SC033: Why make plans?

Season 6: Homeschool Planning

We might think that making a plan and working a plan is all about the planner, the app, the method, but the truth is that how we think about our planning going into it matters tremendously.

I remember very vividly being struck by a line of poetry by T.S. Eliot once quoted by Cindy Rollins:

“Dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good.”

What I really, really wanted was a system so perfect that I wouldn’t have to expend any effort at all, I could just hum along doing whatever I wanted and everything would just work out.

Turns out life doesn’t work that way.

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Clever Curriculum Connection: Latin

Being consistent with Latin over the years has been a struggle – one I have not always won. My oldest began Latin for Children Primer A when he was 8 – four years ago – and he’s now 3/4 of the way through Latin for Children Primer B.

I’m sure glad Dr. Perrin’s favorite motto is festina lente.

In my years of Latin inconsistency, we’ve had to continue to go backward before moving forward, reviewing vocab again, reviewing grammar again, because you can’t build on a foundation that isn’t there. In the end, I think this will actually help their forward progress in Latin, because we ended up not moving forward until concepts clicked rather than getting into a groove and simply moving on when they could give the right answer without understanding. Just as students should be drilled in their math facts until they are second nature – and this might take the entirety of their elementary education – so we keep revisiting what case means, what conjugating means, what declining means, not to mention how to do so.

This year consistency is possible for us, and I spent the first two terms of school focusing on getting our Latin consistent and solid and prioritized. I went through many iterations of weekly Latin assignments before I found one that flowed and worked for us.
I’m not sure this will work for you, but I offer it as a starting place. It’s much more feasible and realistic for a homeschool setting than the schedule offered in the book, I believe. It makes about half the Latin work independent work, which frees me up. This is the routine I use for both my boys, so it works with Latin for Children Primer A and Primer B.

Our Weekly Latin Assignments

  • Daily: We listen to one Latin chant track from both Primer A & B most Morning Times for chant & vocab review
  • Day 1: Watch a Latin lesson from the DVD, complete the Latin worksheet for that lesson
  • Day 2: Practice reading & oral translation with mom, complete the lesson’s derivatives worksheet in the workbook
  • Day 3: Fill out a conjugation practice worksheet (homemade), copy the lesson’s vocab into a Latin copywork spiral notebook.
  • Day 4: Complete the lesson’s quiz in the workbook, write 2 original Latin sentences that contain at least one word from this lesson’s vocab (Mom has to conjugate & translate them)
  • Day 5: Latin translation page (homemade, with sentences from the chapter)

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  1. BecTasmanian
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    I feel like a crazy woman quite often. Thank you for speaking to the perfectionist homeschooling mamas. I have quotes from two of your podcast episodes stuck up in my hallway, so your words echo in my mind throughout the dailyness of life. Faithfulness and service. I’ve just printed out quotes from this episode to add to the collection. Hmm. Need a longer hallway…

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