April 6, 2016 by Amy Welborn
- I am at the very tail end of this project. It’s at the stage in which the major motivation is how fantastic it’s going to feel when you don’t have it hanging over your head anymore. Imagine! Wow. That will be great. This weekend, we hope.
- We started out today talking about vultures. Wait, no.
- We actually started out today with him leafing through Family Guide: Italy while sitting on my bed and him opening to pages on Pitigliano, reading it, and saying it looked really interesting, and me saying that well, that was actually a place I had been considering for a base because it looked really interesting to me, too. Kind of weird. Then he told me about what one of his instructors in the history of science homeschool class had told them about going up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then, vultures. I think.
Calling our names
- When we were at the Avian Conservation Center in Charleston, the docent told us about the crisis in the South Asia vulture population. Not that I didn’t believe her, but it was pretty interesting when an article about that very issue popped up on a science news feed today. The issue was a drug – diclofenac – given to cattle in India, a drug which is fatal to vultures. Since cattle are not eaten in India, when they die, vultures are depended on to take care of the carcasses. Cattle were filled with this fatal drug. Vultures died, which not only wiped out the population, but gave other species – more dangerous to humans – opportunities to flourish and along with it things like rabies. So we talked about that.
- (I originally wrote “decimated” instead of “wiped out,” but then I remembered, as I always do when I think about using that word, being corrected years ago on another blog when I used the term as a synonym for near-total extermination, by someone who said, no, it actually means the loss of only ten percent, so stop doing it wrong, please)
- I reviewed what Easter Season is, and how long it goes, and talked about Acts of the Apostles. We read today’s Mass readings and prayed.
- Copywork today was a few lines of this poem, which I got from the great Garden Digestwebsite – if you are involved in teaching in any way and are seeking seasonal quotes and poems, this is the place to go. I first had him do a cold reading of it aloud, just to practice that skill.
- “Now that the winter’s gone, the earth hath lost
Her snow-white robes, and now no more the frost
Candies the grass, or casts an icy cream
Upon the silver lake or crystal stream;
But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth,
And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth
To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree
The drowsy cuckoo and the humble-bee.
Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring
In triumph to the world the youthful spring.”
– Thomas Carew, The Spring, 1630
- He wrote the copywork in cursive.
- For Latin, we translated a couple of chapters from this supplementary book and he did a page of parsing present, future and imperfect tenses of ire. (to go)
- Next, since we are in between “school” reading, I pulled out a Saki short story – “The Open Window.”
- I wanted him to read a hard copy, so I searched for “Open Window” “Saki” “pdf” and one popped up. I printed it. He read it. We started talking about it. I was about to raise one point about the story and started searching the printed text to help me make my point – I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I scanned it again. Where was that passage? Couldn’t find it. Then I realized that what I had printed out was some wimpy paraphrased version of the story. BAH.
- I found another version – the correct version – and he read it. It was instructive because he could talk about the differences between the paraphrased and the original, and had no trouble saying that the dumbed-down version was, well, dumbed-down.
- We talked about the story for a while, using questions from here as a starting point.
- A few logic pages from this book.
- He read the first section in the history text, which was about the beginnings of westward expansion, and then a chapter in A History of US about Sequoyah.
- Then it was time for piano practice – the rest of the afternoon would be homeschool boxing, then get brother, then the last Nighttime Zookeeper’s Class at, well, the zoo, so it was our best chance. Three piano events coming up this month, so..gotta practice.
- Timeframe without piano practice, 10-noon.
- That’s it. Maybe a “full” day tomorrow…