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Homeschool Journal | March 2017

In my life this month…

My currently post sums up my life this past month.

This month brings spring soccer which is my husband's busiest work season. On top of programming, referring games, and managing coaches, refs, and volunteers, he will also be coaching Eliana's team. Bo is doing Little Kickers on Fridays, and Malachi is doing the Jr. High league.

In our homeschool this month…

In short, school is going well, our days are productive, and I feel good about what we are accomplishing.

At length, 

I pulled out Core A for Bo for 1st grade this coming school year, and Luke read Boxcar Children and Dolphin Adventure to him. Dolphin Treasure is in progress.

Eliana is reading The Betsy-Tacy Treasury. Malachi is reading Shepherd, Potter, Spy and the Star Namer (for review).

We finished The First Four Years, and since we are delaying Farmer Boy until summer, we are done with The Prairie Primer for now. So I'm reading Little Britches for our read-aloud and picked up where we left off in American History with A Child's First Book of American History.

Malachi has been working like crazy to finish Veritas Press 1815 to Present, and he wrapped it up this week. I sat in on a few lessons, and he learned (and remembered) so much more than I would have expected. I've never required my kids to memorize names and dates (something I am terrible at), but I love that he knows so much more than I do. He finished with what I thought was a week to spare, but came to find out that he had another month. Oops.

We are currently working in Student Writing Intensive Level A, wrote our first report, and then completed Lesson 13 this week where we reviewed style techniques, banned a few more words, introduced Sentence Opener #2, and practiced report writing a little more by writing a paragraph about loons.

We have 3 lessons left, so we will take one more week practicing summarizing from multiple references by using the Dolphins Mini-Books from TWSS (Teaching Writing Structure and Style). This means we will choose a topic and find interesting or important information from three sources, take notes in a keyword outline format for each source, and then create one fused outline to write a paragraph from, adding in the style techniques we have learned so far.

We are really loving this program, so I applied to become an affiliate for IEW and was accepted. I waited this long to apply because I really wanted to make sure I loved it enough to stick with it, and I'm thrilled to say that I do.

Eliana and Bo both completed Times Tables the Fun Way this past month and both have improved their speed since. I will have them review once a week until our subscription runs out.

Malachi finished LOF Fractions and started LOF Decimals and Percents. I am reading the chapters to him, working through the OYOs together, and then he is doing the Bridges on his own. I'll be honest - I forgot what I loved about Fred. I used it exclusively from Fractions to Geometry with my oldest, and we never did math again. We did Fred. I'm still considering TT though because I promised myself I would consider it when we got to Pre-Algebra. I wouldn't mind doing both at this point.

Eliana is happily plugging along in MLLE 4. She has completed 12 lessons in All About Spelling 4 and graduated from All About Reading this week by finishing Level 4. (Good job, Elli!)

Bo had no interest in finishing MUS Beta, so I pulled up Math Lessons for a Living Education (MLLE) and printed from where we left off in Beta which was about half way through MLLE Book 2. We reviewed simple subtraction and addition with carrying to the ten's place, and introduced subtraction with borrowing from the ten's place. Then we reviewed time, writing money, shapes, true fractions, and place value to thousands. Finally, we worked on adding and subtracting double digits, time to minutes, and reading temperature which wraps up Book 2. (I didn't print all the pages - just what I felt Bo needed, and I paid him one Lily's Milk Chocolate Square - stevia sweetened so no sugar, per page to motivate him.) What's cool though, is that when we started subtraction again, the MUS method of adding up to subtract clicked with him and he has been using it since. I'm not sure what I will do with him next, but I'm considering MLLE3 or TT3.

We are reviewing Creating a Masterpiece and having fun with it.

Bo is also working in Eclectic Foundations Level B (review coming soon) and plugging along in All About Reading 1.

My favorite thing this month…

Spring is coming and Jordan turns 21. I'm excited for sunshine and fresh air, and Jordan's birthday is always a reminder of how long I've been a mom. ♥

What’s working for us…

The kids and I have been regularly making omelettes. We usually make veggie omelettes with fermented salsa, organic green olives, organic sautéed kale, and shredded colby jack or pepper jack cheese, but we often add in beef bacon or grilled chicken or steak. Since we are not eating grains, omelettes have been a wonderful and inexpensive filler with the incredible, edible, and very nutritious egg. We also make dessert crepes with homemade fruit compote made with stevia instead of sugar. Eliana is just as good as I am at making them now!

Since we've been off sugar, Bo is eating so much better. Before, all he wanted was toast and cereal, and would occasionally eat an egg, but he wouldn't eat meat. Now, he'll eat steak and veggies like kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, and peas, and he eats eggs daily.

We are trying to eat more veggies than fruits, but we really love homemade "Orange Julius" smoothies made with oranges, frozen bananas, raw milk, and raw egg. We were using kefir which gave it a tart flavor, but I let my last batch culture too long and it molded, so I had to pitch it. To limit the fruit in the smoothie, I add Young Living orange essential oil (Vitality oils are edible) and a sprinkle of organic citric acid to make it tart, and then I sweeten it with a doonk or two of stevia. So good!

Homeschool thoughts I have…

I have given Morning Basket much thought and consideration. I've read blog posts, listened to the podcasts, and poured over other's morning time plans, but have decided that Morning Basket or Morning Time is not for me because the focus on ritual, liturgy, and recitation ultimately does not appeal to me.

We will still read poetry, sing hymns, study art, do handicrafts, study nature, have tea, and read aloud in our homeschool, and they will be included in my planning - but as I am inspired or led by the Spirit.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

One Second Everyday in February (I forgot the whole week of Malachi's birthday, so I used photos instead of video).

On my blog in case you missed it…

Currently | February 2017
Katy and the Big Snow | FI♥AR with Bo
Times Alive | Review

What's going on in your homeschool this month?