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Sarabeth Borowiec

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  1. Teaching my two daughters to read was a great joy. The two experiences were and are quite different from one another. Upon learning her letter sounds, my oldest began to string them together and she was reading books in short order. She wanted to read quickly, and she was more averse to reading aloud. I have a picture of her hanging upside down on a chair reading a book about ancient history. My youngest began reading more mysteriously, and later than my oldest. I must have tried five separate reading programs. I asked the doctor to ensure her vision was okay. I do know that the silent K was not mourned silently. The last thing to happen before she really began to read fluently was that she spent many hours over many weeks listening repetitively to a Frog and Toad audio book while following along with the words during quiet time. She is now the most expressive reader in our family, and she frequently requests to be the one to read the story aloud. My favorite part of homeschooling is reading aloud together. We have had many joyous moments in books when they are so excited that they will actually squeal and jump and run in celebration.
  2. I wonder if it stretches the metaphor too far to say that I think poetry amends the soil in the cultivation of virtue. The ideas that Christine presents that poetry cares a lot about many things and that it trains us to realize that not everyone thinks the way we do led me to think about what poetry might do. Poetry is so tightly packed with meaning and it is put in with great intention to bring together what was already there with what was imagined. Poetry probably cannot fix everything because there are other forces of nature out there, but it seems like a really good place to start.
  3. I have enjoyed listening through the beginning half of this course. It seems that ensuring that grammar, logic, and rhetoric are present throughout the whole length of the math curriculum is key. Giving children early experiences with mathematical concepts before they need to work with paper, pencil, and mathematical symbols is a way to draw them into mathematical conversations and thinking. Andrew gave great examples to show how to a teacher can help a child to grow in their understanding of "making" and "breaking" groups of numbers to help a child develop an tangible understanding of what place value is. My daughter (1st grade) was able to grasp multi-digit addition and subtraction more deeply after a few experiences of playing with groups in the way that Andrew demonstrated. In the classical tradition, students should sometimes move from theory to practice, but should also be challenged to move from practice (problem) to theory (or proof). Learning about what problems gave rise to these theorems and proofs provides a historical connection within the curriculum. The lecture about three proofs demonstrated an important point that students should be shown how mathematical proofs are beautiful, they were actually so clear and enjoyable that my daughters joined me in watching a few. While students at all stages may not be able to derive these proofs, they can follow that they are made logically, given that they have sufficient background in the subject.
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