Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A "Little Bit of a Throwback" Thursday


We're back in full swing with our groups of homeschooling kids and I've decided to call this post a "little bit of a throwback" Thursday because I'm really only throwin' it back to the end of our last academic year - or May of 2015. Not all that far, I agree. 

We've had our second week of class and most of the things we do at the co-op are pretty challenging. 

The first week, I initiated a group of mixed-aged middle school kids into the glory that is Latin. Okay, I jest a bit. Most people would find this to be dry but we have a great curriculum geared toward kids and I was pretty excited to teach it. Latin class was the last class of the day and last week everyone seemed to be kind of glazed over by that time. That worried me a little bit; it's the kind of thing you have to stick with for a few weeks till you can wrap your head around what is going on. After all, this is the first time any of these students ever thought about Latin!

By the time this week's class rolled around, I'd heard that a few of the kids were actually pretty psyched about the class and the second week's activities seemed to go pretty well. We had some fun activities and everyone seemed to have a good grasp on the first lesson. Whew! I was feeling good about it. 

As the kids rose to leave, I asked the class: "So, how are you feeling about the lessons and the class? Are you feeling confident? Are you getting it?"

Several kids indicated they liked it, but one exuberant boy had a huge smile on his face and said, "I LOVE this class! This is going to be my favorite! You're the best teacher out of all my teachers!..."

As he continued on, one of my helpers shouted "JAMES???!!!!" (Names changed to protect the "innocent.") 

I turned and looked at my helper and she continued: "I teach your other classes!!" (For the record, she is an excellent teacher!)

He didn't back down one iota. That just made it funnier. 

You should have seen the look on her face; I wish I had taken a picture. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. 

Boy, I missed those kids over the summer. 


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  1. I think James is going to get called on a lot in his other classes.

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    1. Oh, he is over the top willing to fill that bill, Mike. He loves to answer questions. He is exuberant about everything.

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  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    It is I/me Umbrosa Del Militis!

    True fact from Shady's almanac: My first spoken sentence as a toddler, translated into Latin, was as follows:

    "Agricolam cut zizania." I was riding in the family car and we passed a farmer's field. I observed the farmer using a sickle to clear weeds from the edge of his property.

    That's about all I have for today other than to let you know that I LOVE this blog! This is going to be my favorite! You're the best blogger out of all the bloggers!

    Volo laetum diem carissimum!

    (I hope that English to Latin translation tool is working properly and that I didn't just write “Your momma wears combat boots.“)

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    1. Ha ha ha...nice "shady del knight"!

      Here's some helpful phrases for your locale:

      Non calor sed umor est qui nobis incommodat (It's not the heat, it's the humidity).

      Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur!
      (Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!)

      Fac me cocleario vomere! (Gag me with a spoon!)

      Di! Ecce hora! Uxor mea me necabit! (God, look at the time! My wife will kill me!)

      If there's an English to Latin translator tool that works, send it to me! Since laetum is the nominative, you said "I want a happy day!" (But I know what you meant...we all want a happy day!).

      Take care!



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    2. Regno meo usque in laetum diem!

      My kingdom for a happy day!

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    3. Omnem felicitatem habent minimum adduxeritis vobiscum.

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  3. What a great feeling to know that you were making an impact on their education!! Memories like that you never forget especially with such enthusiasm.
    I bet you are a wonderful teacher!

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    1. I don't know about that, but I do love these kids!

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  4. lol James may get the stink eye a bit in his other classes

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    1. It was a hilarious moment (I'm good friends with the other teacher and we will howl about this for a while, I'm sure).

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  5. Doc : In vino veritas.
    Ringo : Age quod agis.
    Doc : Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego.
    Ringo : Iuventus stultorum magister.
    Doc : In pace requiescat!
    Marshal: Come on, Boys. We don't want any trouble around here. Not in any language.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gSj1G4Vf0w

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You're going to make me watch that movie again and realistically, I've done more than my share of viewings. Oh, what the heck...let's do it.

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  6. I regret not taking Latin in high school! I'm glad to see that you are teaching it

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    1. I took four years of German in high school and taught myself Latin. I'm a nerd.

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  7. I love it! This was not only feeling fuzzy and warm for you but you got a kick out the teacher's look. I love that the kid didn't back down. I took Latin in High School and enjoyed it but, of course, forgot most of it. I do remember (I hope): Amas, Amat, Amatet, Am...ok so i don't remember. There were the 6 declentions(is that right??) and for one word there was the 6 for present, for past, for past/present, for future, future./past and future present past remembering what i was talking about:)

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    1. Amo, Amat, Amas is that they are working on in the beginning! You got it. Sending you a link to some of the funny videos in the curriculum. The kids love it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLrXz9XoQqg

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  8. James might be a lot like by grandson, Carson.

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  9. I have no doubt that you are his favorite teacher. I think someone has a crush on you.

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    1. I think he is just the King of the Passionate Life.

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  10. YOU ARE THE BEST BLOGGER IN THE WORLD! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Be sure to tell Shady that you are my favorite blogger and best friend. I never took Latin, but The Hurricane loved it. She continued to take Latin in college. One of her extracurricular activities in college was a Latin reading group--and she could have been drinking or smoking something. She described the Latin group as a bunch of nerds sitting around reading poetry in Latin. Go nerds! Nerds get the best jobs!

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I want to make it clear that she could have been drinking or smoking instead of going to the Latin reading group. I do NOT mean she was drinking and smoking during the Latin group.

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  11. I wish I had taken Latin in high school.
    And you are the best teacher in the world. You go James !
    I know you are a teacher but I did not know it was at a co-op.
    You are one talented lady !

    cheers, parsnip

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  12. That is funny:) had I been in his place, I would probably have back peddled.
    R

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  13. That's just too rich! Here's to the best year yet!

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo