Monday, November 5, 2018

A new school year!

We got off to a late start this year, but for all the best reasons. For most of September we were travelling and visiting family in the Northwest Territories! Our first day of school was actually Thanksgiving Monday.

Here are some shots of our first few weeks.

First Day Excitement

The littlest scholar!

Grade 3

Excited for Grade 1!

Nature Study

Learning about mushrooms

I love this picture - Kids running off with the school bus in the background!

Autumn tree study nature journalling 

Of course, she needs her own nature journal!

Afternoon nature walk

An ordinary day

Colouring along with natural history

Practicing handwriting!

"My math!!"

Note the missing teeth!

Pumpkin Day!

We experimented with whether pumpkins sink or float (and why), studied the cross section and seed pattern of both big and small pumpkins, did drawings, baked seeds, and baked the fruit.

Of course, there was carving too! This year the kids went with a starry night theme.

All lit up...

We're off to a great start!

This year, we're trying something a little different. Instead of following/modifying Ambleside Online, we are trying out another Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast. This program combines more subjects for the kids, and I liked the idea of doing our main work together as a family. We'll be journeying through early Canadian history this year. It will be interesting to compare to AO as we go along. There are some aspects of the new curriculum that really fit our current season of life and make things a little easier for me, but I also still feel like an Amblesider at heart!

Whatever the curriculum, I'm looking forward to our shared learning, exploring great books and ideas, and experiencing our big wonderful world!

~ Lindsey

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