I was unsure where to start, so I decided to go with the first section- self discipline. I think it will take us most of January to finish this topic and then we will move onto the next area. Here is a snapshot of how I plan to use this book to hopefully build character and provoke some good discussions.
- Read aloud and discussion points during morning group time
- Journaling topics for Aidan
- Copy work sections for Aidan
- As a broad introduction to various forms of literature (poetry, fables, historical writings, etc.)
- Starting point for supplemental literature from the library and Bible readings
For example, we started on Monday with the introduction/definition of self- discipline (the book has a 1-2 page introduction for each trait). Tuesday we read a poem called "Anger" by Charles and Mary Lamb. Aidan had a copy work assignment from the poem (two phrases of his choice to copy to continue regular practice with handwriting) and then a journaling assignment related to anger as well (not on the same day). For the coming stories, Aidan will have similar assignments and related follow up reading.
This is somewhat of a divergence from the way I have typically presented information/lessons to the boys, but I have to tell you I really like it! Hearing their ideas is fun, but seeing how they integrate everything is even more interesting. I will definitely be sharing more of their comments and thoughts as the year continues.
Has anyone else used this book in their homeschool or family study time? What have your experiences been?