. . . .One day while lounging on the beach, my beloved husband said, "This is what I want to do everyday. Is it wrong to want to live a life of leisure?" My daughter replied, "Dad, you do live the life of easier." And so we do! Here is a bit from our life of easier.
Friday, January 13, 2012
We had a pretty productive week—even after a Mommy Meltdown!
This month our focus is on all things Language Arts. We’ve started studying verbs in our Rod and Staff English. So far it has been mostly review.
. I taught.
I shall teach.
You will teach.
He will teach.
In MegaWords we finished our Cv/VCe words.
And have started on r controlled syllables
In Grammar for Middle School: A Sentence Composing Approach, we kinda went wild and covered several sections. E-R and I-E have really loved modeling sentences, and they look forward to reading the sentences and remembering the books they’ve come from or asking about the books they haven’t read yet. E-R was very excited about this paragraph she embellished. It started as
Rachel stared at her ruined doll. She had played with that toy every day. Her parents had given her other toys, but she always loved this doll the most. She looked down at the broken doll. The doll lay there, and she wiped her tears away. Rachel knew that birthdays would bring her more presents, and new toys to play with, but none could replace her doll.
And after E-R got her hands on it
Rachel stared at her ruined doll, headless and cracked. Throughout every year, she had played with that toy every day. Her parents had given her other toys with lots of moveable parts, but she always loved this doll the most. Crying, she looked down at the broken doll. Always ready to play, the doll lay there, still wanting to play. She wiped her tears away, frowning. Rachel knew that birthdays would bring her more presents, and more movable parts and new toys to play with everyday, but none could replace her doll.
We’ve also worked in Essay Voyage. I’m pretty impressed with the program. At first I thought the classic essays were expecting a bit much, but now I appreciate the mind stretching and discussion. I-E produced an awesome paragraph for her end of chapter assignment. I am especially happy with her sentence variety, something we’ve been working on improving.
What is a Red Panda? A red panda is a small cat-sized panda. This panda lives in mountain bamboo forests. It’s sharp claws help it climb trees while looking for food such as fruit, birds, eggs,and small animals. For hunting at night the red panda has large whiskers.
We’ve also fit in our Shakespeare studies as well as math and geography. But they seem almost an after thought with the progress we’ve been making in language arts. It’s good to see progress!