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About greta_elisif

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  • Birthday 09/07/1975

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    Grabill, IN
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    ☦, Pure Maths., Abs. Monarchy, Bible, Church Fathers, Icons, Pseudepig., Logic, Latin, Grammar, Heraldry, Etym., Tea, Games, Swimming.

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    Teaching daughter, age 9, in classical curriculum.
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    Grabill, Indiana
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    Studying, Reading
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    mother/home-schooling teacher/housewife

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  1. Sorry I am not able to do a complete analysis—or one that wouldn’t take years. This is an informal one. Anybody who would like to improve on the research is welcome to. :)
  2. Thank you for all of these suggestions. They are helpful. :) I’m looking forward to buying some notebooks, also running lots of French penmanship pages through the Google translator (otherwise I’d be at it for years, looking up nearly every word! :biggrinjester:).
  3. Thank you so much for that thread about McGuffy readers and reading levels!

  4. The style I have picked is a traditional one, (I think) older than ZB but newer than Spencerian, the French style, with cursive first. It was designed to be at once ergonomic, elegant, easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to read. In my opinion, it is the only style—besides Spencerian, which is just about painful to try to read—which is beautiful. I had ZB in school and didn’t like it, and never developed nice-looking handwriting—later I realized the letters really are ugly anyway. Here are some examples of the French ones (the boxes with the arrows on them are for downloading the fonts).
  5. I’d been starting to worry about what book to use next for Latin when we finish Getting Started with Latin, which will be coming up in a few months. I didn’t want my daughter to have to stop lessons, just because we couldn’t find a book a little harder than that but not complex, and which didn’t require writing. She can write a little, but not enough to do written exercises. After some searching for a few days, I believe I have found exactly what I needed, and thought some others may be interested in it. The book is called A Latin Primer, from 1911, by Herbert Chester Nutting. It states in
  6. That is insane! :blink: They are willfully destroying children’s minds.
  7. I just found on Google Books this book: Chenodia, Or, The Classical Mother Goose. I don’t think anybody has posted anything about it before and thought some people may be interested. It’s Mother Goose rhymes in English, with Latin, and some Greek, translations. I think I’ll be able to manage to read the Latin ones at least… :001_smile: Greek, though… :confused1:
  8. This just reminded me of the book Heidi. It has some parts in it addressing these ideas. I think they would be reassuring for children. Since your post is from last year, I think her reading level is probably now right for reading the book herself. Also, the subject of this message and the concerns about death reminded me about some things I was thinking about when I about 5 or 6. So, I was once in the same boat. :) I had gotten the book, A Time to Keep then (Who would think there could be anything scary about it? Oh, well, it did have a Halloween monster I was scared of…), and there is a
  9. Thank you! :hurray: My daughter sounded out “smolder,” and recognized “forfeit” (because I had told her before, disapprovingly, if she quit the Chutes and Ladders game she had asked me to play with her but later lost interest in, she would have to “forfeit” the game :D), and ended up with reading age 11, so her 6th-grade reading books really are just right. This is reassuring.
  10. Hey, I just posted something about it in another thread. :) My 4-year-old (maybe inexplicably, because there are no pictures, colors, etc.) loves it. We’re doing the lessons orally. The best things about it are the lessons are fast, simple, and for all ages.
  11. My daughter is 4 and we happen to have Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age. I say this is probably unusual, because she begs for a Latin lesson every night, but the book is as plain as can be, with somewhat small print, no pictures, and no colors. The lessons are very simple though, with one new word, or sometimes concept (like subjects or verbs) in each lesson, and normally 10 simple sentences to translate, 5 using the new word and 5 review. Since she can’t write more than a little, we just do the lessons orally. She hasn’t transla
  12. Oh, this sounds so familiar! Inga begs for reading lessons in the afternoon or evening, and Latin lessons right before or sometimes instead of a bedtime story (which has to be something moralistic, like Heidi or A Little Princess, or really advanced like Flatland or The Færie Queene—I need an “amused” smiley-face to go here) and starts messing around about halfway through, so I say we’re going to have to stop the lesson if she doesn’t co-operate, which gets her upset. :)
  13. Yeah, kind of a lot I guess. Like: Just and good are the laws of God; A Church is a congregation of faithful men, in which the word of God is preached, and the ordinances duly administered; and Sin is any transgression of God’s law. I like it so much, I’ll use it despite not being Christian. Sorry I don’t know of anything secular to recommend. :(
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