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    April 7, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


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    Spring Sale 2017It’s time for Compass Classroom’s Spring Sale! A few times a year, the lowest prices are out — this is one of those times!

    As you probably know, Grammar of Poetry (assigned in AO Year 7) is one I recommend. Plus, I big time LOVE Visual Latin 1.

    I also like Old Western Culture … for me. What can I say? I am a Wes Callihan fan!


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    A funny thing happened this week. One of my children informed me that whenever he is scared, he just imagines one of the paintings he has stored in his mind through our years of picture study. It reminded me of how human is our education. We are serving the humanity of these children of ours, regardless of what their future careers might be. When give them things that strengthen, and we never know when they will draw on them.


    :: 3 ::

    This month in 2015:

    It’s still true: a big mistake I’ve seen over the years is emphasizing the first principle over and above (or even to the exclusion of) other principles.


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    This week’s links collection:

    • The Strange Persistence of Guilt from The Hedgehog Review
      • “[Freud] sought to release the patient from guilt’s crushing hold by disarming and setting aside guilt’s moral significance, and re-designating it as just another psychological phenomenon, whose proper functioning could be ascertained by its effects on one’s more general well-being. He sought to “demoralize” guilt by treating it as a strictly subjective and emotional matter.”
    • 7 Assets and Liabilities of an INFP Homeschool Mom from Little Drops of Water
      • I loved this, maybe especially because I’m raising an INFP daughter…
    • Pedagogy of the Distracted from Commonweal Magazine
      • “Rather than functioning as a sanctuary from our age’s frantic consumption of media, Baker’s school district has embraced it wholesale, and the results speak for themselves. The students are as distracted in the classroom as they are anywhere else.”


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  • Reply confused June 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    What’s the best price for Visual Latin?

  • Reply Mariel April 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you for the book rec. I just requested Substitute from the library. 🙂

  • Reply COMama April 10, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Do you combine any of your kiddos for Grammar of Poetry? My two oldest are two years apart (both ages and AO years). They both read well, but Teacup relishes academia and the thought life, whereas Tempest gets through her work so that she can get on to more active (more fun!) things. I am thinking about delaying a year and combining them, so they would be AO 6&8. Thoughts?

    Sarah L

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      I have never combined for GoP, but I don’t see any reason why it couldn’t be done. If it were me, though, I’d do it for Y7&9 — I think Y6 would be too early. 🙂

  • Reply Tania April 8, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Love your blog, Brandy. We have been using Visual Latin 1 this year on your recommendation and we LOVE it. The teacher is so funny and engaging. Did you go on to do Visual Latin 2 or did you use something else? I am thinking about what the next step should be after finish VL 1 and am wondering if there is a reason not to continue with VL 2. I have no background in Latin so the video teacher format makes learning Latin in our house possible. Thank you for all your advice and wisdom.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 10, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      We didn’t do VL2, but that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work! Frankly, if you didn’t hit a wall in VL1, I think continuing to VL2 would be perfect for you. I have a friend whose child went straight from VL2 to the online classes without a problem. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah April 7, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Brandy, would you recommend visual Latin 1 as a first start with Latin, or would you do something else first? I’m thinking for a 9-10 yr old when he gets to ao yr 4. Thanks for any advice. Sarah x

  • Reply Louise April 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Brandy,
    I am a long time follower of your wonderful blog. The story about how the little boy dealt with fear by remembering the beautiful painting reminded me of what I used to do in a similar circumstance as a child. I would go into my ‘memory space’ and recite and visualize nursery rhymes that I knew. I particularly liked ‘Mary, Mary quite contrary’. I would recite the lines and create a picture of what each one said and as I focussed on that I stopped focussing on my fear. I am so glad I had something in my on which I could draw. I no
    longer homeshool but I still love your blog. Thank you.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 8, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Oh Louise! That is such a beautiful memory! You remind me that poetry is equally important. ♥

  • Reply Kathryn April 7, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for the INFP homeschool mom link!

  • Reply Dawn Duran April 7, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I finally did it: I ordered Visual Latin. I know that I recently said I was going to hold off on deciding because I want to see if he has an affinity for learning Greek, first, but I really think he’ll be hooked with Visual Latin based on everything I’ve heard about the teacher’s personality. We’ll finish the Greek alphabet before the year’s end, so we’ll do a preview with this at that time.

    I love what your child said about picture study!!!! It is just like Lynn Bruce said at Deep in the Heart of AO: in studying beautiful things we are helping our children shore up ballast for the tough times. And this shows the truth of that!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 7, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Congratulations on ordering Visual Latin! You know how I feel about it. ♥

  • Reply Anna April 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Thanks so much for linking my post, Brandy – you made my day! ?
    I love your #2 – so true! ❤

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Oh you are so welcome — I LOVED your post! ♥

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