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    July 15, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

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    Summer reading is still going strong around here. I thought you’d enjoy hearing what the children are reading.

    First up, E-Age-Fourteen just finished Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet. He spent so much time this past year reading Don Quijote that I think it’s been a great relief to him to read other books — simpler books. I wasn’t aware there were five books in this series until recently. Growing up, I only had the first three. He liked the first three best, so there’s that. But he did say the last one was interesting and included a visit to Noah’s Ark, which is something.

    A-Age-Eleven recently finished Cinnabar, The One O’Clock Fox. I thought we owned everything Marguerite Henry wrote, but apparently I was wrong. So we added this to the collection, and Daughter A. read it in one day. She loved it and declared that “there should be more books like this one in the world.” I haven’t read it, but her endorsement was compelling.

    Q-Age-Nine is devouring everything Redwall right now. She’s currently reading Triss, and also complaining that we don’t own every single book in the series. “I’m having to skip some of them,” she says. I’m trying to decide if we have the shelf space to add any more of them to the collection! With that said, they are delightful books, so perhaps I ought to make room {or buy more shelves!}. We read the first one aloud years ago — I still highly recommend it.

    O-Age-Seven is slowly working his way through the first Christian Liberty Nature Reader. They are just a tad bit too hard for him, making them perfect for exercising his reading muscles. This book made him feel like a “real” reader — we had lots of easy reader type books, but none of them really belonged to him. Having this book be his very own was a big deal to him. He also feels “big” because he’s reading about nature like his big sisters. It’s been pretty cute.

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    Newbie Tuesday iPad MockupI’m doing a special 10-day sale of Newbie Tuesday. Someone commented that it is fantastic poolside reading and I decided … I agree! So why not encourage everyone to enjoy it while it’s still swimming season? Indeed! So, from now until Monday, July 25, 2016, you can use the coupon code POOLSIDE25 to get 25% off all 71 pages of Charlotte Mason awesomeness.

    Make sure you share the code with your friends before it expires!

    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:

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    This month in 2010:

    At School with Charlotte Examining Underlying Assumptions Part 1

    It’s hard for me to believe that I wrote this six years ago — I don’t feel like it’s been that long since I blogged through Charlotte Mason’s third volume!

    :: 5 ::

    scholesisters_coverOn Saturday, Mystie and I recorded Episode 1 of Season 2 of the Scholé Sisters PodcastNext week, we’ll record Episode 2 with Pam. We were clapping for ourselves because we’ve heard more than once that the average podcast doesn’t make it past 8 episodes — those who start them don’t realize how much work they are, and they quit once reality sets in.

    But not us!

    He he.

    It helps that E-Age-14 is our engineer and puts everything together for us once we have our final cuts.

    One of the things that I was excited about was that our list of ideas for Season 2 was bigger than we needed! To mean, that means the future looks promising.

    :: 6 ::

    So I was reading a bunch on xenoestrogens and chronic fatigue and all that stuff. As usual, I decided to use myself as a guinea pig. Sure, population one is a smallish sample size. But I maintain. Anyhow, my current experiment began this week, and it’s calcium d-glucarate. In plain English, this supports the liver and the detoxification process in general. Some say it’s also great cancer prevention. I simply read something that made me want to try it. Funny enough, I didn’t save the article and now I can’t find it.

    But no matter. Article or no article, I will still be able to observe what, if anything, happens.

    :: 7 ::

    Answering Your Questions:

    • Question: We have dabbled in Latin but find it slips by the wayside. I seem to recall that you mentioned an online Latin class that one of your children was using, and I thought I wrote it down, but surprise, surprise! I can’t find it. What would you recommend for Latin grades 4 and 8 that will keep us on track and that could be done together?
      • Answer: My answer is Visual Latin! I love it love it and highly recommend it, and if you’re beginning Latin, I don’t see any reason why you can’t all do it together. Eventually, You’r Year 8 student might want to go faster, but in the beginning, you can all keep pace together. The nice part about the DVDs is that one student can start going faster without you personally teaching two different lessons of the same curriculum. So a couple things about this. First, the Compass Classroom back to school sale starts August 3. If you want Visual Latin, this is usually the best price of the year! Second, when your Year 8 student really takes off — so maybe 9th or 10th grade — I would switch him to Dwane Thomas’ online lessons for Lingua Latina, if you can afford them. They are excellent.

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  • Reply Dawn July 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I didn’t realize it was a quintet either!! Cinnabar is actually in our family read aloud pile but we haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m all the more excited since it gets such a rave review from my buddy A:). My nearly 9 year old recently discovered Redwall, too, and is eager to continue the series. He’s read three thus far.

    Sooooooo excited for the new Schole Sisters season. If it’s anything like last season it is going to be fantastic.

  • Reply Karla (clay1416) July 15, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I don’t know about controversial, but the article you shared about accepting your loved ones as is, sums up my feelings. Thanks for sharing. As a mother of two kids with special needs (one autistic and one with NF1) I have learned this the hard way. They are who they are and the tricky part of being their mom is knowing when to let them be and when to work on habits! I really liked the example she gave of the man with the button obsession. My son has many behaviors that drive us crazy but we have learned that they are part of who he is and respect him (the equivalent of sewing the buttons every night).
    One of the hardest things I had to let go this year in order to respect my son as a person, an autistic person, but a person nonetheless, was my dream of doing AO perfectly. Doing CM perfectly. I had come up with this crazy idea that if my child finished a CM education just like the rest of his peers then he would be fine. That is the toxic idea of fixing someone and instead of using therapy, ABA, vitamins, etc, I was using AO/CM. I had to step back and let him be.
    We are still going to be doing AO and CM but are modifying them and going slower that before. That’s what he needs and I am finally guilt free (in that area at least!).

  • Reply Pam July 15, 2016 at 7:00 am

    THANK YOU for the Latin help! I am the worst at sorting through blog posts to try to find what I vaguely remember being out there somewhere. 🙂

  • Reply Ivy Mae July 15, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Wow, y’all are blessed to have such a pastor. I shared the article with my husband earlier in the week and we had a great discussion about it.

    • Reply Julie Zilkie July 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

      I agree. I just shared with my husband who is a pastor as well. We continue to be amazed though how many of our Christian peers seem to have their head buried in the sand when it comes to these issues in their children’s schools. I feel it is similar to the frog in the pot of water, as it heats to boiling before he even notices he may need to get out to escape with his life. Thank you for sharing this.

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