I thought I would give you a look inside of our homeschool, including a review of our homeschool curriculum, a look inside our school room, and a review of a typical day, if there is one.
It’s difficult to say where our homeschooling day begins and ends. There is always an opportunity to teach, and to learn.
We have two children, ages 11 and 9. Both have been homeschooled from the beginning. In the very early years, we did a lot with Waldorf education. It was such a fun and gentle approach to schooling. We were introduced to lovely ideas and art materials, many of which I still use today.
However, when we started formal schooling, we weren’t comfortable with the Waldorf approach. We began our journey with Kolbe and gradually worked our way over to Memoria Press. While we still use some Memoria Press, I have found myself leaning more and more toward a Charlotte Mason education.
I have always been fond of Charlotte’s approach and have tried to incorporate it into my mothering. Recently, I have found myself preferring it as an approach to education as well.
Our School Day
Our school days, like our life, revolve around our Catholic faith.
We celebrate feast days, read about saints, study our catechism, and live out this identity on a daily basis. Our days begin and end with prayer. My day is sprinkled with much prayer throughout. It’s the only way I can succeed at this calling.
Our school day begins with Morning Time around 8:00am. The kids and I gather at the kitchen table for prayer, and work through a list of that day’s activities. Here are some of the resources we are using for Morning Time during these last couple of months of school.
- Our Holy Faith (Neuman Press)
- King David by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
- Angel Food (Neuman Press)
- The Mass for Children by Rev. William R. Kelly
- Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament
- Regina Coeli
- Morning Offering
- Scripture Memory Work: Psalm 23, Psalm 35:9, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Proverbs 22:29
Latin Prayer Study:
- Domine, non sum dignus (Lord, I am not worthy)
- Galen and the Gateway to Medicine by Jeanne Bendick
- The History of Medicine by John H. Tiner
- Our Universe, A Guide to What’s Out There by Russell Stannard
- Astronomy (Memoria Press)
- The Astronomy Adventure Kit by Home Science Adventures
- States and Capitals (Memoria Press)
- Paddle to the Sea Holling C. Holling
- Paddle to the Sea Unit Study (Catholic Inspired)
- Sequence States and Capitals Game
- Wakoo’s States and Capitals (Youtube)
- The Lady of Shallot by Lord Alfred Tennyson
- If by Rudyard Kipling
- My Side of the Mountain Trilogy by Jean Craighead George
- Nature Journals
- Laying Down the Rails – Obedience (Simply Charlotte Mason)
- Giotto (Simply Charlotte Mason)
- Beethoven (Simply Charlotte Mason)
- Chalk Pastels with Southern Hodgepodge (Youtube)
- Artistic Pursuits Book 1 Elements of Art and Composition
- Famous Men of Rome
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
- Regina Coeli (St. Gregory Hymnal)
- I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Singing the Great Hymns – Simply Charlotte Mason)
We do lots of narration for the books we are reading and while I read, the kids like to color.
This looks like a lot, but we don’t do everything every day. Generally speaking:
- It usually takes us about 2 hours to get through Morning Time
- After that, my 5th grader heads off to do her Rod and Staff Math 5, Rod and Staff English 5 and Second Form Latin
- I teach her any new concepts, review Latin words, and other things before she works independently to complete the work
- While I’m teaching her lessons, my 3rd grader is working on his Rod and Staff Math 3
- I then circle back and teach his Voyages in English 3 (Lepanto Press) and Latina Christiana I
Both kids are reading a literature book for school. My daughter is reading Little Women, which we tend to read together for tea time late in the afternoon. She is also keeping a vocabulary notebook for any words she doesn’t know. My son is working through Charlotte’s Web and Kensuke’s Kingdom.
We finish school by lunch leaving us the afternoon to get outside, read a good book, practice an instrument, or pursue whatever interest the day may present.
I hope you have enjoyed this little look into our school day.