Exam Questions Form 1A: Term 3

Exam Questions


Bible
1.Tell me something about Abraham.
2.Tell me about God's character and covenant in the book of Genesis.
3.What have you learned about Jesus' life so far?

Copywork
Copy Autumn Fires:
In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!

Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
The gray smoke towers.

Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all!
Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Handwriting
Write each letter of the alphabet in print, using perfect formation and sizing.

(**My son has dysgraphia/dyslexia and he struggles with writing, creating the need to work on basic handwriting in a remedial fashion, combining it with copywork. Many students by this age will not need both, and you can simply assign copywork.)

Composition : Personal NarrativeWhat was your favorite book, topic, or lesson this term and why?


Tales

Tell me about the most exciting or most interesting tale that we read this term.

Poetry
1.Tell me about how the poems we read were used to tell a story. 
2.What different types of poems did you observe?

Biography
What kind of man was Martin Luther, and how did his life impact yours?  

Nature Lore
Which baby animal were you surprised to learn something about?

 Literature
1. Compare the character of Joseph and the character of Asinus,
2. What do you admire about Sam's life in the mountains?
3. Which of your books do you think is forming you or teaching you the most, and why?

American History
1.What woman from American history were you most impressed by, and why?
2. Tell me about a contribution from our country's history that you feel impacted by today.

British History
1. What have you learned about the life and character of a knight?
2. Tell me about either a historical knight or a knight from legend, and why you admire their character.

Ancient History
1. What is archeology?
2. Tell me about the Reformation and its impact on the Church.

Geography
1. Describe your photgraphic "trip" across the United States.
2. What location did you find most fascinating and how would you describe it to someone who is thinking of traveling there?

Geography: Mapping
Draw the basic shape of Texas and show some places and things that you know about. 

Picture Study
1.Which f Audubon's works is your favorite and why?
2. Describe Carl Larsson's work and its connection with his family.

Zoology
1.Describe life in a coral reef?
2 Tell me about how God designed coral.

Natural History
1.Tell me about the life of Blacky the Crow.
2. What lessons has Blacky learned?

Citizenship
1.What is the Constitution and why was it written?
2.How is the US government structured to distribute power?

Math
1. Choose two exercises from your Math Notebook to tell me about.
2. Tell me about telling time, as if I am your student.

Dictation
1. Choose a line from Autumn Fires to have dictated.
2. Choose a line from the Love Chapter of Scripture to have dictated.
(**My son's dyslexia means that we are still learning to read, and could be for several more years. Our exams look differently, as a result, and yours can just include reading aloud for this age.)

Reading
Read The Pancake.

Composer Study
1.Tell me about one period of classical music, and its impact on the world of music as a whole.
2. Which group of orchestral instruments do you like the most, and why?

Nature Study
1.Which object lesson did you find most interesting this term and what did you observe from it?
2. Choose an entry from your journal to tell me about and to draw or diagram  here.

Shakespeare
1.What about Shakespeare's life do you find intriguing?
2. What do you think supplied or contributed to Shakespeare's love for and unmatched ability to use words?

Hymn Study
1.Why do you think Martin Luther called God a Mighty Fortress?
2. How is God YOUR Mighty Fortress?

Folk Song
Compare two of America's patriotic songs and tell me which one you like better.

Architecture
Choose three of the unique architectural elements present in the Library of Congress to describe.

Christian Studies
1. What is temptation and how can we handle it?
2. Tell me about each of the 5 Solas of the Christian faith and what they mean to you.  

Word of the Day
Choose a quote from the Poor Richard's Almanac, define its words and tell me what the quote means.
(Repeat on days 2 and 3)

Recitation/Memory Work
1. Recite Autumn Fires
2. Recite the "Love Chapter"
3. Recite the first 3 stanzas of "If".
4. Recite 1 Corinthians 13:11
5. Answer catechism questions #s 15-18
6. Recite the first 3 sections of the Nicene Creed.
7. List the fruits of the Spirit. 

Music/ Solfa
Sing I Need Thee Every Hour
Sing Yankee Doodle
Sing each note you've learned on the solfa scale, and show me the hand motions.

Drawing
Draw birds from different viewpoints.

Painting
Paint anything that you believe will display your painting skills.

ASL
1.Count to 20.
2. Introduce yourself.

French
1.Count to 10.
2. Speak the question words: who, what, when, where, why, how
(**Because of dyslexia, language instruction of all types must be taken extremely slowly. Your questions might look different or be more difficult.)

Handicrafts
Complete 3 sloyd envelopes and then make Christmas cards to go inside. 


Exam Week Schedule


Day 1 
Bible
Copywork
Biography
Recitation
Word of the Day
Singing
Geography
Handwriting
American History
Ancient History
Picture Study
Zoology
Citizenship
Math
Composer
Nature Study
Dictation
Folk Song
Christian Studies
ASL

Day 2
Personal Narrative
Shakespeare
Recitation
Singing
Nature Lore
Literature
American History
British History
Picture Study
Geography
Citizenship
Math
Natural History
Composer Study
Nature Study
Dictation
Hymn Study
Christian Studies
Zoology
French

Day 3 
Bible
Literature
Hymn Study
Recitation
Shakepeare
Singing
British History
Ancient History
Mapping
Picture Study
Natural History 
Reading
Architecture
Nature Study
Drawing
Painting
Handicrafts

May Your Day be Spent...Delightfully Feasting, 
Crystin <3

Bible Study: THE Living Book

Bible Study: THE Living Book

"All our teaching of children should be given reverently, with the humble sense that we are invited in this manner to co-operate with the Holy Spirit."
~Charlotte Mason 

"What is required of us is that we should implant a love of the Word."
~Charlotte Mason 

The knowledge of God was the principle and primary knowledge in Mason's programmes, and her philosophy made clear to mothers that from this knowledge flowed all good, true, and beautiful things. As Christian educators, we certainly value the study of God's Word. It can often be a challenge, however, to infuse and incorporate it into our days without it becoming a chore instead of a delight. 

In diving into Mason's approach to studying God's Word, and the many ways that it is implemented among modern Charlotte Mason educators, I quickly found that it has many moving parts. This, at first, can be overwhelming. However, what I have learned is that many, small, attainable moving parts that are "fixed" into our schedule and routine are so much more life giving, and effective, than one big, massive undertaking with the title of "teach your children God's Word." These moving parts are "fixed" because they aren't a list of spiritual boxes I am attempting to check, but rather a host of ways in which the living and active Word of God is simply a part of our daily lives. 

If I were to list out these aspects of Bible Study, it would look like this:

Personal Daily Reading
Bible Journal
Bible Lessons
Worship
Scripture Memory
Catechism and Creed
Hymn Study 
Scripture Recitation 
Christian Studies
Devotions 

I warned you, the moving parts seem overwhelming! I am so very glad, however, that I persevered through that overwhelm, and added these elements of study to our days, one at a time, until each of them felt as much a part of our lives as eating and sleeping. 

First, let's look at what each of these elements of Bible Study entails, and then I will show you how they are each a small, attainable, life giving part of our days. 

Personal Bible Reading and Bible Journal 
Personal Bible reading is the reading of God's Word silently, each day. A Bible Journal is a book full of written narrations from daily Bible reading. 

Bible Lessons
Bible Lessons are the reading and narrating of God's Word, chronologically, each school day. 

Worship
Worship is the praise and glorification of the Lord, together, as part of the school day. (and other times, if desired) 

Scripture Memory 
Scripture Memory is the memorization of verses and portions of Scripture, strictly for the purpose of "writing God's Word on the heart"

Catechism and Creed
Catechism (and Creed) is the learning, memorizing and reciting of catechism answers, and a creed that expresses your tradition's core theology, for the purpose of making your basic beliefs second nature and a part of who you are. 

Hymn Study 
Hymn Study is the study of the great hymns of the Christian tradition, learning about their history and the great theology and ideas that they contain. 

Scripture Recitation
Scripture Recitation is the use of Recitation (the art of beautiful reading) to read Scripture aloud expressively, committing it to the heart and mind. 

Christian Studies
Christian Studies is the study of apologetics, theology, church history, exegesis of God's Word, hermanuetics, etc. This is the "meaty" study of God's Word and His church.

Devotions
Devotions are the daily application of God's Word to life. 

Here is how each of these things fit into our days: 

My boys start each day with their own Personal Daily Reading and Bible Journals. Neither is a fluent reader (one is 4 and one is dyslexic), so they each have a picture Bible. My 8 year old's Bible is an Easy Reader, and he usually only struggles himself through a 1/2 page, looking at the pictures for context. My 4 year old simply looks at the pictures. Then they come to me in order for me to read/clarify what they have looked at. They each narrate these "readings" with drawings in their Journals. (My 8 year old often copies a sentence or two as well.)  They repeat this process in the evening, before we begin the rest of our evening routine. Although they are not actually "reading", the habit of approaching God's Word themselves, daily, is important and one that is worth the effort. 

During our Treasure Time, we have our Bible Lessons. These lessons are the reading and narrating of one chapter or one episode of Scripture. These chapters/episodes are chronological in both the Old Testament and the Synoptic Gospels (as per Mason's method for Bible Lessons). Reading and narrating is all that is required for these lessons, and all that is needed.

Also during Treasure Time we work on our Scripture Memory (repeating a verse or passage once each day for the term), our Catechism (working our way through the questions, adding more questions as we master the answers), Creed (repeating the Nicene Creed once each day), and worship with two hymns. (One is Holy, Holy, Holy which we open each Treasure Time with daily, throughout the entire year every year. The other is one of our term's hymns.) Bible Lessons take 15 minutes, and the entire process of opening our Treasure Time with Scripture Memory, Catechism and Creed, prayer and worship takes about 10 minutes.

During our Morning Lessons, we have Hymn Study and Christian Studies each scheduled once each week. Hymn Study is a 10 minute lesson either listening to, reading, narrating, or learning the story of our hymns for the current term (following the Delightfully Feasting Hymn Study Schedule). Christian Studies is a 10 minute lesson reading and narrating a book covering theology, apologetics, etc.

Also during our Morning Lessons, we have Recitation scheduled twice each week. One of these lessons is used for Scripture Recitation. (The other is used for a poem by our term's poet). Recitation is a 5 minute lesson reading the passage of Scripture (or poem) with expression and care.

We end each day with our evening routine, which includes Devotions. Each child has a devotional that applies the Bible to their daily life. Four nights each week, one boy is with me and the other with Dad, alternating. During this time, we read their personal read alouds and devotions to them. The other nights each week, we read a family Devotion altogether. Our entire evening routine (also including a game or activity, and a podcast or current events) takes 30 minutes.

Each of these things, in their proper place and given the proper priority and affection (imperfectly, of course) adds up to much study of God's Word and much worship of God Himself. Faithfully implementing and carrying out (imperfectly, but faithfully!) each of these aspects of Christian liturgy and study has created an atmosphere in our home of God's Word being a part of all that we do and all that we are, rather than a list of things that we have to accomplish in order to check the "Christian Homeschool" box.

I pray that this explanation enables you to do the same, in the way that works for you and your born persons. It is required of us, after all, to implant a love of the Word. We don't do this in our own strength and our own power, however, and are simply invited to co-operate with the Holy Spirit in this teaching. Our cooperation is given by our faithfulness to make God's Word our first priority and to let all things flow from there.

May All Your Days be Spent....Delightfully Feasting
Crystin  <3

 

Book Reviews With Teddy: Issue #1

Book Reviews With Teddy 

There is no perspective more honest and unbiased than a child's perspective. There is no opinion more open and genuine than a child's opinion. There is no book review more helpful than the book review from a child.

I love reading book reviews, and I certainly seek out the perspective of those that I trust when I am choosing books for our lessons, or even just for our enjoyment. However, nothing strikes me and endears me to a book quite like hearing a child express his enthusiasm for it. A child's perspective has not yet been jaded by life outside of books, and therefore, his love for books is as love for books should be.

There is just something so precious about knowing how a child feels about a book, and about the people within it, and I treasure the grand conversations that come from discussing our books with Teddy (age 8). So, I thought I would invite you to pull up a chair at the table of these conversations, and hear what Teddy thinks of a few of last term's books.
Enjoy! 





Book: My Side of the Mountain 
Author: Jean Craighead George 
Lesson: Literature

What is this book about? 
It is about a boy that ran away from his home and went to the forest and found a baby falcon. He made his own house and his own life there.

What did you enjoy most about this book?
I enjoyed Frightful, the falcon, because of the way that she talks and her relationship with Sam. By the end of this book, she is a very important part of his life and it makes you want to read the next book to hear more about her.

Is there anything you did not enjoy about this book? 
I just don't like that it isn't actually a true story. It is realistic, but I wish it really did happen.

What would you do differently than a character in this book?
Sam learned a hard lesson about "stealing" wildlife, and I would think more carefully about that before doing it. 

What did this book teach you or how did it change you?
It made me think even more about animals and gave me even more compassion and ideas about animals and learning about them.

Do you think you will always remember this book, and why?
I will remember it because I really love it and because Sam is like my friend now.

Would you recommend this book to others, and why?
Yes!! Very much so. It is a very good book. It is an enjoyable story, but there are also so many lessons to be learned from it.


Book: Carry On Mr. Bowditch 
Author: Jean Lee Latham 
Lesson: Literature

What is this book about?
A boy is very poor, and ends up being "indentured" where he had to stay and work with no freedom, instead of becoming a sailor like he wants to. He does end up becoming a sailor, though, and he is a very good one.

What did you enjoy most about this book?
I enjoyed that he actually did get to become a sailor after working hard for so long.

Is there anything that you did not enjoy about this book?
There were some sad parts that were difficult to read and not know if things were going to work out.

What would you do differently than a character in this book?
I wouldn't do anything different. Nat wasn't given much of a choice in his life, but he had good integrity and made good choices.

What did this book teach you or how did it change you?
It taught me not to give up on your dreams.

Do you think that you will always remember this book, and why?
I am unsure if I will always remember it. It was very good, but it didn't surprise me or shock me, and I pretty much was sure that Nat would eventually get to become a sailor.

Would you recommend this book to others, and why?
I would recommend it to most people. It would be good as a first literature book for people that don't read literature.People who read a lot of literature, like me, will probably think that it is a bit simple.


Book: An Owl in the House
Author: Bernd Heinrich
Lesson: Nature Lore 

What is this book about?
It is about a man that finds a baby owl in the woods and tries to find its nest and finds no one there. He takes the owl home and raises it, and studies it. This is his nature journal of raising Bubo the owl.

What did you enjoy most about this book?
I enjoyed hearing about the life of Bubo.

Is there anything that you did not enjoy about this book?
No! How can you not enjoy someone's nature journal. I love hearing every detail.

What did this book teach you, or how did it change you? 
It reminded me to be brave and help animals, or people, when they need it.

Do you think that you will always remember this book, and why?
Yes, because I will think about his nature notes. But, it was a pretty short book, so I may not always remember to think about it.

Would you recommend this book to others, and why?
Yes! We should always read nature journals of others, and it might inspire someone to do more nature study or to nature journal more.


Book: Facing the Lion
Author: Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton
Lesson: Cultural Studies 

What is this book about?
It is about the life of a boy in Africa.

What did you enjoy most about this book?
I love that it is a true story, from his perspective, about his life. I like hearing about people's lives.

Is there anything that you did not enjoy about this book?
No. I always enjoy hearing about people's lives. But, it was pretty gross to hear about him putting blood in cow's milk to drink!

Is there anything that you would have done differently than a person in this book?
I wouldn't have wandered off and got punished by an elder!

What did this book teach you, or how did it change you?
It inspired me to be better, in every way. He is a great person that learns from his trouble, works hard, and has a simple but joyful life.

Do you think that you will always remember this book, and why?
Yes, I will always remember this book, because it is about a person and now I know him.

Would you recommend this book to others, and why?
Yes! It is a wonderful story of a great man who led a hard but great life.


There you have it! I hope that inspired you to put at least one of these books in your shopping cart. How could it possibly not! ;)

May All Your Days Be Spent....Delightfully Feasting <3 
Crystin

The Dish: A Mother's Review #8

The Dish: 

A Mother's Review #8


Knowledge of God

"“He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Trust the process, Momma. It is a new school year for many, with everything feeling fresh and a sense of "beginning again" in every homeschooling heart. Don't fall prey to the temptation to base your expectations upon your perfectly pretty schedule, your well laid lesson plans, and your much pondered routines. Instead, base your expectations (now, and once the "newness" wears off), on what God is doing that you simply can never do. You are facilitating learning, and you are trusting God to make something of all of your less than perfect efforts. Trust the process, because it will bear fruit. Now, later, and many years in the future, you will see the results of spreading a feast of truth, goodness, and beauty. Those results will not come because you know how to make a planner look like a work of art, or because you pored over your schedule for hours until it was "just right". Those results will come because you have been faithful, imperfectly so, with the born persons that you've been entrusted with. Trust the process, Momma, and trust the Lord. He truly does make all things beautiful in their (perfect) time, and you truly can never imagine the work that He is doing.
 

Knowledge of the Universe

Jean Craighead George "One Day" Series 
Jean Craighead George is the author of My Side of the Mountain , On the Far Side of the Mountain,  and Frightful's Mountain; a trilogy of wonderful, must-read books about survival, tenacity, nature, and the growing of character. 
(She is also the author of many of wonderful books. Here is her amazon author page.)

I recently discovered that she has this great little series of "One Day in..." Books, and I can not wait to read them. They make perfect Nature Lore, or books for Natural History Lessons.  
Here are links to some of them:
One Day in the Tropical Rainforest 
One Day in the Desert 
One Day in the Woods 
 

Knowledge of Man

Morning Exercises for All the Year
I just love the public domain for books! I recently discovered:
Morning Exercises for All the Year, and just simply fell in love!

 It is just what it sounds like: a morning exercise for every day of the "school year" (so it doesn't include the summer months. These "exercises" are simply stories, poems, scriptures, etc that apply to the current day, month, season, holiday, etc.  We are now using this to open our morning lessons. It takes no longer than 5 minutes, and it a rich start to the day. For Labor Day, we read a bit about the history of the holiday and it's origins, and then read one of the suggested poems. It is perfect for Treasure Time, or any time that you pull all of your children together. It truly is lovely. 

You can click the link above to print it for free, in a variety of formats.  
If you'd rather save time, here is a reprinted version that you can purchase.


Food for the Mother's Soul

Charlotte Mason and the Apple Unit Study
This is such a great, informative, thought provoking read that serves as a reminder of the difference between "connections" and "relations". I love being reminded of why we "trust the method" with a Charlotte Mason education and why we don't attempt to form or force connections FOR our children, rather we spread a wide feast and let THEM discover relations, all on their own.

Around the Table  

What is Happening in the Charlotte Mason World?

Did you see the information for the Charlotte Mason: Through the Years retreat?
Whether you live near or far (southeast Texas, Houston area), we would love to have you join us for another day of learning how to spread the feast of a living education; this time for YOURSELF, as a mother. We will be learning all about schole, Mother Culture, Commonplacing, and engaging in each of those things together.  We will also be having a Tea Luncheon, providing you the opportunity to truly relax and refill your cup! We think you'd find it worth a drive, and for only $25 for a full day of schole and learning, the price simply can't be beat!


You can register here.


Something to Chew On

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"But it would be well if we could hinder in our children's minds the rise of a wall of separation between things sacred and things so-called secular, by making them feel that all 'sound learning' as well as all 'religious instruction' falls within the office of God, the Holy Spirit, the supreme educator of all mankind." ~Charlotte Mason




When you feel like less than enough, remember that this home education thing isn't in your hands. It is in the hands of the Teacher of all mankind, and He is more than enough. You may not always measure up, but He never fails. Keep having the courage to be faithful, and keep having the grace to forgive your shortcomings and look to the One who never falls short.

May All Your Days Be Spent.....Delightfully Feasting
Crystin <3

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