Finishing Up November

Lots of good learning going on.  Older kids are nearing completion of their Saxon Math texts and will surely be ready to move to the next level by year’s end as predicted.  I’m excited about this as they have both decided that they really do like Saxon and enjoy their work.  We have been so fortunate to mix in many Montessori concepts for them to work on along with this program that it has made it more beneficial!

Latin Work:  Matthias is doing Test 1 today after completing the first 5 lessons of LCI and Violet is doing her final test for LCI and will start LCII beginning next week!!  Another excellent and successful program, especially for mom 🙂

Grammar is panning out to be quite enjoyable for Violet and Matthias.  Violet is working through Lingua Mater (we love this) and as we’re doing the two-year method for 6th & 7th grade it has been a very doable pace at a lesson spanning two weeks. 

Matthias is working between Spelling and Vocabulary, Stories With A View, and Primary Language Lessons.  They are very complimentary and gives him a good variety of lessons without becoming stale.  His writing and expression skills have greatly improved in the past year so he’s able to accomplish more in each lesson than just doing the minimum. 

On the Montessori front, I can barely keep up with Seamus’s ability to grasp and conquer Math Concepts using all our beautiful materials.  He can do Addition, Subtraction and some Multiplication with ease and satisfaction.  It’s a joy to watch him learn this way and to be able to present new lessons and then know that he will readily chose the work to practice again and again, and then move on! 

For Reading he is plowing through the Little Stories for Little Folks and I am reinforcing his new ability to read with the remainder of the Pink Series.  He will quickly move through the Blue and the Green Series and may even skip much of it, which IS a good thing, although I am glad I have the material if we need extra reinforcement.

He also enjoys working regularly with the Mass Kit and I will be resuming our Catechesis presentations beginning this Sunday with our start of Advent.

Seamus seems to be kind of finished with most of the Sensorial Material, although he will return to them occaisionally.  I need to encourage the Bi and Tri-nomial Cubes for a refresher.  I will say that any activity that includes a "blindfold" to do the work is very intriguing for him and he will always do it!

Sean-Paul has matured by leaps and bounds since the beginning of the school year as evidenced in this post 🙂  He just enjoys being part of the fray, we’re so thankful for him, even on the days when he’s extra mischievious!

Hoe your November was Grand!  Happy Feast of St. Andrew today!

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Week of Learning – 11/12 to 11/16

This was a whirlwind week, here’s a snapshot:

MONDAY:

Recovering from weekend away.  Minimal academics, but lots of fun handiwork and listening to Number the Stars

Piano practice Matthias. Ballet for Violet in the evening.

TUESDAY:

An all at home day, love these.  Weather has just been spectacular, lots of late morning bike riding, scooters, and roller-blading.  Violet has been collecting little treasures from out of doors.  I think she’s ready to do another shadow box.

Seamus is rolling along daily with LOTS of Math, starting his Little Stories for Little Folks readers.  He’s also really in to coloring from the Fenestre Fidei stained glass coloring book, he’s amazingly accurate and careful with his work 🙂

WEDNESDAY:

Math and Latin and Grammar for the olders, cooking along nicely for the m both!  Matthias is totally loving LC I, I’m so pleased!

Seamus more math, subtraction of single digit numbers, no problem, in fact way too easy for him!

Sean-Paul is loving the Face Matching and Matreshkas lining them up largest to smallest and the reverse!

Rest of the week was mostly baking banana bread and cozy afternoon fires with stories 🙂

Week of Learning – 11/5 to 11/8

Our mornings of learning have been very nice this week.  We’ve begun each day with our prayers, devotions, rosary and Gospel of the day.  Then one child will pick a Saint’s story to RA to everyone, or I will chose one.  The children also have chosen a Saint to devote themselves to until next year’s All Saints Feast!

Our morning lessons consist of Math, Latin and Grammar for Violet and Matthias.  They are both progressing very well in their Saxon Math books, it’s very consistent which is great!  Violet will be ready for Saxon 7/6 by the end of 2007, and Matthias will most likely jump to 6/5 as well.

We are really enjoying our Latin studies together this year.  Violet is on the tail end of Latina Christiana I and Matthias is just beginning in this book.  They are both noticing how much easier their Grammar lessons are due to their increasing knowledge of Latin and use of words.  Lissa mentioned a text that she really likes, Latin Book I,  by Scott and Horn, I need to check it out.

Violet & Matthias have learned many prayers by heart since beginning with Prima Latina in 3rd grade, the ones with the (M) are ones they have both learned, Violet the rest:

  • The Sanctus (M)
  • The Doxology (M)
  • Table Blessing (M)
  • Pater Noster (M)
  • Agnus Dei
  • Ave Maria
  • Dona Nobis Pacem
  • Salve Regina (M) Hymn

She has also learned many hymns from the delightful Lingua Angelica which we all enjoy together, Matthias will be learning these by heart too this year.

We’ve all been enjoying our "Warm and Cozy" afternoons all week  with Wind in the Willows as our audio book.  Then we’ve had a good bit of outdoor exploration and play time with scooters, roller-blades and bikes.  Our Autumn weather has been simply divine! 

Violet has also been experimenting with different concoctions of dried flowers and herbs making "remedies" for her dollies who are often ailing and need extra hospice care and convalescing.

In the Montessori department, Seamus has been going great guns with his learning and discovery!  He is currently working on:

  • Double-digit Addition (wonderful worksheets from LearningPage.com)  He alternates between using the Golden Beads and the Colored Bead Bars.  He really seems to prefer the colored beads for adding the units as the golden bead units tend to go flying our of his little (big) hands.  This also gives him some fun realizations when he counts them and needs to exchange!  Pretty cool stuff!
  • Snake Game Addition
  • Stamp Game Addtion and Subtraction up into the 1000’s for both
  • New Stitching Basket that Violet put together for him.
  • Working with Pastels for Art
  • Feeling Rough and Smooth Gourdes blindfolded!
  • Baking with his Sister
  • Lots of Coloring
  • Finished up his Beginning Pink Sound Bins, Woohoo!!
  • Read lots and lots of Stories, his favorite right now is Time of Wonder and Fannie in the Kitchen
  • and so much more…

New Presentation this week:

  • Fraction Insets Tray!!  He loved these and caught on to dividing and what "fractions" of a Pizza were!  We’ll be doing these again most days I’m sure!

Good week of learning, we’re off til next week!!  Thank for visiting!

Excuse Me, Please!!

Please excuse my pathetic lack of posting here at Mama’s Muse.  It’s not that we haven’t been doing any learning worth posting, it’s just that most of my documentation has been over at Sweetness and Light and I thought you might be getting a little bored with:  "Violet, Math-new lesson, mixed practice," blah, blah blah….I know I sure was. 

BUT I do find quite a bit of accountability knowing I’ve written down some of what we’ve been up to.  I think I’ll just leave out the mundane and keep you posted with the exciting stuff 🙂

If any of you would like to know about schedules or other minute details, please feel free to email me at: meresfab4athughesdotnet and I’ll be happy to share with you as I include many details on my Excel lesson sheets that are not posted here!!

We’re off to a great start for November, will post some more later!!

Blessings in your learning days with your sweeties!