Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #103


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this is a link-up aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.




Don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards that are a part of the All Things Classical List!

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Also, please remember to only link up posts that have to do with homeschooling using the classical model of education.  Thank you for understanding this link-up's theme.



Featured Posts from Last Week


Here are three great post from last week that are jam packed with helpful information and resources!






Gena was the last to link up, so a lot of you missed this one, but I really think it's worth a look!



The Ultimate Guide to Classical Curriculum from Aspired Living.  This one wins the 'most clicked' honor from last week!



This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <a href="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNtNfqeG_W4/U0qj7mUZCfI/AAAAAAAAFbo/vhEStFGbogw/s1600/Trivium+Tuesdays+-+button.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

I will visit each of your blogs this week and feature my favorite link-up for all to see next week!  Also, if your blog has a button I will place it on my sidebar (under Friends to Visit) for the week until it is replaced by the next week's favorite =)


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Friday, April 11, 2014

10 Things To Do With Your Children Ages 13-15

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This post contains an affiliate link to the book that we are going through.

Welcome to another week of the Teaching the Trivium book club!  I am so excited to read and discuss this book along with you.  I loved the discussion last week and would love to hear from more of you!  Today we talk about teaching children in the Logic Stage.


Chapter 13 - Ten Things To Do With Your Children Ages Thirteen Through Fifteen


The Bluedorns place the logic stage from ages 13-15.  As I read this chapter I had to keep reminding my self that we were still in the logic stage, because typically when I think of 15 year olds, I'm thinking rhetoric stage.  Just like in the previous chapter, they go through ten things to be focusing on with your children that are in the 13-15 year age range.  Early in the chapter they state,

"Early teens are developing into thinking, reasoning, questioning creatures.  They are no longer content to know what happened; they want to know why."




What age have you noticed your children transition from the grammar stage to the logic stage?





Before getting into the meat of the chapter, the Bluedorns give an encouragement to parents to keep on keeping on with homeschooling, even as their children get older.  They note that as children grow and the material they need to learn gets harder, many parents give up or assume that the children would be better served in a classroom school.  I loved what they said on page 394:

Homeschooling is for parents...We now have another opportunity to learn these things as we teach them to our children.




What are your homeschooling plans as your children get older?  

Do you want to continue homeschooling or do you think you will send them to school?




Instead of going through each of the 10 things one-by-one this time, I am going to just pull out some key points.  As we get to these older levels, I feel less able to comment and more like I'm just soaking in information!  I hope that some of your with children in (or past) this stage will provide some further insight!


Logic Stage Students Should Be...


  • Developing theologically.  "He does not just know what the Bible says...he is developing an idea of what it means."  (pg 394)

  • Continuing in oral narration

  • Using maps and timelines to orient themselves to events in history

  • Transitioning to written narration. Just a few sentences at first, then progressing to passages.

  • Writing essays and creative stories

  • Speaking in front of other, either by doing speeches or debates

  • Continuing in their Greek and/or Latin studies

  • Continuing in their Math

  • Increasing their science discoveries by beginning a systematic study of the difference fields of science

  • Learning to play an instrument, draw, or at least appreciate the art and music of others


The Father's Role


At the end of the chapter, the Bluedorns take a page to talk about the role of the father in the homeschool family.  I really liked a few things they had to say in this section:

The classical homeschool is not just Latin and Logic.  It is a way of life. (pg 409)

So true!  I'm sure any of you could second  that statement.  I think most homeschoolers in general could affirm this, whether they are classical in method or not.

Daddy only has so much time with the children, so make the best use of it. (pg 409)

I'm trying to remember this one =)  Sometimes I get a little nervous when my husband starts teaching the kids something, simply because it is not on "The Plan."  After the initial nervousness, I realize how awesome it is that my son loves looking at maps with my husband and what a great asset it is that my husband can teach my son those things in a natural way!

Also, the Bluedorns mention a scenario when a dad might call for his son to help him with something and that would pull the son away from his books.  They say, "by all means, let the lawn mower win."  I was encouraged by that =)




How is Dad involved in your homeschool?

Are their certain subjects that your husband teaches the kids?





Thanks for reading along this week!  Leave comments here on the blog post, or share about it on social media (#ClassicalMamasRead).  I'll be sharing too, so follow me on facebook, twitter, or google+ and we can chat about it there as well!  Don't forget, if you want to share your thoughts about Teaching the Trivium on your own blog, link it up below so we can all come and visit!


Next week we will be talking about chapter thirteen of Teaching the Trivium.  If you haven't gotten your own copy yet, make sure you check your library or order one soon so you can be ready for next time!  Also, this is a 600+ page book, so I am only touching on certain points of each chapter.  There is so much great information that I am not covering, so if this discussion interests you, you are going to want to make sure to pick up your own copy so you can read more!



Classical Mamas Read Link-Up



Did you write about Teaching the Trivium on your blog?  Have you been reading and blogging about another book (for you, not a children's book)?  Do you have a book club going on at your blog (once again, not for a children's book)?  I'd love for you link up here so we can all be encouraged by each other and maybe find another great book to read!

I think I'm going to keep this link-up ongoing since there aren't going to be a huge number of posts and then anyone new will be able to be encouraged by the other book reading ideas and discussions.  If the number of posts gets too large, I will fix it.

Please note, all posts must be on topic (about a book you are reading) and appropriate (think family friendly).


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elemental Science - Biology for the Grammar Stage

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My son is 5 years old this school year and I decided at the beginning of the year to include science into our curriculum plans. We had done lots of Charlotte Mason style nature studies in his preschool years, but I wanted to be a little more formal this year. At the same time, I wanted something simple enough that it wouldn't be too daunting for a kindergartener.

Being a classical homeschooler, I decided to take the advice of The Well Trained Mind and I bought the Kingfisher first Encyclopedia of Animals. Two times a week we would read about a different animal. When time permitted, I would go to the library and find simple, living books about the animals for the week to read in addition to the page in the Kingfisher encyclopedia. Then I created some Animal Kingdom Notebooking Pages to fill out about the animals. It was a really nice rhythm of reading together (which my kids really enjoy) and then documenting a bit about what we learned.

Then my son started asking for experiments.

Come read how I solved that problem using Elemental Science!  

You can read my review at The Curriculum Choice.


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Do You Ever Think of Starting A Blog?

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If you are a reader here, chances you read other blogs too.  Chances are that at some point or another you have thought about starting a blog yourself (if you don't already have one).  Am I right?  Maybe you see other people share the fun things that they do in their homeschool and you'd like to share you ideas too.  Maybe you've heard that bloggers can make money, and you would like to make some money from your home as well.  Maybe you see the opportunities that homeschool bloggers get to work with curriculum companies and you would like to try out some new curriculum too!

I remember a few years ago when I started reading blogs.  I loved the encouragement I would receive from people I didn't even know, and the great ideas I would find because I could search out like-minded people.

When my son turned two, I began having preschool times with him a few times a week.  We would learn letters and colors and things like that.  In my personal life, I have a lot of support for homeschooling, but I would often get the question "What exactly do you do with him?  How do you teach a 2 year old?"

Now, for those of us who read blogs about education, these are silly questions because there is a ton of information and ideas and examples out there, but five years ago that wasn't the case.  I decided I would try to start a blog to share what my plans were for teaching my son each week.  My desire was to show others how they could also teach their little ones at home!

Slowly but surly, Living and Learning at Home has morphed into what you see today.

Back then:
  • I had a few general topics I would write about
  • I didn't have many readers, so if I didn't write, no one noticed =)
  • I didn't have advertisers
  • The blog didn't make any money
  • I had no product to sell
  • My blog was purely a hobby

Now:
  • I have a vision and am quite focused in my writing 
  • My readership has grown and has come to count on regular series such as Trivium Tuesdays and Classical Mamas Read
  • I partner with companies that I love and am able to share great products with you
  • I have seen my work pay off and I make a little money from ebook sales, advertisers, affiliate marketing, and sponsored posts
  • I sell copywork packs, and that has grown so much that I needed to start a separate site for it, Classical Copywork
  • I consider this a part-time profession.  No, I don't make a lot, but I feel like my work here is worth my effort now.

Pin ItWhat I love about blogging is that you can start for free and you can play around with it and see if it's something you like to do without anyone even having to know =)

If the thought of starting a blog has been rolling around in your head, I encourage you to give it a shot!  If you have no where to start, the ladies from the iHomeschool Network are here to help!  We have each contributed our area of expertise into approximately 700 pages of blogging goodness!

If you already have a blog, but you have questions about website design, growing your blog, getting sponsors, etc., these books will be so helpful to you!

From today until April 20th, you can get both iBlog and iBlog Pro together for a great deal!  Visit the iBlog website to learn more and purchase this great bundle.  You can even see the table of contents for each book so you can know exactly what you are getting!

Let me know if you take the plunge and start blogging!


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #102


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this is a link-up aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.




Don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards that are a part of the All Things Classical List!

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Also, please remember to only link up posts that have to do with homeschooling using the classical model of education.  Thank you for understanding this link-up's theme.



Featured Post from Last Week



It looks like my favorite from last week was also yours!  Brandy, from Half a Hundred Acre Woods, got the most clicks with her post about schedules using The Well Trained MindShe breaks down the recommended subjects and times for each grade into their own chart.  Even if you don't follow The Well Trained Mind, it is a really great visual as to how a school day could be laid out.  Thanks for sharing, Brandy!


Classical Curriculum Giveaway



Yesterday, three of us got together to offer a great giveaway consisting of over $200 worth of classical homeschooling curriculum.  Well, really Kyle from Aspired Living did all the work =)




This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please place my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) on your blog post so others can learn about this link-up!
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

I will visit each of your blogs this week and feature my favorite link-up for all to see next week!  Also, if your blog has a button I will place it on my sidebar (under Friends to Visit) for the week until it is replaced by the next week's favorite =)


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