Classical Christian Homeschool
There is nothing better than measuring everything in the house with your own created measuring tape! Next month we will make our own scale!
I am always looking for trees to climb in Central Park. Such a great skill to have!
Eleazar and I love watching sunsets! It feels like the world gets renewed over and over again.
Brighton beach and Chelsea piers are our favorite places to be in the evening. Magical!
This amazing tree, called Osage Orange tree, grows right here in Central Park. The fruits are big and have an incredible sweet smell, one of my favorite, perhaps. We love to collect them and play with them right there in the park. You can not even imagine how many new friends we met all because of those "fancy" fruits!
I will not study history formally this year. I will continue reading out loud to Eleazar from "The story of the world". We are in chapter 6 "The Rise of Islam" in volume 2: The Middle Ages. We read and discuss 1 short chapter every day. As fascinating as history might be, it is not my favorite subject and since I am not passionate about it enough, I don't want to spend my time on creating timelines and trying to make Eleazar remember all the dates and names. I consider history a "reading material" and not a study material, roughly speaking. In addition to "The story of the world" we read a lot of books from the local library on all sorts of historical events and famous people.
After we are done with "The story of the world", I will start reading "Our island story" by Forrest, "The chronicles of Sir John Froissart" by Froissart and Holden, and "Our country's flag and the flags of foreign countries" by Holden. All are public domain books and can be googled easily.
In addition, for every National holiday we will read appropriate stories about the events and main historical leaders.
Our new globe arrived in the mail 3 days ago! A week ago I started to read to Eleazar "Geographical readers for elementary schools" by C. Mason. I love the way this book is written: informal yet thought provoking. Great read! And, again, it is a public domain book! As we read the stories, we find the places on our map or globe. We do the same when we read our history book.
I will not study geography formally in a classroom setting. Reading is enough for me.
Recently we read a lot about Constantinople and we are planning to visit the city (Istanbul) next year! It is going to be a blast!
This school year we will continue reading stories from Elson Basic Readers. Right now we are finishing Book 3, so in September we will start Book 4. These stories are our absolute favorite! Each story is followed by a set of questions to answer.
I might abandon "The Eclectic Readers" completely, because very often they are simply ridiculous and a little bit annoying. Luckily for me, Eleazar has a very good sense of humor and he finds the stories very "entertaining". At this point I have not decided yet.
We will start a formal study of Russian this year. I chose a very old textbook, called "Букварь" from 1959. We will try to cover the whole book in 1 year. Also we will work on cursive writing in Russian.
I will use a combination of 2 sources: "Integrated Chinese" traditional character edition and Pimsleur Chinese online. We will continue studying Chinese calligraphy and Chinese ink painting.
We will read Chinese stories from "Harmony" by Conover and Chen Hui. They are written both in English and Chinese. Since I am personally interested in I Qing, we will study it as well with English translation, of course.