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Shannon Iverson

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    Augusta, Georgia
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    CS Lewis, Dickens, Kipling
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    Iverson School of Excellence (Homeschool)

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  1. Shannon Iverson

    Family Reading Practices

    We naturally separated the kids when they were over 10. The bigs were no longer interested in reading time and wanted to read on their own. (Ours are 6, 8. 11 and 14) I read to the two younger boys at night and once in a while, my 11-year-old will wander in if she wants to. My bigs and I get together on Saturday mornings to chat about our weekly reading without little ears and possibly more mature conversation. We have only had one time when my son was 5 and we got to the part where Charlotte dies in Charlotte's Web, my boy broke out in hysterics! Crying, screaming, "No, NO!" It made me realize his emotional immaturity and yet, I think it helped him grow too. It is a challenge to know when too much is just that or enough to help them along.
  2. I notice in a previous post SO many people have one or many of Wendell Berry's books on their reading lists. I, myself, have read a few also and enjoyed his writing very much. Without asking an essay question, why do you think we relate to his novels or poetry the way we do? Have you, or will you assign one of his works to your children? Would you use his poetry or novels as a read aloud? What about your favorites? Thoughts? Cheers, Shannon
  3. Shannon Iverson

    Socratic Saturdays

    I love Sarah's podcast! I have not read the book yet. However, I did brush up on my literary skills going through Center for Lit's Teaching The Classics program. They give a good amount of material for Socratic discussion questions in the book. I would like to see how a book club would work as well! Maybe something to look into...
  4. Nature study is my middle son's favorite part of our week. We have had a few splendid weeks of cool weather here in the South and since fantastic walks. Whose taking nature walks? What are your children finding? Do you have a focus study for a week, a term or semester? Cheers, Shannon
  5. Shannon Iverson

    Rhetoric with Substance

    This is an excellent question. I do not work in a classroom per se, however, I do work with many students one on one. I have found the students that speak well and write well also have read well most of their lives. They have beauty to draw from that has had many years to be tended to. I'm not sure it will be something you can give them in one or two years, but perhaps you can inspire them in their future speaking and writing.
  6. Shannon Iverson

    Socratic Saturdays

    Over the summer my son and I began building Socratic Saturday mornings. I longed for meaningful discussion with him about books we were reading but it seemed impossible to carve out time in an over scheduled day with teaching four and working from home. We began with Lewis, a lovely place to start, reading Until We Have Faces. We would get up before the sun, sneak out of the house to a coffee shop a d chat. This is the good stuff I have waited for! My closed-mouth teen began speaking, and boy did he have a lot to say. My question is this: how are your book discussions or narrations going this year? And what are you really loving to read? (Or perhaps not enjoying! ) Cheers, Shannon
  7. I appreciate and have learned a good deal from this course, however, my classroom is my home and my students are my children. When it comes to planning, how detailed do you go as a homeschool parent? For many years I have put rough pages numbers on a calendar for material we will get to that day, but I wonder if other homeschool teachers actually make detailed lesson plans for each of their students? What would that look like? How might you create harmony in the planning? One of the greatest obstacles I have found, teaching at home versus teaching in the classroom, is the variety of material covered simultaneously at different grade levels at the same time. Thoughts?
  8. Shannon Iverson

    Methods of teaching and time

    They are 5, 7, 10 and 13. I tend to divide them between "littles" and "bigs."
  9. I admit, I often find myself in the dispense method of teaching my four children. I strongly believe in Socratic discussion and the master/apprentice model, but how do you balance time and effective teaching? In the subjects we do combine, it often becomes a competition of chatter and thought (especially between three boys.) Suggestions? How do we avoid simply dispensing ideas to 'get things done', while maintaining time with each student to have a meaningful conversation? -Shannon
  10. No, but now I want to! What are your thoughts? Have you read it enough to give an opinion?
  11. Shannon Iverson

    Poetry Help

    Does anyone have suggestions on how to teach accent and breves in poetry? I have tried explaining this to my thirteen-year-old son, but I get a thirteen-year-old stare and, "Uh, I don't get it." Is there a trick to helping to 'hear' the accents on syllables?
  12. Shannon Iverson

    Curriculum Junkie

    Am I the only one? I find a book sale and I must ..have..this book! Perhaps this new book will be the key to making my days smooth and easy. Of course, I know logically this is a fallacy. I know the book or curriculum is only good when wielded in the hand of an effective teacher or faithful parent. But...I cannot resist. I must say, I do (eventually) come to use the book, but it may not be when or how I first pictured it. My bookshelves are bursting with to-be knowledge. Am I the only one? How do you break a book habit? Or should you? What is your weakness? (For example, in the last eight years of homeschooling we have tried, umm, six math curriculums! I have always felt ill-prepared to teach math, and have found all of my children required a conceptual math program in the end. Yes, please don't judge my weaknesses! ) - Shannon
  13. Shannon Iverson

    Diagramming

    We usually put up a few sentences on our blackboard at the start of the week. I find using colored chalk helps my visual children see the different parts of grammar while diagramming. Sometimes it becomes a little competitive. I like to do it as a group, all ages, so it seems less intimidating for the younger children when it comes to their turn in grammar.
  14. Shannon Iverson

    A weekly co-op for K-3

    We have not participated in a full co-op, however, for the past two years, a few families have gotten together as a Feast Day Fridays. We mostly focus on nature study, rotating our locations for hikes or natural experiences. We journal our focused findings. (The Law's Guides to Nature Drawing and Journaling is a wonderful resource!) We recently began using Exploring Nature with Children as an outline for our focus. We have used short picture studies to see what each family is studying in art. We have occasionally recited poetry or memory work each family was working on as well. We kept timing to around two hours to encourage focused attention and to not infringe on daily schedules too much. I am not sure if that is much help, but good luck in your search! - Shannon
  15. Shannon Iverson

    Educational Reads

    Oooh, I have never read Poetic Knowledge or The Education of the Young...Now I have more to add to my expanding reading list! Thank you! I love Charlotte Mason's works too! (If you are the Karen I think you are, your book Consider This was fantastic! I love bridging the gap between Mason and the Classical realm of schooling. )
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