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Madeleines

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I recently acquired a Madeleine tin (petit four sized—because who can resist tiny bite-sized treats?). Finally, I got around to making some:-) not quite the delight I remember, but I have a couple of other recipes to try. I must remember to do smaller quantities though—120 is a little excessive for everyday:-)20130705-225446.jpg

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latin update

Chapter Three of Latin Prep One finished… It was pretty twisty. That’s not a recommendation against the text… just the reality of finally reaching the bit where it’s actually all new work… and it’s hard. Not too hard, but definitely requiring of attention! I’m feeling very glad I ended up getting the workbooks, as their forcing me to really practise the new learning!

I think I’m going to take a break for a few days from actual latin, and get the flash cards up to date. I still haven’t printed any other than nouns and verbs, and I need to rectify that. I also realise that I need to add some into the nouns that are along the lines of ‘genative plural of girl’, so that those kind of translations are more off the top of my head. I’ve already done that for verbs (‘second person singular of sing’), and it makes a difference!

Hopefully I’ll get it sorted so that on Monday, I can return to the book, and chapter four:-) I am still really enjoying it though, so that’s a plus…

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Into the Thicklebit

Oooh! Melissa Wiley (and her husband) have just launched a new web-comic… And it seems as though they’re taking inspiration from their daily life—including homeschooling their long family. I’ll be keeping an eye on it!

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latin update

Today, I finished the second chapter in ‘Latin Prep’. It was still fairly straightforward going, but there was definitely some new material (Lively Latin doesn’t discuss the vocative case at all, that I’ve seen). Latin Prep uses a fair bit of translation, both into and out of latin—you’re immediately thrust into using your learning, rather than just answering questions about it.

(I do need to finish making all my flashcards! I have yet to print anything except nouns and verbs, and I’ve reached the stage where I just need to know all those little words.)

Chapter three looks to include quite a bit more new information!

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Duolingo

I spent rather more time than I anticipated this evening, playing on Duolingo. It’s a language learning site (currently German, Spanish and French; although, it does sound like they are planing on expanding further). It uses game type activities, and works on both written and oral language. And I’m currently making use of the option to test out of some material. I’m actually thinking that it might be a really good match for Puggle! I have a couple of invites available, if anyone is interested:-)

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Latin

I’m working through Galore Park‘s Latin Prep 1. I suspect I’m close to reaching the end of my ability to keep up with Puggle’s Latin, so if I’m to support his efforts, I needed to work on it for myself. I had already decided that Galore Park was the sequence we’ll follow, so it made sense to use that for myself (I’ve been making notes in the text book as to where the workbook exercises fit—that should make it easier for the kids to work mostly independently).

Today, I finished Chapter 1:-) (I started on Monday.) Each day after doing my Classic Crawl reading, I spend a minute or two on flash cards, and then 15 minutes on ‘the next bit’ from the book (I do finish the exercise—can’t see much point in leaving half an exercise for the next day). This was pretty straightforward. When the books first arrived and I flicked through, I figured that this chapter was essentially revision of work I’ve picked up already. I think the same is the case for the first half of the next chapter—and then the work starts:-)

There are ten chapters in this book. I’m anticipating it will take me in the order of a year to do (I said I don’t expect to keep going at the speed I have so far!)

So far, it’s confirming my decision to use this programme. There is a fair amount of rote/repetition/practice involved, but the tone of the book, and of explanations, is so appealing, that I can’t help but enjoy myself:-) And I think it’s in a form that will work for the kids:-)

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salvē

Welcome to my new blog!

Owing to some technical difficulties with my usual one, I’m going to try getting back into the blogging habit here

Of particular note at the moment are my beginning to study latin, using Latin Prep (from Galore Park); and beginning to read ‘Jane Eyre‘ with Classic Crawl (our sixth book! We’re finally picking up speed and might actually see the end of the fiction list some time in the for-seeable future!)

Hopefully not everything will be about the distractions in my life, but I suspect rather a lot of it will be:-)

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