady at 99.9. A few days ago, I watched in near slow motion horror as OrangeBlossom in her three year old loving self kissed him on his clear wet nose. As of last night she is following in full symptoms currently sporting a 103.5 fever. But her attitude is still good as long as it’s not night. I did not like the sound of a croupe cough last night, I hope that was just a fluke of congestion. I really don’t want to repeat that with another child after experiencing it so much with AppleBlossom.
Any advice for someone about to start Memoria Press First Grade? I love Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum, I truly do. I’m impressed with everything they’ve put together and their Enrichment is my favorite part of how it all meshes together. We have spent the last year working our way through Memoria Press First Grade from their Classical Core Curriculum. It’s shocking, because I feel like I was just finishing up my reviews from our year in Kindergarten. We started with Junior Kindergarten, then Kindergarten, and then First Grade, and I’ve already started plotting my fall with Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum Second Grade. We are that impressed that I just keep coming back for more and recommending it to anyone who asks. Truly, I could go on for hours. It is based on years of research, that Memoria Press is able to offer classical curriculum for homeschool families. After. . .
*I originally wrote this to be part of my Real-life Homeschool Blog Hop a few weeks ago, but never organized myself enough to insert the pictures until now. Oops. I’m still missing a few, but I hope to insert them as we find them. During the month of March we knew we were headed ‘home’ to Georgia we decided that along the route of a road trip we’d stop in and spend a day at the U.S. Space Center & Museum in Huntsville. It’s about a halfway point and made for a decent drive on both days with a fun hotel say in between. Our goal was the U.S. Space Center & Museum (http://rocketcenter.com), but we also made an afternoon out of the Sci-Quest (http://sci-quest.org) Children’s Museum as well. Both the Enginerd and I have childhood memories of playful days in children’s science museums and thus we were eager and. . .