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  1. My DD was in 1st last year. I used a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum (A Mind in the Light https://www.amindinthelight.com/year-one-c7dg) for history, literature and art. 1st Grade covers ancient history. We did a lot of reading and discussing what we read every night. I asked DD to do some narrations of fables. We spent a lot of time discussing language, e.g what words mean and why an author would use one word instead of another. DD memorized some poems. DD enjoyed all of the history books about the ancients. She keeps asking me to re-read the D'Aulier Greek Myths book. We used c
  2. Where did you order Beast Academy 2A? Their website doesn't sell it yet and it's not on Amazon.
  3. BA 2nd grade is about to be published. We haven't done too much math afterschooling in the last year because DD's school does a good job with math and DD has always been a strong math student despite claiming that she doesn't like math. Do any of you use BA for afterschooling? How much time does it take? Do your kids really think that it is fun?
  4. I feel like every year I learn the same lesson. That being that I can't re-do every subject at home. Luckily I found a school that does a good job with the basics which allows me to concentrate our efforts on what I think of as the "cultural" things. I'm doing 2nd grade from the Mind in the Light curriculum for history, literature, poetry, and art. I'm also been inspired by the traditional Waldorf 2nd grade plans to include some reading about tricksters and highlight examples of saints and heroes in our study of the Middle Ages. I bought some of the MCT books too although I'm not sure if we'll
  5. ltlmrs, I think loneliness can be an issue for lots of little girls unless they have sisters very close in age. I don't think modern life, even with HSing families, makes it easy for little girls to establish and maintain friendships. My DD attends school. Mostly because I chose to return to work for financial reasons but also because she's an only child and I had a very hard providing her with any kind of a social life without school. Schools provides short term friendships. The school year ends, and we don't see those kids again until the next year. During the school year, there is very litt
  6. These connections are so interesting. I remember when I first began dabbling in education history (I've never gotten past the dabbling stage so I don't know much), I was SHOCKED to discover that schools had not always been like the schools that I attended. And further, that modern schools hadn't even been around that long. I suppose that's kind of an indictment of modern education right there - most of us *indoctrinated* in that system can't imagine a different way of learning unless exposed to something different.
  7. This is off topic but I thought some of you might enjoy reading this. Unless you're living a rock, you must be familiar with the "Benedict Option." This article was written by an Eastern Catholic professor and I think he makes right criticisms of Dreher's ideas. I think he touches on some of the things that were discussed on these threads. http://easternchristianbooks.blogspot.com/2017/03/reading-dreher-with-schmemann-and.html?m=1 The authors includes a link to this article which looks interesting. https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/privilege-simplicity/
  8. I have a practical question about helping my daughter to do her assignments faster. Our daughter is in 1st grade in parochial school. Her teacher says that she is usually one of the last children to complete her work in class. Her work is accurate and neat. The teacher is concerned that she will have a hard time keeping up with the extra work in 2nd grade. The teacher is not concerned about her ability to do the work. DD wants her penmanship to be neat. She is very thoughtful about what she writes. She will think about what she is going to write before she starts. She will erase and re-wri
  9. I think you're right that example is not enough. I too grow up in an orderly environment but did not learn how to create an orderly home. I feel like my mother did not value those skills and was even a little embarrassed by them so made no effort to teach her daughters how to do it. For example, my mother always makes her bed but I never make my bed and I feel like this signifies something important. A failing on my part. So my mother was taught to make the bed every day but she did not teach her own daughters that it was important to make our beds every day. I don't remember being taught
  10. Taking away recess is unacceptable. I would find another school or raise hell and get them to give recess back. I would not ramp up afterschooling. I would focus your efforts on healing. Read good books while snuggling up together on the couch. Play family games. Helping her to regain confidence and feel happy will do much more for her in the long run than forcing her to learn more math or grammar if she's in this much pain.
  11. I definitely do not have a cure but I see where I went wrong in the past. Like every modern parent, I've read to my DD too much. Being read to is a passive activity for my DD. It's not a process that encourages discussion about what the words mean. I've been thinking about how children learn language. Little children listen to the people around them speak as part of ordinary life. Being read to is not the same thing. Being to read it is being entertained. Listening to adults talk around you while your little brain soaks up language is learning. So I think you're right about it being a "wo
  12. The lesson I keep learning is that we need to read "real" poetry, not children's poetry. Poetry's been a bit of chore here recently and DD just told me that she hates poetry. This is after her announcement a few months earlier that she likes poetry. I re-read the Poetry chapters in ECaH and BL and found the answer; "real" poetry instead of children's poetry. I had found another nice booklist online with lovely children's poetry books that I found at the local library. We're going back to Hiawatha and then maybe followed by the Wreck of the Hesperus. But I've found that I have conflic
  13. Well to be fair, it's easy to be nostalgic for a time that we never lived in. In the case of my mother, it's hard to get past the "it was the 1950s!" argument when she can't forget that she attended schools with no African Americans and drank out of whites' only drinking fountains. Her family came from a "sundown town."
  14. Thanks. My parents attended public high school in a Texas city in the 1950's. I've always believed they received a much better education than I did at my public 1980's high school. My parents read and memorized poetry. They were expected to read many classic 19th century english novels as well as Shakespeare and Chaucer. My 1980's english classes were similar but required less reading and no memorization. I'm sure the kids at my high school today are reading even less than we did as the cycle continues. My mother never believes me when I tell her that she received a better education
  15. I'm sure it's here somewhere and I'm having a hard time keeping up but do you have examples for #2?
  16. The Sunday School thing is interesting. I remember being surprised to learn that Sunday School was something that divided Protestant churches in the 19th century. I wrote my earlier post in about 5 minutes as I was running out the door so I'll revisit it. What lead me back to the Church in my 20's was a good old fashioned fear of hell. Somehow ingrained into my subconscious during my 1970's Catholic childhood despite the felt banners and folk Masses. Not in a Redemptorist mission sort of a way but it did the trick. I remember hearing a story from an FSSP priest (who was probably a Seni
  17. I think you make a very good point here. I think some of this is due to what you wrote about these men and their particular enthusiasms. They like something. It speaks to them. Helped them along a journey, whatever. And then they begin writing about how *it's* the thing everyone must do. They like fairy tales so we all should like Andrew Lang. I too have a hard time placing their "enthusiasms" into the minds of the pre-20th century saints that I've read. I was raised in a religious Catholic post VII family. We went to Mass every week and prayed although I was never exposed to any t
  18. I think this is a very good point. I think we all want to imbue our personal choices (meaning a choice that gives us joy, makes us more comfortable or whatever) with some kind of significance beyond our comfort or our happiness. I think mothers often believe that our wants, needs and desires are not worthy enough to dictate our choices. So we go looking for something else to justify those choices. There are several dangers in this. First, it discounts our perfectly valid wants, desires and needs. Second, if this theory, opinion, action, whatever is about more than just my choice then I begin t
  19. I don't mean to devalue anyone's choices. I'm pessimistic overall but I don't think that means that we shouldn't try.
  20. This is all very true but baking the bread, when you can buy bread at the local grocery store, isn't the same as baking the bread without a supermarket. Baking bread, the new domesticity, agrarianism, whatever, are "lifestyle choices" in a consumerist society. The fact that we can choose that instead of something else (buying Wonder at the grocery store) sets us apart from almost every woman in history. The genie won't go back in the bottle easily. I suspect that many of the daughters of new domesticians will not follow in their mothers' footsteps. ETA I think this is an example of t
  21. Thanks for the KFamily booklist. Appears to be a very “do-able,†not intimidating list. I’ve come a long way since I began this thread and not only because I sent DD to school. Two years ago, the Angelicum list would have intrigued me. Looking at it now makes me exhausted. A few years ago, I was pretty enchanted by all of this; the “great conversation,†John Senior, Circe, James Taylor, Andrew Kern, etc. I’ve changed. I’d thrown up my hands and concluded that my efforts should be focused on consistently doing the “good,†not worrying about the “great.†And as I’
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