While you are waiting for me to post more on homeschooling, I thought I'd give you an overview of what the little guy is doing.....

So I took a picture of my planning area today where I spent time writing in plans for next week (using plans from the Ambleside Week 8 to guide me)

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and  my lesson plan book.

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Here are the materials we will be using next week if all goes well!

Bible, Religious Studies and Habit Training
Bible, Religious Studies and Habit Training
Nature Study
Nature Study
Language: Reading and Writing
Language: Reading and Writing
Literature
Literature
Math
Math
History
History
Artist/Picture Study
Artist/Picture Study

 

There it is! Most of the materials we will be using during week 8 of Year One using Ambleside as a guide.  If you have any questions from the photos as you wait for more homeschooling posts to come, drop by and let me know in the comment section!  Have a great week!

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"If you want children to speak and write good language, then they need to hear beautiful language in their stories."  ~ Gladys Hunt (Honey For A Child's Heart)

This quote resonates for me and I totally believe it.  We must read good, quality books to our children filled with beautiful language.  I choose the books I read to my son very carefully.  That's not to say he doesn't get to pick a few out on his own at the library and some are bound to be simplistic language because, at age 3, face it - he's judging books by the covers and the bright illustrations and characters - not always quality.  Don't get me wrong.  I think those books are important too because they add to his imagination and capture his interest - but they are not the quality books I would select.  My favorites are  the classics: Beatrix Potter and A. A. Milne are major examples~ we read from these several times a week at least!

My time spent learning the ins and outs of the current children's writing business though fill me with anxiety at times when I read that current trends in publishing say that most editors will not accept anything over a 500 word count for a picture book.   What would Beatrix Potter, A. A. Milne and Elizabeth Wilson (author of my favorite childhood picture book - The Causal Observer) have done with such a limitation to their word count?  How does one write such a sweet tale full of beautiful language with such a limit?  It's frustrating.... but I shall persevere!  (but would also love some encouragement!)

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • This is day 6 of our Whole30....not too bad so far...except grocery shopping (everyone walking around with their Lattes!) and I miss my chocolate.... 🙁
  • I need to do better at Freezer Cooking (cooking in batches and freezing a few so as to save kitchen time).
  • All this time writing is starting to have its toll on my house....  more clutter, more things left unfinished...  ;(
  • I am proud that today marks my 177th post!  Thank you to all my faithful followers and to all my new ones too!
  • I'm doing well with my Lenten Reading and am looking forward to the first Pre-sanctified Liturgy this upcoming Wednesday.  How are you doing with your Lenten Season?
  • I am looking forward to SUNSHINE and Spring Flowers!  Who is with me?