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Cheryl Floyd

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    Shreveport, LA
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    Choir, beginner crochet
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    Student at Faulkner University
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  1. I find this time of year to be the midst of "spring fever" outside and inside. About this time, mamas and teachers are often feeling the weight of the whole year and ready for summer to get here! We are often looking ahead as well to what we are going to do for next year - or WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO FOR NEXT YEAR??? Do you struggle with this? I am already in the works planning for next year, but we really haven't finished this year. We haven't finished even enough for me to actually have a good gage of what we should do next in areas like math and reading. I am just "feeling" the doldrums of the season, and my children are as well. How do you handle this time of year or when you hit dry spots?
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    Deep Reading Assignment

    I don't think it's just too much analysis, I think there is an age of ability that might need to be assessed. Is it proper to ask for questions of a book at a younger age? Not that I subscribe to "ages and stages" in what neo-classical people have done with Dorothy Sayers essay, but just as we look for readiness to teach reading skills, there is probably an opportune time to begin the skills of dialectic formally. For now, do you think using the skill of narration is better or might be more fruitful? @KarenG thoughts?
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    What Should We Read?

    What I love about the use of narration is it IS assessment. If you ask a class or a student to tell you what they just learned from the book, the conversation, the topic, you will know if they are ready to have a conversation, you will know what conversation you can have, you will know what you may need to review, and you will know what they misunderstand. I think it's David Hicks that says not to answer a question that hasn't been asked. Well, you ought not ask a question about something a student doesn't understand! When once my students have narrated, I look for holes and see if they just forgot or they didn't understand something by using questions. When once I see where we all stand, then I can begin our conversation, and they are none the wiser. They haven't been intimidated into feeling like they don't know enough or the "right" things.
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    What Should We Read?

    I'll be leading a class this fall where this idea will be helpful. Sometimes figuring out what to write for notes, especially in a seminar can be confusing, so this is helpful!
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    When To Start Formal Reading and Writing Skills

    That sounds amazing! Great job, mom, following your children's lead! I don't worry as much about the brain as I do about the soul.
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    What Should We Read?

    Yes! I have been told that when I try to use questions in a conversation, my friend feels like I am interrogating her or inferring something. Is this because I have still not mastered the art of the dialectic, the spirit of inquiry, and the ways of wonder? Probably mostly. But could it also be that like most of us, questions were used against her through her schooling, she has observed questions used on news programs or interviews to "trap" a person, or NO questions were used and the "right" answer was spoon-fed to her and others she observed so that now, a dialect conversation is uncomfortable for her. It could be a little of both. We have lost the art of dialectic and the pursuit of a conversation that may not end up with "one side's" insight "winning" over the other. Just a meandering of wonder, delight, or inquiry is missing in some of our deep conversations. How do we win it back?
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    What Should We Read?

    Yes. But these days people use questioning as interrogation and to be skeptical, don't you think? Teaching children how to question in contemplation, in submission to a thing first, in delight of mystery, and in submission to maybe not finding the "answer" or the whole of the matter, these may be parts to a "wonder-directed" pedagogy.
  8. I agree with you and Karen. Over the years I've gone from defensive to answering with questions when people ask why we homeschool. Classical education is such a huge idea, that unpacking it in an elevator is tough - especially to make it palatable. It makes me think of the difference between eating spinach or mustard greens raw. One you can put in a salad and be fine with, but the other, must be cooked slowly with flavorful "explanations". I have discovered over time that most people don't really want to know why I homeschool, or about homeschooling - or about Christianity for that matter! But the few who do, come hungry for a deep conversation, for the mustard greens fully cooked and seasoned. Those are fewer and far between, but more blessed and effective. 🤷‍♀️
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    Reading Recharge

    I’m trying to get through Les Miserables as an audio book. It was going very till I got to the catalogue of the war. No idea who anyone is except Wellington and Napoleon, and mostly by name and memorized history snippets, no idea about the places or battle strategies, etc... Hard to listen to rather than read. I could probably learn a lot about the war and the history connected if I studied this section, but this is supposed to be my “fun” read. ☺️
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    Senior Thesis for Homeschooled Seniors?

    I did not make my first two graduates, partly because I didn’t have to submit one when I graduated. We had a mamoth research paper, which we were not previously prepared for, but that is not the same. What are the advantages to taking on such a task? Because I still five more to graduate. ☺️
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    What Should We Read?

    My journey to Orthodoxy caused me to question and contemplate The Incarnation in ways I hadn’t during my twenty years prior as a Christian. Classical education lead me on that journey.
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    What Should We Read?

    Oh Lord, make it so! That would be amazing. In the meantime, we should definitely continue to struggle, in humility knowing we are removed and must submit ourselves to alien thought of time and culture.
  13. HA! That's why I couldn't find it. LOL - Obviously I didn't study it with anyone else. 😊
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    What Should We Read?

    This is such a needed area of study and expression. As I am coming out of a very analytical expression of Christianity, and entering into a more mystical and poetic form, I wonder if what happened with enlightenment, rational, and modern scientific expression concerning the mysterious and the material, is it abandoned the mysterious in favor of only the material. If you had put Jesus' cheek cells under a microscope would you have seen God? Would that have proved he wasn't yet God or ever was God? If not, what does that say about the limits of science in relation to the knowledge of creation and creation's God?
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    Forms of Moral Pedagogy

    On another thread in the forms a question was asked about poems of virtue. It made me remember a few years ago we memorized a couple of poems as a family, John Donne's sonnet 19, on his blindness, and Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. We had also been memorizing old hymns. My children combined the melody of A Mighty Fortress with Frost's poem! lol Do you think poetry - it's form and it's content - is a type of moral pedagogy - does it teach forms of morality within its structure as well as it's content?
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