|on a wall at visitor center near Mono Hot Springs, camping trip 2011|
Tuesday: Now my third grader, first grader and kindergartener will follow with me Queen's Homeschool A Nature Walk with Aunt Bessie one lesson per week. This is the first time trying this product. After working on the schedule for the Fleisher books, I really needed something simple and laid out for me. Believe me I played with the idea of other things, maybe next year.
Wednesday: Work through some of the labs in Elemental Science: Intro to Science once a week. This is another program I'm trying for the first time. I'm pretty sure the boys will appreciate hands on activities. I purchased the kids journaling and lab kit. It looks gentle enough and flexible too. Remember these two programs will be tools for me and not a must do every single thing as instructed more stress on me or kids curriculum.
Thursday: We will read aloud from Burgess Animal Book for Children (this is meant for the little boys), no narration is required; but they usually tell me about it. The little boys can draw in their science notebooks if they like. This day my third grader is also scheduled to read independently from Ways of Wood Folk by William J. Long. My oldest will also be reading by William J. Long School of Woods. I will ask for oral narrations from each of them. These books fall under their Natural History readings*.
Friday: This will just be a catch up day for any readings or work we may need to complete like demonstrations and labs. If there was no written work done during the week, I'll select some copywork for them too.
Along with these books we have many many picture books and field guides that we refer too when something catches our attention and we want to learn more about it.
*I love that the girls enjoy their natural history selections so I'm thrilled that they will continue with them this year. I don't have a timeline for these but I do have the Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson lined up for my oldest when she's done with the School of Woods. For my third grader I'll let her continue reading through the Long series with Wilderness Ways and Secrets of the Woods.
I don't think I forgot anything. I hope you're not overwhelmed yet. I'm actually excited writing all this down. It has really helped me tremendously to put the school year into perspective. Next post I will combine all our Arts including Languages.