"Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education." ~ Charlotte Mason

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Weekly Wrap Up: Poetry Tea Time & Geography

I haven't posted a Weekly Wrap Up since before Christmas!  It's been hard getting back into the swing of things since the second week of January.  I've added things back in slowly as I find that helps after a longer break; particularly with the seat work.  My son, in particular, has a harder time because he finds seat work challenging.  So we took it extra slow for him.  He also has a tendency to complain which presents a challenge; he needed lots of cues not to indulge in complaints. ;) We have been doing seat work and a lot of free reads, including Jason's Gold for the book club I run.  They enjoyed the book and looked forward to the club on the 14th.  On Monday I will share a review on it as well as the book club activities we did.

We started in on our geography unit for Canadian Geography.  We're using Donna Ward's Province to Province Guide.  We got in a couple of Geography lessons this week.  For Canadian History (using our Courage and Conquest Guide) we delved into some study about the explorer John Cabot.  It was a lighter lesson then the previous Viking section we went through, as I don't have any historical fiction to read a loud.  The kids enjoyed tracing his route and using the globe as a tool.  We read lots about John Cabot from two different books:  The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration and The Kids Book of Canadian History.  

Our Canadian History study! 
Poetry Tea Time
I had been wanting to do some poetry and hymnal reading with them for a while now and was inspired to do so by a friend's blog post: Life on a Canadian Island: Poetry Tea Time.   I set up our table with a lovely table cloth and beautiful china.  We had some drinks and apple crisp while I read aloud from some poetry books and an hymnal book I found on line called Then Sings My Soul.  The kids loved this time and we will aim to do it once every other week.  For more detail and pictures of our Poetry Tea Time, see my blog post: Poetry and Hymnal Tea Time.  
The Table all dulled up for our poetry and hymnal reading

We started a new read a loud for our Book Club this month:  The Bronze Bow.  This book is FANTASTIC.  We have all been enjoying it so much and look forward to it each day. :)  I can't wait to do the discussion and activities for the junior division of our book club next month.  


  1. We haven't done a poetry tea in a long time. Yours was beautiful. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. This was the first time I had heard of it! What a wonderful way to read poetry. :)

  2. Hi! I am visiting from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. I think the Poetry and Hymnal Tea Time is a lovely idea. I think my girls would love that! :)

    1. Thank you! Yes, my girls enjoyed it and even my son did. He was trying out various ways to hold a tea cup! lol

  3. Sounds like a great week! I am so glad you tried out Poetry Tea Time :)
    Miss you!


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