Simple Dictionary Skills

I don’t know if others have this type of frustration with their homeschooling, but I sure suffer here. When I’m giving an assignment to a youngster, like the one today, to use guidewords at the top of the page to find things in the dictionary, (it’s really simple) some other motivated well-intentioned adult comes along and helps them to the point of doing it for them. This to me is defeating the purpose.

Then I get yelled at for yelling. Hmmm. Tomorrow, this lesson will be repeated, and we will do it as many times as needed to teach the skill. It’s a simple but very much needed skill. A dictionary is essential. Google shouldn’t be there for youngsters who need to learn the basics before cutting these things short. At this point, I’m thinking google is depriving lots of students of useful skills and shortchanging them should networks and computer systems all crash.

It would be one thing if there wasn’t a threat of a serious EMT attack, but I’ve read in national security articles that it’s very real, and could occur at any time.

Things I’ve been neglecting…tsk tsk.

Classical music.  Boy, I’ve been missing it myself so badly.  A dear friend was clearing out her house to prepare it for sale, and brought me a huge bag of classical cds.   Since we got a new amp just a week ago, I had to figure out how to play them!  The house was empty.  It was terrific!

Now, I must incorporate a bit of classical music instruction in my lessons each day, perhaps about 10 minutes of discussion of a composer, and then listening to some of his music.  There’s so much here to choose from, especially added to my already considerable collection.  How I wish I were good at organization, so I could arrange them in a way so I could find them when I want them.  Perhaps, one of the girls will become organized someday, and do it for me.  Oh, I know that’s a bit too much to expect, but maybe.


Algebra, and doubts.

There are so many things I worry about.  While I like to perceive each of my students being a little genius, that’s unrealistic.  I know it.  So, algebra has been a real problem.  It was always a problem for me as well.  After struggling with Saxon algebra for half a year, getting nowhere, I found online, and lo and behold!  It works.  I don’t know why, but some people just do much better when the problems given actually pertain to the lesson taught on that day.  We will struggle through algebra again, and I’m sure things will go better from now on, because the attitude has changed.

CTC is working well for the younger student as well.  Although she doesn’t like to think much, and is reluctant to read, she is very capable.  Attitude is everything.  Her’s is negative and sassy everyday.  That’s got to change.  It will affect her success.  How a child could recognize words at 8th grade level, yet be unable to sound words out is beyond me.  I suspect the testing wasn’t really very useful.  Multiple choice…. means any good guess.  Sigh.  I got assessments for both students.  One was functioning at 12th grade level, although being baffled by algebra, and the other was reading at a much higher level, but was unable to sound out words!  I’m thinking attitude again.

Barnhardt thinking….it’s so clear!


Here’s a link to Ann Barnhardt explaining what the Catholic Church is, and describing the confusion folk have today about exactly that. Describing how it’s been attacked and by whom for a long, long time. Let’s try really hard to understand that if we are really so self-centered that we are “looking for God” we are most likely making up some unworldly creature that is what we want Him to be. But it’s clearly a violation of the very first Commandment handed down to Moses. Ann has a unique way with words that is clearly persuasive, and fills me with hope. I’d like to share several of her posts here.

We begin Constitution study soon…

I’ve ordered yet another curriculum guide to help us study the Constitution, but it hasn’t arrived yet. We intend to break it down, and work at understanding the implications of each article, and how this is a wonderful foundation for liberty.


Our homeschool is eclectic, part unschooled, part curriculum based, and works to enhance the talents and interests of our students. Not easy to achieve, because their ages vary widely.