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    March 9, 2018 by Brandy Vencel


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    When I mentioned my personal Latin notebook last week, I neglected to say what curriculum I was using for myself. Oops! Yes, that would have been good information to include.

    For my refresher course this year, I chose Getting Started with Latin, partly because it looked like I could fit a complete lesson into my 15 minute time slot, and partly because I wanted to write a review of it. I was right: the lessons fit into my time slot perfectly. I’ll post a review sometime in the future. I’m enjoying it.

    Note: I also use my Latin review box for vocabulary.


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    And the new episode of Scholé Sisters is…


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    Charlotte Mason Boot Camp opened up yesterday. Last I checked, there were still some spots left (there are 60 slots total, including scholarships that were given out), so consider yourself notified. 🙂


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    I leave for GHC Ft. Worth on WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!!! If you’re coming, don’t forgot to drop by the AmblesideOnline booth and say hi to our wonderful team of volunteers.


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    This month in 2012:

    Apparently, it was six years ago that I first re-thought math for Daughter AI’ll be honest: while taking a break and switching things up was magical for my oldest, math has continued to be a struggle with my second child. But you know what? I still believe that what I did here was best. And I still maintain that we are often afraid of rest and we really do need to be okay with taking it. But will rest automagically fix everything? No. No it won’t.


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    This week’s links collection:


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    Answering your questions:

    • Question: I run a Charlotte Mason study group. How do I apply for a Group Discount for one of your study guides?
      • Answer: Thank you for asking an easy one. This is all my brain can handle right now. 😉 All you have to do is click here and fill out the form. My friend Hayley will get in contact with you and do the rest. 🙂


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  • Reply Katrina May 15, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Did you ever do a review of Getting Started with Latin? I can’t find anything via Search. Thanks!

  • Reply Carol March 11, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Brandy, reposting this here as I accidentally commented in your 2012 post:

    I suppose the “My child is behind /ahead” is our default mode because Maths is generally defined by grade levels, unlike History, for example. Most of my dc were naturally inclined to maths & were ‘ahead,’ but my youngest has got the ‘I hate maths’ attitude, which I’m addressing. We’re continuing using Saxon as our base but slowing it right down; I’m using the ‘Key to…’ curriculum, mostly for revision plus my husband suggested going through some Eddy Woo videos – an Australian High School maths teacher (highschool starts in Yr 7 here). These have fitted well with Saxon & she loves them. So we’re starting to see some progress in the maths line, thankfully!

  • Reply Erika March 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Rethinking math – thanks for reposting that!

    North Korean link…. oh, boy! Pray for the best, but prepare for the worst. That guy is a snake in the grass! My husband is from South Korea and we lived there from ‘12 to ‘16, so I have a taste of the Korean realities as well as the differences in American and South Korean political points of view. I think the prevailing American understanding is that the Korean War ended in 1953. It was actually an armistice, though, so although peace talks are still occasionally in the works, the war never actually ended. I tend to be very careful about the way I talk about people, but I think “snake in the grass” is quite conservative. Hope I’m wrong…..

  • Reply Amy March 9, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I am contemplating starting some latin study in preparation of teaching my children in a few years. You mentioned you’re doing this as a refresher study for yourself. Would you say this is a good true beginner book or do you have a different suggestion? Foreign languages are a very weak point for me. I only have a very basic knowledge of Spanish after several years of study.

    Thanks so much for your help. Your ministry to mamas through afterthoughts, aftercast, and scholesisters podcast has been such an immense blessing to me!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Yes! I actually think this is the best beginner book for Mamas I’ve seen. I tried the deep end first because I didn’t know better — so I did Wheelock’s for a while when my children were tiny. While I think it was better than nothing, my head was just swimming. I did Visual Latin with my son about five years ago. That was better. But this? This is truly exactly what it says: getting you started. It does it slowly and gently. I really do recommend it. I really like VL, but I think this before VL is probably better.

      • Reply Amy March 10, 2018 at 3:41 am

        Thanks so much!

      • Reply Lucy barr-hamilton March 18, 2018 at 5:35 am

        Thanks from me too as I wondered the same thing. Think it’s time for me to start Latin as my kids are 6&8…

  • Reply Sharron March 9, 2018 at 4:56 am

    Oh Math! There are just no quick/easy ways with some kids. I have a daughter who doesn’t get it and it’s been our biggest struggle all 12 years!

    But yay for a Karen Glass!! Very excited to listen to the new podcast. I just bought her book on narration this week and can’t wait to get into it.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 9, 2018 at 7:16 am

      I have come to the conclusion that some brains work very differently. 🙂

      I can’t wait to read Know and Tell! I’ve had my copy here for a while, but haven’t had time to dig into it. I plan to bring it with me in case I have time on the plane!

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