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Family update:

Louie is doing well. He continues with his role as Captain for the Miami Dade Rescue Training Bureau. Most of you already know he was dispatched to assist in Haiti with the Earthquake that occurred in January of this year. He has since traveled to Washington D.C. and Tallahassee, Florida (to name a few) to be honored for a job well done in Haiti. He and his crew were able to rescue 11 live people from the rubble. Louie was touched by the devastation he witnessed in Haiti in ways I can not even begin to describe. On his return from Haiti, he wanted nothing more then to spend time with his family. So, he booked us on a one week Caribbean cruise. We had a wonderful and restful time!

Gianna has recently recovered from a fracture to her right foot that she received on the very last night of our cruise. She was unable to dance for a month and has recently returned to her Ballet classes. Although she has decided that Girl Scouts is just not for her, she did complete and receive her Silver Award. This award is the highest award one can receive as a Cadette Girl Scout. Her project consisted of holding a 3 day Summer Camp for 2nd grade students in hopes of sharing with them her love of the ocean and sea animals. She did an amazing job! The children loved what she had shared with them. Gianna has successfully completed the 8th grade. She is continuing to school in the summer and God willing, will complete  9th grade by the Fall.

She has completed the following novels this school year:

  • Heidi
  • Shark Life
  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye
  • Love Off-Limits
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Taming of The Shrew (her favorite so far)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Books and essays on her list to complete by the Fall are as follows:

  • The Scarlet Letter (currently reading)
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • A Model of Charity
  • Through Gates of Splendor
  • Born Again
  • Ash Liv
  • Up From Slavery
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • The Song of Hiawatha
  • The Midnight Run of Paul Revere
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Thoreau’s Walden
  • Emerson’s Self Reliance
  • The Old Man and The Sea

These novels and essays are all part of her Challenge I curriculum for Classical Conversations. Her goal is to finish Challenge I and be ready for Challenge II in the fall. She is also completing the following areas of study:

American Government: all areas of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, the Presidents, etc…

Economics: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy and The Money Mystery (Free Market Economics)

Latin: Latina Christiana I

Mathematics: Saxon 7/8

Philosophy: Sophie’s World

Science: Apologia’s Physical Science

Against her wishes and to please her father, Gianna will continue to play the flute in the Fall. :) She will be attending her first Prom geared for homeschoolers with her buddy Matthew and friends.¬† I promise to post pictures! She will also be attending her favorite SeaWorld Camp in July, where she plans on rooming with a friend she met last year from South Carolina. She will also be attending our Church’s Summer Camp in Daytona Beach with her friend Hannah. As you can tell, she is extremely busy and she somehow still manages to keep in touch with all her old and new friends on facebook!

Leanne is amazing! Although her schedule is no where near as busy as her sisters, she is as happy as can be. Her goal in life is to make everyone laugh! She is an amazingly talented young lady. She loves to draw Anime/Manga characters and would like to someday have a manga comic book published. She attended her first Anime Convention this Spring and was the happiest I have ever seen her. She owns more Anime/Manga books then anyone I know. She has taken to teaching herself Japanese. She loves to listen to and sing Japanese songs. How she does it, I haven’t a clue! :) She has read way too many of these types of books for me to begin to list them, so instead I will show you a picture of her collection:

Leanne continues to be a part of Girl Scouts and is in the process of earning her Bronze Award, the highest award one can earn as a Junior Girl Scout. She will bridge to Cadette in the Fall. She has been steadily memorizing her lines for her upcoming role as Dorothy of The Wizard of OZ. I promise to post pictures some time in September after the play.

As for her studies, Leanne has successfully completed the 5th grade with many of her studies being of 6th grade level. Among the many Anime/Manga books she has read, she has completed the following novels this school year:

  • Where The Red Fern Grows
  • A Wrinkle In Time
  • My Side of The Mountain
  • The Golden Goblet
  • Warriors

Other areas of studies:

Geography: United States – Draw and label all states their capitals, rivers, mountains and surrounding bodies of water. Memorize all states, capitals and state abbreviations

Grammar: Junior Analytical Grammar

Latin: Latina Christiana I

Literature: Alice in Wonderland

Mathematics: Teaching Textbooks 5

History: The Story of The World, Volume I

Science: Florida Science

Leanne is preparing for the heavy workload of the Challenge A curriculum through Classical Conversations that she will be working with in the Fall. She will also be learning a new instrument through a local homeschool band program that she will attend in the summer. So far it looks like percussion, but we will have a better idea after she tries the different instruments. She is looking forward to her SeaWorld camp in July. This year she will have two buddies with her at camp!

As for me, I continue to love homeschooling the girls. I feel as though I am learning right along with them. I love the time we share reading aloud on the couch in the middle of day. Especially when the weather is beautiful and we take our reading outside on the porch near the pool with the sound of birds chirping in the background! Aww, the beauty of homeschooling! I am truly Blessed!

I will be teaching Latin in Leanne’s Challenge A class at Classical Conversations. Latin, who would have ever thought I would be teaching Latin! I am very excited about this new journey! I am looking forward to the FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention at the end of this month. This is my time to rejuvenate and prepare for the following school year. :)

I look forward to continue being a member of the Board for our Parent Support Group, Girl Scout Leader and soon to be Latin Tutor. My goal for this coming year is to participate in the Disney Princess Marathon next Spring. So I will be training for this marathon throughout this coming year.

Wow, you don’t realize how busy you actually are until you take the time to reflect on all that you have done and are preparing to do!

Until my next update, Ciao!

Home schooling is on the rise in Florida

It seems that home schooling is becoming more popular in Central Florida. I came across an interesting article that was published in the Orlando Sentinel. It seems more and more parents are choosing to home school their children. Many basing their decision on not being able to afford private schools anymore. Others are simply unhappy with the education their children are getting. Whatever the reasons, it is safe to say that homeschooling is not for everyone. It is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It is a lot of work, but so worth it!

I know this should be no surprise, but it has occurred to me that I am in school right along with my daughters! Since we have been schooling at home, I have learned many new things. For example, I have gotten much better at math. Okay, not really, but I have “brushed up” on my pre-algebra. I have relearned what nouns, adjectives, prepositional phrases are and I have learned to diagram sentences. In all my public school years, I was never taught how to diagram sentences. What I will do with this new skill, I do not know, but that is not the point.
I have read some pretty good books. Way too many to list when it comes to homeschooling resources. One of my favorite happens to be A Thomas Jefferson Education.

We spend a lot of time on the couch reading. Here are just a few of the books we have enjoyed as read alouds:

The Red Sails to Capri
The Westing Game
Pollyanna
The Life of Gladys Allyward

We are currently reading:

Adam and His Kin
The Candy Shop War
Mathematicians are People Too

The Book of Virtues

Leanne is currently reading Where The Red Fern Grows after completing A Wrinkle in Time.
On her spare time, she enjoys reading anime and manga comic books. She is currently learning to speak Japanese using a book called Japanese in 10 minutes. Leanne loves to draw and spends much of her free time drawing characters for her future anime comic book. She is a very talented artist! She is also part of a home school PE group called SAINTS that meets every Monday for 3 hours where they play all sorts of sports. Math is probably her least favorite subject. She is working out of Teaching Textbooks 5 and is continuously working on memorizing her multiplication tables. Leanne’s vocabulary and spelling are being challenged everyday by using Wordly Wise 5 and her language arts curriculum, Total Language Plus. Her handwriting is always improving through copy work and dictation. Although, grammar is also taught through TLP, Leanne is also working out of Analytical Grammar.

Gianna is working through a curriculum for high school girls called Far Above Rubies. Although, I am having a difficult time communicating with the author of this curriculum, we are thoroughly enjoying it. The curriculum is centered around Proverbs 31. In the first unit, Gianna is learning what it means to be a virtuous woman. She is reading Little Women and will be asked to write a character sketch on each of the sisters in the novel. She is also studying the women of the Bible and will be asked to do the same character sketch on one of the women she reads about. So far, she has chosen Queen Esther in the Old Testament. She is also enjoying logic by reading The Fallacy Detective. She is doing her last year of grammar with Analytical Grammar. Gianna is very creative. She has been taking Ballet for 10 years and also plays the Flute. She will soon be enjoying the art of Calligraphy, to go along with her beautiful drawings. I can truly say that without a doubt, Gianna’s least favorite subject is math. She is in pre-algebra and isn’t very fond of it. She is using a curriculum Chaulk Dust and Kiss My Math. She seems to be really enjoying Kiss My Math. It is a book that was written by a former movie star in the late 80’s, Danica McKellar. Mckellar relates math to every day life, which seems to help Gianna. At this point, whatever works!!

Both the girls and myself are enjoying taking an online Florida Science class with Catie Frates, a very energetic and passionate Science Instructor. Our science has thus far taken us back to Genesis and the Global Flood. We are currently learning about Natural Selection and Adaptation from both a Creationist point of view and an Evolutionist point of view. Very interesting stuff! We look forward to getting to all the plants, animals and the geology of our state.

During our Mom school time, we are learning about Greek and Latin derivatives using English From The Roots Up. The girls really enjoy this part of their day. Since both the girls are in Girl Scouts, I had them memorize The Girl Scout Promise and The Girl Scout Law. Gianna has currently finished her Silver Award and Leanne is in the process of completing her Bronze Award through Girl Scouts. We also spend a lot of time discussing the books we read. It is amazing where our conversations take us!

So, you see, home schooling is not just for the kids. We adults get a second chance at a higher education, right alongside our children! How awesome is that!

I will do my best to post weekly updates on where our studies are taking us!

I know this should be no surprise, but it has occurred to me that I am in school right along with my daughters! Since we have been schooling at home, I have learned many new things. For example, I have gotten much better at math. Okay, not really, but I have “brushed up” on my pre-algebra. I have relearned what nouns, adjectives, prepositional phrases are and I have learned to diagram sentences. In all my public school years, I was never taught how to diagram sentences. What I will do with this new skill, I do not know, but that is not the point.
I have read some pretty good books. Way too many to list when it comes to homeschooling resources. One of my favorite happens to be A Thomas Jefferson Education.

We spend a lot of time on the couch reading. Here are just a few of the books we have enjoyed as read alouds:

The Red Sails to Capri
The Westing Game
Pollyanna
The Life of Gladys Allyward

We are currently reading:

Adam and His Kin
The Candy Shop War
Mathematicians are People Too

The Book of Virtues

Leanne is currently reading Where The Red Fern Grows after completing A Wrinkle in Time.
On her spare time, she enjoys reading anime and manga comic books. She is currently learning to speak Japanese using a book called Japanese in 10 minutes. Leanne loves to draw and spends much of her free time drawing characters for her future anime comic book. She is a very talented artist! She is also part of a home school PE group called SAINTS that meets every Monday for 3 hours where they play all sorts of sports. Math is probably her least favorite subject. She is working out of Teaching Textbooks 5 and is continuously working on memorizing her multiplication tables. Leanne’s vocabulary and spelling are being challenged everyday by using Wordly Wise 5 and her language arts curriculum, Total Language Plus. Her handwriting is always improving through copy work and dictation. Although, grammar is also taught through TLP, Leanne is also working out of Analytical Grammar.

Gianna is working through a curriculum for high school girls called Far Above Rubies. Although, I am having a difficult time communicating with the author of this curriculum, we are thoroughly enjoying it. The curriculum is centered around Proverbs 31. In the first unit, Gianna is learning what it means to be a virtuous woman. She is reading Little Women and will be asked to write a character sketch on each of the sisters in the novel. She is also studying the women of the Bible and will be asked to do the same character sketch on one of the women she reads about. So far, she has chosen Queen Esther in the Old Testament. She is also enjoying logic by reading The Fallacy Detective. She is doing her last year of grammar with Analytical Grammar. Gianna is very creative. She has been taking Ballet for 10 years and also plays the Flute. She will soon be enjoying the art of Calligraphy, to go along with her beautiful drawings. I can truly say that without a doubt, Gianna’s least favorite subject is math. She is in pre-algebra and isn’t very fond of it. She is using a curriculum Chaulk Dust and Kiss My Math. She seems to be really enjoying Kiss My Math. It is a book that was written by a former movie star in the late 80’s, Danica McKellar. Mckellar relates math to every day life, which seems to help Gianna. At this point, whatever works!!

Both the girls and myself are enjoying taking an online Florida Science class with Catie Frates, a very energetic and passionate Science Instructor. Our science has thus far taken us back to Genesis and the Global Flood. We are currently learning about Natural Selection and Adaptation from both a Creationist point of view and an Evolutionist point of view. Very interesting stuff! We look forward to getting to all the plants, animals and the geology of our state.

During our Mom school time, we are learning about Greek and Latin derivatives using English From The Roots Up. The girls really enjoy this part of their day. Since both the girls are in Girl Scouts, I had them memorize The Girl Scout Promise and The Girl Scout Law. Gianna has currently finished her Silver Award and Leanne is in the process of completing her Bronze Award through Girl Scouts. We also spend a lot of time discussing the books we read. It is amazing where our conversations take us!

So, you see, home schooling is not just for the kids. We adults get a second chance at a higher education, right alongside our children! How awesome is that!

I will do my best to post weekly updates on where our studies are taking us!

Second Week of School

We are wrapping up our second week of school and the girls have done a fantastic job! We completed our first Geography lesson, which we had actually started in late May, but put on hold for our busy Drama schedule. We will be using the Holling C. Holling series through Beautiful Feet Books for our Geography this year. We just completed Paddle-to-the-Sea, where we read the book and traced Paddle-to-the-Sea’s journey from Nipigon, Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, we learned about Canadian geese, the differences between ponds and rivers, the inner workings of a sawmill, the Great Lakes, Davy Jones Locker, iron-ore freighters, Jacques Cartier, Samuel Champlain and the states along Paddle’s journey to the Atlantic Ocean, just to name a few!
Next week we will begin working on Tree in the Trail by the same author.

The girls will be presenting what they have learned to their Dad this evening and we will be choosing a classic for our read aloud. More then likely, we will be choosing a classic that ties in with our Geography and History of the United States.

It’s amazing! When you actually take the time to journal/blog about your school days, you realize just how much you are accomplishing!