27 April 2012
"I feel I owe you another explanation, Harry," said Dumbledore hesitantly. "You may, perhaps, have wondered why I never chose you as a prefect? I must confess...that I rather thought...you had enough responsibility to be going on with."
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23 April 2012
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17 April 2012
Sometimes I do wonder if my children will forget the information as they age, like Calvin states above. However, Saturday night, I was encouraged by how long we can retain information in our brains. My husband and I attended the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in downtown Cleveland. (OK, perhaps this post is just to state that we went to the ceremony). The Beastie Boys were an inductee into the Rock Hall this year. As they were being introduced, the presenter launched the audience into a brief rendition of Paul Revere. I do have to say that this song was a favorite of mine in junior high school, and I listened to it religiously in 1986. However, I don't think I've listened to the song once in the last 20+ years. Instantly the words came back to me. Every single one. I was surprised. And a little impressed. I leaned over to my husband and said, "If I can remember every single word to this song, our children will be able to skip count the 8's to Happy and You Know It for a lifetime!"
Posted by Anne at 10:39 PM
11 April 2012
Her: I think we need to be more like the Ingalls.
Me: Why is that?
Her: Well, Ma never loses her temper at the girls. But, then again, Laura and Mary always do their chores the first time they're asked. Let's try to be more like them.
Yes, let's! Let's be just like them! I know my short-fuse and quick temper with my children is an area of weakness that needs improvement. I appreciate that my daughter can also begin to see that she has weaknesses of her own that need to change. We began to discuss these issues as well as how to implement change in order to maturely and humbly serve our family better. I couldn't agree more. Let's be more like the Ingalls!
I was so jazzed following our discussion, but it got me thinking. We don't watch any modern day television. In fact, I couldn't even tell you what is currently on t.v. But, are there still shows out there that challenge an 8-year-old girl to obey, respect, and love her parents? I'm not sure. So, for now, we'll keep watching the Ingalls.
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Last Wednesday my son became a "Memory Master" for the second year in a row!
"Memory Master" is an honor bestowed on Classical Conversations Foundations students who have mastered all of the memory work during the twenty-four weeks of Foundations class. We define "mastery" of the information as having committed the information to long-term memory, which means we do not cram for a single test and then forget it. I focus on my children being able to learn this information, and retain it, for a lifetime.
The amount of information the students recite is lengthy. This year is Cycle 3, so my son has mastered, and can recite, the following:
-The entire timeline of 160 events from creation to modern times;
-Twenty-four history sentences about U.S. history;
-Twenty-four science questions and answers covering human anatomy, chemistry, and origins;
-Multiplication tables through the fifteens plus squares and cubes, conversions, and math laws;
-All fifty states and their capitals plus over seventy physical features on the U.S. map;
-Twenty-four definitions or lists from English grammar;
-Latin vocabulary lists and John 1:1–7 in Latin; and
-The forty-four U.S. presidents.
During the process, he had to recite this information not only to me, but also to three other adults. Becoming a "Memory Master" is no easy task, but we are super proud of him for how hard he worked and all that he achieved. Plus, it's always a great party trick to have your child recite the Preamble to the Constitution or the Bill of Rights at family gatherings. :)
Posted by Anne at 12:20 PM
I must admit, I'm a little relieved to have the competition season behind us. But, my daughter loves to dance. Especially tap dance. Once again, I'm so glad our homeschooling schedule permits us to pursue those activities that appeal to and interest her.
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03 April 2012
Technically, my son learned how to solve a Rubik's Cube during the 2010 - 2011 school year. However, it still remains one of his 'toys' of choice, and he has mastered even new techniques on the cube that make it worthy of a blog post for this academic year.
Last winter, after some practice, he mastered the solution to the cube. This always remains a most excellent party trick, especially for a 10-year-old. When I was a child, I didn't even know there was a solution. I really thought the only way to solve the puzzle was to take the individual squares out of the centerpiece and then rebuild it. Or, remove the stickers, and then replace them. But, there is a solution. And, it's feasible to arrive at the solution even though there are 43 quintillion potential starting positions!
This year, my son can now solve the cube in under 2 minutes. More importantly, he could walk you through how to solve one. He has given a few 'How To' presentations on this topic this year. He has learned short-cuts to best his time. He has learned how to create fun pictures in the cube like the checkerboard (pictured above) or spelling out O-H-I-O on the sides. Finally, he also can solve the cubes that have pictures printed on the sides. This is near impossible, because not only do you have to have all the colors match, you need to make sure within each color, the squares match horizontally and vertically, too.
Posted by Anne at 9:56 AM
02 April 2012
This math game uses a hundred-chart and a deck of cards with the face cards removed. A board marker is needed for each player. We always place our hundreds chart in page protectors and mark them with dry-erase markers, but bingo markers or pennies would work, too.
My children take turns drawing cards and placing a mark on a number on the hundred-chart that is a multiple of the number drawn. The first player with 8 in a row wins. My children always love to try to get 10 in a row. It's not simple, because many of those numbers are prime, but it is possible when we play with the Aces.
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