It has been more than a month since we are back to school. This year we will continue our usual routine with all the subjects we had last year. The only things I will try to change are our drawing class and arts and crafts.
In English we follow "Essentials of spelling" with short dictations every Friday. Right now we are in Grade Three week four. We also use Sewell's "Language lessons" for introductory grammar and writing. We will be memorizing poems from "A child's garden of verses" by Stevenson. Right now we work on "The unseen playmate".
For reading we have Elson-Gray Basic readers for Grade Six. We are 2/3 through the book and then we will move on to the English literature. We already started reading some of the old Celtic tales like the "Tain Bo Chuailgne". Eleazar absolutely loves it! The only troubles are the names!
Our teaching plan got approved! Just as I always said it, "Our DOE is the best".
While tomorrow is a day of hard work, today I still have some time to watch a nice detective story!
Recently I have been reading "The picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.
Dorian Gray made a wish for his portrait to change instead of him and his wish actually came true.
This thing with a wish influenced me and as Lord Henry says, "There is no such a thing as a good influence". I had to learn it the hard way.
One day I said to my husband that I wished so badly (without actually thinking it through) for my phone and my email accounts all disappear. Ridiculously...two weeks later all data on my iPhone got erased and I happened not to have any kind of back up. I had a clean phone! I was so shocked that I could not say a word. (That's a lie. I was yelling hysterically all evening!!!) I had children birthdays to attend and had no numbers to call the parents. My sister contacted me in a couple of days and gave me all the contact numbers for my family members. I said to her that it could be a sign of some sort and her reply was, "Learn to back up your phone, blondie". She is much much blonder than me, by the way:)
Then a week later my main email address stopped working completely. The message said I had too many emails and that I was out of storage space. I looked at my inbox and was really surprised to notice that the number of my unread emails alone was exceeding 10,000. So I started to erase them, first by trying to sort them out and then just by randomly moving them to the trash folder. My email address would still not work. After a week of erasing and emptying the trash bin I finally selected all 9,000, which were left, and clicked the delete button in a state of complete despair. I got my inbox completely empty but my email address would still not work har-har-har.
Then I decided to update my Skype application and, after I did that, some of the contacts started to appear pending instead of active.
So it seems to me the wish is DEFINITELY WORKING! HOORAY! (Just kidding). The good news is I still have my mailing address and I LOVE getting postcards, especially if they are drawn by hand.
Oscar Wilde is a man of dangerous mind. Don't try his tricks.
Yesterday after we came home from the beach I remembered that the paperwork to DOE was due August 15th. I don't even know how I made myself sit down and write that plan:) ....But! the plan got written and this morning we submitted it to DOE. You can look it up in my "Teaching plans" page.
Often I read things online about other parents' experiences with our DOE homeschooling office. Some of it is quite negative. Honestly, I don't even imagine how one can have any problems with our DOE because it literally takes me 2 minutes at the office to do all I need: drop my plan and my letter of intent and fill out three lines of my home address on the metro card form. That's it. It does not even feel like a visit. Maybe, one day they will give me trouble...haha...We will live and see :)
I keep everything very simple. I saw online some letters of intent quoting the NY state homeschooling regulations and other things. I never did that. My letter of intent usually has one line: "I will homeschool my son in 2016-2017". That's it. They never even asked me a question. When it comes to the plan I write down only the most important things because in reality I do so much more than what is mentioned in the plan. I had a strong temptation to submit the plans which I use for myself when I teach but then I felt sorry for the person who would have to read it. Too much:)
When you get to Brighton beach, exit the subway station on the beach side and right by the subway entrance you will see them selling all sorts of buns- meat, potato, cabbage, peas. The buns are $1.50 each and one bun will keep you hunger free for the whole day on the beach.
Here is a short math puzzle that we like about those buns.
Six hedgehogs need to divide 5 cabbage buns between themselves in such a way that none of the buns will be split into six equal parts.
Eleazar loves this type of puzzles. You can use different numbers for it: 7 hedgehogs and 6 buns, 5 hedgehogs and 12 buns, etc. And it is a fun thing to do right there at the beach if you get tired of swimming and digging deep.
Better than summer rain can be only summer rain on Brighton Beach.
We literally have the whole beach for ourselves. And there is mud EVERYWHERE. And how can anyone not spend hours in the mud?!
This summer is awesome! and I am so behind with all my homeschooling paperwork for DOE.
We met for a math class last Thursday and this is one of the things that I had prepared for the kids.
A ghost has three oil lamps. The first lamp uses 1 lbs of oil in 1 night, the second lamp uses twice as much oil as the first lamp, and the third lamp uses 3 lbs of oil in 1 night.
Now, this ghost has a special tradition when it comes to using his oil lamps. He lights up the first two lamps during the first 10 nights and on the 11th night he adds the third lamp.
For how many nights will the lamps burn if there are 90 lbs of oil in the ghost's storage?
Ok. In the beginning the kids were enthusiastic about the story. They drew the lamps and the owner of the lamps. They were able to figure many things on their own and with certain things I had to help them. Then we got to the part, where I wanted them to write down all the steps of the solution and here it started. There are seven steps and my poor kids thought it was some kind of sophisticated torture exercise because I kept on asking, "And how many oil lamps this and that....?". After a certain point the kids started to give me just random answers about those ridiculous oil lamps and it was frustrating and hilarious at the same time.
When it was all over, I turned to my friend, who was there, and I said to her, "It was a complete failure. I totally lost them." My friend, who is the sweetest person on earth, said, "You did great. Really. They are little but they have to learn it anyway. Let me buy you lunch".
Hahaha Those oil lamps. Argh. Never again.
The deep fried buns with cabbage are way too good. Other than that there is nothing else what not to like on Brighton beach.
Hello! My name is Ilona Yershov. I live with my husband and my son Eleazar in NYC. I homeschool my son in a Classical Christian style. Thank you for stepping by!