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02 February 2017

Snapshots From Our Day

Just an ordinary day, doing ordinary things.

Both boys practiced math facts. We're working toward mastery, which includes speed drills for Hero, though Dragon's not ready for those. Listening to Andrew Pudewa's talk, Mastery Learning and Ability Development, has reenforced my decision to require the kids to do timed tests. There's a lot of value in knowing the facts cold -- and he shares a cautionary tale from his own family about what happens when kids don't know their facts, but move into harder math anyway, including how it affects his daughter's perception of herself and her abilities. Math facts and speed drills are a good thing.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.


We're having a watercolors phase, and they've been out on the table nearly constantly for several days now, except when I insist on clearing things off for meals. This is Hero's current project, the goddess Artemis. It's a coloring sheet we printed, and he's having a great time painting it. Lots of Greek stuff going on -- looking forward to writing more about it when I share the review that I'm working on, near the end of the month.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.


So much reading going on lately; it's just lovely. Hero's been re-reading a number of the sci-fi series he has recently, plus devouring classic fiction that I assign. Here he's working on Gone Away Lake, from the Ambleside Online free-reads list. So many good books on their curriculum! So glad I finally figured out how to use it.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.


A while back I started asking Dragon to read to Peanut. Turns out they both love it (even if she was distracted when I caught them doing it), and it's been huge: he doesn't really want to read to me, much, but he will cheerfully read to her. So I ask him to. And his reading is really taking off. I love this part, where they discover that they love reading.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.


This has got to be the cutest "gate" ever invented. It's actually open in the picture. When they wanted to close it, they'd spread out their feet as far as they would go, and the two of them can cover a lot of ground! Surprisingly effective... but I have long legs.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.


Lunch. Baked potatoes. Yum.

A candid peek into a day in our Christian Classical homeschool education.

And the "meat" of the day. Good stuff.



Hope you liked your peek into our day of school today! How's your day been?

5 comments:

Annette V said...

A good peak, we are almost through story of the world four.

Sheila said...

mmmm that baked potato looks good!

Kylie said...

I have to agree with you on the 'getting those facts down'!

Ree said...

First of all--I want your lunch! And I love that painting. And I agree, that is the cutest gate! Thanks for giving me a glimpse into your day. Oh, and thanks for the reminder about getting the facts memorized.

TaMara Sloan said...

Your lunch looks delicious! I like the idea of using watercolors on coloring pages; I think I'll borrow that for my youngest.

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