Monday, October 10, 2011

A Peek At Some Recent School Activities

It seems that we're finally full swing into our school schedule. We've got our regular home work schedule as well as our American Studies co-op on Monday afternoons and our Montessori/Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes on Friday mornings. Throw soccer and karate into the mix and we are BUSY! I am proud of the boys and of all that we're learning together.

Ray's handwriting is really looking great!

Adam's learning to read some simple three letter words.

Ray loves practicing Math facts.

Spelling with our bottle cap letters ---

Ray's amazing sentence!
 Ray is participating in an exciting new class on Friday mornings. It's called "CHAT" and it's based on the classical model of education. Each week the class (of 1st and 2nd graders) does a quick overview of topics in each subject area. They listen to recordings (songs and spoken sentences) of the topics at home all week. They practice memorization skills. They are learning about 24 periods of world history! Each week in class they do an activity related to one of the topics. For the first several weeks they are focusing on chemistry! I am privileged to be able to help in their class.... and I am learning so much! It's amazing to me what these children can absorb and learn. The best part is that they are building a foundation or a framework where they will be able to organize and expand their learning through the years. I wish I had been taught this way!

During the first part of class, the children have snacks. (They've just come from their religious education session.) During snack time, each student gets up and gives a short, informal  presentation on the weekly topic.

They march and dance and clap to the various songs that are part of their lessons.

Here's Ray working on a really cool project! (More on this next week!)

After class on Friday, several families headed to a local park for a picnic lunch and play time. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we had a wonderful time playing and visiting with our friends.  My heart was full of peace and joy as I thought, "THIS is what I want for my children!"

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