Saturday, 24 January 2015

HSMJ the one where I pixel paint and laughter is good medicine.

 In my life this week…
I had so much fun this week playing with long exposures in Melbourne.  I joined the Canon Collective for an evening of pixel stick painting.

Flinders Street Station Melbourne

From Outer Space in a Melbourne lane ...



Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • You're invited to the 2015 Not Back To School Blog Hop over at Our Worldwide Classroom.
  • If you're on Instagram I'd love to meet you.  You can find me @chareenr 
  • If you are looking for homeschool encouragement and homeschoolers on Instagram.  Look up the hashtag #meetmyfriends OR #homeschoolfriends
n our home school this week…
It's our last week of holidays.  We have spent this week tidying up and enjoying Paul's company.  Paul has been reading Jungle Doctor's crooked dealings to Sir N.

I have downloaded some new software for Sir N to try out from The Critical Thinking Co.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
This week has been a non stop pace and I am tired.
  • Sunday we collected a second hand book shelf with the aim of removing two of the smaller shelves we have and replacing it with one larger one.
  • The afternoon was spent with family to celebrate my brother in laws birthday.
  • Tuesday we surprised my sister with an afternoon tea for her birthday.  She makes some amazing cakes ( Sunflower Creations )
  • Wednesday I was joined by two of my friends and we drove across Melbourne to meet with some ladies from Charlotte Mason Australia for an afternoon of fellowship with the Australian Representative for Ambleside Online Jeanne who blogs over at A Peaceful Day.
  • Thursday evening I joined the Canon Collective for pixel stick night painting.  
  • Friday evening was spent with some mothers watching Mom's Night Out (you can read my thoughts on Do you value "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle ... " from when we went to see it last year.  It was so funny and it is true a merry heart is good medicine. 

My favourite thing this week was…
Pixel painting in Melbourne.

 Things I’m working on…
  • Creating order out of the chaos at home
  • Preparing for our new homeschool year
  • Trying to workout how to better apply a Charlotte Mason approach to our home education.
 On the WWW I’m reading…
  • I am really sadened to read about the Stanley children who were removed from their family home last week.  For those of you who would like to support them and follow their story you can find them on Facebook here:  Bring the Stanley Children Home.
 I’m cooking…
 A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
"You all spend so much time beating yourselves up it must be exhausting. Let me tell you something Girl.  I doubt the good Lord made a mistake giving your kiddo's the Mama He did. So you just be you, He'll take care of the rest." - Bones (Mom's Night Out)

Blessings
Chareen


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Monday, 19 January 2015

History, Geography Science for 2015

This week's Virtual Curriculum Fair hosts are
  1. Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
  2. Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue
Our topic of the week is Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.

In last weeks post I shared our Science plans for 2015 so this week I shall share about History and Geography.
History.
"In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction,
drawing the materials of future wisdom 
from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.
"
Edmund Burke

 
This year we will continue reading Story of The World Volume One and using the Activity Guide which goes alongside it.

I will  also be consulting Home's Cool and choosing books from the Sonlight curriculum to read out loud from this list Sonlight Books arranged by the well trained mind 4 year cycles

 "But living history books — even historical fiction — capture the imagination while informing the mind. The reader soaks in the the facts of history in a natural and enjoyable way that forms a much stronger base of understanding than rote memorization."- Jimmie Lanely
Geography
We will continue with incidental geography.  This will happen during our history lessons.  As we read about historical happenings I shall point to the areas on the map to encourage familiarity.

I haven't decided yet upon a resource to use.  Here are a few I'm contemplating using
 I think we may continue using Expedition Earth: A Journey through God's World.

I would like to also complete  Trail Guide to World Geography  This particular package is my all time favourite.

I saw a review on Wonder Maps and really like the look of this program.  Have any of you used it or seen it ?

This year I want to learn more about a Charlotte Mason approach and enjoyed reading Jimmey's post: Teaching Geography Without Buying a Curriculum

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Saturday, 17 January 2015

A new link up: A Week in Review

In my life this week…
It's been a very busy week for all the wrong reasons around here.  Please can you add Paul to your prayer list.  He has managed to injure his back and is in a lot of pain.  Please pray for complete healing and that his pain would decrease ...

My cousin's husband has suffered a brain injury the week and we would ask for you to intercede for him for healing and for the medical staff who are currently caring for him in ICU

I am really excited to join Lisa from over at Home to 4 Kiddos' and will be co-hosting My Week in Review. So if you are a blogger and blog about your week in review we would love for you to join us and link up.

I am so excited.  The Homeschool Mother's Journal is BACK!  It is now co hosted here

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

In our home school this week…
  • We're still on school holidays ...
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • We went the pool on Thursday to help a friend celebrate her birthday.  We so neat to go swimming with the children and enjoy the warm outdoors.
  • We are going to Brickvention on Saturday morning.
My favourite thing this week was…
  • Purchasing a "new" printer this week.  I am constantly on the look out for cheaper options for our printing.  A friend has upgraded their black and white printer to colour and offered me their black and white laser printer.  I am very excited as it will now cost $0.002 per page for printing.  I am one very happy home school Mom!
 Things I’m working on…

 On the WWW I’m reading…

 I’m cooking…

Blessings
Chareen


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