Verbs are addressed in week 2 so that parents and students can get an overview of the most important part of speech. It's an overview, therefore it's overwhelming. Even after 6 years in the Essentials program and 2 years as an Essentials tutor, I can firmly attest that I do not know everything about verbs. In fact, I bet I do not know 50% of what there is to know about verbs. Originally, my goal as a Tutor was to reassure parents to not quit the program after week 2.
But, as I have evolved as an educator, especially as a classical educator, I become more and more aware of the simplicity and beauty of this program. Socrates stated: Better to do a little well, than a great deal badly. I have embraced this quote this year in our schooling and home life. Let's do less, but let's do it well!
The objective for the verb lesson is to help students begin to familiarize themselves with all the terms associated with the types, attributes, and tenses of verbs. It can be difficult to do this without getting hung up on the many details of verbs. As I thought to myself do less well, a Facebook post inspired me to draft the above illustration. Yesterday in class, we used pictures and numbers to help us remember the definition of a verb as well as the types, the attributes, and the tenses. Each child drew this picture along with me as we actively drilled the material, and I provided a few examples for their parents. It was less done well, and probably my best class to date. Parents were grateful for the simplicity of the program, which is now my goal as a Tutor. As an added bonus, my daughter and I have Chart C memorized which was not the case before yesterday.
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