Pushing on through….
1. Prayer. Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Remember going to San Clemente in Rome? One nod, one vacant look. Well, it was over a year ago. St. Valentine. Talk about them, look at art. Read Mass readings. Morning Prayer, adapted.
2. Digging into The Mass Explained. I had discovered that we were not using it correctly, and skipping huge chunks. (Scroll down. Oh. ). So we moved backward, and learned a lot more about the the procession, the altar – including reverencing it – and the sanctuary in general. I’ll say it again. It’s fantastic.
3. Pythagorean Theorem again. Just doing more problems, learning about the Pythagorean Triples, and so on. 9-year old took a break from his text and played around with a couple of fractions apps and read in The Life of Fred.
5. Then a bit of Brave Writing! Together, we did this exercise in close observation. I am always a little afraid to do these kinds of exercises, and then shocked at how receptive they are as well as how seriously – relatively speaking – they enter into it. Michael came up with a new word: “Smumpy” – smooth, yet lumpy. As I said, this was a joint effort today, and on Monday I’ll let them loose on another object to do by themselves.
7. They pulled out some clay. Made things.
9. Watched lecture 3 of this “Great Course” on Greek and Roman construction. It’s taught by a West Point faculty member, and it’s sort of college level, but it’s quite accessible, even to a 9-year old. He is an engaging speaker and uses a lot of models and demonstrations As I said before, I picked it up on sale around Christmas, and it’s worth every penny. (It seems to be on sale now, as well.)
(As an aside, “social studies” this week – in addition to the usual barrage of hourly questions (I should be flattered they think I’m such a super-genius) – has been reading this month’s stack of magazines from Cricket. We get Dig, Cobblestone, Calliope, Odyssey, Muse and Ask.)
10. Nailed (all three of us) Passage #7 – What country, friends, is this? ….Twelfth Night, Act one, Scene two. Their greatest delight is for some reason switching up voices and reciting Viola in a booming bass and the Captain in a squeak. Whatever!
11. FINALLY hit up Taming of the Shrew. I’m glad we did our storytelling/watching the BBC version/Moonlighting version first. After we get done with this, we’ll do Kiss Me Kate and sometime in March go see a show!
Outside play/piano practice/now indoor rambunctiousness. Long day tomorrow. We’ll have to get up earlier on a Saturday than we have any day this week….