Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Not a good day

I don't think the reason it wasn't a good day was related to school.  It was related to attitudes.  I can't figure out if my attitude in general is the cause for negative attitudes during school.  Are the kids simply reacting to how I react(ed) over the years? 

I just expect different that what we have. 

On a positive note, I had a writing class with Jesse and Caroline today.  This is second time for me to use Excellence in Writing and it is easier to do it the second time!  Maybe they like it better than Luke and Josh did too. 

It's also like that with the history.  It took 4 1/2 years to get through a cycle of history and I had to (re)learn most of it with the kids so it took alot of time.  I'm more familiar with it now that we are going through it for the 2nd time and that makes it easier too. 

We use a classical history curriculum which means in 4 years we go through the history of the world, then once we're done, we start over again.   So, the kids can actually go through history 3 times during their schooling.  Each time they have progressively harder, more mature sources.  The first stage is grammar for about grades 1-5 or 1-6.  Then dialectic for grades 6-9, and rhetoric for 9-12.  You can choose when your kids are ready for the next highest level.  Last year for Luke he did some dialectic and some rhetoric.  This year he is doing rhetoric work.  

Grammar- learning facts
Dialectic- trying to understand the facts they learned
Rhetoric- the science of communication and the art of expression

In Bible study we are studying Job this week.  Today we read about Job's first test (Job 1:1-22).  Job remained faithful.  He knew he had nothing left but God and God would be enough for him (Calvary Chapel Kids).  He had a good foundation.  Man does this relate to homeschooling, or what?!

We also read about the power we have access to.  Luke 10:19  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

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