I’m a child of God seeking peace through the study of God’s word, the Bible. I seek His peace for all areas of my life. Whether it is in through my role as wife, or motherhood while training up my child in the nurture […]
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One of the goals we set as a family this year is to do kindness projects as a family. We are approaching these projects in a variety of ways but one that has become a constant is correspondence. We are going back to the basics […]
Have you started planning for the next academic year yet? From time to time I like to create gifts for subscribers. It’s one of the benefits of being a loyal Great Peace follower. This month, I’ve created a Homeschool Planner, printable.
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Even though I use a digital planner for most of my record keeping, I like having a printed homeschool planner that I can keep notes in, make quick changes and even record reading logs and other necessary things. Plus, having a pretty page helps me to stay motivated to keep track of the daily work.
Are You Imprisoned by Abundance? Have you ever looked around at American culture and noticed how much we truly have? From grocery store shelves to transportation to technology, our choices seem endless. Secular education is available to all, and jobs exist in fields I would […]
I remember sitting in 8th grade English class and Mrs. Senator drawing these strange lines on the chalkboard. They looked like sideways trees and I wondered… what is she doing? She began explaining that one of the best ways to understand the fundamentals of the English language was to break down a sentence into its parts, by diagramming sentences. Doing so helps you to better understand the mechanics of sentence structure.
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At first, the mechanics she was describing was difficult to understand. What purpose did diagramming sentences serve in the greater scheme of life? Like Algebra, many students couldn’t understand what purpose diagramming sentences would have in their lives. Many of the students began to grumble that the process was a waste of time.
But, I wasn’t grumbling. I found the process to be fun. In fact, I think Mrs. Senator’s 8th grade English class and another one in High School, Creative Writing, in 11th grade, also taught by her, which helped me to develop my love for the writing process.
Writing has been such an integral part of my life for most of my adult life. Which is why I had visions of spending school days sitting with my boy each putting pencil to paper writing.
I thought that teaching him the writing process would be easy. I was wrong.
It was presumptive of me to think that he’d be like me and enjoy the process. Quite the opposite is true. His mind is a math mind. He has the engineering mind of an architect. He couldn’t see that writing served any purpose in his life. For him it was a mundane experience and unnecessary because he already knows what he’s thinking… so why write it down?
That’s what it was like until I introduced diagramming sentences to his English lessons.
When I introduced him to the method of diagramming sentences he began to understand the architecture of the written word. He could actually see, for the first time, how the pieces of a sentence fit together much like the building blocks of how a skyscraper would be built. His engineering mind began to grasp the concepts that exist in the structure of a sentence or paragraph.
Thus, diagramming sentences has become the cornerstone for understanding the need to properly write sentences and foundational for building reading comprehension skills.
How Can it Be? That’s how I’m feeling on this day. I look at my Beloved husband awed at his love. It’s incredible to think that we’ve been married for 25 years. It seems… ah, so cliché to say, like yesterday. So Happy Together for 25 […]