I can’t believe we’ve only been homeschooling for 11 days! At times it feels like we aren’t doing much, and at the same time I am amazed at all we have learned about:
- The Civil War
- Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
- Physics of catapults
- How to conduct a science experiment
- Super gross Land Planarians
Today the girls each made their own “Book of Centuries.” At the beginning of the year I thought it would be cool to make a big timeline that we could constantly be adding to as we learned about things throughout the year. I didn’t know this idea was already part of the Charlotte Mason homeschool method, except CM suggests a “Book of Centuries” rather than a timeline. I like the way the books are portable–much more manageable than a giant timeline spanning the living room wall. The books also help the girls visualize when different historical events occurred in relation to each other. I also think the girls retain the information better because the events they enter into their books are things they are already learning about or interested in.
I added tabs for each century so they could easily flip back and forth when entering information. Examples of information they have entered:
- Shakespeare’s birthday
- The publication dates of different books we have read
- The beginning and end of the Civil War
- Their own birthdays
You can make your own book of centuries using a binder and this free pdf from Simply Charlotte Mason.
Recently I’ve wanted the girls to spend more time re-learning some of the great things they have been studying and exploring. My complaint about total unschooling is that it can feel a little disjointed at times. I decided that a monthly project focused on one thing would allow them to delve deeper academically rather than constantly be flitting from one thing to the next. The girls also really enjoyed putting projects together and giving presentations during their time in public school.
For September, Sera chose hummingbirds and Amelie chose Little Women. In addition to the other things they are learning and exploring, they have to set aside a little time each day to research for their projects.
Besides beginning her Book of Centuries and starting her project, Amelie worked a little more on multiplication. I noticed from her work in her Book of Centuries that she needs to work on her number/year sequencing and also her handwriting. Thinking of creative ways to weave that in.