We recently finished our second business math/finance block for the year. As strange as it sounds, this was my third time going through this block and I still really enjoy it! I am far from business minded so I originally felt out of my comfort zone when teaching this block many years ago. However this time around, everything fell into place very nicely. We read a lot of books to go along with this block including “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy,” “The Year Money Grew on Trees,” “Bamboo People,” “The Not so Great Depression,” and “Striker Jones and the Midnight Archer.” Sawyer and Parks also worked through the Simply Charlotte Mason Pet Shop book to work on business math.
Overall, we covered a lot of topics! Needs versus wants. Entrepreneurship (which we still have a 4H block to do on also). Resources. Investments. Substitutes and Complements. Recessions. Revolutions. Inflations. The history of money. We also looked at how these concepts influenced US History to tie into our US History blocks.
Another wonderful addition to our blocks at home was a finance block in our 4H group. In the co-op, the kids used the USDA high school finance curriculum. Parks thought that it required way too much thinking, but Sims and Sawyer really learned a lot from it. The hands on activities at the co-op thoroughly solidified many of the concepts that we had learned at home too. I love it when things coincide without planning it!
We also have a block on entrepreneurship coming up in the spring with our co-op so I am sure even more concepts will come together!
Resources for business math
Lots of school work this week! And lots more to get through!
I am not sure why, but the output of work seems a lot higher this year. This is neither good nor bad. It just is. More output requires more time inside and at home. That part is not my favorite.
This week we learned about money and its history. We learned about inflation. We are also almost through our first read aloud book, The Year Money Grew on Trees. It is a terrific book to go along with finance, economics and business math. The kids also made topography maps and color wheels in Spanish this week in 4H.
Lots of paperwork!
Hanging out before band practice
Who’s the ghost?
Long walks with the pup!
Lots of playtime
gaga ball on the trampoline
Sims gave me a lesson Wednesday afternoon on rigging and sailing a 420. I had a blast. I can’t wait to go again! I am not sure if that was my favorite part of the week or getting back to the barn after several weeks of not going!
Friday, the younger two worked at home on their Simply Charlotte Mason Pet Shop math and finishing up their workplans while Sims and I headed down to Charlotte to finish up his educational testing.
As always, the weekend was full! Boat cleaning, yard work, parties, concerts, sailing, and some fun time to just hang out.
Sims and Nelson
Sawyer and Sky
Cinnamon LOVES the barn
A boy, his horse and his dog.
My two riders
Sims working on some barn chores
If you ever wondered if you will use those Montessri skills later in life
Beautiful sunsets this week!
Make up for tonight!
Our scarecrow and scary skeleton
Sawyer singing at the fall festival
Sawyer singing at the fall festival
Parks making muffins for a friend.
I decided recently to shorten our blocks and repeat them throughout the year. Thus, everyone is pretty much finishing up their second blocks this week and beginning their new blocks.
I tried out a new curriculum this year for a few of our blocks. I purchased the Christophorus Waldorf books for some of the blocks. The books have a nice layout and the story form is nice. However, so far we are not loving them. Parks’ second block looked at heroes. He began determining what the word hero means to him. We then went through the Saints and Heroes book and chose a few of the stories. Overall, the stories were okay. His imagination was not sparked as it usually is with stories. For some reason, they did not resonate with him. I do plan to try another heroes block in the next semester but I will use materials from the library and Waldorf Essentials.
The same went with Sawyer’s first man/animal block. She really wanted to study owls, but for some odd reason (maybe my type A ness popped out after I had done a lot of planning) I could not bring myself to flow with it. If I had let her study owls in the beginning, the block may have flowed better. She began by looking at the human and the parts of the human. We then went through the mouse, the cow and the lion. Again, in her seconds man/animal block, I will most likely follow the plan set up in Waldorf Essentials.
So the other two blocks went ok but not stellar. Sims’ block was awesome! His seconds block looked at business math and economics. He enjoyed it so much, he asked to continue it before going into our Rome Block. We used the book Striker Jones by Maggie Larche as our guide. The book also has a teacher’s companion that is well worth the extra money (if purchased through your kindle it was only an additional $1.99). The teacher’s manual laid out the concepts that each chapter covers, the definitions, discussion questions, and assignments. He loved them all! He also demonstrated the ability to apply the concepts throughout the month in our discussions and errands. Next, he is going to work through the Pet Store math curriculum by Simply Charlotte Mason. He is looking forward to the Pet Store. He designed his logo and started deciding on his inventory. Over the next few weeks, he will “run” the store using the principles that he learned through Striker Jones.
Now onto block three! Parks will begin Animal stories,(although this week we read a story from Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime). Sawyer will begin the Norse myths and Sims will continue with Business Math.