Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First Day Year 9

While Arwen was watching the clock in Maths - she enjoyed it, she said, because she felt like she was in a movie - Lucy and I got a day's work done by lunchtime. Not that I'm smirking over the superior efficiency of home education. Of course not.

By nine she was reacquainting herself with percentages. There's something so right about scheduling maths as the first subject of the day every day, unlike school, where it is sometimes scheduled for the last period of the day. The one where your students are hot, tired and longing for home as opposed to fresh, motivated and ready to go...

Lucy read the first few chapters of The Scarlet Letter, our first book club selection of the year. I'm also reading bits and pieces from How To Read A Book by Mortimer J Adler, so we talked a little about analytical reading and what Hawthorne was doing for the reader in those first few chapters.

Then she moved on to The History of the Medieval World by Susan Wise Bauer, which, in a grand money-saving innovation, she is reading on my Kindle. I love to see a girl sprawled on my bed reading history on my Kindle! I'm reading a day ahead of Lucy and taking my own notes, which she can use as a model or comparison as she begins the more analytical note taking she'll be doing this year.

After a discussion of Bauer's assertions about the political use Constantine made of Christianity, Lucy moved on to some Art History. An Annotated Mona Lisa was recommended to me and it's a brilliantly readable introduction to the sweep of art history.

Psychology is scheduled for Mondays but her text book, Simply Psychology, hasn't arrived yet, so Lucy practiced recorder on her lovely new wooden German instrument, whose tone is most pleasing.

After lunch we exercised - a walking DVD in the lounge room because outside was blistering - and talked about entering a fundraising walk later in the year. And after that, I read aloud a chapter from A Girl of 
The Limberlost.

OK, I admit I'm smirking a little. School has lots of things we don't. Efficiency isn't one of them.


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  2. I love the sound of your day.