So are you sick of these yet? Well..don’t read them then!
A reminder of why I do this daily update thing, and will for a while: Dissatisfaction with education grows and grows. More folks who once may have said, “I could never…” are contemplating the possibility of homeschooling. There are loads of different ways to do it – here’s ours. No boxed curriculum, no online classes, a touch of unschooling (not as much as I had hoped, I admit), a few texts, a lot of ad hoc. And every great while, the teacher is a little hungover from book group. So.
- Prayer: We missed the daily readings yesterday because we had to dash out of the house for the Cathedral class, so I caught him up on David today – told him about Absalom, read about the death of Absalom, and then the death of David.
- Today’s first reading was Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) which was a summary of David’s life, accomplishments and character. We read it – I read half, he read half – and then after we read the Gospel (death of J the B) and prayed, I swung back around to the structure of the Old Testament – had him recite the books he knows in order (now through 2 Chronicles), then I explained the different types of books: Torah/Pentateuch, historical, Wisdom, Prophets, and in particular the nature of Wisdom books.
- Usually Friday is illustrate-one-of-your-copywork-entries day. He didn’t feel like drawing, so we just hit the dictation (see Wednesday for explanation).
- Oh, then we looked at a February calendar and talked about the month’s big days: Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Lincoln’s birthday, Washington’s birthday, Presidents Day or whatever it is.
- 2 word problems for Math revew.
- Beast Academy – defining coefficient and variable, combining like terms. A couple of pages of “corralling like terms” puzzles and then simplification with problems like these.
- Page of Latin review, which involved once again going over various sentence structures: Subject-Predicate nominative; subject-predicate adjective; subject – direct object. And some vocab and imperfect of sum.
- Writing and Rhetoric – summarizing a story – an exercise which builds on the careful method of learning how to summarize that this curriculum teaches. Since it’s a workbook, it involves crossing out inessentials, circling important details and main points, and so on. Very helpful.
- Look at the material on insects in the Animal book – keep recommending it to you, and I mean it. If you have a child interested in zoology, this is the book to get. It is chock full of great photos, but more than that is actually a comprehensive presentation of animal life organized according to phyla, with loads of solid information – not just cute pictures.
- Grasshopper time. Time to dissect the grasshopper specimen I had purchased from Carolina. It’s big. He studied this worksheet as well as the instructions included with the kit, and went to work. First examine the exterior of the bug, identify parts – then cut off legs and wings, cut through the exoskeleton to get to the innards. I had watched a couple of videos to prep.
- Next week: crayfish.
- Story today was “The Lady or the Tiger?” He read it, and then looked over some study questions to prepare for talking about it. His opinion was that the tiger was behind the opened door. The focus of the discussion was on what either possibility would say about the princess, as well as the power of an ambiguous ending. He admitted that he was frustrated by the ending, but on the other hand, if the story did have definite closure – if we did know which door the poor man opened – it wouldn’t be a story anyone would really care about. It would be just about the princess and what we learn about her through that revelation in a way that puts a lid on further contemplation, rather than encouraging it.
- (Does none of that make a lick of sense? Well read the story!)
- So the focus of lit discussions this week has been irony and the impact of a story’s ending. It’s been interesting.
- And that’s it. Brother had a slightly earlier day and had to be fetched. Piano practice after that, then a couple of hours outside with the neighbor friend.
- Timeframe 10am-1.