- Very late start today. Super Tuesday Hangover, I believe they call it.
- Prayer: Scripture readings, just a bit of clarifying talk about the Law, etc.
- First rabbit trail: He had asked me yesterday or the day before: “What is that music that goes daaah-dah-dah-DAAAH-daaah-daah-dah-dah-DAH- dah – dah?”
- You know. That one.
- No, seriously, he hummed it correctly. Ride of the Valkyries, I said. Wagner. Don’t know which opera. Not a fan.
- (Um, Die Walküre – duh)
- He perked up. “The Valkyries! They’re the ones that take the dead heroes to Valhalla!”
- So today, he was listening to the piece and asked about the context, so I pulled up a summary of the opera and that particular part – the opening of Act 3, and we watched a video of a bit of it, then watched a video of someone playing a piano adaptation.
- Copywork. I found a book I’d forgotten I owned – another old Catholic textbook, this one called Prose and Poetry for Enjoyment. It’s excellent. The kind of good Catholic-centered textbook you used to find in, er, Catholic schools, plus get the title – teaching kids to ENJOY literature instead of just finding themes, picking out antagonists and making plot charts? Huh.
- I picked a story by Heywood Broun – “The Fifty-First Dragon” – you can read it here – and pulled the following sentence from it for copywork today, and then tomorrow I will dictate it to him and he will write it correctly.
- Even when they told him that the lances were padded, the horses no more than ponies and the field unusually soft for late autumn, Gawaine refused to grow enthusiastic.
- I thought it was a good sentence for reinforcing the role of the comma. Always such an issue.
- We then talked about the story itself – the power the dragon-fighter thought the word had and why he failed to learn from his victory.
- Almost done with Beast Academy – a few more challenging questions to write equations about the height of the rectangular prism when you know height and width and someone’s age when they are 6 years younger than someone and 2 years older than someone else…that kind of thing.
- Then….he read a couple of intro chapters in an easy intro to the War of 1812 from the library, we talked about that.
- Latin – go over the next set of prepositions.
- Writing and Rhetoric – he finished reading the introductory material in the chapter, which contrasted “unclear” and “improper” in terms of writing. This is all leading up to teaching refutation.
- The afternoon happened elsewhere. Art museum, first (remember ours is not the Met, but it’s very good, and it’s always free). We spent some time in the Vodou flag exhibit, the Asian, African and contemporary art – and the one hall of pre-Columbian which sadly, never changes.
- Going to the museum always provides an excellent opportunity for him to mull over things out loud and talk about things he’s learning and thinking about, and explaining the intricacies of pre-Columbian cultures to me (talking about the impact of the Olmec today). Spent some time sitting in front of the prize Bierstadt. He talked about the challenges of painting something like this and then mused on possible pathways for climbing the peaks.
- Library to get volumes of the Seven Wonders series – there’s a new one coming out next week and he wants to re-read them all before that. He also found a new Amulet volume and grabbed that.
- Stop by Samford for 30 minutes of practice on a better piano.
- Home – bb game rescheduled for tonight.
- Timeframe at home only: 10:30-12:30. To end of piano practice: 10:30-3:30.
March 2, 2016 by Amy Welborn
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