Posted in Subject Math

How I Wish I’d Learned Math

For a free math curriculum that is based off this model, check out the Mathematics Enhancement Program from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching.

Posted in Nature Study, Our Adventures

Nature Study: Grapevine Beetle / Pelidnota Punctata

Mr. Chivalry and the kids saw one of these giant scarab beetles hanging around some grape vines.  The beetle was about the size of Mr. Chivalry’s thumb.  Apparently these beetles, also known as the Spotted June Beetle, like to eat grapes in mid-summer and do not cause a lot of damage to the vines.

Here are some links to further information about these beetles in case you want to know more about them:



Posted in Our Adventures, Reading & Literature

20 Lessons in and Taking Off

Boy Reading LACMA 54.89.61I decided to delay teaching reading to Enigma, 6, until Grade 1 because he is a Wiggly Willy and didn’t see the need for learning his alphabet until the past couple of months.  This past month, he showed an interest in trying to learn to read, so I got out 100 Easy Lessons to see if he was ready for it.  Boy, was he ever!

We are now just over 20 lessons in and Enigma has already read the following with minimal help in addition to his lessons:

  • Dan Can Add from Itty Bitty Phonics Readers
  • the first 5 I See Sam books
  • 3 Lessons from McGuffey’s Primer
  • 3 Lessons from Christian Liberty’s Kindergarten Phonics Reader “It is Fun to Read”

It is so exciting to see the lightbulb come on when a child realizes they really can do “that reading thing.”  Looks like I’ll soon have 3 readers for students!

Posted in Our Adventures, Reading & Literature

The “Morons”

Sunny, 8, has been working very hard at reading over the past couple of years and is reading at a Grade 2-3 level.  She is nearly fluent but still needs some help with sounding out new words.  Yesterday, she decided to read Bunnicula: The Vampire Bunny to me all in one sitting.  This is how the story begins:

My name is Harold.  I am a dog.  I live with the Monroes: Toby and Pete and Mr. and Mrs. Monroe.

We all got a great chuckle when Sunny read the passage as follows:

My name is Harold.  I am a dog.  I live with the MORONS: Toby and Pete and Mr. and Mrs. MORON.

Thankfully, we got the pronunciation sorted out by the end of the book.  It did make for entertaining listening while it lasted, though!


Posted in Our Adventures, Writing & Penmanship

Super Sentences


I was very impressed with these two sentences that Delightful, 10, wrote as part of her Christian Light Grade 5 Reading course.  The assignment was to use personification:

The ocean ate hungrily at the beach, devouring all the sand.


The volcano belched and heaved up great clouds of sulfur and acid.

Now, if only I could get her to consistently produce this level of quality writing!


Posted in Classical, Education & Homeschool News, Reading & Literature, Subject Math

A Classical Education Success Story

8+5=13 (additio)

Classically educated children score higher on standardized tests, and private education by nature costs more than public. ACCS schools average an annual price tag of $7,000.

But classical educators point to the success of Gregg’s Hope Academy as proof that classical education isn’t just for the privileged elite. Three-quarters of the students are from low-income families; 80 percent are ethnic minorities.

And yet their math and reading test scores are three times those of neighboring public schools.

Read more:

Posted in Our Adventures, Reading & Literature

From “T.H.E.” to Chapter Books


It’s hard to believe that just a short time ago, Sunny was still mastering reading and spelling the word “the.”  In the past two years, she has gone from working on phonics and very easy readers to now suddenly reading chapter books in Grade 2. Her favorites at the moment are the Magic Tree House series, which she is reading out loud to me at her chosen rate of about 3-4 chapters a day.  It’s a very exciting time.  The only thing that would have made it better for me energy-wise (I am battling hyperemesis gravidarum again) is if she had started on these chapter books BEFORE I read the entire series we own to her earlier this year.  Ah, well, small steps…