One of the great things about homeschooling for me is that it's allowed me to develop a strong relationship with my teenage daughters - and a number of her friends.
I had a great day today in co-op with these great kids. In Latin we had a few minutes left over after I had given them their next assignment and I asked if there were any questions. I had given the girls kind of an informal quiz on the Roman and Greek Gods at the beginning of class. So one of the girls (who felt like she had a long ways to go on this topic) asked how she could learn more about the gods. Gilbertgirl (our resident mythology expert - she seriously knows, or at least remembers, a great deal more than I do) and I threw her a couple of suggestions (including re-reading D'Aulaire's Greek Myths and this bargain from Blackstone Audiobooks). But then we ended up getting into this fascinating discussion about the Greeks and mythology and why we study them; about learning how to cut past emotionalism in a discussion with someone and find some common experience to build an "argument" on. We talked about the Pope's Regensberg speech and the importance of Greek thought. We talked about Chesterton's emphasis on the value of Roman culture and mythology (which we'll be reading some of in class later this year from The Everlasting Man). These teens have some amazing insights. Our class got out 15 minutes late, but no one seemed to mind.
This is great stuff!!!
And John is back home safe once again. Life is good.
BTW, I have so much more I've been meaning to blog on the last few days - a number of things I've been reading (I'm making a LOT more headway in the Everlasting Man - I'm on the chapter after "The God in the Cave" now, but several other interesting tidbits too), a little something about Math and some other stuff (maybe I'll get to them later this weekend).
I also meant to write up something earlier today about the great feast of the archangels, but you can read some wonderful posts here, here, here and here. It's my brother Tim's birthday and the feast day of my brother Mike and myself (my middle name is Michelle) - I won't even go into the nieces and nephews .
On a sadder note, please pray for little Naomi Rose who passed away today.