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Our Morning Lessons

Monday and Thursday Morning Lessons

Notebook Pages: (Ideas drawn from The Well Trained Mind and Teaching the Trivium) Make notebook pages for history, english or science. The children narrate to me main ideas from our History reading in the morning, or our Read Aloud books, or science activities. I write it down for Callista and she illustrates. Ellery dictates to me, copies what I have written and then illustrates. (We will be working towards more independent writing as the year progresses.) We make this fun for the kids because we have special notebook supplies, like my extra sharp colored pencils and tracing paper the children can use during this time.) I try to squeeze in a little art concept here. Emmett works on gross motor skills with puzzles, drawing and matching activities.

About 15-25 minutes

Phonograms: (Writing Road to Reading, WRTR) Oral and written review. Mom quizzes both girls simultaneously. I am using the 2nd grade teachers edition WRTR for Ellery and the 1st grade edition for Callista.

About 15 minutes.

Spelling: (WRTR and Teaching Reading at Home and School by Wanda Sanseri). Dictate spelling words to girls simultaneously.

About 15-20 minutes

Grammar/Reading Break: Each child gets individual lesson on grammar and composes oral and/or written sentences, or reads aloud to mom, the other has a short break to play and read to Emmett.

15-20 minutes each, 40 minutes total

Activity: Corresponding to History study, drawn from The Story of the World Activity Book by Susan Wise Bauer. These consist of art projects, hands on activities etc. This also could be science activity.

About 20-30 minutes.

Clean Up and Reading: Ellery reads out loud while Mom and Callista and Emmett clean up the school room.

About 10-20 minutes.

Flooding our Nile actually is giving us a nice crop of wheat grass!

Tuesday and Wednesday Morning Lessons with Larisa:

Ellery & Mom: Phonograms, spelling dictation, handwriting practice, grammar. Read out loud to Mom. Shiller Math or Family Math. Notebook page. Callista and Emmett speak Russian with Larisa and learn games and activities in Russian.

About 75 minutes.

Callista & Mom: Phonograms, spelling dictation, handwriting practice, grammar. Read out loud to Mom.

Tuesdays, notebook page. Wednesdays Shiller Math. Ellery and Emmett learn games and activities in Russian with Larisa.

About 45 minutes.

Russian Lesson: Alphabet, grammar, memorization, songs, and fairy tales. Emmett and Mom read together and play.

About 30 minutes.

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