up to my armpits.

Like most homeschooler families this early winter break I  too have been armpit deep in planning our next session of lessons.

I like to keep key phrases and passages in mind when I am working with my children. It helps me keep focus and remember our goals for their level.

For my grade one….

Learning to read is a magical process. Some children will appear to linger in simple letter/sound recognition, or stick with a few sight words, for over a year, before suddenly taking off and reading fluidly and with joy. Others will go through a visible, step by step process. Still others will seem to be moving along steadily but remarkably slowly, and then suddenly take off. And some children will have reading difficulties.

No matter what approach one uses, about 1/3 will read well at then end of Grade One, about 1/3 will be stumbling along, and about 1/3 will not be reading at all. So our focus is on giving all children the tools to open the doors and not pressuring them -or ourselves- in any way.

from the Grade One Instruction Manual/Language Arts

Enki by Beth Sutton

For my grade four…..

Ten year olds are aware of the fallibility of their parents and some are also aware of the very human limitations of other important adults in their lives. While they are still too young to be expected to truly understand and forgive or to have more than the first hints of true compassion, it is right for them to start to become aware of the complexities of human life.

from the Norse Myths Block, Christopherus Grade 4

by Donna Simmons

It’s an unwise man who sits awake worrying all night. When morning comes he will be too tired to think and matters will be still more tangled.

from the mouth of Odin to my ears in the

D’Aulaires Book of Norse Myths

For my grade seven. I found this passage worth sharing with my son at the beginning of lessons tomorrow, he who has passed through mythology to history.

What is important to understand about Luke’s infancy narrative is that his readers, still living under Roman dominion, would have known that Luke’s account of Quiriniuis’s census was factually inaccurate. Luke himself, writing a little more than a generation after the events he describes, knew that what he was writing was technically false. This is an extremely difficult matter for modern readers of the gospels to grasp, but Luke never meant for his story about Jesus’s birth at Bethlehem to be understood as historical fact. Luke would have had no idea what we in the modern world even meant when we say the word ‘history’. The notion of history as a critical analysis of observable and verifiable events in the past is a product of the modern age; it would have been an altogether foreign concept to the gospel writers for whom history was not a matter of uncovering facts, but of revealing truth.

The readers of Luke’s gospel, like most people in the ancient world, did not make a sharp distinction between myth and reality; the two were intimately tied together in their spiritual experience. That is to say, they were less interested in what actually happened than in what it meant.

from Zealot: The life and times of Jesus of Nazareth

by Reza Aslan




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