Time marches, rushes, races on. Let’s squeeze the last two days into one entry.
- Prayer: Good feasts. Monday, Conversion of Paul: read accounts with map in hand. Pointed out Tarsus & Damascus. Reviewed order of Gospels and what Asolipsisiticcts is. Looked at a couple of paintings, including Caravaggio, talked about God using anyone to fulfill his purposes. Tuesday: Timothy & Titus. Looked at the letters in the Bible with a detour to Philemon – remarked on because of its brevity. Read about them briefly in this book. Both days: prayed Morning prayer petitions and Lord’s Prayer.
- Detour: If you look at the petitions on any day, they are a sure-fire way to situate you properly for the day. What they do is place our efforts and encounters in the proper perspective. Any teacher looking for prayer to open a day or class period should begin with the prayers of the Church – they lessen solipsistic temptations and place the day’s endeavors in the context of humility, service and glorifying God.
- In other words, kid-composed prayers are usually a bad idea. Instead, teach children and young people that their personal issues and struggles are of a piece with the greater stuff of life, all known by a loving God.
- Copywork: Monday (Scripture day) was Acts 9:4 . (in cursive). Today (poetry day) was the first chunk of “All the World’s a stage” from As You Like it.
- All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
- Math was review of long division – which can be a struggle, but was survived. Then Beast Academy, moving to exponents and positive and negative integers. Again, a challenge – not your typical 5th grade math. But I trust them!
- Now I’m going to start to get confused. I know I’ll forget things. Sorry.
- Monday history was starting the Articles of Confederation/Constitution. The chapter in the text actually begins with Shay’s Rebellion, so we read that over together, then flicked on the television to watch some Hip History – Keith Hughes is really great – the videos are clearly intended as Regents/APUSH test prep, but that is just fine. He hits the high points in a way that is perfectly understandable and interesting to an 11-year old. We watched the videos on Shay’s Rebellion, the Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance. Then he went and read the text section on the Articles and did the workbook pages.
- Tuesday history was a bit of a break – something I’d intended to do last week – we read this web page on the function of the fife and drum in the military generally, and in the Revolutionary War specifically, then watched a couple of videos, including this one. The point being, in case you didn’t know, that fife and drum were not simply about accompanying marches – they were a way of communicating using instruments that might actually have a chance of carrying through the din of battle.
- He then read the chapter on Thomas Jefferson in The History of US.
- Then read the poems “Benedict Arnold” and “Thomas Jefferson” in this great little Stephen Vincent Benet collection.
- Latin: I detected that we need a bit more disciplined review of conjugations and declensions, so that’s what’s up with that this week. I printed out blank templates, and he’s just going to be practicing – he conjugated a verb (sitting here at Chick-fil-A while he is at boxing, I can’t remember which one) on Monday, and then declined verbum, deus and puella today.
- Writing and Rhetoric was about replacing boring verbs and nouns with more vivid words. Some practice on that, which always yields humorous results.
- Stupid worm. Still didn’t get to the dissection. This has to happen on Wednesday.
- Watched a few science related videos: on the purported new for real planet, on bacteria in the NYC subway system, on learning to drive a Model T (rabbit hole, but not really – a little bit of history of automobile manufacture and then searching for the answer to the question “When were the first limousines made?”) and why cats meow – the last of which led to several other related videos from the same BBC program/series, and then tales related about his neighborhood friend’s cat.
- Piano practice during the “school” day on both days. Joplin (“Elite Syncopations”) will be performed in a recital in less than two weeks, so the pressure’s on!
- After brother returned from school, in the evening, we continued our learning by breaking out As You Like It. We will be seeing a performance later this week, so we’ll be skimming/talking about it before then. Monday night I outlined the plot, drew a diagram of the major characters, and we read snatches of the first act, with them being Oliver and Orlando. Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll do act 2 and probably go ahead and watch the BBC animated version. Maybe. Basketball practice is happening, so maybe not.
- Oh, Johnny Tremain. Friday, he had finished reading and looked over the study guide. Monday, we talked about the questions he’d read, he told me about his favorite parts and what he thought the book was about. I was going to have him writing something, but we were both ready to be finished with the book, so that didn’t happen.
- He’s been asked by a friend’s mother to contribute a letter in honor of friend’s birthday. That was part of the writing curriculum today.
- Varied rabbit holes: a tracing/drawing break of Sly Cooper, a video game character, atop the Eiffel Tower.
- The declaration: “I think I want to read Common Sense.” Okay! I got it up on the internet…he kept scrolling and scrolling and scrolling and discovered that “pamphlet” might have meant something different in the 18th century than it does today. Not fully defeated, we read the first three paragraphs and talked about the distinction between society and government.
- FYI, current leisure reading: Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men. Christmas gift from sister.
- Homechool boxing, church basketball. Worm in jar still resting on shelf.