"Wear these bright jewels, belovèd Beowulf;..."
Homeschooling is weird you know ~ especially when you get up there in the rarefied stratospheres of higher education. Take learning styles. You'd think they'd get a little more flexible the older a child got but no. At least not in Star's case. Star is set in steele. She is still the ADD kid who learns as she bounces off the walls & never seems to be paying attention to anything & swears black & blue education is for the piskies & no~one needs an education after grade 5. She has a point ~ but let's face it, most educational facilities are glorified babysitting clubs & what is everyone else supposed to do with their kids?
Anyway, I've heard it all from this kid & I've decided she just likes lighting my fuse to watch me spark. We started back on Monday ~ which Star later discovered was a public holiday which meant, in Star's universe, she shouldn't have been working & she was! And I am most unpopular because I decided without consultation Star might as well use her brain to wrestle with Beowulf & Anglo~Saxon England this term. It's pretty bloodthirsty all round which should have appealed but naturally doesn't.
Now Star deserves the Oscar for iconic whining. How that child can go on & on about the dullness of her academic schedule because it doesn't matter what we choose invariably it is incredibly boring. And having whinged ~ & whined ~ & moaned & groaned; having sighed & sobbed & produced every dramatic trick in her not inconsiderable repertoire this is what Star ordered for her light reading this term: I believe I've already mentioned The Lord of the Flies. To that add: Wuthering Heights, Emma, & Don Quixote. If I had actually requested she read any one of these books I should have heard all about the torture of her poor innocent mind & my cruelty to children but because she chose to read this...well, that's a whole 'nother matter, ain't it! She also ordered everything the library has on Alfred & Anglo~Saxon England & Debussy's Clare d'Lune.
And there you have it folks! The end result of years of homeschooling. Despite herself my Star knows how to educate herself. What I am rather interested to see is how she does with the German text I found on my shelves ~ which is all in German with no translation. [that's what Google is for!] because I really don't want to have to buy a text. So far she seems to be managing. I told you she had brains. She just likes sitting on them. Six terms to go! Oh, my!