Any time I’ve attempted to set down what we do in a day I’ve tried to write things up as we do them. I started off quite well most days this week but then got sidetracked. We’re using AmblesideOnline Year 7 with some modifications. (I posted this year’s plans here). This is what I managed to record of the week:
Wonder of wonders, I woke up about 7am and went for a walk – the first timeI\’ve done this in about two or three weeks.
8am – woke up Moozle (Monday is not her favourite day.) Breakfast and some morning jobs.
We started lessons about 9am:
* Picture Study (John Constable)
* Literature (Watership Down, which she reads herself)
* Devotions, memory work, I read a poem or two
* Read Aloud: The Gift of Music – listened to a piece by Corelli and then Vivaldi – Moozle draws while I read. She’s using Draw 50 Buildings & Other Structures as part of her Architecture studies:
* Short cello practice
At about 12.15pm we go to cello lessons. She has an hour and a half’s lesson and practices about an hour or more a day as she’s preparing for an exam in late October. We use the time in the car to listen to our folksong, hymn & French song.
2.30pm – We had lunch & did our own individual reading. I checked emails, put on some washing, hung some out & brought some in…
When she finished lunch she continued her work – this week she did Geography.
We don’t do maths on a Monday or much written work.
I started making dinner around and 4pm Moozle went outside to build “Queen Eleanor’s bower,” and after dinner she went to ballet. After doing Highland Dancing for many years we had to stop lessons when her teacher changed her hours so since the middle of last year she’s been doing ballet, which she also loves. I listened to this Circe podcast while I was making dinner; it was very good:
“On Cultivating Wise Movie-watchers” – When to let kids make their own decisions about movies, why the MPAA ratings aren’t useful guidelines, why the philosophies in films are often more important to avoid than things like s*x, violence, and language, movies and filmmakers that will help students learn to watch wisely, & much more.
I managed to fit a walk in again.
* French (watched half of the video for the week’s lesson)
* Read Ivanhoe
* Cello Practice
* Ten Fingers for God – devotional reading on her own
* Devotions, memory work, Plutarch
* Churchill’s Birth of Britain – reads this herself. This is her written narration from the book:
* Swimming in the afternoon – we do this in rain, hail & shine, all year – unless there’s an electrical storm.
* Maths in the evening after dinner
Wednesday & Thursday – I forgot to write down what we did but it would have included science readings & notebook, French, Latin, Maths, Cello, History, Century Chart, Copywork.
We did a lesson on similes from The Grammar of Poetry and discussed some notable examples from ‘My Family & Other Animals.’
Today was the first day of spring here in Australia . We have a tradition of going for a walk on this day to check out what signs of spring we can see so we headed off at 8am.
Home for breakfast…and then:
Moozle did Copywork, French, and a Literature reading. Oral narration followed, then we both got out our nature notebooks and listened to Vivaldi while we did our entries. Moozle wrote down the ‘firsts’ of the season and then tried out some crayons & watercolour:
Benj has Fridays off from university and teaches swimming in the morning. After lunch all three of us went to an appointment which took about an hour and then we returned home.
Afternoon work for Moozle:
* Reading on her own & then oral narration afterwards
* We took turns reading a section of Beowulf aloud
* Cello practice
* I read The Wonder Book of Chemistry aloud while she continued her work on “Queen Eleanor’s bower.”
The boys took Dad out for dinner & a football game tonight for an early Father’s Day gift so Moozle & I watched Ann of Green Gables, the Sequel, together.
In one of the scenes Ann told her class to open up The Oxford Book of Verse, a book we’re using this year, and when Marilla & Mrs Lynde were having tea together we noticed that the tea set they were using looked just like ours:
Five weeks into AO year 7 and I’m still juggling our schedule. Cello and musicianship take up quite a bit of time and they’re high priority at present which means that some other areas are getting squeezed out or slowed down. That has happened in the past with my older ones as they all studied an instrument.
I don’t regret the time spent in nurturing the arts. I’ve observed that the discipline of music study and the appreciation of beauty that comes with spending time with great art has extended into all areas of our children’s lives. It has paid rich dividends later on as adults, not to mention the pleasure they gain and give by being proficient with their instruments.