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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Two down...

Day two of school is done! Only the rest of their lives to go, LOL. I felt fairly accomplished at 10 AM when I had already done reading with TJ, reading with Mimi, math with TJ, cajoled, heckled, and threatened Scott into piano practice, and done a load of laundry and had it hanging out to dry. And we started at 9. Wow! I would be really impressed if I didn't know it was me.

I can't even say it went downhill from there because it didn't. We did science, colored our Bible sheet, I impressed my kids with being able to say and write the Greek alphabet (I KNEW being a sorority girl would pay off someday, LOL), and we discovered the source of our word "alphabet" (the Greek letters alpha/beta). Mimi figured that out on her own. We did math, although this was one of those "concept" lessons where the concept seems obvious to me and clear as mud to them, but I don't think it matters as it is meant to be a way to make things easier, not a foundational truth they have to use. They did enjoy patterning on the geo-boards though, so that made up for it.

On the funny/sad side, they did pre-tests for their Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum by filling in all the countries they can identify on 4 of the 7 continents (we'll do the rest tomorrow). I think they got one right TOTAL, and that was AUSTRALIA, which happens to be both continent and country, so that saved them, oh, and the title on the map that said, "Boundary map of AUSTRALIA and Oceania". Being very literal, they then tried to figure out what island was Oceania-tee hee.
I laugh with them, not at them, because I realized when we left Europe, my ability to name ANY country was greatly reduced too. And did I mention my degree is in Social Science Education. I'll spell it out for you by saying I used to TEACH GEOGRAPHY. Yep. Boy is that sad. You really do lose what you don't use. I can name the countries...I just can't necessarily get them in the right spots. And if I confessed fully, I'd have to say there would probably be more than a few countries lacking names at all. YIKES! That's sad, sad, sad. But hey, by the end of the year, I'll know the whole least until the next civil strife leaves the borders changed and new countries added while old ones are removed. Anyone remember Bosnia-Herzegovina? That's what I thought.
I'm thankful nothing in life relies solely on my powers of remembrance, or really on my power at all. God is much bigger that I am, and He never forgets anything...except my sins which are as far from me as the east is from the west. Praise God for that.
until tomorrow,
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Lisa said...

ooo,ooo, call on me! call on me! I know where Bosnia is! Only because I went there on a mission trip though. The rest of the world? Not so much. I'm sure your kids know a lot more about a lot of stuff than I do!

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