Monday, July 16, 2012

Charlotte Mason Narrations, Shakespeare, and Librivox

We have been doing verbal narrations all year, with a few sporadic written ones mixed in. Our latest 'narrations' my kids didn't even realize (I don't think) that they were actually doing school work.
On Friday we drove to the airport to pick up Grandpa for a flying visit and of course the kids were arguing trying to decide what music to listen too.

Finally they agreed on Lambs Shakespeare (I know makes Mom proud).  We downloaded our copy from librivox.org you can directly to Lambs Shakespeare here Karen Savage does an excellent job.

Tales from Shakespeare: Children's Classics

We listened to 'Taming of the Shrew' and 'Twelfth Night' the latter finishing just as we pulled into the airport.

On our journey home the kids told Grandpa about the stories they had listened too.

Boo narrated 'Taming of the Shrew" and Jam narrated 'Twelfth Night' they did an excellent job and remember a lot of detail and names - I was very impressed! I was a little worried that they wouldn't remember much after listening to two so close together but they did. It definitively turned our drive into an educational, fun experience.

I am currently trying to learn more about how to implement written narrations, something I need to be more consistent with next term.  

I found this blog - Charlotte Mason in the Bluegrass who has some very good posts about narrations.
here is the link to her narration workshop. 

I will be definitely spending some time reading this and hopefully have some interesting posts to write about later.  


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Change

Well things here are going full speed ahead and that normally means change.

The first step is the giving away of our Rabbit's and Chickens. We gave them to a friend who has a little farm  so they will be well taken care of. (Boo's highest priority!)
The chickens went with very little effort. It was hilarious seeing Jam still afraid of them after years. He was in AWE with how my friend just reached in and grabbed two chickens, one in each hand without flinching.

The following day my friend came back with an army to get our rabbits! We only had three; Mom, Dad, and baby.
However my Husband had built the rabbit hutch in our yard and it was HEAVY our gate was also not big enough to take it out easily. SO we had a huge group of people lift it - yes literally lift it over our chain link fence. It was crazy.

In the next three pictures you can see how easy it went.

1. Position it...

2. Lift with out breaking the fence....


3. Let go without smashing it on the other side....


I missed getting pictures of getting into their truck, and believe me that was almost as difficult.

When my Husband builds things he builds them to last, and obviously not to be picked up and moved easily.

The kids have now had a few weeks without the Rabbit and Chicken chores and I can honestly say they have not missed it. :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Lapbooking

We have recently added a fun activity to our school day. It is commonly known as 'lap-booking' and it has been a HUGE hit. The kids love it. There a places online where you can get a ton of free lap-books here is an excellent resource.

However one of my favorite sources is A Journey through learning this is an excellent source for lap-books. Their Apologia lap-books for the Elementary Series are currently on sale for $8.00! I purchased all of these a couple of weeks ago. We are working through the Land Animals book.Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day

Boo has commented a lot that she thinks the lap-books are helping her remember the work.


This is a photo of Boo with the lap-book she made about Primates. This came from the Apologia lap-book for Land Animals of Sixth Day.


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