Saturday, April 22, 2017

Charlotte Arborists' Association's Tree-Climbing Competition

Thanks to the L----- family for tipping us off to the annual Charlotte Arborists' Association's Tree-Climbing Competition this weekend (see here): what a neat (and free) event! The crowds were low and the gorgeous weather in the 70s made it an easy family outing.

Walking into Freedom Park
The event was sponsored by Husqvarna, so there were many tents selling Husqvarna equipment, which was fun for Dad and the kids to look at.


After watching some of the professionals climbing at about a half dozen roped-off giants of trees, we participated in the Kids' Climb. Each child was put into professional climbing gear and given ground crew and tree support to "learn the ropes." (Even kids as young as about three had small-enough professional gear to wear and could swing low to the ground.)

Waiting in line

Getting instructions from "Moose"
Photo taken by the crew, with Mama in the background

John

The youngest and most cautious kids just got to "swing" on the rope, which is what Joseph (4) did. He loved it.

Joseph

Wheeee!

Even though Chris told the crew that our kids would go as high as they were allowed, the crew didn't at first believe him about Margaret (6) and had her just swinging.

Margaret

Margaret

But she convinced them to let her do a "limb walk," so they moved her over to another rope and when I next caught sight of her, she was way up in the canopy.

Margaret in the canopy

How high? That's the ground and she's the little person high up to the left of the blue Husqvarna flag.

Margaret in the canopy
John and Mary were simultaneously on the right hand side of the tree.


Mary


John walking a low limb

Mary in foreground, John in background

Mary

John

John, Mary, and Margaret went calmly and cheerfully up to fifty feet high according to the crew, whom I asked since I have little spatial skill (you should see the family watching me to try to back our behemoth van down the long, curving driveway).

The crew were so impressed with our kids not being scared, and one fellow came over to talk to me (and later Chris, again) about how John "has what it takes!" and about career options as an arborist. I guess all my benign neglect as a parent, allowing my babies to climb anything and everything, gives them an avenue to one possible career!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring School Planning: The Last Push


I find spring an invigorating time to do school planning. CCE is over for the year, freeing up our Fridays. Our routine should now settle down for a couple of months of steady school before taking time off for the new baby's incorporation into our family.

I will share some changes I've made or am hoping to make. Please pray for us as on Monday we get back to school after two weeks' off!

Thank you to Confessions of a Homeschooler for all the schedule templates I have used this year.

Mama's Schedule: Spring 2017

How Mama Got Her Nap Back

When the toddler combined two naps into one, perhaps six months ago, I began a campaign to re-train my four-year-old to do Quiet Time after lunch. Joseph had long ago dropped napping entirely, but once I had Thomas taking one long nap right after lunch, I wanted to teach Joseph how to stay in his room quietly for one to two hours.

This campaign took a couple of months and my committing to laying down with Joseph on his bed. I discovered quite by accident that if he lay still for 15 minutes (because he was snuggling with me), he would fall asleep for a real nap, after not napping for more than a year! This made for a much happier, calmer boy for the afternoon and evening than the one I'd been dealing with.

After a while, I no longer even had to lay with Joseph. He is now completely accustomed to Quiet Time right after lunch and no longer fights me daily like he did those first months. I read him one story--a fifteen minutes with me that he treasures--turn on his Bible CD (Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible), and leave: he naps most days, or he plays quietly.

This allows me to get off my feet for 60-90 minutes. I have been preparing for this point in pregnancy and here we are: I can teach school only for the mornings and must get off my feet by truly laying down to rest. Then I do not resume teaching school in the afternoons, but do housework most days and start cooking dinner by 4:00.

This has required training the older kids to do assigned work during Quiet Time (instead of just playing, which leads to fighting, which leads to Mama having to get up). I used to teach important subjects after lunch, so I moved all those subjects to the morning. I've been requiring the top three kids to read assigned literature for 30 minutes after lunch, which they've been doing for a month now. We're almost done having tussles about this new part of the routine!

Starting this week, Stage 2 of the older kids' new routine is that I expect them to complete their independent desk work after the half hour of reading. I want to remain in my own Quiet Time while the second and fourth grader do their independent work (which would take only one hour if they actually focused). I anticipate a lot of training for this new part of the routine.



   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
6:00-7:00
Exercise
Exercise
Exercise
Exercise
Exercise
10 mins. minimum
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal

Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
8:30am
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
9:00am
Teaching Kindergarten
Teaching Kindergarten
Teaching Kindergarten
Teaching Kindergarten
Teaching Kindergarten
9:30am
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
10:00am
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
10:30am





11:00am



Latin: oral drill with John
Giving Latin quiz
11:30am
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: Fix-It Grammar
Mama: BF Geography

12:00pm
Lunch
Lunch
12:30 ETD
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
1:00pm
Quiet Time
1:00-1:50 P.E. at YMCA
Quiet Time
Quiet Time
Quiet Time
1:30pm
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
2:00pm





2:30pm





3:00pm








The Fourth Grader's Schedule: Spring 2017


   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10 mins. minimum
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal

Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
8:30am
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
 Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
9:00am
Piano practice (45)
Piano Lesson (30)
 Piano practice (45)
Piano practice (45)
Piano practice (45)
9:30am
Cont.

 Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
10:00am
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
10:30am
Latin: DVD lesson
Latin: 2 worksheets
Latin: 2 worksheets
Latin: oral drill with Mama
Latin: quiz with Mama
11:00am
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
11:30am
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: Fix-It Grammar
Mama: BF Geography

   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
12:00pm
Lunch/Outside
Lunch
12:30 ETD
Lunch/Outside
Lunch/Outside
Lunch/Outside
1:00pm
Reading literature (30)
1:00-1:50 P.E. at YMCA
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
1:30pm
Introibo (5)
Balt. Cat. (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Cont.
Introibo (5)
Balt. Cat. (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Introibo (5)
Balt. Cat. (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Introibo (5)
Balt. Cat. (5)
Spelling
Math facts
2:00pm
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)

Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)
2:30pm



2:30 ETD

3:00pm



3:30-5:00 Scottish Dance





The Second Grader's Schedule: Spring 2017


   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10 mins. minimum
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal

Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
8:30am
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
9:00am
Violin practice (45)
8:45: Violin practice (45)
Violin practice (45)
Violin practice (45)
Violin practice (45)
9:30am
Cont.
Piano Lesson (30)
Cont.
Cont.
Cont.
10:00am
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
10:30am
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
Math: TT
10:45am
Piano practice (45)

Piano practice (45)
Piano practice (45)
Piano practice (45)
11:30am
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: IEW Composition
Mama: Fix-It Grammar
Mama: BF Geography

   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
12:00pm
Lunch/Outside
Lunch
12:30 ETD
Lunch/Outside
Lunch/Outside
Lunch/Outside
1:00pm
Reading literature (30)
1:00-1:50 P.E. at YMCA
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
1:30pm
Balt. Cat. (5)
Religion 2 (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Cont.
Balt. Cat. (5)
Religion 2 (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Balt. Cat. (5)
Religion 2 (5)
Spelling
Math facts
Balt. Cat. with Mama (5)
Religion 2 (5)
Spelling
Math facts
2:00pm
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)

Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry (10)
Read science (10)
Grammar sentence (5)
Penmanship sentence (5)
Recite poetry to Mama (10)
Read science (10)
2:30pm



2:30 ETD

3:00pm



3:30-5:00 Scottish Dance


Kindergartner's Schedule: Spring 2017


   Time
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10 mins. minimum
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal
Holy reading
5-point prayer
Journal

Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
8:30am
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
Morning Basket
9:00am
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
9:30am
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with mama
Kindergarten with Mama
Kindergarten with Mama
10:00am
Snack
History
Piano Lesson (30)
Snack
History
Snack
History
Snack
History
10:30am
 Piano practice

 Piano practice
 Piano practice
 Piano practice
11:00am





11:30am



Mama: BF Geography

12:00pm
Lunch/Outside
Lunch
12:30 ETD

Lunch/Outside
Lunch/Outside
1:00pm
Reading literature (30)
1:00-1:50 P.E. at YMCA
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
Reading literature (30)
1:30pm

Cont.



2:00pm





2:30pm



2:30 ETD

3:00pm



3:30-5:00 Scottish Dance

Kindergarten Subjects

Rotate Through What We Can Do in One Hour
Phonics
Spelling
Math: Right Start lesson
Math: drill
Penmanship sentence
Bible Story

Piano practice (~20 mins.)
Read literature (30 mins. During Quiet Time)