Tuesday, August 11, 2009

And We Still Haven't...But Who Cares?

I had big plans to get more school done this afternoon. This morning we worked through our second day of school (Bible, History, Math, and today we added Science) but we still haven't started Grammar, Latin, Handwriting, or Piano. So I planned to do those things in the post-nap happy hours.

But real life, as it is wont to do, took over. I wrote. Prince Charming and Polly worked on played a new game. We rearranged art in the kitchen. We read. The girls and I walked to the weekly farmer's market and bought some treats for after supper and a few sundries (local honey, garlic, a watermelon...). We watched eight little lizards on a rock wall for a few minutes. (Christened by Polly "Lizard Slope") We walked back. (Query: why is the walk home always l-o-n-g-e-r than the walk there?) Prince Charming skipped the walk and had supper ready to go in the oven when we got back.

I hereby declare the afternoon a success.


Kelly said...

In my humble opinion, the walk back is always shorter than the walk there because you already know where you're going. It might have had something to do with the fact that you had a watermelon with you. ;)

oddcincy said...

Grammar, Latin, Handwriting, and Piano? I commend you for emphasizing these often neglected skills. Goodness knows how many times I've had to decipher bad penmanship. And while Latin may be a dead language, I think young children learning any foreign language is a good thing. Schools always save it for after students function at an adult level in English (usually junior high), but studies have shown that younger minds can absorb languages really well! As for grammar and piano, they're not quite as essential, but they do allow one to show good breeding.

However, I'm also amused at how the last people to get this in a public school were probably our grandparents. I think the only way this curriculum could be more Victorian was if the Science was pre-Darwin.

Karen@Candid Diversions said...

Elizabeth, our Science may be Post-Darwin but it's probably not what you're thinking. After all, I'm one of those Creationist Christians, remember?

Piano is not an elective for us, either. Music is second only to talking in this house. :)

Anonymous said...

I was going to say that the reason the walk home seemed longer is probably 'cause you were carrying a watermelon, but I guess I'm not the only one to think of that. :)

I keep forgetting to tell you that I like your new "user pic"! What I want to know though, is whether or not you dressed in those colors to match your blog or if that was just coincidence? ;) Very cute picture!


Calina said...

It sounds like plenty of learning went on. Not only in your formal homeschooling, but by walking to the farmer's market (that's phys ed). I'm sure you probably discussed some things about the foods (health & science). The lizard watching is so fun and educational (science). Did you talk about the weight of the watermelon(math)?

How nice that Prince Charming made your dinner! How do you get homeschooling done when Prince Charming is home? My daughter can't focus when her dad is home. She would much rather be hanging around the animals and outside with him.

oddcincy said...

So how does Creationism influence your science lessions? I understand that Creationism says that God was behind everything, but I assume there are different conclusions you could draw from this. Do you start with the Bible and interpret it literally down to the word "day" (which I always thought was figurative), or start with a secular science book and reason that evolution is proof of Intelligent Design?

I apologize if this sounds ignorant, but I don't know many Creationist Christians.

Also, I rather envy your children on the piano. Because of how I transferred school systems once, I missed the lessons about reading music and I've always regretted that. My house has music, but of the recorded kind.

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