New day, new week, new month
February 1, 2016 by Amy Welborn
- It’s a new month – which means I draw your attention to this great site, full of quotes and poems specific to months and seasons. I use it for copywork – I could see a classroom teacher using them for any number of purposes. The limitation for us is, of course, that most of the winter/early spring offerings are deeply Northern-normative and therefore not reflective of the February experiences of those of us who are not watching crocuses peek through melting snow. We’ll try not to be offended.
- Argh, once again, I am doing this at night, which is not good – I forget all the neat little rabbit trails.
- Prayer – continuing w/2 Samuel – filled him in on Absalom. Read Gospel, which is about the Gerasene demoniac, talked about why people, as in the villagers, are afraid of God changing us. Talked about St. Brigid, looked up pictures of her with cows, prayed the intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer.
- Copywork – Monday is Scripture day. Mark 5:15, from the Gospel. Cursive sentence from cursive practice book.
- Math: started the last chapter in Beast Academy 5A on expressions and equations.
- One last check of worm farm – then set them free. You can see how layering sand with the dirt helps see the good work that the worms do for the soil.
- Now the morning started to be interrupted by phone calls and work-related email stuff. What followed, unfortunately, was not a lot of creative socratic dialogue, but instead an hour of “Go read this, okay? And then come back and tell me about it.” and “Why don’t you finish up that workbook page.”
- One communication involved an invitation to be a part of what sounds like a very fun zoo class that I had not known about, so that was good. Another involved a touring Alabama Shakespeare school production of The Comedy of Errors, so that was good, too.
- So…get the boring stuff over….finish reading the Constitution chapter in the text, read and talk about the Bill of Rights. That was a good conversation, so I guess it wasn’t all a loss.
- He recited the preamble, which he’d memorized.
- Latin – just translation and parsing from chapter 21. Daily review of the difference between predicate nominative, predicate adjective and direct object. I’m sure indirect object is coming soon, so yay.
- Writing and Rhetoric – began chapter 3, which is about autobiography. Today was just reading the main story, talking about what autobiography is and narrating it back to me.
- Watched a few videos from this page: on salamanders, the paper history of London, paper pop-up card tutorial, the Physics Girl video on light-powered spacecraft, and then he watched a couple of videos from that very interesting Primitive Technology channel.
- Practiced piano – recital this weekend.
- Timeframe: 10-2, which includes lunch and piano. Brother has early dismissal on Mondays.
- Hideously boring, I guess, but efficient.