Laughing at myself – curriculum thoughts

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. . .

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New stitchy stations #xstitch

Overall I’m very content with my new portable stitching station. A few dents and dings but got it at a very decent price from IKEA. The Enginerd even bought me a blanket to match! #xstitch #stitchmaynia #stitchfromstash2017 #YearofMagicalStitching #fantasydyedfabrics #dmcfloss from Instagram:

March Stitchy Update #WIP #xstitch

Here are my stitches for March. I didn’t quite keep up with photos as well as I should. In the bottom row, there are two new fabric stashqusitions. One will be for Andromeda and the other for Mermaid Heaven. #stitchfromstash2017 #stitchmaynia #xstitch #crossstitch #march #2017 #xstitching #xstitchersofinstagram #pointdecroix #flosstube from Instagram:

Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set (Memoria Press) {Review}

Do you even have to ask to know that this Creative Madness Mama absolutely adores materials from the people behind Memoria Press? In addition to teaching my own children on their level, I am also slowly working myself through the upper levels of material in continuing my own Classical Christian Education. Right now, I am delighted to have started a portion of the eighth grade Classical History curriculum. Thanks to the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, I am able to review Iliad & Odyssey Complete Set, a set of The Iliad & The Odyssey curriculum from Memoria Press which makes up the plans for Classical History in the second semester of a planned eighth grade year. What is in the complete set? Our box arrived, and knowing the Memoria Press logo, my third grade daughter was ecstatic. We opened it up and while I was trying to explain to her. . .

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The Littlest Mermaid at school…

How do you confine a non-interested princess to sit and read? Put her in a non-mobile mermaid blanket where she must stay put with a pile of literary material. #amreading #homeschool #kindergarten #harpercollins #childrensbooks #crochet #needlecraft #craftblogger #grandmaisthebest from Instagram:

The Raven Queen #WIP #xstitch

I’ve been working on The Raven Queen for the last three days. She is the perfect #wip for M is for Mirabilia and Color a Day Aquamarine. #craftblogger #needlecraft #crossstitch #xstitch #xstitching #xstitchersofinstagram #pointdecroix #flosstube #aquamarine #stitchmaynia #stitchfromstash2017 #2016starts #mirabilia #noracorbett #theravenqueen #sunnydyesfabrics from Instagram:

Greek Myths and the Iliad in our current school days…

What is this pregnant mama doing this morning? I’m studying the Iliad and sharing the adventure with my daughter who is collecting her D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths workbooks, at the time of this photo. #memoriapress #memoriapresseighthgrade #memoriapressthirdgrade #memoriapressfourthgrade #classicalchristianeducation #hsreviews #iliad #homer #homeschool #blackshipsbeforetroy #3rdgrade #8thgrade #greekmythology #ancientgreece from Instagram:

Planning Ahead & Changes (Spring 2017)

What do you think it is about February that gets the brain thinking ahead toward the next school year? While this post is intended to be a planning ahead details for what we will do in the next school year, at the same time, I suppose, it is also a what’s up from what’s working and what’s not from the current school year. Hmm… or maybe this should be two posts? I guess I will just start typing and see how things work out in the end. The 2016-2017 school year for us included an advanced seven-year-old book loving third grader and a spirited attention-span of a butterfly fresh kindergartener with not a lick of interest in school. While we started enrolled in a partially online, partially at-home, distance-learning style accredited program – the entire experience was abysmal. Veritas Press, the publisher, has awesome curricula and we will continue to buy. . .

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Memoria Press Second Grade {Review – Part I}

In 2011, I added a second child to the mix and my toddler was antsy to get more attention in addition to being a little mama. We dabbled a bit with a book box curriculum of good nursery readers, however, it was in 2012-2013 that our Memoria Press adventure started. At the age of three, my book loving daughter started in on our K3 Junior Kindergarten with an extremely wonderful year that we still look back on with extremely fond memories. In 2013-2014, it was our K4 year and our curriculum was the Memoria Press Classical Core Curriculum for Kindergarten. In 2014, I added a third child to the mix. At this time, my next toddler was not ready for anything officially school related and she continue to tag along in read alouds and child play becoming the princess she is today. Around this time, Memoria Press started beta releasing their Simply. . .

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Eclectic Foundations Language Arts (with McGuffey Readers) {Review}

My plotting and planning for homeschooling my kiddos has been years in effort. One of my earliest purchases has been a set of the McGuffey Eclectic Readers. I have them, but we’ve never really had a plan about how to go about using them, that is until now with the addition of Eclectic Foundations Language Arts program to our curriculum pile. Thanks to the blessing of the Homeschool Review Crew, we were blessed with a set of Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level C materials for review. I am utilizing these with my third grade daughter. She is an excellent reader, and reads all the time, but does not like to read aloud to others much at all and this is a skill that I have always planned to use the McGuffey readers to enhance and strengthen. Eclectic Foundations is giving me the tools to do so efficiently! This language arts curriculum is. . .

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January Unicorn #WIP (Lakeside Fantasy SAL) #xstitch

My unicorn is almost complete. 🦄 my spirals are not showing up I’m thinking of a metallic and I’m missing #dmcfloss 800, so I need to substitute. I’m curious about adding beads… #xstitch #xstitchersofinstagram #lakesideneedlecraftsal2016 #fantasy #2016starts #stitchmaynia #flosstube from Instagram: