Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Norse Mythology

Ceesa wrote her own book about Norse Mythology. She drew pictures and retold stories of the the gods that derived from the lands of ice.

Norse people (Vikings) How the World was Thought to Begin
In the beginning, there were two globes one of fire and lightening and the other of ice. One day they had a battle. The melted ice made the giant, Ymir. Ymir drank milk from a cow. One day the cow licked away some ice and made the beginning of gods, the Aesir. 

One day the Aesir, all the gods, killed Ymir. He was so big his blood drowned other giants; except two- a man and his wife. She was in a chest. All of the rest of Ymir's body was used. His brain became the clouds, his body, the earth and the heavens, his blood made lakes and springs, his bones became mountains his broken bones were sand and pebbles, his skull made the heaves and his eyebrows made a fence to keep the giants away from men. 

Night and day were two children, sister and brother. Their father named them sun and moon because they were so beautiful. Odin gave them swift bright horses and set them in the sky. The brother took a pair of children to the moon with him and put them on the moon. 

Odin and his brothers found the ash and elm trees and made them into people. Ask and Embla were their names and that is the beginning of things.

Yggdrasil, the World Tree
There was a world tree. Its roots went down to the bottom of the earth. The top touched the top of the sky. The branches spread over the earth. As long as the tree stood, the gods would live. Urd, Verdandi, and Skuld took care of the three because worms made holes in the tree, a dragon tried to destroy it, and all the birds of the world used the twigs for their nests. There was a beautiful stream that three ladies gave the tree and it healed its wounds. There was an eagle at the top with a small eagle that would watch the earth. There was a busybody squirrel that would go back and forth carrying insults between the dragon and the eagle.

The big rainbow lead up to Asgard. It was a very beautiful place because there was gold and silver. The Aesir people loved gold and silver. In the middle of Asgard, there is the beautiful field of Ida where they play chess, throw spears at targets, and chase each other in circles. The most beautiful of all was a big tower built for Odin. He could see everything everywhere. Nobody was allowed in it, but him. But he allowed his wife, Frigg, to sit there so she knew the secret, but she didn't say anything.

When Odin sat on his high tower, two wolves sat at his feet and two crows sat at his shoulder. Also the crows would fly to the darkest corner of the earth and then return to tell Odin what they knew. One day Odin went to Mimir, a jotun to ask to drink water from a well that would make him wise. Mimir said yes, but that Odin must share with him Odin's all seeing sight. Odin gave him his left eye. Mimir put it in the well, so when he looked in the well he could see everything. Odin became wise and he always kept a hat or hair over the place where his eye had been.

Thor is the son of Odin. He had an iron glove and a belt. When he put it on, his strength was doubled. He had a hammer that was hot, but he could hold it in his iron mitt. He did not like the jotun. He would always throw his hammer at them and hit them on the head and the hammer would come back.

Thor's Hammer
One day Thor woke up. His hammer was gone. If he didn't have it, all of Asgard will die. His hammer protects all of Asgard. He tells Loki and Freya. She gives Loki her wings and he goes soaring across the sky, looking for the hammer. He comes to a jotun that says he has Thor's hammer and has hidden it in the ground. The jotun would not give it back until Freda would be his wife. She said, "No!" Thor dressed up like Freda and the jotun gave it to him. He killed everyone there. Then he flew off through the skies.

Balder's Death
Everyone was excited because Thor was always gone killing jotun. One man, Balder, began to have bad dreams. Everyone thought that meant there were bad things. His mother, Frigg, made all of the plants promise that they wouldn't hurt him. All accept one of them. Loki was jealous of him, so he dressed up as an old woman and told to Frigg, "You made everything promise not to harm your son." She said, "Yes. Everything but one plant, because it was so small that I didn't think it could harm him." So Loki went and made an arrow from the plant. Everybody was throwing things at Balder. They would have killed him, but couldn’t have. Loki went to Balder's brother and asked him why he wasn't throwing in the sport and he told him he didn't have an arrow. Loki gave him the arrow. The brother killed Balder. Loki snuck off so everyone thought his brother was to blame. One of Balder's brothers went and asked if Balder would come back but she said, "No."

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Our New School Year

Today is our first day of school and Li's first year of preschool. Are you wondering what we will be doing this year?

Let's see...

Our schedule looks like this for 4 days a week:


  • Family Time: Prayer, Hymn, and Memory Verse
  • Breakfast
  • Spanish & Composer


  • Girls will work on Bible reading, Independent Reading, Copywork, Math, Poetry & Recitation, Narrations, Latin, Grammar, Writing, Oral Speeches, Typing, Book of Centuries & Mapping. 
  • I will pull them separately to read aloud to Jo-Jo and read Plutarch and Shakespeare with Ceesa.
  • Li will have time to listen to a Story, Poetry & Songs, do Math & Copywork and lots of play like: 
    • ~Rhythmic: knit, sew, weave, dance, puzzles
    • ~Creative: clay, paint, draw, build, sand, water, mold, chalk, wax sticks
    • ~archetypes: wood/peg toys, dress up, puppets


  • Go Outside


  • Prep for Lunch, eat and Clean Up
  • Folk Song
  • Artist
  • Rest


  • Choose from Projects, Handicraft, Art, Experiments, or Nature Study 
  • Piano
  • Exercises
  • Any or all of these: Outside, Stories, Strategy Games, Computer, Masterly Inactivity, Living Skills, Garden, Volunteer Work, and Family Chores

On the 5th day we plan our Joyful Moment for the week & we focus on:

  • Family Time
  • reading
  • writing
  • math

So here's what we're planning...

Big year long projects:

  • Jo-Jo -Fables, Dragon Legends/Knights, Saint/Heroes, & Native American Tales/ Coyote; 
  • Ceesa-North American Stories & Geography, Ancient Civilizations: India, Persia, Egypt, China, Greek & Roman

Reading Lists: Literature, poetry, history, geography, & science

Composer Study

  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Stephen Simon
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
Artist Study

  • Fra Angelico
  • Diego Velazquez
  • Edgar Degas
Folk Songs

  • Billy Boy, Billy Boy
  • Cherry Ripe
  • Pick a Bale of Cotton

  • Hamlet Prince of Denmark
  • Midsummer Nights Dream 
  • Richard II

  • Crassus
  • Timoleon
  • Aemilius Paulus

  • Cross Stitch
  • Knitting: purling & reg.
  • Woodwork

Just As I Am, Lift High the Cross, Jesus Paid it All, O Holy Night, I Am Thine, O Lord, Fairest Lord Jesus, Lord of all Hopefulness, Come Ye Thankful People come, and Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

Fix it! Grammar Robin Hood: Book 2

Form Drawing, Modeling, Paper: Collage/mosaic,gift making, card making,Chalk pastels, Watercolor: Wet-on-Wet, Egg Dying, Sketching, and Oil pastel.

Nature Study
Butterflies, Bee, Conifer Tree, Weather, Chicken, Cow, Red bud Trees, Algae and Poppies/plant parts.

Math Mammoth Grades 3 & 5

Spelling and Copywork
Spelling You See Levels C, D, and E

Latina Christiana


Reading with parallel books for oral and written translation
Bible with parallel

Li and I will work on these things:
Alfie Series by Shirley Hughes
Angus Stories
Little Pear, Little Pear and Friends, Little Pear and The Rabbits
Billy and Blaze Series
Beatrix Potter
Brer Rabbit

Poetry & Nursery Rhymes
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young
A Child’s Book of Poems

The World’s Treasury of Children’s Literature 3 Volume anthology
My Book House Book by Olive Beaupre Miller (12 volumes)

Fairy Tales
Goldilocks and three Bears     Little Red Hen                                    Enormous Carrot
3 Little Pigs                             3 Billy Goats Gruff                 Chicken Little
The Boy Who Called Wolf     The Gingerbread Man             Jack and the Beanstalk

Andy and the Lion                 One Morning in Maine                        Roxenboxen
Down, Down the Nature        All the Places to Love                         Down in the Meadow
Yonder                                                Ox Cart Man                                       Hiawatha
Owl Babies                             Make Way for Ducklings                    The Story of Ping
Joseph’s Overcoat                   I love you the Purplist                         Rainbabies
With you all the way

Level A

Listen to Stories told orally
Tell stories orally
Draw pictures of stories
Label the stories
Make a sentence to go along with the story

25 rainbow words
Name letters
Label items and work on writing in a real context
Letters in name & Name puzzle
Letters in ABC order
Match upper and lower case
Form Art, Write letters & numbers
Sound/letter matching

Tongue twisters and rhyme
Narrate events, books, day, etc
Use who, what, where, when, why and how
Use proper grammar and complete descriptions
Listens to others, takes turns talking and speaks about the topic or text being discussed
Respond appropriately & Solve social conflicts through negotiation
Recognize consequences to actions
Focus even when frustrated & use creative and flexible thinking to solve problems.

Critical Thinking Math Books: Compare shapes, in different sizes and orientations
Count to 20
Identify and name numerals 1-9: dot to dot, spinner games, dice
Identify without counting small quantities of up to 3 items.
Demonstrate one-to-one correspondence when counting objects up to 10: dominoes, beans
Understand that the last number spoken tells the number of objects counted.
Make equal sets and sets of 1 more/1 less up to 10.
Solve simple addition and subtraction problems up to 8 with manipulative and story problems
Group and regroup: Sort and classify objects by one or more attributes (e.g., size, shape).
Recognize, duplicate, extend, create patterns: color, shape, size, sound, and motion
Describe and compare objects using length, size, capacity and weight
Order objects by biggest to smallest
Measure length and volume using non-standard or standard measurement tools: hand tracings
Collect data by categories to answer simple questions
Position: in/on/under,up/down,inside/outside,above/below,beside/between,infront/behind,next to
Create shapes during play by building, drawing & Combine simple shapes to form larger shapes
Describe, compare, sort, classify, and order.
Record observations using words, pictures, charts, graphs, etc. (Graphing: small, medium, large)
Days of the week & Months of the year
Build trains with rods: longer and shorter and Build stairs

Weather                                   Mapping-represent places                   Cutting pages
Basic Needs                            Life cycles                                           babies to adult animals
Body parts                              Nutrition                                             Exercise

Safety rules                             Emergency routines

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer Bucket List 2014: Week 13~Our Last of the Season

This is the last week from
there has been...


Nature Scavenger Hunt

At the Outdoor Concert

Jump Rope Rhymes

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Composer Study: Hildegard von Bingen

We are studying Hildegard von Bingen this term. She lived 1098-1179. 
source Wikipedia

"Hildegard von Bingen (Hildegard of Bingen) was a German nun who established her own convent, and was famous for her prophecies and miracles. In addition to writing poetry, she wrote books about religion and medicine – and she composed music. Only 77 songs of hers remain after all these years." ~Classics for Kids

We are studying:

Antiphon, O quam mirabilis est (how wondrous is the presence of the divine heart that foreknew every creature)

O how marvelous is
the foreknowing in the divinity’s heart,
that foreknew every created thing.
For when God looked
upon the face of the human he had formed
he saw the fullness
of all his works
in that same human form.
O how marvelous is the breath
that brought humankind to life!

O ignis spiritus paracliti (O fire of the spirit, the comforter; a chant for pentecost)

O spirit of fire, bringer of comfort,
life of the life of every creature,
you are holy, giving life to forms.
You are holy,
anointing those perilously broken;
you are holy,
cleansing festering wounds.
O breath of holiness,
o fire of love,
o sweet savor in our breasts,
infusing hearts with the scent of virtue.
O clearest fountain,
in which we see
how God gathers the alienated
and finds the lost.
O breastplate of life
and hope of the whole human body,
o belt of honor:
save the fortunate.
Guard those imprisoned by the enemy
and free those who are bound
whom the divine power wishes to save.
O mightiest course
that has penetrated all things,
in the heavens and on earth
and in every abyss –
you reconcile and draw all humanity together.
From you clouds flow, wind flies,
stones produce moisture,
water flows in streams,
and the earth exudes living greenness.
You are always teaching the learned,
who, through wisdom’s inspiration,
are made joyful.
Whence praise be to you,
who are the sound of praise,
the joy of life,
the hope and greatest honor,
granting the prize of light.

Et imago (The fiery spirit) ~from the Grooveshark Playlist below

And again I heard a voice from heaven
instructing me thus. And it said:
Write therefore what I tell you in this manner.
And I saw as amid the airs of the South
in the mystery of God a beautiful and marvelous
image of a human figure;
her face was of such beauty and brightness
that I could more easily have stared at the sun.
On her head she had
a broad band of gold.
The figure spoke:
I am the supreme fire and energy.
I have kindled all the sparks of the living,
and I have breathed out no mortal things,
for I judge them as they are.
I have properly ordained the cosmos,
flying about the circling circle
with my upper wings,
that is with wisdom.
I am the fiery life of divine substance,
I blaze above the beauty of the fields,
I shine in the waters,
I burn in the sun, moon and stars.

Hymn O ignee spiritus (Hymn, for Holy spirit)

O fiery spirit, praise be to you
who play on the timbrel and lyre.
The minds of men take fire from you,
and the tabernacles of their souls
restrain their powers,
whence the will rises up
and gives savor to the soul;
and its lamp is desire.
With sweetest sound the intellect
calls upon you and makes a place
for you with reason,
which brings forth works of gold.
But you always hold a sword
to cut off
what the poisoned apple
produces through blackest murder.
When clouds darken the will
and its desires,
then the soul flies about
and circles everywhere.
But the mind is the bond of the will and of desire.
And when the soul rises up
to look into the eye of evil
and the jaws of wickedness,
you quickly consume it
with fire as you will.
But when reason
falls prostrate through evil,
you restrain it through your power
and strangle and smash it
through a flood of experiences.
And when evil draws its sword upon you,
you shatter it in its own heart,
as in the beginning you did to the lost angel,
hurling the tower of his pride
down into hell.
And there you raised another tower
in publicans and sinners
who confess to you the sinfulness of their works.
Whence all creatures
who have life from you praise you,
because you are the most precious ointment
for broken and fetid wounds,
which you change into most precious jewels.
Now deign to gather us all to you
and guide us on the right path. Amen.

Vision 4 "Love": Et audivi vocem (Rev 14:13 and I heard a voice from heaven say write. . .) 

In a true vision of the spirit in a waking state,
I saw the likeness of a beautiful girl
shining with a splendour so bright
that I could not look upon her properly.
She had a cloak whiter than snow
and brighter than a star.
And she had in her right hand the sun and the moon,
gently embracing them.
And I heard a voice saying these things to me.
The girl you see is Love,
who has her dwelling in eternity.
For when God wanted to create the world,
he inclined himself in the sweetest affection,
and foresaw all things necessary,
just as a father provides an inheritance for his son;
and in this way he ordered all his works
in a great burning fire of love.
Then every creature in every species
and form acknowledged its creator,
for in the beginning Love was the base matter
from which all creatures came.
And God said ‘Let it be done’, and it was done,
for every creature was made through Love
in the twinkling of an eye

Antiphon Caritas habundant in omnia (Love abounds in all)

Love flows down to all things,
most exalted from the depths up to the stars,
and most loving toward all,
for she gave the highest king the kiss of peace.

Our Resource List
Lyrics Translated here
Ambleside Online Composer Schedule
Grooveshark List
Hildegard Von Bingen: A Life

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Artist Study: Fra Angelico

This term we are studying Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro) meaning the angelic friar. He was an artist during the Italian Renaissance and lived from 1395-1455.
source Wikipedia

A painter before he was a friar, in the convents that he lived in, he painted frescos, alterpieces, and screens. 

We are studying: 
The Annunciation, 1450

Adoration of the Magi, 1445

The Madonna with Saints, 1438-1443

The Deposition from the Cross, 1443

Transfiguration of Christ, 1437-1446

The Last Judgement, 1432-1435


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