As in most neighborhoods, we have a few inconsiderate people who leave dogs to bark outside for long lengths of time during the day and even at night. The other night as we were getting ready for bed, one of those dogs was barking. Then we heard it. There is a fellow who bought an air horn. We've heard it a few times before, but the house was still and quiet, so we had a good opportunity to hear the whole exchange this particular night...
Man: Quick blast.
Dog: More Barking.
Man: Long blast.
Finally the air horn was not enough, so the man started yelling (in colorful language) to shut the dog up. Repeatedly.
I kept expecting to hear a shot gun. Eventually that dog got quiet or was let in. Then I had to giggle. The house two doors up from us let out their yip machine less than two minutes later.
And I've reached the conclusion, I'd much rather a dog bark all night than an angry man blast his air horn.
For next year, we're simplifying a bit. We'll hit all the major subjects, but I'm dropping a few of the extras we've been doing like Latin and health. We, of course, cover health daily as we choose proper foods to eat and care for the children, so we figure a year off won't be detrimental, and we'll likely listen to our Latin CD over the next year--Nate asks for "Salve" all the time anyway, but I wanted to pick a really do-able set of subjects for us.
Here are the books and supplies we've collected so far, though I have more on order:
We buy used as much as we can, but we haven't been able to find everything that way.
The girls will also being using the Noeo Chemistry I curriculum This is much like the way I've done science in previous years, with lost of 'real' books. This time someone else lined it all up for me though! They do sell full sets, but I've found some of the books used, so I'm just ordering the curriculum guide there and picking up books here and there, wherever I can find the best prices.
The girls will each be in their respective grades in Singapore's Primary Mathematics. Kate has already begun her third grade books and Gabby just started in the 1A book this week. I've been very pleased with the math education Kate has gotten with the Singapore books.
Since we're dropping Latin this coming year we're upping Kate's other language arts. She will continue in Spelling Power, Writing with Ease (book 3 this year), Wordly Wise , and the McGuffey Readers. We have backed off on the frequency of the readers use, as she moved through them so quickly and she reads so much on her own. Reading is not something she needs encouragement to do! We are adding Editor and Chief this year. I'm excited about this one. It teaches grammar by having the student edit writings--perfect for the kid who doesn't really like writing and has a good bit in her other classes. She's also asking to learn cursive, so I got her a really neat writing course called Pictures in Cursive A (Daily Cursive Writing Instruction Based on Picture Study Lessons)
. It has short little lessons that will get her started in cursive without adding too much, since we write a great deal in the Writing with Ease program.
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