Author Archive | Melanie Bettinelli

Learning Notes Week of April 16

Monday April 16 Bella: Latin, math, copywork, composition, Latin. Sophie, math, copywork, Child’s Geography, looked at pictures of the Holy Land from Cardinal Sean’s pilgrimage a few years ago. Ben: math, copywork, Bob book Anthony: math, copywork Read aloud: St Magnus, St Margaret Mary, Story of the World, King Alfred the Great, Book of Marvels […]

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Questions for Picture Study

1. What colors do you see? Do you see red? orange? yellow? green? blue? purple? black? white? brown? pink? 2. Do you see straight lines? Do you see curves? 3. What shapes do you see? Can you find any triangles? Circles? Rectangles? Squares? Ovals? 4. What textures do you see? Rough or smooth? Fuzzy or […]

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A Common Story Is Achieved

The Borrowed House, Hilda van Stockum’s juvenile novel about World War II, opens with a German girl collecting eggs in a barn when the farmwife orders her to kill a chicken for dinner. Janna cannot do it. How could she kill a creature that has a name? And yet what can she, a child, do […]

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Learning Notes Holy Week 2018

Monday March 26 Anthony: math, copywork, Child’s History Ben: math, copywork, read me a Bob book. Sophie: math, attempted, but still frustrated and not making progress, copywork, French, Child’s Geography Bella: math, copywork, Latin, composition— revised an oral narration about Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon. Story time: began The White Stag, St Margaret Mary. (Not […]

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The Years the Locust Has Eaten

Two verses keep bumping together in my head, one from the prophet Joel and one from the second Chronicles:


 “I will restore to you the years     which the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,     my great army, which I sent among you.” (Joel 2:25) “All this was to fulfill the […]

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