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Volume 5

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  As we gathered for our Volume 5 study we decided to add in the reading of Atomic Habits. We also discovered the blog series by Karen Glass! It was perfect timing for our group study. Below you'll find how we broke up our readings, and links to the Karen Glass blog series! Month 1 - Atomic Habits chapter 1/Vol 5 to page 48 James Clear has a great e-mail list! Sign up for his resources here: https://jamesclear.com/newsletter Karen Glass/Ann White introduction Karen Glass forming habits (older children) Some notes from my reading in this section is to review "Self Pity" from Volume 4. Power of attention and changing thought patterns is a common theme in the volumes! Month 2 - Atomic Habits chapters 2+3/Vol 5 pg 48-97 You can watch this video of James Clear discussing the 4 Laws of Behavior Change Karen Glass (focusing on pages 70-71 Charlotte Mason on authority is a great subject to dive into. There are places throughout all her volumes that guide parents on principles.

2022-2023 School Planning

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Planning out an entire year of school is a pretty daunting task, but I love every minute of it! I love reflecting and watching how each year has grown and blossomed in its own way, yet always toward a destination of adulthood for my children. I see my failures as I reflect but also see the beauty of this process of education for my children. I have hopes and dreams for them and pray every day that the ideas cultivated through the living books and experiences will continue to shape their character and being. I pray that they won't forget the tears that I have shed in the many read alouds and times of worship with them, and pray they always remember the laughter and joy that we share within our rich community of friendships! I have a lot to share in this post and look forward to revisiting it again next year as I see what goals we have been able to achieve through consistent practice and work. Something Cindy Rollins said at a Wild + Free conference several years ago was "inspec

2021-2022 Year End Review

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This time last year I remember sitting at my computer typing out all my plans for the upcoming school year curriculum. It is such a blessing to sit here at the completion and see all the rich experiences we were able to have throughout the year! This will probably be a long post! I like to be thorough that way I can come back at a later date and see what events I might have forgotten. I will still organize the subjects in the three main topics: The knowledge of God, the knowledge of man, and the knowledge of the universe. If you want to go back to the post last year and see how I organized everything in the planning click here! The Knowledge of God Bible Reading - I feel that this year was not as consistent at following along through an entire book of the Bible. We did have many wonderful lessons in scripture through Sunday worship together, (almost) daily personal devotion time, and scripture memorization. Since I can look back and see that more attention is needed to the consistent

2022-2023 Folk Songs and Hymns

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My favorite part of planning the next year of school is choosing our folk songs and hymns. Searching for the recordings I want to use are also a fun process for me and I love sharing them in case others would like to use them as well! To see past year plans of the songs we chose check out 2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018 . 2017 To download a lyric sheet of all the folk songs and hymns , CLICK HERE! Hymns I'm continuing to use the resource  Hymns for a Kids Heart  in our co-op. I love the stories about the writers of the hymns and their life. In addition to these hymns we will sing at the co-op, I'm choosing folk-hymns for the rest of our rotation from the resources  found in the book "Spiritual Folk Songs of Early America"  by George Pullen Jackson. I enjoyed learning that the Puritan hymns published in the 1600s did not include all solemn music, but also lively "horn-pipe" tunes. These tunes are even referenced in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale!  “Three-m