Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Mt. Hope Academy @ The Live and Learn Studio ~ September-October 2011

This is my new version of keeping track and sharing where we are! I’ve posted here and there over the past two months, but this is mostly a record of our book lists. (A longer resource list and links can be found here.)

Classical Conversations:
On week 8!! of memory work in science, history, history timeline, geography, math, English grammar, and Latin. Weekly presentations (public speaking), science experiments/projects, fine arts unit studies, and social time.

Telling God’s Story (love!)
Sing the Word: A New Commandment (CD) for Bible Memory
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart
Independent Bible Reading

Daily work in Teaching Textbooks and/or several Critical Thinking Co. Math workbooks
(Balance Math is our favorite!)

Human Body unit study through CC
Science experiments (learning the scientific method) through CC
Various books on the human body
DK Eyewitness Human Machine (DVD)
Bill Nye: Eyeball (DVD)
Bill Nye: Respiration (DVD)
Bill Nye: Digestion (DVD)
Bill Nye: Bones and Muscles (DVD)
A visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
IMAX Under the Sea (DVD)
Kid Guides: Aquariums (DVD)
What’s Physics All About (Usborne) (For SOTW 3, Ch. 16)
Mechanical Harry by Bob Kerr (For SOTW 3, Ch. 16)

Swim practice and meets (Levi)
Family swim night
Outside play

Fine Arts:
The Boy Who Bit Picasso by Antony Penrose
The Art Collector by Jan Wahl
Monthly Fine Arts Study (Robert Frost, Edward Hopper, Igor Stravinsky)
Drawing and tin whistle @ CC

Language Arts:
MCT Town Series (LOVE Caesar’s English. Wow.), All About Spelling, Writing With Ease, IEW, Handwriting Without Tears…
Really loving the line-up this year!!

Prima Latina DVD lessons

Learning all the states and capitals through CC
U.S. States puzzles
Place the States online game

History (and historical fiction/literature):
By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll
The Story of the World Vol. 3 (chapters 11-16)
Books about India and the Taj Mahal
(Through Time) London: From Roman Capital to Olympic City by Richard Platt, Illustrated by Manuela Cappon (one of my favorites!!)
At the Sign of The Sugared Plum by Mary Hooper (historical fiction-London 1665, Levi-IR)
Magic Tree House Research Guide: American Revolution
How did Tea and Taxes Spark a Revolution And Other Questions about the Boston Tea Party
by Linda Gondosch
The Boston Tea Party by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Peter Fiore
Uncommon Revolutionary: A Story about Thomas Paine by Laura Waxman
(Levi gave three presentations about Thomas Paine)
(Dear America) The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart: Cannons at Dawn by Kristiana Gregory (Levi-IR)
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (Levi-IR)
Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare (Levi-IR)
The Man in the Iron Mask (DVD with Richard Chamberlain—set during the reign of King Louis XIV of France)
Colonial Life for Children: William Penn & Pennsylvania (DVD)
Books about Native Americans
The New Americans: Colonial Times, 1620-1689 by Betsy Maestro
Century Farm: One Hundred Years on a Family Farm by Cris Peterson
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Levi-IR)
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History: Changes in Farming (Luke)
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia: Agricultural Revolution 1650-1800 (Levi)
The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen

Book Detectives (literature analysis book club)
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (finished read-aloud)
(The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (Levi read previously, noting it here for my own records)
The Last of the Mohicans (Stepping Stones Chapter Book) by James Fenimore Cooper, adapted by Les Martin (Levi and Luke)
(The Last of the Mohicans (animated DVD))
Russian Fairy Tales collected by Aleksandr Afanas’ev, translated by Norbert Guterman (Levi-IR)
The Fairy Tale Life of Hans Christian Andersen by Eva Moore (Levi and Luke-IR)
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen retold by Amy Ehrlich, pictures by Susan Jeffers
Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale translated by Eva Le Gallienne, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Eyewitness Classics) (abridged) Robert Louis Stevenson (Levi and Luke-IR)
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (abridged), illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (abridged), illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (unabridged) (Levi read part way through and decided not to finish)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (unabridged) (read-aloud)
Remarkable Journeys: The Story of Jules Verne by William Schoell (biography, Levi-IR)
Eyewitness Classics: 20, 000 Leagues Under the Sea (The classic story, plus fascinating background facts and photographs) (abridged) by Jules Verne (Levi and Luke-IR)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea retold by Jim Weiss (audio CD)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (DVD)
Around the World in 80 Days (Classic Starts) retold from the Jules Verne original (Levi and Luke-IR)
Five Weeks in a Balloon (DVD)
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Levi-IR, Luke read portions)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (DVD)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Netflix Streaming)
Dracula (Stepping Stones Chapter Book) by Bram Stoker, adapted by Stephanie Spinner (Levi and Luke-IR)
Eyewitness Classics: Dracula (The classic story, plus fascinating background facts and photographs) (abridged) by Bram Stoker (Levi and Luke-IR)
Kim by Rudyard Kipling (unabridged, Levi-IR)

Levi’s Free Reading:
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Time Pirate by Ted Bell
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Calling on Dragons “
Talking to Dragons “
The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Beauty: A retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
The Borrowers Avenged by Mary Norton

Luke’s Free Reading:
The Real Thief by William Steig
The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp
The Return of the Dragon by Rebecca Rupp
The Waterstone by Rebecca Rupp (275 pages!! :))
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey
Money Matters: A Kid’s Guide to Money
DK Eyewitness Money
Roland Wright, Brand-New Page
by Tony Davis
Roland Wright, At the Joust by Tony Davis
Roland Wright, Future Knight by Tony Davis
Half Magic by Edward Eager
Seven Day Magic by Edward Eager
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Encyclopedia Brown: The Case of the Dead Eagles and Other Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol

‘Night of the Notables’ with Distance Learning Group
Field trip to the Fire Station with Distance Learning Group (and several firefighting/safety-related DVDs)
Several costume and candy parties (grin)
A lovely trip to the coast

"If you want your children to be intelligent,
read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent,
read them more fairy tales."

~Albert Einstein


Hannah said...

Oh my glory, Heidi, I think I need a nap after reading this! And my vote is that you deserve one too. ;-)

P.s. Did our tardy postcard arrive?

Heidi said...

Well, that was a month and a half of work and a good portion of it is independent reading!! But may I still take a nap? :)

Yes, we just got the postcard. Thank you!!!

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Heidi... question, how much of the Science was for the younger boys, was it for all. ? I'm tutoring @ CC and it seems Science at home seems to be left behind. These look like more general information, but great resources. Any further thoughts to share?
Love your update posts- best regards, Laura

Heidi said...

Laura~ This first half of the year, we aren't doing much science at home either. I like the fact that the boys are learning 12 weeks of human body memory work and doing the My Body project at CC. And with the science experiements they did during the first 6 weeks, I just didn't feel the need to add much at home. The boys all LOVE Bill Nye DVDs, so I just grabbed the human body ones that were available at the library and I purchased two human body books that the boys (all 3) have read at home. Other than that unofficial stuff, we aren't adding in anything at home for science. We'll pick up our Chemistry book again after the first of the year (when we're memorizing Chemistry stuff for CC as well) and then pick up our Physics book after CC is over. I don't know if that answers your question, or not...

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Yes Heidi. Many thanks.

Tsh @ Simple Mom said...

Have you ever thought of creating a curriculum syllabus and charging for it? Because I'd totally buy it.


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