We did it! The Final Exam for First Form Latin has been taken, graded, and shelved. I’m so proud of my girl, and maybe a little proud of myself, too (hey, I did all the work right along with her). We have Second Form ready to go and I’ve already worked through the first few lessons of it on my own. We’ll take a little breather from Latin for the next week before diving right in again.
I have to say that I am so very glad we are learning Latin. Almost every single day it pops up in our normal daily life, whether in a new word that we encounter in a book or a phrase we see on a sign. Yes, it is very challenging. But we learn so much through the process, and the end result will be well worth it.
I hadn’t planned on this, but Noah saw the “between chapter” activity in his 2nd grade Rod & Staff English book. Instructions were included for creating a poster and labeling pictures with adjectives to describe them. He sure latched on to that idea and begged to make a poster describing roller coasters. Since this was probably the first time ever that he has been excited about anything related to grammar, I accommodated his request. The next lesson introduced writing a short paragraph, which he also chose to do about roller coasters and place on his poster.
We learned about how stems work and did the good old celery in food coloring demonstration. We were able to see the xylem (tubes that bring water from the roots through the stem to the leaves) as they turned red and blue.
For fun we also made these little pinecone snacks for the birds.
Doesn’t look too appetizing. It’s just a pinecone smeared with peanut butter and bread crumbs (pieces) and birdseed. So far the squirrels are the biggest fans, but we’ve spotted a woodpecker snacking as well.
I decided to let us camp out with the Vikings for another week since there is so much material to cover and so many interesting books. Here are a couple of the notebook pages they made and some of the books we enjoyed.
We had chicken pot pie and this amazing chocolate pie from the pioneer woman. Noah applied the whipped cream pi symbol. I did take the opportunity to demonstrate what pi means- math wise- but let’s face it, eating pie is the coolest part of pi day. If it weren’t for that, there’s no way I’d give 3.14 a second glance!