Thursday, October 16, 2014

Exploring the Excretory System!

Today we explored the excretory system with the kids.  I had a couple models planned, along with a few demonstrations and a surprising end to the day for the kids!  We had cowgirls and boys for our history dress up this week.  I loved seeing some of the kids bring their mop horses I had made in September!  Sarah chose to wear a costume horse she had from a few years ago!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tackling the Tin Whistle!

No subject can strike fear into the hearts of Tutors and Moms around the country, like teaching the tin whistle!  =)  Truth be told, it definitely has not been my favorite subject to teach.  It's not that I don't like music - I do!  It's more because I considered music to be something I was not necessarily good at.  I never had formal instruction playing an instrument and I never learned to read sheet music - so obviously, I was never taught any music theory before CC either.  However, it has definitely gotten easier as the years have ticked by and I have learned to find great value in music theory and even in teaching the tin whistle.  Here are a few things that I hope will encourage you and be of help, as you tackle the tin whistle this year.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Patriotic Copywork- "4 Pack" Giveaway!

I'm excited to tell you about a neat new offering from that sharp young lady, Amy Maze, who you may recognize from either Living and Learning at Home or Classical Copywork!  Amy has designed a Patriotic Copywork Pack and she is offering two (2) free "4 Pack" copies to giveaway, here at Solagratiamom™!  This is great copywork for Classical Conversations' curriculum users especially, as it lines up with Cycle 3 beautifully!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Digestive System!

This week we got messy and tackled understanding the digestive system!  It was a very kid funny topic, that had some surprising results.  Our dress up this week - Pioneers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fun Ways to Jump Start for Essentials of English Grammar!

I have gotten questions from parents wondering how they can prepare their younger kids for the Essentials of English Grammar.  If you are using the Classical Conversations® Foundations curriculum, then there is nothing formal that needs to be done, beyond memorizing the English Grammar memory work for each "cycle" (and definitely don't discount that one - it will go a LONG way towards making Essentials easier!  (Essentials is Classical Conversation's class they offer children in 3rd Grade and up, focusing on English Grammar), there are few things that I think are fun that would definitely provide exposure to concepts, that they will be learning when they get there.  If you are not in Classical Conversations®, then these are just great ways to make English Grammar fun for anyone getting their kids ready for a formal Grammar program!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

5 Senses - Models and Activities!

This week in Wonderful Wednesday, we focused on one of my favorite things to explore with children, sensory activities!  We made models for the tongue, ear, nose and eye.  It was a jam packed day and we ran long, but it was lots of fun.  Our dress up was George Washington for this week, with some creative costumes and fun!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The U.S. and Nervous System!

Welcome to the fourth week of Wonderful Wednesday!  We dressed up anything USA, to go along with learning the history of America's beginnings, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence!  We started out our day together like always, lap booking our way through the weeks' memory work.  We did a fun abstract drawing of a face in our lapbooks, which I have done previously.  It's great for Tutors to use in class for abstract drawing week!