28 January, 2011

Vermeer and Haydn Mini Unit

My planning for our 2011 school year is well underway. I hope to share some more detailed plans soon, but for now, here is our Artist & Composer plans for this term:

I will be doing Barb(Harmony Art Mom)' s Mini Unit on Johannes Vermeer and Joseph Haydn with the girls this term.

Click on the picture to check out this great "mini" unit. Barb calls it mini, but I think it's a bit more than that :-).

10 January, 2011

Booking it in 2011 with "Life as Mom"

I have decided to join in Booking it in 2011 with Jessica Fisher, at her blog, Life as Mom.

I am planning to deviate from Jessica's booklist, but plan to include some of her books in mine.

Here is Jessica's list, with the "due date for reading":

  • February 10 - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

  • March 10 - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  • April 10 - Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois

  • May 10 - Finding your Purpose as a Mom: How to Build your Home on Holy Ground by Donna Otto

  • June 10 - The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

  • July 10 - Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace & Joy by Sally Clarkson

  • August 10 - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • September 10 - Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider

  • October 10 - Not your Mother's Casseroles by Faith Durand

  • November 10 - The Monster in the Hollows by Andrew Peterson

Here is my own list for the year:

  • February 10 - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

  • March 10 - Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

  • April 10 - Desiring God by John Piper

  • May 10 - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

  • June 10 - The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

  • July 10 - Dancing with my Father by Sally Clarkson

  • August 10 - The Professor by Charlotte Bronte

  • September 10 - A History of the English-speaking Peoples, Volume 3, The Age of Revolution by Winston S. Churchill

  • October 10 - Hard Times by Charles Dickens

  • November 10 - No Other Foundation: The Church Through Twenty Centuries by Jeremy C. Jackson

  • December 10 - Home Education by Charlotte Mason

Most of these books are currently on our bookshelves - or available to me. I have tried to mix up the genres, and plan to be reading the heavier books throughout the year. If you're wondering why I'm planning to read Churchill's book - it's simply that I want to have a bit more background to the History studies we will be doing this year. We are working through Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World Volume 3: Early Modern Times, much of which includes the Age of Revolution.

I plan to post a short review of each book here on the blog as I complete it!

As an aside, here is a list of some of the books I read in 2010:

  • Van Loon's Lives by Hendrik van Loon

  • Sense & Sensibilty by Jane Austen

  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte

  • The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell

  • Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

  • Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmoore

As you can see, I was a little biased towards novels last year! This year I am attempting to read more books on Christian living and some History books. Van Loon's lives is a wonderful introduction to many historical characters. Read it if you can, you won't be disappointed!

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