Kevin took these pictures of the hail we got today, which the littler boys called "snow" because it made the ground so white. But can you see it pouring down in torrents from our roof?
The poor mini-trampoline still thinks it is summer.
I read them some haikus today, and then Tennyson "The Kraken", and then Tales from Shakespeare (The Tempest seemed appropriate) and then our usual St Patrick's Summer and Little Britches.
Down below is a schedule I made so I can have something to refer to when I get lost in the day. I am sorry it is hard to read. To look at a bigger copy or download to use, you could go here: Schedule for Autumn
- Patron Saints Timeline (arranged by century)
- Heritage History (there are images you can use as timeline figures there, plus information about the people)
- GuestHollow has printable timeline pages including some on the middle ages..Timeline Pages (GuestHollow)
- Early Church Timeline -- since we are starting with the early church, this is helpful.
Remember how in Poetic Knowledge we talked about reading books poetically? I am trying to do that this year. Silvia mentioned how she tends to overplan at time, and how she has to watch out for this, how it can be a symptom sometimes. The same thing happens to me, I must say. Planning is a useful thing in itself, but something in me makes me want to use it as an escape from actually doing things.
Lying awake last night as the rain pounded our metal roof (I need a nap after I write this), I realized that if I don't watch myself I escape into what you might call meta-planning. That is, I try to organize things in such a way that the method and the structure are carrying me, not the actual ideas or thought behind the books we are reading. I think it is because I am aware of my tendency to get lost in things, so I try to compensate. Nevertheless, I think it is dangerous because it presents to me the illusion that once I get my organization and method all set, then I'm basically there. Which is a snare, because method (let's call it technique or system) and organization are the skeleton, at most, not the lifeblood, of the thing.
I'm wandering... what I meant to say is that this year, I am trying to steer more towards something I did in the past, which I described at my old blog: Literature Themes. That was a great year, probably one of the years both my now 21 year old and my 23 year old best remember (they were 12 and 13 back then!).
Of course, I will do it differently, because I am older now and I have a different mix of ages and temperaments -- a 15 year old, a 12 year old and an 8 year old. Still, I think it will work. The thing I want to bring over is how we dwelt on the book's context... and how we emphasized themes throughout, so we were making connections across books. This takes time, my time; I can't do it when they are working independently completely, though I can assign things as supplements and extensions, of course.
The reason I am researching timelines is that I am figuring out how to bring it together and allow for review, because that was the tricky part last time I tried this... I was never sure what they were actually retaning at the time, though later I found out they remembered a lot of that year.
Anyway, a Century Book will help ME keep my brain organized. Right now I think I will have it be a group endeavour. This particular set of boys, oddly enough considering the disparity in age, do better working together than apart (obviously won't work too well in things like math, but you'd be surprised -- Paddy watches the Teaching Company Mental Math lectures along with me and Kieron, and Kieron watched Paddy do his MEP Math yesterday)
This post wasn't really a journal... more of a mishmash.
The pines and cedars outside look so pretty after a rain -- the colors so deep and quiet, and sparkling with water. It reminds me of an elven wood.