(I suppose I should mention that I am working with an 8th grader, a 5th grader and a 2nd grader, and my thoughts on the studies of all three are mixed together in this post.)
For artist study, I need to speak less and let them observe longer.
Advanced preparation in the area of copywork will prevent the pitfall of allowing the student to choose her copywork too often.
It is a bad thing to skip map drill, even for a few weeks.
Wish list items: The Geography Coloring Book, U.S. History Map Activities and World History Map Activities.
Mr. Bach Comes to Call, and other like albums, are fun as an adjunct, but not to be depended on entirely for composer study. The child is liable to remember every detail of the cute little story, and come away with not one biographical note or musical piece internalized. Ask me how I know.
After one term of separate memory work assignments, I am ready to go back to one group memory binder for everything except poetry/long scripture recitations.
Digital audio recording software provides a fun and effective "must" for oral narrations.
Copying word roots from the back of the Grammar Songs book just isn't cutting it as an intro to Latin.
Wish list item: English from the Roots Up or Rummy Roots
In the Burgess Animal Book, we need to pause more often for narration.
Also, the description of each animal, and the drawing of an animal from a picture, doesn't seem to be enough aid for the student in internalizing details. We need diagrams.
Wish list item: subscription to Enchanted Learning
Triss is not reading a natural history or nature study book! How did we miss that? Probably all that history. I'll have to find her a good one.
Wish list item: The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
More discussion, more discussion. I am being too incidental and not purposeful enough. How can they be expected to remember things if we do not talk about them more?
It is time to change the way I have Triss narrate. I am going to have her take brief notes from her books instead of doing written summaries, and then require her to write an essay at the end of each day on one of her readings.
Cornflower is ready to have me type her narrations and read them aloud so she can correct her grammar, sequencing, etc. One narration per day typewritten ought to be plenty.
Mariel and I need to sit down and organize one of her free-written summaries once a month. She has so many great ideas, and they are currently all over the place. It's time to teach her how to put some of them in order.
Wish list item: an additional five hours in each day. Lol. If I had it, I would only want more.