Sorry for the down time!

We managed to botch the transfer of the domain name for Sam’s credit card to Kate’s and not even notice it. Thanks to everyone who emailed, it’s fixed now.

Also, Kate is back actively working on the lower grades now that her life is a little less crazy and she has a kiddo about to start Year One. Be on the look out for new content, and if everything goes well, a new site design in a month or two.


We’re still here!

Hello all!

Today I began work on Ursa Minor again, which I know many of you are anxious to hear.

There are a few changes. First, Sam has decided to be an emeritus part of this project as she is currently working 80 hour weeks. I have all her book recommendations for Years 1 through 6, and her scheduling work, and we are still happily chatting about this project when she has the time.

Second, I can only sit and type for short stretches of time at the moment, though I’ve continued to improve, so updates probably slower than you all would prefer. I do want to assure you that they are going to happen, and that I am not abandoning this project.

I also wanted to leave you with a few resources I found while convalescing.

I listed to a lot of podcasts in the last months, and two of them might be useful or entertaining to older students.

  1. The History of Rome Podcast 
    • This podcast covers the entire history of Rome, from its founding to its fall. I found it engaging, if a bit lecture-y. I also really like the podcaster’s voice, which I have found to be a very important part of my enjoyment in audio media. Due to its more serious tone, I think it would be appropriate for most high school aged kids.
  2. The Lesser Bonapartes
    • This is a much more irreverent history podcast, with a much more casual tone and a lot more cursing than History of Rome. Probably best for older high schoolers. It also runs series that cross all of history and geography. I really enjoyed the series on Moorish Spain and The Taiping Rebellion. There are several different people involved in this podcast, some with better voices than others, but I enjoyed the humor and more conversational manner that they approached their subjects with.



Summer Hiatus

As many of your probably already saw, we posted Ursa Minor Learning Year 7 a while ago. Before we could announce it, Kate had to have emergency surgery and we never got around to posting it.

Bad news, Kate has to have another surgery next week, though we are hopeful that afterwards everything will be taken care of and she will be back up on her feet in no time. We, however, will be taking a summer hiatus from working on this project, so that she can recuperate and do a lot of physical therapy.

We know that we promised many of  you that we’d finish a lot of stuff that isn’t going to happen now. We are sorry that we won’t be able to meet those deadlines, but we want you guys to know we aren’t ignoring you and that we aren’t abandoning the project. We’re both just a little overwhelmed right now. Thank you for understanding.

Update, Year in Review

Year end round up and what we’re doing in the new year…

We hope you are all having a great start in this new year.

Last year we:

  • Published reading lists for 5 year levels.
  • Had 1,798 unique visitors to our site.
  • Created a Facebook and Instagram account.
  • Made 12 blog posts.
  • Saw a project that we were mainly doing for ourselves become a resource for our community.

Things we are working on in the first half of the year:

  • Completing Years 6 and 7.
  • Completing weekly schedules for Years 6-12.
  • Creating printable book lists for each grade for ease of trawling used bookstores and such.
  • The science curriculum for Years 6-12.
    • We plan on including lesson guides to help both create a more Charlotte Mason style approach in the sciences, and to decrease the amount of work parents need to do in preparation.
    • For each year we will include a lab supply list and a lab guide, a lesson guide, and a list of optional and extended resources.
  • A three option math track. Option 1 is the currently suggested math, though we are working to include notes on modifying it to different paces. We have a plan for a moderately paced Option 2, but Option 3 for those struggling with math is currently going slower than hoped, as we have not yet identified a math curriculum that seems ideal to us.
  • The optional and expanded lists for all subjects 6-8, and in history and citizenship for Year 9-12 (the optional and expanded lists for math and science are already up.)
    • We’ve found a volunteer with a much broader experience in World Religions than we have and with her help, and putting together two options for different approaches to World Religions.
    • Don’t worry! We’ve decided that all versions of the curriculum will stay available on the site, so if we make curriculum changes you will still be able to see older versions.
  • Creating a forum or Facebook group for discussion on using the curriculum. If you have a preference on a forum vs. Facebook, please let us know in the comments.

Anything else you all would like to see on our to do list? I know quite a few of you are waiting on Years 1-5, and we still hope to have them done before August. Once Year 1-5 are up to our standards, we’ll be focusing on creating non-US national history lists, suggestions for Masterly Inactivity and Adult learners, as well as creating resources on using the Charlotte Mason methodology in a secular setting.

We’d also really like to hear your feedback. I know most of you aren’t using this curriculum full time yet, but if you’ve used one of our book suggestions, done some of our suggested handcrafts, or have been inspired by us in some other way, we’d love to hear from you.


The Good and the Bad

The good news: The basic outline of  Year 8 is up!

The bad news: while we hope to have Year 7 up before January, our original schedule was too ambitious. We didn’t put in enough time for unforeseen circumstances and opportunities and we significantly underestimated how much time our science stream work would take.  We are focusing on finishing Years 6 and 7 and once that is done, on weekly schedules before moving on to Years 1-5