I had a deadline for March 1. Since March 1 was a Saturday, I declared my deadline to be Monday, March 3. Then the editor said he wasn’t going to be in the office Monday anyway, so March 4 it is. Was. Whew!
It’s a good feeling. Not only moving your deadline a few days later (too many wouldn’t be good – it would just extend the agony. A 3 day-extension is just about right.) but completing a project. Now my brain is free to do what I hadn’t allowed myself to do as the deadline loomed: plan a couple of trips and watch True Detective.
So, some schoolish stuff. It’s been a little scattered because I have been scattered, but we have soldiered on.
- This week, the 12-year old will have his science class, the 9-year old will have a zoo class, and then in a week, it will be time for a science class for the 9-year old. Plus art and music for the 9-year old.
- Did I tell you that I told the 9-year old that I wanted him to take up another instrument in the fall in addition to piano, and that he thought about it and decided that he picked the pipe organ? Well.
- Math chugs along. The 12-year old has been doing basic statistics, which is familiar to him, of course, but even the deeper level to which AOPS takes it is easy for him. It’s very strange when you’re looking at problem with your 12-year old, you’re sort of struggling with it, and he snaps up and says, “Oh, I get it.” And then he’s all blahblahblahmathmathmathnumbersblahblah. It’s strange in a good way.
- (And if you or someone you know need to be introduced to the differences between bar and pie graphs in a very entertaining way….take a look.)
- 9-year old has been doing battle with equivalent fractions this week. The amazing thing to me is how at the beginning of a new topic, he looks at the material all wide eyed and wonders if he can ever master it, but the way the material is presented is just right and the number and type of exercises are just right, so by the end, in just a few days, he has mastered it.
- This game helped a bit at the beginning.
- 12-year old has gotten more intentional about keyboarding, using this program.
- Still doing the Latin thing in a casual way, using this, as well as Mass propers. I don’t know if I’d recommend it as a core Latin program – in fact, I don’t think I would. But it’s a low-key introduction.
- We finally got through What country, friends, is this? and have moved on to the super short and super simple, Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?? A relief to tackle something so easy.
- FINALLY watched the Burton/Taylor Taming of the Shrew. It was entertaining, but honestly, so much was cut from the play (most of the subplots), I found it a challenge to follow along with the text. It’s okay. They’re familiar enough with it now, and we’ll go over some of the important speeches, so that they’ll be well prepared to see it at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival later this month. I’m excited. Never seen a show there. I will say that I thought Elizabeth Taylor was magnificent in the film. Those eyes were so subtly expressive – you could really follow Katherina’s transformation simply by focusing on Taylor’s eyes.
- Switching to another Katharine: Watched a couple of short videos for the feast of St. Katharine Drexel.
- Attempted this project. The pieces are drying now. We’ll see.
- Cursive is being practiced, using this book.
- Today we went to see the very nice (but small) Delacroix exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art. We did some prep with books and videos before hand, and then had a fruitful hour at the exhibit.
- Plus, a visit to one of our best museum friends.
- Now that March has commenced and basketball and my project are done, the energy will shift to roadschooling……hmmmmm……Two weeks from today….three weeks from today…..