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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Fisher Academy: About Us

Inspired by Heart of the Matter's Not Back to School Blog Hop, I've decided to post a peep into our teaching home!  Fun, huh?!  It's been awhile since I posted pictures of the kids and our schoolroom (click here for post: circa, 2005!), etc. so hold on to your pants I'm gonna try and pull a four-posts-in-one!

First off, in a true about us post, I thought you'd probably like to know who is being taught here, right?  So, here goes...

The students:

We have 2 students currently starting year six of Ambleside Online.  They are 12.5 and 11.5 years old, respectively.  Now, I took these lovely mugs and got all through editing them, before realizing that I have every freedom to take more creative poses in more exotic settings... oh well.  :)  Darcy has good advice in her post Do's and Don'ts of School Picture Day, it is important that as homeschoolers we don't forget to take these monumental photos of our kids so that they can see the sequence of their very own history, how they looked EVERY year growing up.  Of course they don't have to look anything like traditional school pictures, thankfully.








...and then we have our Ambleside Online year two student...   oh wait she was absent on picture day.  She'll be there on 'retake' day though for sure.  :)  She's 7.5 years old:








Our two youngest are in year 0 of Ambleside Online.  It is an unofficial schoolyear, basically not really even preschool per se... but education is a life and life starts before birth and so their education begins as soon as they're out, right?  :)  We read lots aloud, do lots of nature study, hang out with the bigger kids and get in on some of their stuff... you know, the life of a homeschooler's tot.  ;)








The teacher:
Well, that's me up there at the top left of this blog... :) I don't love to post pictures of myself, way too conspicuous. I don't even really like to be in pictures at all except to remember that I was in fact present while my kids were growing up, not ALWAYS behind the camera!

The schoolroom:
We do school at home (literally all over our home) and away from home...
"The world is the true classroom. The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes."
Jack Hanna 





Our curriculum:
If you've read this blog before you know that I'm crazy about Ambleside Online's Charlotte Mason education. We stick pretty closely to AO's recommended curriculum. We use MEP maths and The Easy French and Rosetta Stone Spanish and Spell to Write and Read (thanks Richele)


Our day:
I have posted about how I do my scheduling here and here.  What it works out to be in real life is completely dependent on a 267 variables which in themselves vary from day to day.  :)  However, this is the list that keeps us on task and helps us to make sure we get what we need to get done every day.
We all have our own copies, the boys' is for 4 weeks at a time, and mine covers the whole term.
Basically, we get up between 6 and 7, breakfast is at 8, sit-down-together-sit-at-the-table-school starts at 9.  We do a couple things after lunch and try to be done with everything by 2 or 3pm. (that even happens occasionally! ;)





So there you have it folks!  Fisher Academy International Teaching Home, or life of FAITH as it were :)
I hope you'll be inspired to spotlight your own unique homeschools!  :)  Make sure to link up if you do, so we can all be inspired!   Also, check out the Not Back to School Blog Hop posts for TONS of links to other homeschools over at Heart of the Matter!  Fun, fun.

14 comments:

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa said...

Fun to peek-in on you in Peru! Thanks for stopping in at waddlee-ah-chaa! If you have a U.S. address we can ship to you are all good to go for our book giveaways! Every week we highlight and giveaway children's literature. This week we also have a read for parents and teachers.

Look forward to traveling to Peru again in the future! :)

wayside wanderer said...

What a great post! I love the pictures and it is very obvious all of your students are related. :D
Best wishes on your new school year!!!

Richele said...

Now that's a great group of smiles!

I have a feeling that if we did our hs planning together we would end up eating the ENTIRE chocolate cake. Yeah, sometimes little comment windows just don't cut it, huh?

Very smart to have J & C in AO6 together - was wondering how you did it all the separate AO years.

...and since you let me look, I have to ask about the Mc-Call-Crabbs & SWR??

Andy and Jennifer said...

So funny; I found your blog through the blog hop and, well, I know you! Way back when (pre-Peru) from the MOP at Greenwood Hills? Then, you came down to DC for a visit? I am married now and in Sioux Falls, SD. Still think of you guys and pray for you! Nice to "see" you...and now I've bookmarked your blog!

Jimmie said...

I found this post very interesting. I want to see that missing child, though! :-)
I'd also like to know about your children's names. How about that for a blog post?

Trisha said...

Love this, Amy! I enjoy reading about how you do things and what your day is like.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

How is it that I never noticed FAITH as the acronym?! I am so dense!

Blossom said...

Nice to meet you all ;)
Interesting bit about the school year pictures. I was in public school (as were my kids until 2 years ago) and we never bought pictures- or year books. I think it would have been interesting to see the changes through the years but we just didn't seem to think it was that important I guess. We take pictures of each other all the time, for no reason :) But the trouble is when we forget to date the pictures and then we have fun guessing the age or year of the picture.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Wow! What a fun and busy place your homeschool must be. I'm really intrigued by AO, but I'm not sure what to do with it. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing! I am returning to some of Charlotte Mason's teaching methods this year, after a year with just dry textbooks/workbooks! Me thinks all our minds have shriveled a bit!

Great post!

Have a blessed school year!

(I'm coming from the blog hop today at HOTM!)

Chef Penny said...

Love it! We are not morning people so this would not work for us but it was great to peek in your world. I always like to peek in especially during nature studies. lol

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Great to meet you! You have a beautiful family! Came by via the Heart of the Matter Blog Hop! Have a great day!
Sherry

Dawn said...

Thanks for a peak into your home.
Blessings,
Dawn

Raggedy Princess said...

Amy,
Hi! I'm a fellow missionary here in Peru (Pucallpa) and I've started keeping up with your blog recently. I've got 2 kiddos under 5, so I'm not really homeschooling yet... but am totally taken with CM and plan to start figuring things out more within the year. I have a Q for you... I notice that your kids are doing Rosetta Stone Spanish, but do you/they do anything else to supplement? (esp since y'all are here in Peru). FYI, we are moving back to the States in Dec. and I'm pondering the idea of how to incorporate Spanish into our daily routine... I've already gotten lots of encouragement from Silvia over at Homeschooling in a Bilingual Home. Just thought I'd pick your brain too!
Blessings...

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