Homeschool, 2010-2011

August 9, 2010

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1:35 pm. It’s quiet time.

The kids are in their beds writing in their journals and reading books.

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Creative Commons License photo credit: jimmiehomeschoolmom

The 12 year old has done vocabulary (he’s studying Latin and Greek root words) and sign language.

The 9 year old did math, language arts and reading. He helped his little sister with regrouping.

The 7 year old has completed her science, math and reading work.

The almost 5 year old practiced her letters and recited from memory “read” two books to me (ahem).

We haven’t done history yet (which we do altogether as a group), because I’m waiting for our history curriculum to arrive in the mail.

We read a chapter of the Bible together and discussed it.

We even managed to squeeze in grocery shopping.

Did I mention how much I love homeschooling?

A couple of things we’re doing differently this year:

I’ve been reading about Charlotte Mason and her educational philosophies, and I like what I’m learning. I’m adapting a few of her methods to our homeschool day. We’ll try it on for size and see how it works for us. I like the idea of short, ultra focused lessons that last 20 minutes. I like the idea of dictation, something we haven’t done before.

Are you doing anything new this year?

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10 Responses to “Homeschool, 2010-2011”

  1. Emily on August 9th, 2010 5:20 pm

    I’ve joined a local homeschooling playgroup. Even though DS is only 3.5yo, I was craving being around other like-minded mommies (I live in a ‘burb where private preschools are THE thing to do with your 3-5yo’s.)

    I’m getting the adult conversation I need, and DS is finally learning how to play w/other kids.

    I like Charlotte Mason, too, although my educational philosophy tends to be a little more relaxed.

    PS–Glad all is well with your New Addition! :)

  2. Julie Vigansky on August 13th, 2010 9:24 am

    I am a mother of 4, our eldest is 7 and the youngest is 3. My question is, any good ideas for daily homeschool scheduling for all of them?

  3. carrie on August 13th, 2010 12:37 pm

    @Julie that is probably one of the toughest things about homeschooling. I wrote a bit about that here: and here:

    Doing some subjects together (like history and science) makes sense for us.

  4. Casual Friday Every Day on August 14th, 2010 2:46 pm

    So are they all being homeschooled this year? If yes, I’d love to know why you decided to do that again.


  5. carrie on August 15th, 2010 9:03 am

    @Nell – yes (with the exception of my stepdaughter) they are all being homeschooled. I just love homeschooling!

  6. Casual Friday Every Day on August 15th, 2010 11:11 am

    That is great! Nicky asked me again this year to be homeschooled but I would be a terrible teacher this year while I fight to get well. I’m considering it for next year, should I be 100% healthy, if he still wants to.


  7. elizabeth ashe on August 20th, 2010 6:53 pm

    Any new curriculum that you are using this year, I would love some recommendations.

  8. carrie on August 23rd, 2010 12:44 pm

    @Elizabeth, I have been creating my own curriculum for years. I like the control of not being boxed in and limited. For history we love the Susan Wise Bauer books, but for everything else we pick and choose from things we find at bookstores, online (eBay, Craigslist), thrift stores, and for free online. This also keeps costs much lower.

  9. elizabeth ashe on August 24th, 2010 8:58 am

    Thanks Carrie!

  10. Mindy on September 3rd, 2010 11:33 pm

    Hi Carrie,
    Great to hear that you are homeschooling again! Mid-way through last year we started Classical Conversations Foundations with my 2 youngest at home. I was already trying to homeschool classically. Classical Conversations took a lot of the planning workload off me. The kids enjoy it and so do I.

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