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It has been a while

The last couple of months have gone by in a blur.  DS is in a co-op writing class where we have 8 boys all aged 11-13 and one girl in the same age range. It makes for quite a lively group.  The one girl is usually pretty quiet, but the boys are anything but. It would be nice if they learned to take turns answering the questions and raised their hands.

DS has been writing quite well, too. He had difficulty with the latest assignment which required him to write from a picture or comic strip with the words removed.  He decided to use Comic Life, a comic writing program, to put in pictures of some of his favorite game heroes and to then write about them. His result was a nearly 3 page product. We are using one of IEW’s writing courses so there are very specific directions for what must be included in each paragraph. He writes his rough draft, I edit it, and then another mom corrects the final product.

We are blessed to have in our homeschool group a mom who is a published author. She has sons around the same age as DS.  Her boys are also in the writing class.

One of the tools I have used over the years for my children’s homeschool writing and projects is Notebooking Pages. I really like the Notebooking Publisher, and I have a lifetime membership to Notebookingpages.com.  I have used the pages to create notebooks and workbooks as well as to have my son use a template and type in his report right into the form. He can then just print it out. He can make a really nice looking document.

They have Black Friday specials coming up at Notebooking Pages. I highly recommend checking it out.

 

In full swing

We are in full swing of the homeschool year here.  With a 13 year old boy this is proving to be quite a challenge.Perhaps it is because he is the youngest that he is also more difficult at this age than I recall any of the others being.

We are again using an eclectic mixture of curricula.  We are finishing up Connecting With History volume 2 and will soon begin volume 3.  For Science we have Holt Earth Science.  DS has begun Algebra this year with Systematic Mathematics Introducing Algebra. We are using the eighth grade Seton readers and Adventures in American Literature from Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.  This last is an older literature book and contains some great stories. I really prefer using the older books for literature because they contain actual literature.  So many of the newer books contain drivel.

Our history program also contains great literature. Our homeschool adventure is heavy on reading. Historical fiction takes us back in time to the periods we are studying and helps to put the way of life into perspective.  I know DS is looking forward to getting into the medieval literature all about knights and squires.  The very subjects his sister abhorred are a great draw on his interest.

Dear Lord,

Please help me to be the mother and teacher you desire me to be. May I seek Your guidance in all I do and may I see Your face in my children.

Amen.

Notebooking Pages Sale and Giveaway

I use notebooking pages to make creative writing papers, study just about anything, and to make notebooks for the subjects we are studying. There are loads of freebies on the pages, and they have a sale and a great giveaway going on right now.