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    Seven Quick Takes on GHC, Circle Time Grammar, Another Birthday, and MORE!

    August 26, 2016 by Brandy Vencel

    Seven Quick Takes

    :: 1 ::

    If you didn’t catch my Facebook post yesterday, I’m headed to Ft. Worth in February to speak at GHC! Hip hip! I’m bringing my husband along, and you can catch us at my booth, which I have given the very long title of Afterthoughts/AmblesideOnline/Charlotte Mason. Just to cover all my bases, you know. {Should I add “Psychiatric Help 5¢” ??} Some of the amazing Dallas-area AO-ers are helping me with my booth. At least, I think they are. Also, I hope they are. They have a whole lotta collective wisdom.

    Anyhow, I hope a bunch of you are going to be there and that you will come say hello at the booth!


    :: 2 ::

    On Monday, my baby turned eightAs usual, I’m freaking out {on the inside} that my children are growing up. As is our tradition, part of today is designated Party Prep. We’re hanging out at Great Grandma’s house, swimming and decorating the cake. She always hosts Son O’s birthday parties because it is too hot to move this time of year. I really shouldn’t complain because it’s actually cooling off quite a bit; the high is only supposed to be 97. But still. The pool keeps us from having to play hot and sticky party games.


    I’m making an ice hockey cake. It may be summer, but that kid loves hockey. I’ll try and post a photo on Facebook later on if I can.


    :: 3 ::

    This week’s links collection:


    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2014:


    I had sort of forgotten about this — if you’re using this book this year, you might love it!


    :: 5 ::


    grammarGrammar. This is how it’s done, people! We are in our second year of white board grammar and I am so glad Cindy Rollins convinced me it could be this easy. I love it so much. Putting grammar into Circle Time has saved me time, energy, pain … and also from my slacker self that put it off when I scheduled it into other parts of the day.

    By the way, does anyone know how to pronounce “schooner?” My daughter and I disagreed. I suppose I could look it up, but I figured you all would like to boss me around a little and set me straight.


    :: 6 ::

    Scholé Sisters is back in business! We debuted our first Episode of Season 2 — Find the Right Scholé for Your Type — this morning. You won’t want to miss it.

    Ep 009 Wide


    :: 7 ::

    The past week has been an absolute whirlwind. We’ve had a number of wonderful opportunities come our way, none of which we expected. So now we are in the midst of making some decisions. Pray for us, if you think of it. I feel we are in need of extra wisdom these days,


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  • Reply Claire August 29, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Is the difference of opinion about the pronunciation of the “sch” or the “oo”? I say skooner, as in scoot, but I pronounce school to rhyme with cool. But I’m Australian so my opinion probably doesn’t count 🙂

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 29, 2016 at 5:53 am

      It’s the sch part, Claire. Good question! I didn’t think to clarify. And I say the oo like cool also!

      You totally count because I love the way Aussies say things. 🙂

  • Reply Amber August 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Wow, you are going to have a busy February! Love the white board example, I’ve never tried that. I think my grammar knowledge would probably improve quite a bit doing that! ? Happy birthday to your youngest!

  • Reply Megan August 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    What specific resource do you use for your whiteboard grammar? Is there a particular post by Cindy Rollins to which you can direct me?

    • Reply Angela August 27, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I was also wondering this. I have listened to her talk about this on her podcast. I wanted to incorporate it next year, but there are so many resources I can’t decide.

  • Reply Dawn August 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    We say schooner like school also.

    Thank you for the coloring book! My youngest is going through this book this year and will definitely love this resource!! A lot of coloring goes on in my house. I’m going to be busy printing this weekend! ?
    I would also love to hear more about your white board grammar. I’ve been wanting to try to do more of this with all of my kids. I’ve combined my older 2 this year for grammar, but if I could work it into our morning time with everyone that would be wonderful.

  • Reply Tania August 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

    So excited for another season of Schole Sisters podcast! I will hopefully have some time to listen this weekend. Praying for you in your decision making.

  • Reply CC August 26, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Yes! Skooner like school. And, more info on what you use to do grammar on the white board (other than the white board), please! Thank you so much! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Ann-Marie August 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Wow! That is lots of excitement going on, Brandy! I love when it is this time of year and I get to see another of your beautifully decorated birthday cakes. I hope you all enjoy it. We do grammar in MT as well and use the white board and it has made a HUGE difference as they are able to *see* it now. My boys need the visual aspect for grammar. Looking forward to the new podcast 🙂 I will be listening to it this afternoon while the boys swim 😉 Have a blessed weekend!

  • Reply Tristan August 26, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love your Seven Quick Takes posts! We have grammar in our morning basket this year too. It includes Ruth Heller’s World of Language books, Punctuation Tales, Mad Libs books (Doctor Who right now), and more books waiting in the wings as these are completed.

    I’m hoping to listen to the new Schole Sisters podcast later this afternoon! Now I need to go edit my own blog post…

  • Reply Lisa V in BC August 26, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Hi Brandy 🙂

    We say skooner like school too.

    White board grammar – what book do you use? I had my year 6 student working through Simply Grammar and my year 7 student start “The Mother Tongue” last year. Both made some progress, but I was busy with my 3 youngers, didn’t check on what they had done often enough and they didn’t get nearly as much done as I’d hoped they would. Now I’m wondering whether it would work for me to go through the “Mother Tongue” exercises with everybody during circle time… do you have a post already about how you implement this? My oldest is 14 and my youngest will be 7 in November.

  • Reply Mariel August 26, 2016 at 6:30 am

    Hi Brandy, I teach whiteboard grammar in my classroom. I love it! (I use IEW’s “The Nose Tree” – one sentence per day.) I noticed you had an and the as adjectives. I always mark them as articles. So that sent me looking for “are articles adjectives?” and I found sources saying yes and no. Your afterthoughts on this? 😉

    • Reply Cameron August 27, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Our grammar curriculum lists “a” , “an”, and “the” as article adjectives. So articles are a specific type of adjective. A cursory look on the Internet always lists articles as a type of adjective as well.

      Is this whiteboard work from the grammar listed on your circle time plans by MCT? If so are you enjoying this resource? It has 3 levels and I was wondering which would be a good fit for older students.

  • Reply Mariel August 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Skooner, like school. 🙂

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