New Term, New Year, New Resolve

Well, we're back to 'school' with a vengeance. Over the past week or two, the girls and I spoke quite a bit about things that were working and things that weren't.

How is it that, despite the fact that we're together all day and every day, it's still so easy to overlook issues kids may be having.

We have devised a fairly rigid timetable, and have decided to maintain it as much as is possible. It's quite a tight schedule, but we're going to stick with it for the first three weeks of term anyway and then we'll review it. The first couple of days back after a relaxing holiday can be a bit of a struggle anyway, but at this time of year - with dark mornings that cry out to you me that bed is the logical place to be - it can be rather painful! However, so far, so good.

After three weeks, we're going to review it. If the schedule has been too tight, we will take some days at the beginning of February to catch up. If needs be, we'll tweak the timetable and give a little more breathing space within it. I have suggested slaving for three 'hard working weeks' and then having one week of catch-up (and catching our breath!) each month.

Have any of you worked to this kind of schedule? If our initial three weeks prove do-able (just!), we may have a three-week month and play catch-up for the fourth week. We'll see.

The Wee Guy's timetable has Maths and Language every day. We use Abeka for each of these subjects. As well as his daily diet of these subjects, I add a weekly spelling test (often done on the whiteboard, because he enjoys this so much more!) and a written piece of work. The subject varies week on week. A few weeks ago, we'd read the tale of Androclus and the Lion. So, Calum's writing for that week was a story of a dog coming to the rescue of a boy who'd fallen out on the moor (his choice).

Each week, we do some map work and, with some inspiration from OMSH's wall map ideas, we're pinning pictures of different places on our wall and linking them up to the map. Sometimes we read about a specific country, think about issues that may be concerning believers in that country, and talk about how we could pray for the peoples of that particular nation. 

The world is a fascinating place. And the internet is wonderful, because I can 'see the world' and not leave my house!

Here are our wall maps at the moment.

The Butt of Lewis lighthouse and Afghanistan are our photos right now.

Our lighthouse the day we 'showed OMSH the world'

Our plan is to have a UK map to the right of the World, and a proper USA map to the left. 

The Wee Guy has also begun learning to draw. By this I mean that instead of just drawing his picture and colouring it in, we are trying to learn specific skills to make drawings more life-like. We are using Usborne's Drawing Animals. I have no skill in this area. I mean none whatsoever. Zero. Neoni. 

Step by step....

This is his orangutan hanging from a branch. (I say 'his': we did do it together, following the step by step instructions, but it's mostly his work.)
In my book, this is good. Really good. Artistic. Full of flair. Full of promise. 

But I have the artistic ability of Mr Wayne.

We read quite a bit together, and he reads for pleasure - at the moment, mostly these books:

Y'all get the drift??

Then we spent hours listening to innumerable facts about soldiering through the ages.

"Mum, did you know.....?"

"Yes, dear"

"Did you?"

"Er.... no. I meant no..."

"Well, wait til I tell you...."

(Mum stifles yawn and feigns interest) 

Clearly, I was cut out for this homeschooling lark. I have such enthusiasm for all my children's interests. 

So, after all that, there you have a glimpse of the Wee Guy's schooling. I'll post about the girls' soon. 

Providing we haven't been besieged by a Roman Army, decimated by the Vikings or speared by the Greeks.


  1. Hi, Anne,
    First, the orangutan is well done! Yikes, that sounds like cooking...um, the drawing of the orangutan is well done.
    Second, I refer often to A Charlotte Mason Companion - Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning - even though I don't teach at home! Might be helpful to you. All kinds of info in there.
    Beautiful sunset at the top, but the way! L.

  2. I'm dropping in from the Hip Homeschool Hop.

    I'll be checking back to see how the '3 weeks of hard working' weeks go...it sounds like something I'd be interested in trying!

  3. love all your maps! Your books of Romans is making me think of Dr. Who...

    how cool to live on an island! (visiting from the Hip homeschool hop :)

  4. Hi Marissa and Hen Jen.... Nice to 'meet' you, and thanks for saying Hi! Marissa, please do call back and see how we're getting on. It may be slightly tweaked because I've been off the boil for over a week now with an awful flu-virus :(
    So it'll be interesting to see how things pan out.
    HJ - we love living on our island.... most of the blog posts are really about life here, so feel free to browse. We are blessed in many ways, although not everyone would see life here as their 'cup of tea'!

    Always nice to hear from you, Laurie ;)


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