I desperately want to end the week feeling good about our work in the schoolroom, which is why I'm not here more frequently! I've been listening to podcasts and tweaked our routine where necessary. I think we homeschoolers are quick to encourage and pat each other on the back and say "You're doing fine!". Sometimes, though, I'm not. My son's first grade year I was too sick to get out of bed most days and his second, I was just barely treading water with a fussy, demanding baby. He is a good reader. He excels at math and science, but there have been some things that have fallen through the cracks. I'm working on those right now.
That being said, I highly recommend Andrew Pudewa's Spelling and the Brain audio download. I also kind of recommend But..but...but... What About Grammar? but it just confirms what I've always suspected: Grammarians need to get their act together. I just learned this week that Memoria Press categorizes articles as adjectives. How about that! It is, of course, highly debated on the internet and I just don't know how to proceed. Adjectives! Anyway, back to spelling. Spelling was our toughest subject and Pudewa's advice turned all that around in two short weeks. My son's rocking spelling now.
On to books!
My daughter, 13, is reading her way through Jules Verne. She has recently read Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days. Next up, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I needed a Teddy Roosevelt biography for this week and downloaded Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! out of desperation. She got a lot out of it. She said it made her interested in Teddy Roosevelt. No better recommendation than that.
My son and I are reading Hilda van Stockum's King Oberon's Forest, which is, so far really sweet and funny.
I recognized that I just did not have the time to tackle Greek myths with him this term so Jim Weiss is handling that for me. He sits in his room with a pile of Legos and listens to Greek Myths and She and He: Adventures in Mythology. He loves them. This has been very effective. I think he zones out less than when I read aloud to him amongst all the chatter of the household. God bless Jim Weiss.
I've ordered the children books for Valentine's Day and was so excited to see The Incorrigble Children of Ashton Place IV: The Interrrupted Tale was recently published. She may be aging out of these books, but I know her and it won't matter one bit. My son, 9, received Star Wars: Jedi Academy for Christmas and loves it. It replaced Calvin and Hobbes as his meal reading of choice. So, he will be receiving Darth Vader and Son for Valentine's Day. We are giving the baby The Quiet Book which is so cute and funny.
I'm still reading The Wormwood Forest and still loving it. If you want a taste, Mary Mycio has a few articles out there, the most related being Do Animals in Chernobyl's Fallout Zone Glow? I just wrapped up the saga of Przewalski's Horse in Chernobyl. Utterly fascinating. I'm continually amazed that things like funding govern so much of not only what is studied there but what is managed. This shows how very naive I am, I'm sure.
My husband took the day off today and we have much to tackle! Taxes, winter yard clean up, and a field trip are planned for this afternoon. Have a great weekend, friends!
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