February 2012 ~ Week 1

Back in action here at Mama’s Muse for my own record keeping. Two moves and two children confirmed in the Latin Rite has led to many exciting adventures in our family, notwithstanding all the great learning that has taken place.

Violet is doing very well with her high school classes, she is a sophomore and has a nice variety of subjects. A quick breakdown includes:

Classes through Homeschool Connections (we use the subscription service, love it!)
Completed a Historiography class through Homeschool Connections (pre-recorded course)
Apologetics Boot Camp through Homeschool Connections (pre-recorded course)
Modern American History 1865-2001 (pre-recorded course)
Literature Study of Death Comes to the Archbishop (current live online course)

First Year Latin 1 using the Henle text and study guide from Memoria Press

Religion Studies using Mass and the Sacraments

Biology I using a variety of materials and online labs. Our favorite resource so far has been Homework Helps: Biology – it sets a nice framework and checkpoint for what she is studying.

Geometry working through Jacob’s Geometry with Matthias.

Other Literature and Poetry – continuing with the classics, she just finished Wuthering Heights and was not impressed. I am also about 2/3rds of the way through listening to this on my Kindle and I am losing interest as well, meh. We had quite a Jane Austen phase throughout the fall, so she’s on to some others now.

As for poetry, we are using the poetry study  shared by Barb at Harmony Art Mom. Mostly as a framework, but it’s nicely laid out and she has provided some lovely notebooking pages to accompany the study so that is a bonus🙂

Matthias is also holding his own very well as an 8th grader, although most of his classes are more of a 9th grade level. 

His favorite classes this year have been his online high school computer technology classes through Giant Campus! We are totally in love with their program and Matthias has excelled beyond our expectations.

He is also taking one pre-recorded course through Homeschool Connections: Literature & Writing with Mark Twain and Friends. They are reading Huckleberry Finn so of course I decided to re-read it myself, as it had been a while😉

Geometry with Violet.

First Year Latin Henle, so far it’s mostly a review of Latina Christiana II from last year, so we’re doing this mostly orally together.

Benjamin had the privilege of being Confirmed in the Latin Rite on January 12th of this year, what a joy for our family to have two Conformati ages 15 and 13! As for other Religious studies, he’s reading about different Saints and immersing himself in the beauty of the Extraordinary form of the Latin Mass.

Seamus is my 4th grader this year. He continues to love math and was so excited when I gave him a new set of print-offs from Mammoth Math called Geometry 1 – as he is very interested in his big brother and sisters Geometry book he wants to be doing it too🙂 He had alot of hands on Geometry early on with Montessori, so it’s a no brainer for him at this point.

Other lessons he is enjoying:

Sonlight Core 3 American History reading list. Lots of great early American historical fiction here. So far he has read: Pedro’s Journal, The Courage of Sarah Noble, Bears on Hemlock Mountain, A Lion to Guard Us, The Corn Grows Ripe, and currently reading Who Was Sacagewea.

 

Advent Week Four 12.21.09 to 12.24.09

Everyone is still coughing and recovering. Violet's Confirmation last Thursday was the obvious highlight of our week last week :))) She now has four Nutcracker performances between Monday and Xmas Eve and then off until the 29th for two more final shows!

We're truly looking forward to January, SNOW anyone????

Final days of Advent and awaiting our blessed Saviour ~ Finishing up our Jesse Tree/Advent cubes, morning prayers and devotions.

Books read:

The Christmas Tomten (so good!)

Susan Jeffer's Nutcracker

Madeleine L'Engle's Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas (read all last week, so good)

Hanna's Christmas by the very talented Melissa (Wiley)! 

Continuing our daily and evening readings of: An Advent Storybook, and our new very favorite The Christmas Rose (so sweet and beautiful).

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and we will see you in the new year with some more learning and love with the Sweetness and Light gang🙂

Advent Week Three ~ 11.14.09 – 11.18.09

Monday ~ Advent Morning Basket – Advent Cube/Jesse Tree readings, Read alouds: Annika's Secret Wish, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Christmas Trolls, "December" by Robert Louis Stevenson. While I fixed lunch the kids listened to The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

Our days have now morphed into gift making spurts and playing lots of music and games together. We have officially finished formal studies for the year (did I really say that??) and will truly enjoy slowing down our days (even though they are cranking up with Nutcracker performances for Violet the closer we get to Christmas).

Lunch – Angelus, Christmas novena. Listened to The Polar Express.

Matthias organ lesson, Seamus cello lesson. Me library stop, post office, bank. Violet babysat, Sean-Paul played🙂

We had our St. Lucy bread and tea this afternoon as it was not possible to celebrate on Sunday. YUM🙂

Mass tonight, my older boys will be serving their first Low Mass tonight together🙂 Talk about a proud mama (is beaming aloud at Mass??)

Rest of Week ~ Everything went pretty much downhill for the remainder if this week and slowly each of the kids got sick one after another beginning with Matthias. Thankfully it was a pretty mild cold, but with an accompanying cough that is lingering,😦

Many books were read and re-read, many cups of tea and cocoa were administered. And (thanking God) neither myself nor my dh have yet to get it :)))

Advent Week Two ~ 12.07.09 to 12.11.09

Monday ~ COLD!!!!! We are practically wearing our snow clothes upstairs in the schoolroom, no joke! It's the feast of St. Ambrose, love his story in Once Upon a Time Saints. Also read the collect and Mass readings for him today. Read about St. Alice too as it was on our Advent Cube for the day. Jesse Tree readings – Coat of Many Colors. Finished I Saw Three Ships (such a delightful tale for Advent).

I am reading An Advent Storybook to SP at bedtime, it's cute and has a nice religious message on each page relating to the day's adventure of a little bear.

Seamus and I and relishing The Mitchell's for his bedtime RA.

Violet: Math – w/Matthias A+ Notes Ch.7-3 more on linear equations and functions; Poetry – The Lady of Shallot (first 3 stanzas);

Matthias: Morning piano practice 20 minutes; Math – w/Violet A+Notes Ch.7-3 more on linear equations and functions; Poetry – almost finished w/Casey at Bat (2 stanzas to go); Grammar -  ILL#256 proper use of "shall" and "will"; Reading – finished On the Wings of Heroes! He really liked this one. Organ lesson in the afternoon. Violet and I babysat.

Seamus: Math w/me – Inv5 in Saxon 5/4 about percentages, he got it right away and enjoyed figuring out all the questions🙂 Poetry – beginning to memorize "Long Long Ago" for Christmas; Grammar – Green Reading word list cards – "er" ending and middle sounds, copied vocab words; Cello pracitice in morning for 1/2 hour and then his hour lesson in the afternoon - a welcome activity as he only had one lesson last week🙂 His cello teacher's mother turnd 90!!!

SP: Watched a Berenstein Bears with his cocoa first thing. He's a little stuffy today, cold weather and him don't mix well😦 He did most of his Gingerbread Baby activities last week, but did finish a few things w/Violet this morning.

Afternoon – library run, rolled and cut out Speculaas Cookies (I know a day late for St. Nicholas, but tasty nonetheless). Violet tired her hand at piping from her deco-kit. The lemony glaze was heavenly🙂

Yummy Beef Stew w/Leeks and Carrots for dinner!

Tuesday ~ Crepes for breakfast as it is a special feast day!! Very cold again, everyone bundled!!Advent morning basket – Jesse Tree readings for Moses, Advent cube, prayers and read collect for Immaculate Conception and talked about preparing for Mass at noon today. Read aloud The Donkey's Dream.

Violet: Reading – furiously working to finish The Endless Steppe! (and she did after Mass this afternoon); Math – worked through some more linear problems from 7-3; Confirmation prep ?'s – working through each of them and typing her answers on the computer. She and I have been slowly going through them all together as well.

Matthias: Math – 7-3 equations; Reading – started The Perilous Road and then for Grammar – narrated first few pages then copied from dictation; typed Book review on his reading page for On the Wings of Heroes w/me  

Seamus: Math – Fractions & Percents worksheet from Mammoth Math w/me; Grammar – Gingerbread Baby copywork; Made his Gingerbread Baby circle story disc w/Violet in the afternoon;

Sean-Paul: played with his cars in the schoolroom while listening to morning basket, worked on a few Gingerbread activities since we haven't cleared the shelves yet…Marbles match w/Matthias; practiced his Glockenspiel🙂

Noon Latin Mass for us all! Take-out fish and chips for lunch and home for a nice afternoon. Love feast days🙂

Dinner….hmm???

Wednesday ~ COLDER still, wowee!!! Advent morning basket – Feast of St. Juan Diego!

Violet: Began immediately working on her confirmation ?'s review; Ortho appt w/daddy before lunch; did some ? eview with her after lunch/ she's really got them down🙂

Matthias: Math – 7-3 learning f(x), tricky but once he got it, he liked it🙂 Reading – Beethoven (Music Appreciation) narrated a portion to me; more reading – The Perilous Road;

Seamus: Math – review of divisibility by 2 and taught him the rule for divisibility by 3 (he didn't like this much), playing solitaire🙂 Geography – Scandinavian countries, learned names, marked capitals and boundaries and major water ways; 1/2 hour Cello practice.

Sean-Paul: enjoyed listening to the Chipmunk's Christmas Song "Christmas Don't be Late" a classic! Read Aloud from today's Christmas Rose reading.

Afternoon – made sweet bread walnut buns for tea/cocoa. Cello lessosn for Seamus

Tacos for Juan Diego for dinner!

Thursday ~ Matthias began his day with a piano lesson to accomodate his piano teacher's schedule.  Jesse Tree/advent reading – Paschal lamb/pillar of fire.

Morning RA – The Mitten with Seamus and Sean-Paul. Made mitten story pockets. Also read the Frost, Ice and Snow pages from Wacky Weather (cute series)

Violet and I reviewed her Confirmation ?'s/tommorrow's her big day with Fr.

Seamus: Math – showed single/two-digit multiplication.

Matthias: Zoology – Tawny Frogmouth research, what an interesting bird🙂

Violet: Reading – Faces of Courage, Art Appreciation – The Impressionists/pastel drawing;

SP: built himself a respectable traintrack.

Mass at noon and altar server training for Matthias and Seamus. Violet to a friends for the afternoon🙂 SP stayed home with daddy today!

Started my first pair of mittens, very excited to see where this leads…

Curry Chicken and Couscous for dinner!

Friday ~ Busy day, no notes other than Violet aced her Confirmation inquisition with Fr. She's very relieved and ready to be Confirmed next week :)  Also, Matthias played the Pat – a – Pat on the organ Friday evening for a Christmas program, so nice!!

Advent Week One ~ 11.30.09 to 11.04.09

Monday ~ Started off a bit slow…As is per usual, but especially because we have just come off of a massive Nutcracker rehearsal and opening weekend whirlwind, not to mention the fact that we celebrated Thanksgiving and the First Sunday of Advent all in the past week, whew!! We did manage to begin our Jesse Tree readings/felt ornaments and Advent Cubes (we're going chronologically this year for the little boys) and we also began I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge, such a good one🙂

Matthias:  Grammar – Read a portion of The Greatest Skating Race and narrated to me, then I read it back to him and he copied from dictation. He also worked on memorizing Casey at Bat and copied the new stanza. Reading – On the Wings of Heroes; Religion – Practiced his Latin Mass responses with his audio tape from Fr.; Geography – Sweden major cities

Violet: worked mainly on her Ivy Basket gatherings – Reading – Anne of Windy Poplars; Poetry – memorizing The Lady of Shallot; Grammar – typing her final drafts; Babysat in the afternoon for piano teacher's daughter; more reading in the afternoon.

Seamus:  Cello Lesson today 12-1; Math – Division work w/me Mammoth Math; Grammar – reviewed learned Green reading word/pic lists; RA – Abraham Lincoln and then he lined up all our President's flash cards to find out where Lincoln fits into the timeline. He was excited to reach him at 16🙂 Read Billy & Blaze to me!

Sean-Paul: cocoa and Gingerbread Friends w/me; played most of the morning.

Tuesday ~ Advent morning basket:  Jesse Tree bible readings – Adam/Eve & Original Sin, Matthias placed apple, Apple Cube; December meanings, mottoe and poetry from Country Diary of an EL; Book of Virtues – Marley's Ghost excerpt from A Christmas Carol.

The usual – Math w/Seamus working on divisors and beginning factoring.  Matthias managed only a few problems on solving to find solutions for ordered pairs. Violet – no math today/worked w/SP on his new Gingerbread Baby shelves.

Gingerbread Baby shelves Dec 09

Seamus – 1/2 hour cello before lunch. Math – more division work; Botany – painted an evergreen tree; Grammar - more learned Green Reading cards, copywork letter "h"; Abe Lincoln narration & copywork; Read aloud Counting to Christmas

Matthias – Grammar – ILL #236 Selection for Study "Winter"/discussion ?'s w/me; Reading – War Inventions (shells and explosives); Math – A+ Notes Ch 7 work; Botany – Douglas Fir

SP – RA Gingerbread Friends aloud to him while he ate his breakfast. Played Gingerbread baby pompom game (super cute). Violet did a roll and color with him earlier and he cut it out very well.

Gingerbread pompom game

Violet – Grammar – finishing typing up all her writing portfolio work. Ivy Basket work. Math – A+ Notes Ch 7 work; Botany – Holly; lots of reading in the afternoon

Wednesday ~ light morning basket, Jesse Tree readings, Advent Cube; prayers and devotions, read, then sang aloud "Over the River and Through the Woods"!

Violet:

Matthias: Math – working through equations in lesson 7-2; Grammar – gave him dictation containing plurals (review); Reading – On the Wings of Heroes; Piano lesson in afternoon (I babysat today).

Seamus: Math – L51 w/me; Grammar – Green Reading "ar" word/pic list – copied; Reading – Seton reader; Knitting – still plugging away on his hat🙂

Sean-Paul: don't for the life of me remember what he did today???

Thursday ~ Advent morning basket - Jesse Tree readings, Advent cube, RA –  Once Upon a Christmas Time, Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve to SP while he ate his breakfast.

Violet: Ivy Basket findings, knitting, reading; Zoology – Birdopoly w/ everyone!

Matthias: Math 7-2 finish, Grammar – ILL# 248 reviewed rules; Reading – On the Wings of Heroes; Piano 1 hour, basketball practice in evening. Zoology – Birdopoly w/everyone.

Seamus: Math – L52 w/me & skip counting 3's and 7's; Grammar – Green reading word/pic cards "ay" list – copied, sentences – copied; Read aloud from Beginner's Bible; Religion – 2nd Commandment lesson and copywork; Zoology – Birdopoly game with everyone FUN!!

Sean-Paul: not feeling well today, fever in the night and up alot, poor sweetie😦 I was extra tired as well, does not make for a good mommy day. Lots of videos for him today…

Friday ~ First Friday Mass and home for making our St. Nicholas paper crafts🙂 SP stayed home with daddy.

I can say that I was truly thankful for the end of this week🙂

Week in Review 11.16 – 11.20.09

Monday ~ Seamus' turn for not feeling well, stuffy nose sore throat thing😦 Thankfully no fever is involved in this one and we're hoping he'll be back to normal before week's end!

The older two and I rearranged the Geography area and the Reading area in the school room, it's much nicer and will potentially produce less clutter than before (at least that is my prayer). We had been using the wooden arch for a "store/kitchen" but it was constantly in disarray and truly not being used to it's full potential. Here's how the new reading corner looks now:

Violet displayed some inviting picture books for now ~

Readingcorner 
I have now re-purposed all of the wooden food and accessories to some kitchen shelves and a new playdough station downstairs for better accessibility and hope to see some little "Iron Chef" action more frequently🙂 (They LOVE doing this!)

Violet: Back in full force from last week intense activities and her not feeling well. Lots of reading, Marine Bio work on Ocean Geography, Math and some organizing projects in her room🙂

Matthias: Reading Camp X (it's a page turner, he can't put it down!), Math w/Violet, Piano practice (no Organ today)

SP: messed around in the new reading corner, but then settled in and read a few stories with Violet.  Played off and on with Seamus as he was in bed listening to Ramona's World (a classic and favorite especially when you're feeling a bit poohey).

Rest of the day was quiet, I started and re-started a hat for Matthias for Xmas.

Tuesday ~ Seamus feeling a bit better, but not much for doing too much school work, he and Sean-Paul watched the Aristocats. Matthias and SP also a little sniffly, guess it's going to hit us all. Read a chapter of Winged Watchman.

Math for V & M – cont. Rev of Ch6 A+ Notes Algebra

Violet: Worked straight away on her LAST Lingua Mater lesson, she's very excited to be finishing this up!! Other – lots of reading, knitting on her leg warmers and watching season 5 of the original Little House on the Prairie episodes. More Marine Bio tidbits.

Matthias: Grammar – He and I did a lesson from Writing With Ease by Susan Wise Bauer (I like this, very nicely laid out), Reading – Camp X (couldn't pull him away from this one🙂

Seamus listened during read aloud and then buzzed around w/SP and later in the day did a lovely cello practice, definately feeling better🙂

SP: worked on some trays from his Dinosaur shelves🙂 (see below)

Wednesday ~ Finished The Winged Watchman during Morning Basket time!! What a great book, sad last page though😦

Math – Violet and Matthias still working through Ch 6 Review exercises from A+ Notes Algebra.

Matthias: Copywork from Winged Watchman and review of Proper Nouns in ILL.

Seamus had Cello lesson in the morning, great lesson as he had missed Monday. Narrated George Washington for me to keyboard.

Thursday ~ late start, Violet didn't get up until after 9:00 (ooh, those ballet nights are catching up and it's not even Nutcracker yet!) I finished Kilmeny of the Orchard last night, good ending, and only a "tad" predictable. Lovely writing!

Zoology Research and Presentations – Seamus: Bush Viper, Matthias: Hammerhead Shark, Violet: Nile Crocodile, SP: Chipmunk

Violet: a few math problems, helped SP with his Dino work, more grammar, confirmation reading/?'s,

Matthias: a few math problems, Religion FYC read and narrated/?'s with me, piano practice 30 minutes before lunch, Reading – On the Wings of Heroes (WWII historical fiction find at 1/2 Price books)

Seamus: Copywork from his D'Auliare's George Washington narration, very nice! Also coloring a picture copied from the book, such delightful drawings by the D'Aulaires! Math – a Mammoth Math worksheet on Divisors, nice example of patterning with Multiplication and Division. Identified all the squares and square roots too🙂

SP: Dinosaur fun pages with Violet, he's really enjoying his Dinosaur shelves this week!

 DinoShelvesNov09

After lunch, SP and I read Bones, Bones Dinosaur Bones and Dinosaurs Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (we love him) and he worked on tracing some letters. Then he sat and worked a Ravensberger Dinosaur puzzle with me for over a 1/2 hour, tons of fun!

V & M made Oatmeal Scotchie Bars, YUM!!! These won't last long around here😉

Friday ~ Quick morning before Violet's confirmation class, met up with her for Mass and lunch before Matthias' piano and Seamus' cello lessons this afternoon.

Boys played many card games. I showed SP how to do the Dinosaur template rubbings with the flat crayons and then he tried some on his own. Animal matching Mothers and Babies cards w/me.

Violet reviewed all of her work in her Lingua Mater writing portfolio and has chosen her favorites. Yesterday she polished her final draft from Unit 4 and typed it out on the computer. Now she wants to type ALL of them as well🙂 (That should keep her busy for a while:)

I was very happy when all said and done yesterday afternoon and we had a lovely quiet evening and now it's the weekend, sigh!!! Looking forward to celebrating the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday!