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Well, it's been a long time since I've been here! Good to be back. Our 2 oldest have graduated, married (both this summer!!) & now we've got littles to educate ;0) 1 year old, (new) 6 year old & 8 year old. I'm thinking about doing a semester more of kindy w/ the 6 yob & starting 1st in January. 8yog is solid third although math always needs more help! Has anyone tried to combine this many different styles?? The notebooking/narration part of the classical approach using SOTW that we did with our older ones is very similar to Waldorf's (somewhat) unit study approach to Main Lesson Books, although my brain needs workbooks for spelling, most of math, & handwriting (sorry about that sentence, not even gonna correct it bc it's too late at night)! We'll be on SOTW book 3 this fall but I really would love to encorporate the Waldorf studies of gardens, shelters, fiber arts & Native Americans. Any ideas welcome! Shannon mama to 5 ages 1-22, homeschool mama since 2002 instagram mamaj41
We are starting our second week in Wayfarers Ancients. Itâ€™s way too soon to give a proper review, but we are enjoying it so much that I just had to say something. J ELTL â€“ I had considered this before and wish I had started it then. My dd and I are both happy with this approach of using literature for English. Dd says she likes doing dictation, which surprised me. Sheâ€™s paying attentionâ€¦recently she informed me that she did not agree with one part of the authorâ€™s condensed summary. J (I am still using BJU English some; dd and I are both writing papers. She is writing about Rachel Carson; I am writing about Charles Dickens. She likes when we do things together like that, which is one of many reasons why I really want to incorporate more BraveWriter into our plan next year.) We are enjoying the science. Dd loves McHenryâ€™s Botany and always likes the Tiner books. Quark Chronicles looks good. The Hakim book should be excellent. Various books are listed as optional for science and history, and we will read some of those too. History is going well. Ancient Egypt is not our favorite, but the books are engaging. I love that she includes real books for geography. We have not done the mapping yet. Wayfarers has great literature choices. One suggested read-aloud right now is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Since we read that recently, I am reading aloud Wizard of Oz (and other eclectic personal choices like Jan Karonâ€™s books and Wind in the Willows). Music; Timeline; Book of Centuries; Art; Narration â€“ I love the visual reminder to include these things. We are enjoying Vivaldi and dd is narrating. Since we have been dealing with things like sick cats (they are doing much better since the $$$ vet visit!), we have not started the art program. I may start doing it on the weekend. A daily Bible reading and some book choices relating to Bible are listed. We are doing the Bible reading (currently Genesis) and one of the books. Yes, I will tweak. I tweak, therefore I am. J I have used Heart of Dakota twice (Bigger and Preparing) and we liked a lot of it. But I really like that the Wayfarers layout has more white space (to write notes and substitutions) and less wordiness. With Wayfarers, I have finally decided to WRITE IN THE GUIDES! In pen! I no longer see the guide as something to give away or sell later; I now see it as a record of all the great reading and learning we are doing together. In the bottom right-hand corner of each two-page spread, I am jotting down the date we completed that day. I love that you can buy one-third (one term) of the year at a time. It keeps the guides a great size and lets you try Wayfarers for about $32. I think the guides are well-priced and completely worth it. One big reason I chose Wayfarers was the daily plan. I have many ideas, lists, etc. but have trouble pulling those together into a coherent plan. Speaking of tweaking and trying to do too muchâ€¦We may join friends who are starting TOG Ancients this fall. J There are several reasons; one big one is that dd is a fairly social only child and we NEED to see our hs friends regularly. If we do TOG with friends, I would either drop the History part of Wayfarers or merge it together (there is some overlap). The books in Wayfarers are a great mix of older and newer, Christian and secular. I found a lot of the books at Half-Price. Congratulations to Kathy Jo DeVore for this amazing achievement!