I haven’t done a school post in a while,so here’s a quick one:
- Remember, 13-year old is back in “regular” school for 8th grade, so it’s me and the very self-directed 10 year old.
- Who is busy. This fall, on a weekly basis, he’s had: piano lesson, musicianship class, schola at the Cathedral, boxing, 1 2-hour art class, another 1-hour art class, and monthly science center classes. Plus Cub Scouts. And outside play and herpetology. And Legos.
- What we do at home is sort of directed by his interests and sort of by what I want him to learn. It’s pretty loose, and also directed by current events, including those in our own family (so, for example, European and German history and geography dominated November.)
- Every day begins with prayer (some mash-up of the daily Mass readings and Morning Prayer, along with discussion of the saint of the day); cursive practice and copywork.
- Math is still Beast Academy. He’s on 4B, and the chapter on Counting almost did us in, but we survived and even learned.
- Almost done with the Greek alphabet book – he wants to continue with learning actual Greek and asked about Latin, so in January, we’ll start that, in a low-key fashion, using stuff we already have here – Visual Latin and some other easy curriculum I have sitting around here somewhere. (To reinforce the Greek letters, we used a couple of apps and online games as well)
- For English grammar mechanics, I use a variety of online resources as well as Scholastic and Evan-Moor workbooks, Language Mechanic and Editor-in-Chief. For the record, I’m not thrilled with these last two resources(which had looked good to me online) – they can’t stand alone, although they are decent supplements. The copywork and exercises I make up myself based on whatever he’s reading reinforces all of these.
- We do a lot of geography. Again, I use the Scholastic and Evan-Moor resources, as well as various online games – the Sheppard Software site has a lot of good stuff, and we recently started with this – Mapping the World with Art – which is challenging for a just-10 year old, but excellent.
- We do poetry all the time, but considering I know nothing about poetry, I’ve been thinking…we should be using resources from people who do know. And then I found this – from Mensa For Kids, which sounds sort of revolting, but it’s an excellent resources…and free! We’ve just started…so…no man is an island, you know?
- Various science things …various art things…more on that next week, because I’m getting tired here. Well, there’s these, which don’t look that impressive, but were instructive and enjoyable(and quick) – all about negative space. (Projects here)
- I bought this book because I saw it recommended on a forum somewhere – and I’m very glad I did. Witty and pointed poems about American history with fabulous woodcuts.
And…we’ve seen two productions of Macbeth, a production of Amahl and the Night Visitors, gone to a lecture on the use of satellite technology in archaeology….so, yes, life and education goes on, although I’m feeling that we need to get more intentional about some things…but then every time I feel that, he comes and stands in the kitchen and gives me a lecture about the Phoenicians, which I didn’t even know he knew anything about, so who knows….