back in the saddle…

This has been the best week of lessons since we started our sumer break and shorter days. We began our morning studies with the SAT question of the day, which we have been doing for 3 weeks. She got the question correct… AGAIN ! She has not missed one since we started, which is pretty awesome for a 12 yr old ! What I like best about this is the way she rationalizes her answers to me before she checks to see if they are right. We have a lot of great conversations about her work, and it is a happy time for us.

Next, we completed a math lesson, which she loved. Moving right along to Latin, we chanted our way thru 2nd conjugation verbs in the present system. She completed 2 workbook pages, and then recited all the vocab words from the last 2 weeks, as well as all her sayings. Synopses were last, and my foxling managed to knock another one out of the ball park… she did the whole lesson with our any errors !

Geography was a light lesson today, an historical map about the early trade routes around the Mediterranean Sea. Lastly, we started her college-planning for middle schoolers book. It is a treasure-trove of great information and helps so the child can take charge of their learning potential.  She took a Pre-College Profile, and really liked the experience. She filled out a Myer’s-Briggs, and was labeled “ENFP”. She has discovered she works best in the mornings, with light classical or jazz music instead of no noise, and does better with a lot of light in an open area. She prefers a co-opeartive learning environment, then to be left alone to do the actual work alone. She likes a cooler, rather than warm, room. She does not enjoy distractions, and prefers to eat after she completes her work, instead of snacking, and is a visual-auditory learner. I could have told her most of this, but it was cool to watch her discover this for herself. =) The idea behind these exercises are for her to take charge of the way she learns, and maximize her daily potential. It was too adorable to hear her rationalize why she could use a desk in her room for her independent work. =)

We are a family who values education and independent thinking over all else, and The Historian is no exception. We have created this little monster, and now are seeing the fruits of our labors. I love that we can swim and play, as well as work our collective asses off. You always hear that you cannot have your cake and eat it, too. I beg to differ. We have the cake, and it is damned tasty.

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