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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Applied Knowledge

Our family was gathered around the dinner table, enjoying pepperoni pizza, and listening to Mr. Edwards tell about his day at work. As he spoke, he used the word "portable."

Lane interrupted, "Dad, what does portable mean?"
Mr. Edwards started to reply, "Well, Lane--"
"Wait!" I interjected. Then I turned to Hope and Sydney.
"Girls! Tell everyone what the Latin word porto means."
In the rote fashion that characterizes the grammar stage they both answered in unison, "Porto. I carry."
I looked over at Lane. "So what do you think that portable means?"
"Something that you can carry?"
"That's right!"

And that is why we study Latin!
(It also demonstrates the value of much-maligned rote learning.)

1 comment:

Sharon said...

What a great homeschooling moment when you saw the evidence that what you are doing is really worthwhile, even the boring, repetitive bits! Congratulations.

~ Sharon

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