Last Week Before Christmas Break

The Homeschool Mother's Journal Ah, the week is over!!   We are taking a few weeks off schooling till after New Year’s.  I am personally looking forward to this break.  How long do you guys take off??

Unit Study

This week we started a 2 week study of Ancient Greece.  The kids enjoyed this study as much as they liked Ancient Egypt!  They dove right in to the kid version of the classic Greek tales and the Olympians.  I saw it during play time when Odysseus and Zeus came out to play 😉  I took a picture of the books they have really been into this week.  I appreciated the kid version because they cleaned up, or rather, covered up the folks in the illustrations.  The Ancient Greeks were quite into nudity.

I will happily share the titles and ISBN with you for any future Greece studies.  We hit up the local library, I mean, free books right??

I never thought I would ever HS via unit study.  I grew up in the traditional public school setting, my educational bend is classical education with its focus on rote memorizing at the young ages I have… but I truly am seeing a benefit to this unit study style.  It is really working for my kids!!  Now, we still do classical in many senses, but I really love homeschooling for the variety and the ability to be eclectic with the kids’ education.

What’s Working or Not Working for us

The blasted TV!!  The kids were getting so focused on the reward of TV or trampoline play that I was finding lots of school work un-done, or straight up hidden under binders…. or in  the trash 😦

So during our school week, there is no electronics use (except for our Latin DVD and typing program) until after supper.  I would love to say it make instant improvement, but we all know children and reality.  We have also had some fit throwing and problems with motivation.  It happens.  I remember this phase with my oldest boy, so I am not looking forward to the battle with my 3rd child, but we got through it once… I keep reminding myself about that 😉

Boot Camp

I am doing a mild version of Boot Camp with my 4 yr old son.  Both my hubby and I were military and we know what it looks like.  The whole theory behind Military School is discipline, control, and order.  When my hubby was deployed in 2007, I had to institute it due to bad attitudes and behavior.  It was rough, I got pretty exhausted (especially being pregnant), but it helps and works for my boys.

In a nutshell, Boot Camp means that my 4 yr old has no opinion, no free time, and lots of physical exertion.  There are push ups, flutter kicks, and lap running in between activities, and NO free time, whatsoever.  It truly is tiring, but with a very nasty attitude, and the normal forms of discipline aren’t working, this is a necessary step.

Video to Share

A blogging buddy has some great videos on napkin folding for a Holiday meal or any dressed up dinner.  You may want to turn the volume down, however, since her dog was adding narration along with her.  You simply need to watch what she is doing anyway 😉

The activities

We didn’t leave the house, per se, but the activity of the house this week is dealing with a toddler on top of everything else 😉  Noah has decided that he has a definite opinion about everything and apparently was given both hubby’s and my stubborn streak… all in one child!  So he wants a bowl of cereal with milk in it… and yes there is a lot of spilled milk as he works it out.  He really doesn’t know that I have been barely adding a pittance of milk into his bowl and I hand him a baby spoon so that he really can’t use it.  The bright side: he has decided that bibs are now cool, so he is wearing it during this whole ‘independent eating’ phase.  Woo hoo for mommy.

Book List

Classical Kids, Laurie Carlson  #1556522908
this is an activity guide to ancient Greek life, art, dress, food…. great book!

The Arrow and the Lamp, Margaret Hodges  #0316367907
this is the story of Psyche

Jason and the Golden Fleece, C.J. Naden  #0893753602

Theseus and the Minotaur, Warwick Hutton  #068950473x

Hercules, Robert Burleigh  #8015201667

King Midas and the golden Touch, Nathaniel Hawthorne  #0152428003

The Olympians, Leonard Everett Fisher   #0823405222
this is a great, short, little narrative on each of the Greek gods, with none of the gruesome details 😉

Odysseus and the Cyclops, Warwick Hutton  #0689800363
again, great little retelling with no gory details shown, though the one soldier does get eaten, it just doesn’t show the details, nor does it actually show the cyclops being blinded.

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