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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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Academy Update: Grammar, History, Writing

Hope and Sydney made this poster illustrating the parts of a friendly letter. They had fun writing an imaginary letter to Skye, a character in The Penderwicks. This was a Shurley English level 4 assignment.



For our Tapestry of Grace history and Bible studies, Lane, Hope, and Sydney worked together to fill out this chart of Israel's and Judah's kings. The orange strips have the names of prophets in their approximate time of ministry. I marked out the skeleton of this chart with the dates and the kids filled in the names.



Hope is shown here reading a draft of her newspaper article. All three school kids are working on a nine-week newspaper writing project (we use TOG's writing program). Notice Hope's pretty new glasses!



Remember our Truth Treasure Hunters group? Because of my early-pregnancy woes, we didn't do much at all with our TTH friends last semester, but this semester we are working on a Greek play for our Unit 3 celebration. We'll be presenting Euripedes's The Trojan Women, adapted for our group of seven kids.

4 comments:

Laura said...

Mrs. Edwards - Your academy appears to be moving forward with great skill. I love the work you've pictured... duly impressed that your kids have accomplished so much!

You are doing a fantastic job!

Laura at By the Bushel said...

Read about those kings today,
wickedness of Omri, and his son Ahab. Ack.
Heard them mentioned again in Michah 5
Talked about them with kids, Tapestry of Grace sounds/looks & appears to be a super program.
Do I dare risk looking at yet another option for curriculum?? Oh so tempted...

Twyska said...

We just got The Penderwicks from the library. Do you think it was a good book?

Like your timeline!

Mrs. Edwards said...

Hope and Sydney love The Penderwicks and the sequel The Penderwicks of Gardam Street. I have skimmed them, but haven't read them closely. I'm pretty skeptical of modern children's literature, but these two books are much more in the vein of Half Magic (Edwards Eager) or Nesbit's The Railway Children and even Five Children and It. It is so refreshing for a modern book to center around a family of four siblings that love each other and fiercely defend each other, and best of all, get into adventures together. Like the girls in Little Women, the sisters find adventures with interesting (boy) neighbors. And, natch, their mother died soon after the birth of their littlest sister, so the motherless girls are coping with that, which adds to the adventure sometimes.

Best of all, I've gotten a kick out of the classical references of Latin and mythology that are sprinkled throughout the books. The girls pick up on the references and it makes them feel like they are "in the know," which of course, they are! Education paying off!

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