Sunday, August 12, 2018

Year 2: Notetaking

Gemma took notes while I read today. It looks like something from A Beautiful Mind, or a word search. If you look closely, you can find:
  • Charlemagne
  • abbot ruled monastery
  • Latin
  • in France
  • the old monk
  • studied books
  • The Dark Ages
  • hallway connected
  • Empire
...and more.

The mountain represents “What goes up must come down,” and stick figure wielding a sword is an illiterate Teuton.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


GEMMA (age 7): Mom, what kind of school does an 8 year old go to?

ME: An elementary school.

GEMMA: What’s that?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Year 2: Week 7

This week included a field trip to Santa Monica College’s production of the musical Madagascar. It was super wacky and Gemma loved it.

Daddy gave Gemma another bike riding lesson.

Stuff we read:
  • Understood Betsy ch 7
  • Spark of Life ch 3
  • Genesis 9
  • Luke 5
  • Tales of Troy & Greece (The Stealing of Helen)
  • Viking Tales ch 7
  • Our Island Story (Hengist and Horsa & Hengist’s Treachery)
  • Trial & Triumph (Patrick: Missionary to Ireland)
  • Discovery of New Worlds ch 12
  • Christina Rossetti poetry
  • 3 pages of Lamb’s Taming of the Shrew
  • 2 pages of Pilgrim’s Progress 
  • Elementary Geography ch 22
  • Bedtime Reading: The Hobbit
Two especially neat-o things that happened this week...

The first was while I was reading aloud Tales of Troy and Greece. I was reading “The Stealing of Helen,” and when I got to the part about Oenone’s reaction to Paris and Helen, Gemma asked why, if Oenone had the power to heal any wound, couldn’t she heal her own broken heart?

The second was while reading aloud Our Island Story about Hengist and Horsa. Gemma said, “Wait! I bet Hengist wants Vortigern to marry Rowena so he can be Vortigern’s father-in-law!!!” I knew of several good reasons to read fairy tales, but being able to predict the motivations of historical figures was not one of them; it is now.
Gemma had daily swim lessons, attended a magic show with animals (note the hedgehog) at the library...

...and completed another step of her sewing project.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Year 2: Week 8

Gemma got to play giant tennis with juggler David Cousin.

After the show, Gemma walked up to the stage (I didn’t know why) and politely asked Mr. Cousin if she could have the self-portrait he drew while juggling. He said of course, and autographed it for her.

Some of the stuff we read:
  • Understood Betsy ch 8
  • 3 pages of Lamb’s The Taming of the Shrew
  • Genesis 11 & 12
  • Our Island Story (about Stonehenge, King Arthur, and The Round Table)
  • a chapter of Discovery of New Worlds
  • Spark of Life ch 4
  • The World by the Fireside (South America)
  • 1/3 of a chapter from Tales of Troy & Greece
  • Christina Rossetti poetry

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Year 2: Weeks 5 & 6

In literature, we read Chapters 5 & 6 of Understood Betsy, some Christina Rossetti poetry, Chapter 3 of Tales of Troy and Greece, some Pilgrim’s Progress, and some Lamb’s The Taming of the Shrew.

In history, we read Chapters 5 & 6 of Viking Tales (Chapter 6 has been my favorite chapter so far because it has such a vivid description of a Viking hall), Trial & Triumph (about Constantine, Athanasius, Ambrose, and Augustine), Our Island Story (about Vortigern), and Synge's Discovery of New Worlds Chapters 9 through 11.

In Bible, we read Genesis 7 & 8, and Luke 4.

In geography, we read a couple of chapters of The World By the Fireside (South America). One was about pampas grass, which we are now seeing everywhere.

In science, we read two chapters in Spark of Life (about everything coming from seeds, and living things being able to thrive in certain environments). We also went to two science shows at the library. The first was Mad Science...
The second was Bubblemania.

For handicrafts, Gemma experimented with my sewing machine, sewing various stitches.

We also went to a 3-D printing class at the library. Gemma learned to make a star lantern using Tinkercad. (The teacher pre-printed the lanterns because each one takes 3 hours to print!)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gemma and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Dress

So far, Gemma has stay-stitched the neck (front and back) and sewed the shoulders of the dress she’s making.