Sunday, September 1, 2013

School Days

 We started school a wee bit early this year.  I should say we transitioned into another grade early this year.  We really school year round with breaks when we need them.  We do take an extended break during the holidays, for vacations, and just when we feel we need a break.  It's so lovely to be able to take days to go to the park on lovely fall and spring days
. Everything has been going well.  The boys have enjoyed some new subjects this year.  We are learning about Ancient Greece and they have begun learning the Greek language as well.  Nicholas especially loves learning it.  We have had some fails already and plans have changed.  Our vocabulary curriculum was not good and I have since ordered a new one that I think will be much better.  Also, I've changed plans on our art curriculum and am soooo excited about it!  Art, literature and history are my absolute favorites to teach.  I can't wait to share some of our exciting projects I have planned.  We are reading The Hobbit as our read aloud and the boys LOVE it!  They keep begging to read more and more.  I have decided to delve a little further in some read alouds this year and purchased a Memoria Press study guide to go with it.  They haven't grumbled too much about it, but I know it does challenge them...which is a good thing! 
Delving back in is always exciting, yet sometimes hard.  We've had our share of really good days and some not so great ones already.  I think the boys are learning to take more accountability for their time management and as such, at times, not done so well with that. .I just have to gently remind them, let it go, and let the natural consequences of procrastination take it's due course.  It certainly takes a learning curve and they'll get it, I'm confident of that..
The boys are growing so much and are so smart.
I think it's going to be a great year!

Here is Nicholas...


Joey wanted to join in the fun too!

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