Week 2 – Challenge 2

My daughter and I met for our 2nd week of Challenge 2.  Here is a recap:

  • Devotional centered on Phil 4:8-9, and we did a topic wheel using our 6 subjects and how they might tie into this verse:

    Finally, brethren, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

    This was an important verse for this week.  We both were getting a little overwhelmed by the workload and the inability to “do it all”. I was convicted that, perhaps – somehow! – we need to be focused more on truth, goodness, and beauty, and getting to know our Creator through our studies, rather than the momentary thrill (or frustration) of striving after checklists.  It’s a hard balance!

  • We tailored our math time to focus on percents and calculating sales tax, wholesale, retail, etc.
  • In Latin, we raced on the whiteboard to write all the forms of SUM in indicative.  Then, we walked about our church parking lot memorizing and quizzing vocab.  We finished with an oral Latin translation from Henle 2.
  • In Biology, I introduced the LAB journal; rules and why the rules exist.  We played with our new microscope and practiced focusing on threads, hair, and cheek cells.  We did not succeed finding 400x with the cheek cells, but we made another attempt after CC and found it hooray!
  • In Logic, we learned about Porphyry and the Porphyrean tree.  We read aloud the intro to Strunk & White.
  • LUNCH – we enjoyed visiting with other tutors and students, and finding out about their day.
  • Literature is our favorite subject:)  My daughter was really expecting Beowulf to be revealed as a phony at the end, or expected some big reveal about his flawed character.  Nope. And so, Beowulf is not her favorite classic; although she thought Wiglaf was the real hero in the story.  We enjoyed talking about heroes and what makes a hero.
  • Last came Western Cultural History for Debate.  We explored art in the Middle Ages, pulling in some examples.  My daughter had an interesting view of this picture:
    It looks like the Baby Jesus is holding a red crayon:)  Seeing it online after the fact, I realize it’s probably a scroll – but my printout that we hung on the wall sure did look like a Crayola crayon!

We’re taking next week off, although we may keep plugging ahead.  We don’t have any breaks planned later in the year before Christmas, so we may need to steal a break later on.

Sarah

Sarah teaches three fish at home. She volunteers as Webmaster and Homeschool Parent Support to her area co-op, Seeds of Faith. She has three years experience tutoring Foundations at Classical Conversations, one year at Essentials tutor, and this year is tutoring Challenge 2. While Sarah is busy playing with Latin, Math, and other fun subjects with her offspring, the laundry is piling higher and higher...

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