Equine Science

Decca created this picture on his computer today after his horse lesson.

We started some light school today. I thought we would ease into the school year, starting just two subjects the first week. Decca and I started with his science, which is Equine Science. I let him choose his own science this year, and this is what he decided on. He loves animals and thought this would be a fun study.

Decca working on his notebooking pages.

I have many hesitations about studying horses for a whole year. I feel like one will get tired of horses after a few months. Actually I think if it was me I would probably be done in a few weeks,  but my son does not feel the same way. He thinks it will be so much fun to study horses for a whole year. I wish I shared that enthusiasm.

But here we are on day one, and I have to say I am impressed with the study. Winter Promise has done a great job with this theme. The books are very engaging, the guide is easy to follow, and the notebook is fun. I believe we may be able to spend a whole year on horses while not losing interest.

Here is a sample of the guide. I like that it is only scheduled for two days a week. That leaves us plenty of time for the rest of the week to work on other topics in science.

For today’s work we read from the notebooking pages, a DK book on the care of horses, and a craft book titled Horse Crazy.

A sample notebooking page

Inside view of Horse Crazy – I am happy that they show both boys and girls interested in horses. Somehow horse loving kids are usually depicted as girls only.

The DK book is full of information. You only read a few pages a day which is great. Decca’s attention wouldn’t have held out much longer as it is a bit dry.

A notebooking page that he worked on today.

In addition to the books used in the study, there is also literature suggestions given each week. There was no suggestion for week one, so we started next week’s book early, as Decca couldn’t wait to read it. It is called Leonardo’s Horse, and it is the story of Leonardo Da Vinci and his bronze horse.

An inside view of the book.

There are a few problems with the curriculum in my opinion. They have several notes in the guide about evolution being mentioned in the books and how a parent should avoid those passages or use them as a learning experience. I am avoiding all those notes, and am happy that WP didn’t choose any creationist books for this study. Also there are typos in the guide and notebooking pages which is typical of Winter Promise. Already, on the first day, we have spotted some.

Can you spot the mistakes? I believe it is time for WP to invest in a capable editor.

Overall I am very happy with this curriculum. Decca loves it and is enthusiastic about it. I only hope that enthusiasm lasts us the whole year.

Civil War

We are studying the Civil War as part of our Winter Promise AS2 curriculum. The twins love this time period so much, so we have added a number of books to our study. Two of our favorites are Slopes of War and Iron Thunder.  The first book is about the Battle of Gettysburg, and it is for older children as it is quite graphic when describing the war. The second book is by Avi, one of our favorite authors, and tells the story of young Tom who begins to work on the Monitor. I highly recommend both books if you are studying the Civil War, or if your children are looking for something good to read.