At some point – hopefully later today, the blogging repertoire will expand beyond this daily report. But it’s a start, a forces me to write something here. I’ve been so immersed in that other thing for three months – and with another project looming – it’s really difficult for me to write anything of substance anywhere else.
Today (Actually yesterday..forgot to post) …another late start. I think I’m still in mental recovery mode from the project, but hopefully today was a reset.
- Prayer: Readings of the day (as in Epiphany). Talked about the Magi, etc.
- Read Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi. I read the first section aloud with great drama, so he would catch the tone, which he did for the rest of it.
- We talked about what the “old dispensation” and how the experience of this Birth/Death renders the narrator feeling as if he were among foreigners once he returns home. Tied it into the homily we had heard on Sunday, which had much the same theme – so much so that I really expected the priest to pull in Eliot, but he never did.
- Copywork was the last four lines of the poem, plus some cursive.
- Math – yesterday in Beast Academy had been negative and positive integers and adding and subtracting them. We did some reinforcement of that today, first with a couple of videos and then some exercises from Khan Academy.
- And then with a few minutes with some online games from this page. Tomorrow we move on to multiplication and division.
- You can see the practice pages he’ll do tomorrow and the next day here – they happen to be some of the sample pages they have posted – do take a look. It’s such a great program.
- Latin was a crossword puzzle in the Latin for Children book, reviewing the vocab up to and including chapter 18. I like the curriculum fine, but the frequency of the misuse of “it’s” for “its” really makes it lose cred with me.
- Among the words were argentum, aurum & ferrum, so we briefly pulled out the periodic table chart. Ar, Au, & Fe.
- Woodpecker observation period. This particular bird has been working on the lower part of a tree trunk in the backyard. I’ve never seen one pecking so low. We watched him for a while, then M followed him around to the front and saw the tree he’s working on there.
- Watched about 20 minute of the second episode of Liberty! taking us through the First Continental Congress. Introduced Johnny Tremain and he’ll have the first 50 or so pages read by tomorrow.
- For his own reading, besides the constant diet of rereading TinTin, Asterix and Obelix, Lucky Luke and so on, he has just re-read all the Pseudonymous Bosch books, which he loves, and is in the midst of reading The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel.
- Time outside with a light saber.
- Then a bit of art – this “picture stretching” from my favorite kid-art-website, That Artist Woman. He didn’t finish it – took more time than *I* would – and will finish tomorrow.
- Library trip, then basketball practice later.
- That’s it. Not a fabulously super creative Pinterest-worthy day on the homeschool front, but serviceable.