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Monday, August 26, 2002 :::
New Schedule

Since the make up of my daycare is changing, and as a result of prayer, I have decided to change our schedule. I'll be doing school with the kids in the AM when we only have one daycare child with us.

Later, in the afternoon, I'm going to do circle time, songs, crafts, reading, dancing, etc. I am developing a 2 week rotating schedule that will include bubbles, play doh, making pretend soup, painting, etc.

I think I am going to "do themes", too. This week will be Labor Day/workers/community.

I'll start when Anna gets here (our new daycare baby).

::: posted by Joanne at 11:39 AM YACCS


Well, for a variety of reasons, I had to let go of the 9 month old I had been watching. I've gained a 11 month old part time baby who starts today at 1:00.

Larsen practiced her "D" s for handwriting today - only she turned the last row of "D"s into small "B"'s. She was getting tired, I guess. She struggles a lot with handwriting.

Andrew is learning about written contractions (isn't, we're, let's, etc). He is also learning about a variety of endings to words (burn = burning, reach = reached, open = opening, work = worked, wish = wishes , etc).

We did math. Larsen is learning skip counting by "2's" and just started solving for unknowns in addition. Andrew can skip count by 2's, 5's, 10's and is reviewing his "under 20 addition" facts.

We started Spanish again today.

la isla = island
libros = books
palagras = words
roca = rock
sopa = soup
pelota = ball
zapato = shoe
las muntanas = mountains

We did more Bible book study . Larsen remembered about the Tower of Babel. Andrew remembered "the Father, the Son and 'something else'" LOL! We learned about Abraham, God's covenant, Lot and the Ammonites/Moabites. We learned about Abraham's mistake and creating Ishmael. Lastly, we learned about Isaac and Abraham's ultimate faithfulness. Andrew was quite upset about Abraham being asked to sacrifice Isaac. We'll need to talk about that more later.

Larsen read book number 7 of Hooked on Phonics. It was about Pig Wig and Bob Hog who jog in fog. ;)

::: posted by Joanne at 11:36 AM YACCS

Tuesday, August 13, 2002 :::
School is going great, if inconsistently! :-)

Larsen is s-l-o-w-l-y but surely learning to read. She's happily learning her 0-10 math facts.

Andrew is a bit bored by math since I started him back at the beginning. I think I'll do 2 sessions of math a day until we get to multiplication.

Cameron and I have been reading books on shapes, colors, opposites and animals. He likes to do school for the piggy back I give when we finish. :)

I'm out of ink on the fax/copy machine so I'm waiting until the end of this week when I can replace the catridges(budget concerns). Next week, we will continue our journey with the Ancients.

Today we learned about the bald eagle and the rose as national symbols.

::: posted by Joanne at 7:11 PM YACCS

Saturday, August 03, 2002 :::
A Need?
I'm thinking of contacting my state's homeschool association and offering to present a couple of classes on homeschooling in the attached family for next year's conference.

I see lots of slings, breastfeeding on demand, and other clues that AP is growing in the Christian homeschooling community.

I've had friends and aquaintances leave certain sessions when scheduling, crying it out and isolated play time is suggested. I don't want to debate those - but I do want to provide information on making homeschooling work if you make attachment parenting choices.

I think there *is* a need for thost classes - not as a point of controversy or debate. And, not to present info as to why to AP. But, for families who do AP, to offer ideas and experience on how to homeschool, homemake and discipline.

Do you see a need where you are for this?

::: posted by Joanne at 1:39 PM YACCS

Thursday, August 01, 2002 :::
Andrew and the Bard

I have an old (from my college days) and wonderful collection of Shakespeare. Andrew walked up to it today and asked "Can I read those?"

I literally ***stopped*** myself from saying "No, they are too advanced" or "We have to do math now". Instead, I managed (through a Power higher than myself) to offer a brief explaination of Shakespeare, of how to read plays. I give a brief synopsis of Macbeth (knowing my son and his interests).

What does he do? After I found Macbeth, he settles on the couch and *reads* Shakespeare for 1/2 an hour.

I'm so glad that I homeschool. Otherwise, it might have been time to learn about spiders instead read Shakespeare. ;)

::: posted by Joanne at 6:26 PM YACCS

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