Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Geography and History

Each week I've been giving you a little glimpse into our homeschooling journey, and today I'm going to share how we tackle geography and history. I knew early on that I wanted to give my girls a global worldview and bought a huge map from IKEA that hangs in our school room. It's quite possibly my favorite thing we have in our house!

Currently I read from our history book and the girls do map work. They either trace the world map, or attempt to draw free-hand. We've been doing this for several years now, and hopefully, after a few more years, they will be able to draw the entire world map with accuracy and detail. This is not a daily activity - we do this 1-3 times a week.

We participate in Classical Conversations which runs in a 3 year cycle. Last year was cycle 1 and it focused on Ancient History (for history) and Africa (for geography), so there was also a lot of map work with Africa.

This year is cycle 2 and we are focused on Medieval History and Europe. In CC they memorize a timeline that covers Creation to present day and takes about 13 minutes to recite. They also memorize weekly history sentences, as well as geographic locations.

At home we do our own thing. Because our curriculum is largely based on read-alouds, I have chosen to use history books that are stories. We started this 5 years ago and went through all 4 volumes of Story of the World which were fantastic. Last year we did nothing, but this year I learned about Genevieve Foster's series. Currently we are reading George Washington's World (because we are all a little obsessed with Hamilton the Musical and it makes sense to capitalize on that interest and learn as much as we can about that time period). I also bought The World of Columbus and Sons because that will correlate with the Medieval time period we are studying in Classical Conversations.

We are loving this series because it takes a familiar, American figure and tells his story, but also looks at everything else going on in the world.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Colors of Autumn ~ Crimson

Just when I think fall can't get anymore does! This week I've been searching for shades of crimson. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

An Afternoon Walk

Seasons can be so fleeting, so when we get a break in the rain and in our schedule, I'm trying to be intentional about getting out and soaking up the beauty of fall. I wish the camera could fully captures what my eyes see, but sometimes the colors just don't transfer they same. 

I specifically wanted to find these particular mushrooms that I spotted in this same park last year. I was thrilled that there were several growing!

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Picture Study

New to our curriculum this year is picture study. I was listening to a podcast recently and the guest was Emily Kiser - creator of Picture Study Portfolios for Simply Charlotte Mason. I was so intrigued by her message and knew I wanted to give this a try (which is funny, because at first I almost skipped the podcast simply because I didn't think I wanted or needed to add anything else to what we were doing).

I texted a local friend who follows the Charlotte Mason method and asked if she did picture study with her kids. She does, and she had several artist portfolios that she offered for me to borrow. I randomly chose Vincent VanGogh, and introduced my girls to him and his art.

They are eating this up! The idea is to study one piece of art at a time, eventually covering 6 of the 8 pieces included in the portfolio. The first day I read the short bio about VanGogh, and displayed all 8 pieces for them to look at. A couple days later I chose one piece to have them study in detail. After several minutes, I asked them to narrate what they saw. Then we talked about the title, the dimensions of the original piece and I shared a few details about the piece.

It really doesn't take more than a few minutes and it's not something we do every day, but I know it will add a lot to our year. And I love the idea of focusing on one artist and studying several pieces of work by that artist before moving on to someone new.

I'm linking up with Little Things Thursday 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colors of Autumn ~ Purples, Pinks and Blues

The real color prompt for this weeks Colors of Autumn is Indigo, but that's a tricky color to define. When I google it I come up with several shades ranging from purple to blue and everything in between. So that's exactly what I looked for this week ... purple, blue and everything in between.

I'm linking up with Wednesday Around the World and Image-in-ing 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Harvest Time

We took our annual trip to the pumpkin farm this past week. It's under new ownership and I'm thinking we need to find a new place to go next year. Or maybe go earlier in the year. It just seemed like we had missed the season or something. But we did manage to get our pumpkins, so that's good. 

I'm linking up with Good, Random, Fun , Seasons and Life Through the Lens

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Alexander Hamilton's Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser

I picked up this book because I'm slightly obsessed with all things Alexander Hamilton, thanks to the musical. What I love about this book is how easy it is to read. Not only are the chapters short, but they are fun to read. The book is divided into ten different categories (like romance, money, leadership, self-improvement, etc.) and then each category has little chapters that explain some of Hamilton's quotes. 

It's a mix of biography, humor and advice based on Hamilton's writings. As I read I found myself laughing, nodding and shaking my head in disagreement. I'm certainly glad I picked up this little gem, even if I intend to live a slower life than Alexander lived. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review.