History teaches everything including the future. ~Lamartine
With an area of Queensland the size of Germany & France combined now under water you could say we've had a big wet. Prayers for Ruby who is in one of the affected areas. Meanwhile the rest of us are grabbing what little sun comes our way to whisk washing out to dry. With all our visitors there is a backpile of big things like sheets & doonas & towels ~ plus the regular need for clean undies & work socks. It has been so dank & overcast that even if it is not actually raining at any given moment nothing is drying either! Yesterday & today, which was both sunny & breezy, was an absolute blessing. There is more rain on the way. Goodness knows where it is all going to go. Straight through the townships that have already been inundated once already probably.
Now the millstone otherwise known as The Gothic is from around my neck I have been forced to give some consideration to Star's curriculum for the coming year. When you do not have an academic child yet your umbrella school insists on a modicum of academics that takes some doing. *sigh* I see battles looming ahead. Math. That's the school's problem & as neither Star nor I want to know about it, & could care less, I guess we carry on where we left off, at a snail's pace. Life of Christ because Groves likes a religious subject. Not sure about this one. The good news is it's based on John's gospel; Star & I like John. The bad news ~ we tend to not do so well with these sort of bible studies. I tend to find them shallow & predictable & if I can't get enthused it is extremely unlikely Star will. Hoping for the best.
Then, because Star is nothing if not predictably unpredictable & having done 4 years of basic German already, Star has decided she wants to resume her German. Okaaay. Last time we employed the services of a tutor who was fluent & Star did very well. This time I need a curriculum. I know lots of people swear by Rosetta Stone but apart from the expense, I was less than impressed with the format. I both wanted & needed some written work. If we had chosen Spanish, French, or Greek I could have had my pick from curriculum's I know & like: CLE, Abeka, etc but German? No~one wants to do German. So this is what we have. I ordered today & goodness knows what I have acquired! If it is truly awful I won't be getting any more ~ which will leave us in a bind for a subject. Oh ~ in case you're wondering, the German is for music, which is why I wanted something that was written as well as spoken.
Then, because Star seriously needs this, Essential Music Theory ~ Grade 1 almost done & grade 2 ready to go. These first 3 she should blitz rather quickly because none of it is really new work, merely consolidating. After that ~ a silver bullet & a stake through her heart?
Home Ec from CLE~ the last units are on housekeeping, child care & Godly womanhood. We should finish this a little ahead of time but that's ok. Hope the school feels the same about it.
History. Last year I didn't use curriculum. Instead each term Star did one major research paper on a chosen subject ~ usually a little left of centre like this. I am considering what we might like to study in depth. Something from each of the 4 main continents might be nice. Actually that could be very nice. Thinking the migration of the Lapp across Siberia into Alaska... You get the sort of idea. If everybody else knows about it it's not worth knowing. Yeah, I know; we're a little odd.
Which leaves English. English is my strong area but choosing even one book Star will like is almost impossible. Of the 4 we studied for English last year the only one Star really appreciated was Tomorrow, when the War Began ~ & then only until she realised I was turning it into school work! I am thinking Tolkien ~ whom I'm not real keen on but whom Star may like ~ or not. I think I am out of ideas. Perhaps The Taming of the Shrew ~ which may just appeal to her contrary nature; that or she'll think I'm taking pot~shots at her given her actual name.
It was so much easier when she was 5 & all I had to do was actually teach her to read & count! Now she can read & count & argue like a lawyer!