This week we spent a good twenty minutes developing the schedule for the day. I gave them the subjects, some of which they had already helped me decide on, written on strips of green paper. I described what each lesson entailed so they could see how long or short each one was. They each were given a turn to arrange the subjects how they thought the day would go best, and in an orderly fashion the other two gave feedback. Responding in an "orderly" fashion was the difficult part of the exercise. (smile) In this way we talked through the benefits and disadvantages of each schedule. I was pleased to see they were already in a habit to arrange the work so that the hard work would be done first and then the easier lessons would follow. They also already knew it was best to stagger the work with hard lesson next to easy lessons so that they did not tire before the work was done. All in all it was a good exercise for them to think it all through. Here is the schedule they came up with and followed.
In the end the day went much smoother and quicker because the boys had a mental picture of how it would go, they had a say in the plan, and they owned it. The ownership aspect for them is very motivating, and I have seen them thrive knowing they have this amount of control over their education. As they grow and use it wisely they will be given more.
Bible: We are continuing our reading from 1st Peter over breakfast.
Stories of Faith: Martyrs of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome Audio book.
Mathematics: Everyday Number Stories by Emma Serl.
Aesop Copy Work:
Ancient Greek History: D'Aulier's Book of Greek Myths
Stickers from DK The Ultimate Greece & Rome Sticker Book
We added Mt. Olympus (the home of the gods) to our map.
Science the Study of Insects: The Tale of Kiddie Katydid by Arthur Scott Bailey
Ha ha, Max drew his own thumb!
Geography: Our Little Roman Cousin from Long Ago
Language Arts: We completed our dictation exercise (PLL Lesson #47) and next week we will learning how to write letter. Looks like fun!
Reading Practice: Elson Reader Book Three. As we are getting closer to the end of this reader my mind began to think about what would be next. Although we do own book four it seemed like perhaps the boys would like to pick out a real book of their own to read. I proposed this idea to them and they were very enthusiastic! yeah! So soon the boys will get to have their pick. I am so curious what they will chose. I will put a bottom limit on their choice, nothing easier than this for example but I'll let them shoot as high as they want to. TJ already has a keen interest in Rosemary Sutcliff's book Outcast because he loves the character Beric so much. He is willing to read a page a day until he finishes it. We'll see what the other two decide.
Bedtime Read Aloud: Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
Latin: Chapter 7 of Minimus we are working on reading and translating the dialogue entitled "Do as You're Told!" our grammar points this chapter include the command form of verbs.
Art: Ode to Matisse Mural still in progress.
Music: We have been enjoying Opal Wheeler's book about Robert Schuman.
I hope your week was as delightful as was ours!