7 Quick Takes – Sales and Soccer and a Shocking Change

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Okay, fine, the change isn’t that shocking. Don’t get too excited. But – alliteration!

One. Wayne got a new car!

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Learning Latin

Our homeschool has included Latin for a number of years now. Abby started in 3rd grade with a text that came highly recommended by bloggers and promised to make classical learning fun.

We started the course and enjoyed the videos of kids chanting and the amusing puppet shows, but there was one big problem.

We were so confused.

She didn’t get it, and when I tried to help her, I didn’t get it, either.  Latin was a mystery.  Which was weird, because it was supposed to be so logical.

When I discovered Memoria Press a couple of years later, I bought First Form for Abby and Latina Christiana for Emma.

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Seven Quick Takes – Week 3 Wrap Up

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Seven Quick(ish) Takes as we finish our third week of school…

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Seven Quick Takes: First Week of School

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One. We started school this week. I hate to start this early – although I realize many public schools do begin soon – I would ideally like to start around Labor Day.  BUT we are moving at the end of the year, and I know we will lose school time during that process.  So we got a jump on the beginning of the year to give ourselves some grace in December. And by “us” of course I mean “me.”  The kids will not feel guilty for missing days. Continue reading

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Psalter Resources?

One of my goals for this school year is to sing more.

We always begin our school day by singing a hymn, but I’d like us to sing more.  Towards the end of last year, I added some catechism songs and skip counting songs to my time with Ben, and I’d like to add even more to our group time every morning.

I’m looking at ways to add Latin songs and prayers to our morning time, but I’d also like to sing from the Psalter.

This is something I’ve heard a little about, but I don’t have any direct experience with it. Apparently there are Psalters – Scottish, Genevan, old English, modern English, metric, non-metric…  All the options have overwhelmed me, to be honest.

So I thought I’d ask the internet for help. Do you sing from a Psalter in your home or in your church?  If so, please tell me what that looks like for you and what resources you recommend.

Obviously, I can accompany us on the piano, but I might prefer a cd or mp3 that we can sing along with.  We will start morning time by the piano, for the hymn, but then I plan to move to the kitchen table, and it would be awkward to move in the middle of things. I’d like to sing at multiple points in the morning’s “liturgy” (because that’s really what it is), not just at the beginning.  So I’m imagining the other music to be available to us there at the table.

I would also like to have words, at least, if not music, to follow along with as we sing.  These could be printed from a website, or if there’s a small, inexpensive book that we could order, that would work, too.  But I’d be ordering 4, so probably not an entire hymnal/psalter. A pocket version, perhaps?

What have you used?  What do you recommend?

 

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My Sunday Best, Vol. 3 – Pants-Free Week 4

Last week I didn’t write about My Sunday Best, or No Pants July, although I did wear skirts and take pictures. I was just distracted.

This week I continued to wear skirts, but I forgot to take a picture two of the days.

I’ve never taken so many selfies in my life.  It gets hard to remember.

So, without further ado, here is my week in skirts.

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Myers-Briggs – What am I?

I should be writing a My Sunday Best post, filled with all those annoying daily selfies that I force myself to take. I wore skirts every day this week, and wore make-up too, and took pictures for a post.

But I can’t write that post right now because today I fell down a research hole, trying to decide if I’m really INTJ or actually ISTJ.  I took the test awhile ago – maybe a couple of years ago? – and discovered that I was INTJ. Recently I heard that someone I seem to have a lot in common with is an ISTJ, so I did some research and re-took the test, and the results were ISTJ.  So now I’m baffled and obsessed with solving the puzzle of Who I Am.  Continue reading

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