After 2 years of not using Sonlight, we are back into using the history and read-aloud titles from their program, this time Eastern Hemisphere’s Core F. We have the IG, but are mostly using our own notebooking pages and activities to accompany these history titles. We are also going to use some of the Student Notebooking Pages from the IG.
History & Geography
- 100 Gateway Cities
- Arabs in the Golden Age
- Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shotgun
- David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer
- Mission to Cathay
- Whatever Happened to Penny Candy
- William Carey: Obliged to Go
- World Book Deluxe DVD
- Selected sections from the Sonlight Eastern Hemisphere Core IG (student notebooking pages)
- Supplementary Activities and Projects – on my Pinterest board
Bible and Character
At almost 11 years old, our daughter is developing her own faith and we’re enjoying watching her interests expand into wanting to learn more about who she is in Christ. Although we are being more intentional now than what we’ve ever been, it’s become less about working through resources, and more about our conversations together, being in environments where she can experience God for herself (like worship services), and putting great books and worship into her hands to encourage her walk. Here’s a few things we have in our home for her:
- Bethel Kids – Come Alive
- Discoverer’s Bible
- Here Comes Heaven – a kids guide to God’s supernatural power (Mike Seth)
- Cobblestone Path Church History Research Journal: The Apostolic and Early Church Ages (Danika Cooley – we love her resources!) -.
We still love the ‘What’s in the Bible’ DVDs, and Rosie Boom’s books on the Gift of Values.
We’ll also be using the Picture Smart Bible (New Testament).
- A Long Walk to Water
- Call it Courage
- Daughter of the Mountains
- The Horse and His Boy
- I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
- Journey to Jo’burg
- The Land I Lost
- Mary Slessor: Forward into Calabar
- The Master Puppeteer
- Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
- Shadow Spinner
- Teresa of Calcutta
- Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
- Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
- Writing with Ease – level 3
- Fix-It Grammar (IEW) – Book 1: The Nose Tree (finish mid-year)
- Fix-It Grammar (IEW) – Book 2: Robin Hood (begin mid-year)
- All Things Fun and Fascinating Writing Lessons (IEW) – used in co-op setting
- Creative Writing Adventure (Stacey Farrell) – we’re going to use this in the second half of the year when we finish WWE Level 3
All readers, including the books we check out from the library, are recorded into a reading log.
- Ali and the Golden Eagle
- Around the World in Eighty Days
- The Big Wave
- Born in the Year of Courage
- Breaking Stalin’s Nose
- God’s Adventurer: Hudson Taylor
- Henry Reed, Inc
- The House of Sixty Fathers
- Just So Stories
- King of the Wind
- The Kite Fighters
- Li Lun, Lad of Courage
- Listening for Lions
- Red Sand, Blue Sky
- Rickshaw Girl
- Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
- The Sherlock Files: The 100 Year Old Secret
- Star of Light
- Water Sky
We picked up ’21 Lessons in 20th Century Music Appreciation’ which we are looking forward to doing!
We still have the full set of ‘See the Light’ art lessons on DVD that we are working through. We’ve also discovered The Thinking Tree journals, and my eldest is loving the All About Horses one at the moment.
As for all the other aspects of ‘fine art’ learning, we’re finding that there is so much else we have on this year, that we’re happy just to pick up books from previous years and look at those again. We also have some fine art printed off and bound into a notebook for when we do picture studies through the year. For now, I think we have enough!
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
What makes us a Charlotte Mason ‘inspired’ homeschool? Have a read of this post on Our Charlotte Mason Homeschool, and these are the principles we mostly follow. Note however, that we aren’t going to use all aspects of a method if they don’t work for us though, so we prefer take a flexible approach as well!
What makes us a Classical ‘leaning’ homechool? Some might say that because we aren’t following the trivuim exactly then we aren’t Classical. However, I like to think we can take the best out of a method and make it work for us. We’re a little Classical in that we’re moving through stage one of learning rules of grammar, spelling, and phonics, also stories of history and literature, and the building blocks of Maths, and so forth. This is setting us up for the next stage of learning, which is developing analytical thinking, and how things fit into a framework. The final stage we aren’t near yet, but is what is known as the ‘rhetoric’ stage. A Classical education is language-focused, and all knowledge is inter-related.
What makes us Eclectic? Quite simply, we are using the aspects of different methods that suit our family. Sometimes we do unit studies and lapbooks that aren’t on our official schedule, or take a delight-directed approach where the children have found something they enjoy learning and we find a way of tailoring our learning accordingly. We don’t plan to become a slave to any particular method or philosophy, as adding that sort of pressure doesn’t help anyone! The idea is, learning is supposed to be enjoyable, and we keep the overall end goal in mind, which is that our children have a rich education and childhood, and are also well-equipped for life in what they chose for themselves to do.