CC Cycle1 Netflix

This will be our second year of Classical Conversations and we’re very excited. We fully embrace the use of media and technology in our learning. So I decided to create a spreadsheet detailing the various shows, movies and videos that correspond with our upcoming Classical Conversations Cycle 1 schedule.

Google Drive File: Classical Conversations Cycle 1 Netflix and YouTube Match Ups

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*Please note that all videos are subject to change based on the provider.


Homeschool Curriculum selections for this year

by jessicalieb on July 28, 2015 · 0 comments

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We are starting our 2nd year of homeschooling Jude. As you may remember last year we abruptly made the decision to pull Jude out of the private school he was attending to homeschool him the remainder of the year. It was by far the best decision we made and he thrived and grew tremendously the remainder of the school year. So this year it was a no brainer for us to continue with our homeschool plan since he has been doing so well.

We homeschool Jude because it’s what is best for him.

Since we first jumped into the homeschool world I’ve done a lot of research and I think we have a pretty good plan for this upcoming year. Jude flies through school work so it might seem like a lot but I have to keep him engaged and learning. After looking through the curriculum I have selected for him I realized that he’s mostly doing 3rd grade level work even though he’s in 2nd grade. He masters his work very quickly and we just keep moving. We will continue to use our weekly homeschool schedule although I might adjust it a little this year to fit his curriculum.

Math: Math-U-See Gamma
We used Math-U-See Beta last year and I really liked the simplicity of the lessons and the use of manipulatives. They have a ton of worksheets for each lesson but Jude never uses that many. He also rarely uses the manipulatives but I do like having them for reference if needed. I might explore Singapore Math for next year because I’ve heard it’s more challenging.

Grammar: First Language Lessons – Level 2
I borrowed Level 1 from a friend last year and we really liked the discussions it brought about. Again, Jude would have the memory work memorized rather quickly which made some of the lessons redundant and boring. But overall I really like how the lessons are designed… we just fly through them.

Spelling: All About Spelling – Level 2
Again, we used Level 1 last year and I saw so many improvements in Jude’s reading and spelling. I like the hands-on magnets that help him understand spelling without the struggle of handwriting. I think we probably could have jumped into Level 2 last year but he really struggled with reading and I wanted to give him a good foundation.

Phonics: Explode the Code – Books 5,6,7, and 8
Jude loves Explode the Code. Again this program has really helped him understand reading. I think once we finish book 8 we probably won’t move to Beyond the Code but I want him to at least finish out the series, especially since he loves doing them.

Handwriting: Star Wars 2nd Grade Handwriting Workbook and A Reason for Handwriting C – Cursive
The Star Wars book is a fun way we can continue to work on his penmanship while we try out cursive. He doesn’t have great handwriting so this is something we will work on in all subjects.

Reading: Library Card
I looked into a few reading programs but ultimately Jude likes to read what he likes to read. We already go the library very frequently so we’ll just continue to explore new books for him to read. I will set aside time during his homeschool day that he can read to me so I can observe his progress and aid him in any areas he struggles. He also reads every night right before bed.

Bible: Gotta Have God Ages 6-9
I want to encourage Jude to start a daily devotional now that he loves reading so much. I’ve heard good things about this book so hopefully he’ll enjoy it.

Classical Conversations
We are part of a Classical Conversations community that meets once a week. This program will cover our history, science, geography, art, Latin, math, English and more. I have printed out some supplemental worksheet for Jude to use during the week since he is a very hands-on learner. This will also act as a way for him to practice his hand writing. I know a lot of people say Classical Conversations doesn’t require a lot of additional curriculum but I know Jude craves learning so that’s why we’ve added so much.

I should also note that he won’t do all of this every day. I’ve set up a schedule so he works on different subjects on different days. I also let him pick which subjects he wants to work on first. This gives him control over his learning and helps keep him excited and engaged.

 If you homeschool what curriculum do you use for your kids?


Summer Camp at Home with Netflix

by jessicalieb on July 27, 2015 · 0 comments

Last week we had summer camp at home, Camp Lieb. I incorporated a lot of Netflix Streaming shows into our daily themes.

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Here’s a list of  our theme Netflix shows:

Friendship Day
Daniel Tiger: Friend Help Each Other
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Space Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Planets
Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle
Little Einsteins: Ring Around the Planet
Magic School Bus: Gets Lost in Space

Nature Day
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Earth’s Crust
Wild Kratts
Magic School Bus: Goes to Seed

Ocean Day
Lego Atlantis
Bill Nye the Science Guy: Ocean Life
Magic School Bus: Goes the Mussel Beach

Ninja Day
Lego Ninjago
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
Power Rangers Ninja Storm

I’m sure there are more shows and movies that are on Netflix Streaming that would fit into many of these categories but these are just a few of our favorites.


Premium Care from Pampers #MothersPromise

by jessicalieb on July 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Camp Lieb – Day 5 Ninja Day


Friday was the last day of Camp Lieb and even though we had a lot of fun I’m exhausted. The extra special activities meant extra excited children which meant more meltdowns, less sleep and general exhaustion. Ninja day was highly anticipated and the kids were very excited about being ninjas all day. We started the […]

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Camp Lieb – Day 4 Ocean Day


Well, our plans were totally thrown out the window when we spent all morning inside hiding from the severe thunderstorms. We had a lot of outdoor activities lined up but the weather wasn’t agreeable. So instead of water tables and pool time we had indoor fun. While it poured outside we got caught up on […]

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Camp Lieb – Day 3 Nature Day


Day 3 started off with a lot of drama. Despite the fact all the kids went to bed late they were all awake with the sun. So I decided to take them to the park so they could burn off some energy. After I got everyone loaded in the car (which is quite the adventure) […]

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Camp Lieb – Day 2 Space Day


Day 2 of Lieb Camp started a little late but we eventually got moving. The good thing about having summer camp at home is the flexibility of your schedule. We can change things up, be late of completely switch up the day if we like. We started off the day with a Moon Rock hunt […]

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