An Atmosphere, A Discipline, A Life…
A Charlotte Mason Education
I’m loving notebooking instead of worksheets. The kids can be so creative!
I believe in a good foundation and being open to questions and conversation about God and the Bible.
Here is Elizabeth writing her daily Bible journal.
I got this devotional for her. We have the Hands On Bible, but she uses her KJV. She’s been doing well with the readings and answering the question each day.
She just recently completed the kids’ version of The Bible in 90 Days. I introduced her to the SOAP journal method from Mom’s Toolbox. She loved that. She has a desk, but she always writes with her notebook in her lap.
Big sister is a mother’s helper.
Elizabeth spends much of her time with her siblings, helping with preschool and watching the baby.
She does well teaching them and often makes it more fun than I would do!
Here are Victoria and Alexander playing with the alphabet on our magnet chalkboard. Elizabeth is there mostly making sure that Alex doesn’t eat all the letters. He is Babyzilla. :)
I want all my kids to love each other and get along well and we instill good habits and love through free time and play. Good relationships are important.
We often have tea time to wind down in the afternoons.
So, we went bowling one day…Victoria won! We are continuing ice skating lessons. The girls are all getting much better! I want the kids to be active and healthy.
We went on a nature walk and were excited to see winter plants and birdies. We have never lived anywhere to experience winter before! It was nice that the temperatures have been in the 40s so we could get outside and look around.
We’re all loving geography…We’re studying Russia this week and working our way through the US states. We learn with books, maps, drawing and coloring.
We roughly use Ambleside Online for Elizabeth’s curriculum. She is in Year 4. She loves to read and loves history, so it’s a good fit. We love the reading lists for living books in history. It helps it come alive for us and I learn so much too!
Liz takes piano lessons and we learn about composers, hymns, and folk music along with our history timeline.
We love art and learn about artists and create our own crafts and projects.
We’re learning Latin, and I introduce some vocabulary weekly in Spanish, French, and German. I feel it’s super important to learn languages.
I love poetry, Shakespeare, the classics. I have a degree in English, so I love to read and instill a love for reading in my kids. We can never have too many books!
We started off using The Well-Trained Mind and have felt more comfortable with the eclectic approach lately. I have much of Liz’s reading material on our new iPad and that’s working out very well that it’s so portable and we’re not worrying about carrying lots of books when we’re out and about. We have some really cool educational apps too!
The Adventurer says
lots of good stuff going on in your home:) Stopping by from workboxes.
How exciting! You used the button I made! Yipee! So thankful that you have an Ipad . . those seem to be such great school tools! Don’t worry–we have plenty of footed PJ’s around here!