Colleen in NS Posted November 12, 2011 Share Posted November 12, 2011 I just want to say that I am so glad I discovered TWTM book years ago, and started using it as a guide in 2004. Also very glad I found the boards around 2005 or so. I started using the methods because there was a plan laid out, and I hadn't had a plan before that. I had taught my kids to read, gave them some math worksheets, let them play and explore, and that was it (which was good enough in the preschool years). Nevertheless, when we first started, I blindly trusted. I couldn't see the big picture involved in classical-style schooling; I only knew that a plan and lots of reading appealed to me. I bought FLL, SOTW, and the grammar-stage biology books, eventually searched for and implemented a formal math program (wish we'd started one from grade 1, but glad ds was able to catch up easily), and got library books based on the lit. lists in WTM. We started doing narrations and dictations. It was all fun and gave us structure to the day. My kids grew, and I started looking ahead to logic stage - wanted to see just what this "logic" topic was all about. :D I bought some books wwaaayyyy ahead of time (even into rhetoric stage!), and that helped me to gain a bigger glimpse into classical education and how all the recommended methods/resources in WTM fit together. I also started to understand how I could search for resources that would ALSO fit into a classical-style education, even if not mentioned in WTM. I attended the WTM Anniversary Conference in 2009, and got even more info. and a bigger picture. Meanwhile, my kids kept plugging along, doing their math, doing their grammar exercises, adding in Latin, reading history chronologically, reading/experimenting in separate science disciplines each year, reading through literature chronologically, and doing narrations/copywork/dictation/outlines each week, each year. Now I'm starting to see glimpses of fruit in their lives. My son occasionally draws parallels between math and grammar, and between math and Latin (grammar, I suppose). Which causes me to see parallels between things such as drawing skills and experimentation skills, or between grammar skills and computer programming coding. The other day my daughter told me she had been reading a book, and couldn't understand a particular part, so she started diagramming the sentence in her mind. I about fell over! She said she realized the sentence was not grammatically correct, and it was no wonder she couldn't understand it. I was SO HAPPY to hear her tell me this - that she is automatically using the skills that she is learning. Funnily, my (13yo) son chimed in with "Yeah, that happens when I read (I won't name the book series here, lol) - I keep seeing all sorts of grammar/punctuation errors - run-on sentences, commas where semi-colons should be, etc.. It drives me crazy! Mom, why in the world did you have to teach us this stuff - it ruins my reading pleasure!!!" :lol: Ha ha, I told him that though he likes that series for whatever reasons, he also recognizes REALLY good writing now, thanks to me. ;):tongue_smilie: And my daughter who struggled with math - she does everyday life math in her mind now, quickly. She corrected me on something (I can't remember what) yesterday. She is starting to think through things on her own, too. I am just so happy that TWTM came across my path, because it led us down an orderly mental road, diverting me from the unfocused one we were on before that. So glad I stuck with it, even when I struggled to see the bigger picture. My kids do complain about having to do their grammar or whatever, but I am more sure now that all of this will serve them well when they grow up. That's what keeps me going. That and the boardies I have discovered here and developed e-mail/p.m. relationships with, or boardies whose posts I read just because they've been using WTM/classical methods for longer than I have, and whose children's fruit is definitely there. Anyway, just wanted to post about the fruit I am starting to see after all these years. It's fun to watch. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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