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Year 1: highlights from term 1

Even though we are almost at the end of term 2, I thought it might be nice to share with you some highlights from term 1.

Handicraft

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Science
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Reading

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Art

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Building and painting our French house

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Narration highlights taken from end of term exam

Q: Tell me about your favorite Aesop’s Fable

A: The wolf and the kid. A kid thought she was an adult and so when the mum called he kept in chewing grass and when he went he saw the wolf that he didn’t want so he asked him to play his flute and then all the dogs came and saved him from the wolf. And, do not let anything turn you from your purpose.

Q: What is one of your favorite pieces from our composer study this term? (We studied Debussy)

A: Suite Bergamasque Prelude. I like that its smooth and sounds nice. It’s sounds like your playing a mixture slowly into a ball.

Q: What instruments were used?

A: I think it’s a piano.

Q: Tell me about St Alban

A: St Alban was not a Christian and he lived in a little home and Romans came to kill Christians. And one Christian came to him and the soldiers didn’t know that they were there until one day and St Alban put his coat over the Christian and the Christians coat over him and he got tied up and brought to the priest and he threw off his coat and he was like brought to the… And he was asked some questions, which I can’t remember the questions and he was brought to a mountain and he found some water and he drank some and the soldier threw away his sword because he knew he hadn’t done anything wrong. Isn’t that right? And the priest cut off Albans head as well as the soldiers and then they buried him on that mountain and called him St Alban and put a church on that same spot. Made a church that was his and after a few years it broke and they made another one. That stayed there for a while and it’s still there today.

Well that’s it. Just a few highlights from term 1, our first term homeschooling here in Florida. What have been some highlights for you?

What Does Our Homeschool Look Like? – Our Schedule (Year 1)

A couple of weeks ago I shared our year 1 Booklist.
I thought perhaps it may be helpful to see how I have scheduled out our homeschool week. I have used Week 9 from the Ambleside Online weekly schedule which we follow, as a sample week, with the additional work which we actually did do in week 9, to hopefully make the schedule more meaningful.

So here it is:

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This schedule is pretty fluid. We don’t always do each subject in this exact order. Depending on what else is going on in life, we may switch the days on which certain subjects are done. But that’s one of the many joys of homeschooling, right? I don’t want a schedule to get in the way of the many educational opportunities that occur naturally everyday.

Even though I don’t always keep to exactly what’s here, all the work is completed by the end of the week. Well, almost all of it. I have been terrible at doing much with handicrafts. I need to be better organised. And while the goal for bible is to read a few verses everyday from an historical book and have daughter narrate, the reality is it often gets dropped off the schedule, and, to my shame, is really only once a week at the moment. This bible reading is not our family devotion time (which dear husband leads faithfully each night at the dinner table), but is in addition to our family devotion time. Just thinking about it now, perhaps every day is not necessary anyway, since devotions are everyday. Hmmm…I’ll have to think on that one.

Anyway, this is how it is at the moment. Hope it’s useful.

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