Friday, May 31, 2013

Finished Another Book

Another goodbye ... Rod & Staff Science 4.  I enjoy R&S Science books, so I'm (happy and)  sad that we finished another one.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Am I a nut?

Today 11yo and I finished a book (Rod and Staff English 3) which I bought for her sister.  Older sister was probably nine at the time and now she is 17yo.  And?  I'm sad to know that I will be giving it away.  I mean, I even started trying to talk myself into saving it.  Am I crazy?  I've been waiting for the day when my youngest finally finished some of these books so I could get them out of my house.  Rod and Staff books are wonderful but they do take up a lot of space.  I guess it is the goodbye to memories that is what is bothering me.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Skip Day

Overcast weather returned to our area.  All that sunshine was too good to be true.  I was going bonkers Thursday, so Friday I decided to take a day off and go shopping.  Finances have been tight for a long time which means we rarely go on shopping trips.  But, there are times when you realize you have deprived your kids for too long.  11yo had one pair of shorts.  With summer on the way, broke or not, we went shopping.  

Enjoyed the break from the constant diet of chauffeuring children to church meetings, doctor's/dentist's appointments, and teen related activities (choir, play practice, etc.).  Going to the mall was definitely a much needed departure from the norm.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Alternative Spelling Lists

Since my daughter who is using Logic of English is older (11yo), I decided to add the alternative spelling lists provided on the LOE blog.    Lists 1-4 and 6-9 include videos taught by the author.

Logic of English Alternative Lists

A few of the words on the first list are easy ("mob") but others have been a fun challenge ("squalid").  My goal for 11yo is mastery, so we will be working at a much slower pace on these lists.  For example, this week we are working through lesson seven in the book and also using alternative spelling list one.

note: The slower pace (one lesson per week) has been a better fit.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Viola/Cesario and Sir Andrew Aguecheek
It was a crazy week.  Go, go, go.

Saturday - special choir mini-retreat (17yo), birthday party (15yo), major grocery trip

Sunday - sat in the car for three hours while 17yo attended a single adult congregation, took her home for 10 minutes to change into her formal choir uniform, sat in the hot car for another 30 minutes while she sang at a fundraiser, stayed up late making several meals

Monday - early morning seminary (dad drove!), tech rehearsal for "Twelfth Night" (15yo and 17yo), choir rehearsal (17yo)

Tuesday - early morning seminary, tech rehearsal

Wednesday - early morning seminary, dress rehearsal, afternoon church activity (11yo), evening youth activity

Thursday - early morning seminary, hair appt. (15yo), 1pm  & 7pm performances of "Twelfth Night", Dad and I manned the ticket table and helped with concessions, cast party until 12:30am (someone else drove!)

Friday - standardized testing (15yo), Biology class (15yo and 17yo), haircut (15yo), 8:30 - 11:30pm drove 15yo to her sister's house (took a wrong turn, was lost, delay because of an accident, missed a dead deer and a live possum)

I'm probably leaving out something.

I am tired.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Missing school

This past week was almost exclusively Logic of English.  With learning the ropes AND doing full lessons (learning phonograms, spelling rules, spelling list, grammar, composition, and vocabulary development) it took a lot of time.  This next week we'll be slowing down the LOE train but my teens are going to be performing in a play, Twelfth Night.  School for the 11yo will be squeezed in between me chauffeuring her sisters to play rehearsals every day.  Somewhere in all of this driving around to various activities I also need to wash clothes and cook for people.  There isn't going to be a lot of extra time.  School time with 11yo will be the first casualty.

I miss our regular subjects (Greek Myths, Latin, History, etc.).  Is life ever going to be normal?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Logic of English - Lesson Four

Much, much better!
  • We were forced to split the lesson into four sessions due to chauffeuring my older daughters to and from their play practice.  
  • I tried to rely on my brain more and on the script less.

The Future?
As much as I want to propel her forward I need to take into consideration that 11yodd's brain needs time to absorb and practice using the information that is being thrown her way.  I want her to own it!  If we try to maintain a lesson a day it may be like too much rain on dry ground.  The water runs off because the ground is too dry to absorb it.  I don't want to create a flash flood.

So now the question is...just how fast do we move through the material?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Logic of English - Lesson Three

This is an excellent program.  I am the problem.  I know I should break the lesson into several sessions, but I ... just ... can't ... make ... myself ... do ... it!  I am killing our love of learning.  My 11yo has never been excited about school but today I could tell she was seriously fried.  Me too.

The one thing she DOES like is the games.

My goal for tomorrow (lesson 4) is to break up the lesson into at least three sessions.