A look at our Morning Basket plans for Terms 2 and 3 of this year:
Italian (daily) - The school-aged kids and I cover new concepts and hands-on games during naptime, but we usually do our Italian memory work and simple conversation practice with the littles around:
:: Rhymes - "Settimana dei Fiori" and "I dodici mesi" from Filastrocche Italiane Volume 1 and Volume 2
:: Songs - "Santa Lucia" from Teach Me Everyday Italian
Poetry - one poem from each of our poets for the terms, Longfellow and Whittier for Year 5 and Christina Rossetti and Eugene Field for Form I (daily)
Short Readings - from a couple of the following:
:: The Gospel of St. Matthew from the Douay-Rheims Bible (roughly a chapter a week), paired with The Glorious Impossible for Lent and Easter
:: Old Testament stories from Schuster's Bible History (one per week)
:: Illustrations for the Old Testament Stories: The Dore Illustrations, The Raphael Bible, and Stories from the Old Testament (tied in to the OT story from that week)
:: Seasonal Reading: The Christmas Rose, The Way to Bethlehem and A Wreath of Christmas Legends (for Advent and Christmas) and "Lent for Children: a Thought a Day" (for Lent)
:: Lang's Book of Saints and Heroes (a bit a week)
:: Long's Home Geography for the Primary Grades (1-2 chapters a week)
:: Father Lovasik's Catechism in Stories (a couple a week)
Read-Aloud - With any breakfast time I have left before the babies start fussing, I read from one of our scheduled read-alouds: Pinocchio, The King of the Golden River, and the second half of Pyle's The Wonder Clock.
In the Afternoon
:: Hymns - On This Day, Jesus My Lord My God My All
:: Folk Songs - When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Ol' Dan Tucker, Battle Cry of Freedom (Union and Southern versions)
:: Bible - The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18:9-14)
:: Prayers - Pardon Prayer and Angel's Prayer from the apparitions at Fatima
:: Poetry - Rudyard Kipling's "If" (Vincent), Whittier's "Inscription for Preston Park, CO" (Vincent), Whittier's "Eva" (Gianna), Whittier's "Angel of Mercy" (Gianna), Longfellow's "Excelsior" (Gianna), Rossetti's "What Does the Donkey Bray About?" (Xavier), Field's "Little Boy Blue" (Xavier), "Minnie and Mattie" (Cate), Field's "Garden and Cradle" (Cate)
:: Shakespeare - Twelfth Night 1.5for a performance with our homeschool group
Family Riches - roughly one of the following each day:
:: Nature journaling lesson with The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (once weekly) - read a section together and choose a challenge for that week.
:: Picture Study on Giotto for Term 2 and Winslow Homer for Term 3 (once weekly) - two weeks for each piece, alternating between observation/narration and a picture sketch or tableau, along with a reading from Hillyer's Child's History of Art and Amy Steedman's Knights of Art the first week.
:: Music Study on Tchaikovsky for Term 2 and Dvorak for Term 3 as listed on AO (once weekly) - including attentive listening and discussion. I pulled a few lessons from How to Introduce Your Child to Classical Music in 52 Easy Lessons and we listened to The Story of Tchaikovsky and The Story of Dvorak as introduction.
:: Shakespeare - Twelfth Night for Term 2 and Macbeth for Term 3, first in Lambs' Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare, then along with Arkangel Shakespeare, then to see it performed at a local theater.
I think I am finally all caught up with our school plans from this past year! I'll be on to Summer School plans next week.