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  1. Sorry I think I'm the one who belabored the Dickens thing. I totally get where you're coming from here but I think there's a difference between art, that you can interact with without much effort, and literature, which requires more attention. Even listening to a parent reading a book requires more effort than looking at a piece of art. Further, there are excellent books that can be read to young children that do NOT require effort that is beyond their abilities. I think you could say that those books teach children that literature is approachable. But ITA with your poi
  2. I'm currently reading Oliver Twist to DD. Yes, the plot is pretty straight forward. But I think it's more than unfamiliar words. The writing style used requires a level of maturity, IMHO. Dickens uses satire and many words without coming out and saying what he means. An elementary child is probably not accustomed to that style. I think it requires a certain level of maturity to read the words in Oliver Twist and conclude that Dickens is actually criticizing certain characters. Here's some sentences that I had to explain to my daughter. I agree that Oliver Twist isn't sophisticate
  3. Disagree with the bolded sentence. I'm reading Oliver Twist to my daughter right now. It's much more complex than Nancy Drew. First, it's written in a sarcastic way where the words praise the adults who are cruel to Oliver but the reader knows that the author is actually saying the opposite. Second, it contains old fashioned language and British terms. For example, my daughter had no idea what a beadle was. I remember reading a paragraph with the word "sanguine" and another section had "sanguinity." I doubt Nancy Drew includes those words. My daughter had no idea what those words m
  4. I don't remember what I thought when I read the book the first time. Narnia wasn't elevated to quite the same height when I was a kid. They were just books that most of us read, not books that we had to read, KWIM?
  5. One thing to keep in mind is that all of the novels that everyone says we "must" read are about 200 years old. The so-called children's "classics" are even newer. Novel reading was criticized in the 19th century as frivolous. Novels were not used in education until the modern era. The children's books you mentioned are not "classics" using a historic use of the word. Narnia (apologies up front) is overrated. Famously, Tolkien hated the Narnia books. Ask yourself how quickly you figured out that Aslan was an allegory for Jesus when you read The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. In a better
  6. It surprises me how many parents do not read to their children. When my daughter began school, the other parents were surprised that I continued to read to my daughter after she began reading. My mother was an English major and she always read picture books to us. I read Anne of Green Gables, Little House, Secret Garden, and Narnia as a child. I'm not sure why. Did I choose them or were they recommended? IDK. All little girls read the Little House books during my 1970s childhood. I'm sure that I also read a lot of junk. I remember reading the Nancy Drew books. Babysitters' Club was
  7. David Copperfield - I'm sure it's a fine book and I would probably appreciate it now. What ruined it for me was how we read it in the 9th grade. We sat in rows of desks. Each student read a paragraph, then on to the next student. It was pure torture.
  8. How old were your kids when you let them get a phone? My daughter is 10 and her best friend (also 10) just got an iPhone. DD tells me that all of her friends have phones. I'm sure that's an exaggeration but I'm beginning to suspect that it's largely true. We keep saying no but it's getting harder to put this off.
  9. Nope! I'm sure that I've engaged in a little bit of husband griping here. 🙂
  10. He's getting better and it's a big relief to not have to deal with math. I work full time and homeschool. I really need my DH to do his share.
  11. Elizabeth Foss inspired me to read St. Edith Stein as well. I'm about halfway through her essays about Women. It's a bit weird reading her thoughts on reforming German education knowing what will happen to her in the future.
  12. Not sure. I've never heard of them before. I'll have DH check it out. Part of our issue is that I'm the one who does the research but my DH is the one who does the work.
  13. Learning about in math or her other subjects? In math, I think they are working on fractions and decimal points now. They got a little behind in math last year because my DH had back surgery last year. I would say that she's always indifferent about math. It was always her best subject in school in terms of performance but she would always say it was her least favorite subject. Sometimes she will say that she "hates" math and other times she says she says she doesn't like math. When she was in school, the teacher had a math club and had puzzles and extra questions for kids who
  14. I've recommended that book to my DH. My DH does not geek out about pedagogy like I do. He's mathy but I don't think he's ever thought much about teaching math, KWIM? DD did MiF when she was in school. She didn't like that much either. She's not a big complainer but what she really wants to do is spend all her time playing role playing games on Roblox with her friends while chatting on Facetime. DH actually did some of this with DD last year.
  15. Apparently some of what we studied last year was actually retained. My daughter remembered the difference between a clause and a phrase. And I gave a screening spelling test this morning and my bad speller kiddo scored in grade 4.5. I'm like...what?
  16. Our first day went well. (relief) We got through our work quickly. No whining or complaining from kid or mom. 🙂
  17. I think she was okay with puzzles. She didn't love them but didn't hate them either. She doesn't need manipulatives anymore and they haven't used them since last year. DH has never done anything like you mention. I know they discussed prime numbers last week and DH reminded DD that Skye recites prime numbers before soccer games in the Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Honestly math is not my thing so I generally stay out of the way.
  18. There is nothing outdoor here this time of the year. I live in Arizona. It is supposed to be 112 degrees today. Outdoor activities will begin again in October. People refused to do Zoom. They claimed to be tired of doing Zoom.
  19. She says that she does not like the beasts. She's never been into comic books. She says that math is boring. She and my DH did a lot of puzzles last year. They used blocks and other manipulatives last year. She never thought it was fun but I think she liked it better than BA. They worked on fractions using m&ms. I just recommended Life of Fred to my husband.
  20. But she has the backing of her pastor. She told him that masking was a requirement and the pastor agreed to it. If the pastor told her that she could not make it mandatory then I agree that she could not enforce the rule in the classroom. Take the example I gave about wearing seatbelts. If a parent told me that I could NOT force their kid to wear seatbelts in my car, my response would be that the child cannot ride in my car.
  21. Our personal choices ALWAYS affect others. There's no way to avoid that. How is she being unreasonable by taking the advice of reputable experts? Give them the space to be wrong and potentially spread a virus that could be fatal? Do we give people the grace to be wrong in wearing seatbelts? Let's say a family didn't like seatbelts and you insisted that their kids wear seatbelts in your car. Is that undermining the their parenting? Kids in my car wear their seatbelts. I don't care what they do in the car with their parents.
  22. Looking for her might freak her out more. We're always able to find our cats by shaking a bag of treats.
  23. My DH is responsible for math in our homeschool but I'm the one who does the research and finds different options. Our DD has always been strong in math. She picks up the concepts easily. We purchased Math Mammoth last year for our first year of homeschooling (4th grade) but DD did not really like it. I think it had too many problems and was too dry. My DH dropped MM and spent most of the year working with c-rods to make sure DD was solid in multiplication and division. DH also spent a lot of time working with DD on her math facts. My DH was a math major and he's very mathy but he'
  24. I think it's actually more for me than for my DH. I would like to have some local friends to do things with. IDK. I have work friends but there's always work in the background so there are some things I can't discuss with them.
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