Monday, January 11, 2016

Back to the Classics Book Challenge 2016

New year, new goal:
Karen, at Books and Chocolate has a reading challenge up to read 12 books in 2016, and I intend to meet that challenge!

Since we use Ambleside Online for our formal education, and it uses classic literature, I plan to pull mainly from Years 5-8. (MG is in Year 8 and EK is in Year 5)

1.  A 19th Century Classic - Emma, by Jane Austen

2.  A 20th Century Classic - Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

3.  A classic by a woman author - 
Unknown to History: Captivity of Mary of Scotland, by Charlotte Yonge.  I also have A Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck on my shelf...

4.  A classic in translation.  I, Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed) by Alessandro Manzoni

5.  A classic by a non-white author. Up From Slavery, by Booker T. Washington

6.  An adventure classic - Maybe a Mark Twain title - Tom Sawyer?  Huck Finn? Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson?

7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic. Utopia (which MG has already read.) or 1984 by George Orwell

8.  A classic detective novel. 
The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.  
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain 

10. A classic which has been banned or censored. I will either read To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, or Paradise Lost, by John Milton

11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).  Animal Farm, by George Orwell

12. A volume of classic short stories. I am still working on this.  My first thought is O. Henry, but I am not sure what else is out there.

Anyone else out there accepting the challenge?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Our Curriculum Choices 2015-16

This initial post is short.
I will be adding to this page, as there are a few things we plan to add to our learning here on the Creek.  Nursing a babe, and typing with one hand on a laptop with the “,” “L” and “M” keys not working properly make it hard going!
We have used Ambleside Online for several years now, and I am so thankful for all the time that the ladies of the AO Advisory and Auxiliary have put into it. 

MG, age 14.5, is officially a 9th grader!  She will be working and learning through Year 8.  She will also be taking a Spanish class at the local college 3 days a week.  

EK, newly 11 in March, would be in 6th grade in PS.  She is beginning Year 5.

HR, almost 9, is classified as a rising 3rd grader, and will be starting Year 2

SA, brand spankin’ new 6, is beginning Year 1!

OCJ, 2.5 years old, will be keeping things lively :)

WJ, almost 3 months, will keep us moving!

Friday, July 24, 2015

we have been busy

I do believe that it has been a good 6 months since I last spoke here.

We have been quite busy:

born in the wee hours of May 11

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