Tag Archives: Latin

Latin worksheets for Linney Latin

My early Latin worksheets to go with Linney Latin are HERE For your delectation. I hope to do some more soon.

Latin moment

Today’s Daily Latin is:

Cuivis delori remedium est patientia

which means patience cures all suffering. LOL!

Survived the first week of homeschooling this year

I’ve had quite a few phone conversations over the last couple of weeks with the other mums in our homeschool group-about new ideas, curriculum, books, tutors…you name it, we’ve discussed it.

I’ve organised the thank you letter writing and making. This time Ronan has wanted to have a go and with a little help has written two short letters.

My ‘brain book’ for 2008 is an A4 desk diary page per day. All the lesson notes, my jobs and important info is in here. It will be useful for when the Local Authority man comes over. He is a lovely (though very talkative) man who fully supports home education as a viable choice. He has a deep knowledge of schools you see.

Ronan has continued with the Linney’s Latin and I am trying a similar approach in teaching him Spanish. Just a phrase or a couple of words a day. This seems to be working and he is retaining his interest.

He is reading well with the Oxford Reading using phonetic cues and using the Magic Key website to add to this including his understanding of sentence structure. His letter formation is improving quite quickly. I am keeping ‘formal’ lessons short and there is still plenty of story time and play time.

Music:I have not done any piano at all with Roni this week, but we have read a lovely children’s story about Mozart. Now that Alex is at college and work such a lot we don’t seem to have Classic FM on all the time-so I think I need to either reintroduce that or get Roni to listen to some good CDs on his personal CD player. He uses it for some stories.

21q05c369vl__aa115_.jpgScripture and Catechism. I am using the Hamlyn Children’s Bible with Ronan either his dad’s or mine (which being the Catholic version has Maccabees). The language is a little harder than modern children’s Bible’s but at least I don’t worry about  weird interpretations and twaddle in the re-write. I also use the Children’s Picture Bible for those shorter story times or when Avila is joining in. Both are well illustrated-the Hamlyn higher quality but a Danish looking Jesus which is a bit irritating, while the smaller one has illustrations that actually give attention to historical detail.

I have started the Baltimore Catechism with Roni because he asked me “Why did God make me?”  Too Funny .

Iona has her own Ignatius Bible (RSV-CE) and I have the whole set of the Navarre Bibles (RSV-CE). We are studying the Gospel of Luke as it is Yr C. Ronan joins in for this.

RE. For the rest of Iona’s religious ed we have started “The Mind of the Maker” by Dorothy Sayers and with some of the great programmes with Dr Alice von Hildebrand we have discussed natural law.

Science Iona is using her Aplogia modules-(although she was stuck for today’s experiment because I have no red cabbage) and continuing her poisonous plants work as well as the forensic project which is to be this terms big wall project. Yesterday we had a look at forensic entomology and learned some fascinating but utterly gross facts. The people who do this work are to be admired for their ability to solve crime with blow fly maggots and other critters, but I have said NO PHOTOs on the wall display!

I’ll leave it at that for now.

Term starts…

We started term yesterday and it’s proving a bit challenging. Pulling My Hair Out I had hoped for a gentle and smooth beginning, but yesterday was a day of howling Heleyna-who is cutting 4 teeth in one go. The media session with Iona in which we were trying to edit her homeschool film seemed to be much more complicated and difficult than I had envisioned -and I am sure she didn’t get nearly as much work done as I would have liked. When it came to reading time we were constantly interrupted; frankly it was beginning to look like school around here (but no one got sworn at or had their head flushed down the toilet….yet!)

Ronan is getting back into the swing of things quite easily. He has a Maths book with stars he can earn.

51p0-q9pebl__aa240_.jpgThis is the book. There is a whole series of them we can gradually buy taking him up to the end of KS3. I am still using the Rainforest website to assist him as well.

We are working our way through the children’s Bible doing a short story each day, and he is doing some penmanship each day-and I can already see an improvement in his letter formation.

Linney’s Latin is also going well. He can already tell his dad in the evening’s that he is a sailor and a farmer. The lessons are interspersed with famous Latin sayings; ‘cogito ergo sum’ was yesterday’s and we added Josh’s favourite phrase (he has a dark sense of humour) ‘cogito ergo doleo’ -I think therefore I am depressed.

I’m continuing the Charlotte Mason geography book with him.

Iona is getting on with her IGCSE maths work and I introduced the first of the Plutarch’s lives I wanted to do with her today. We looked at Lycurgus the Lawgiver. I gave her a notebooking page to write her thoughts on-but it didn’t go very well. I think I am going to have to work quite hard to get her to understand the reason we are doing this. I am thinking she needs to put as much thought and effort into those areas of work she is not quite as interested in as the ones she is. I have an eye to her portfolio.

Her science work is looking good, and her history and storywork is excellent; but I would like to see that standard across the board.

Christmas Song Book

I’ve just added The Chistmas Song Book to my resources list. It gives the words and the music to many of the great Christmas carols including O Come All Ye Faithful which I’ve been after.

Thanks to Victoria at Solidarity for this link.

It goes well with THIS LIST of carols with their words from Ambuleside Online which includes Stille Nact and Veni Veni Emmanuel-the English and music of which are available at the Christmas Song Book site.

Here are the words to Adeste Fideles which are missing from both sites.

Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes;
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte Regem angelorum.


Venite adoremus, venite adoremus,
Venite adoremus, Dominum.

Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine,
Parturit virgo mater,
Deum verum, genitum, non factum.


En grege relicto, humiles ad cunas
Vocati pastores approperant:
Et nos ovanti gradu festinemus.


Stella duce, Magi Christum adorantes,
Aurum, thus, et myrrham dant munera.
Jesu infanti corda praebeamus.


Aeterni Parrentis splendorem aeternum
Velatum sub carne videbimus,
Deum infantem, pannis involutem.


Pro nobis egenum et foeno cubantem
Piis foveamus amplexibus;
Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret?