Here's a weekly recap from our time together Friday:
*Please mark your calendars for Monday, September 24th at 6:30 PM (break week). I will be hosting an IEW "Popcorn & Pudewa" night in the basement of the Mission House at Merrimon Baptist. We'll use this teacher enrichment time to watch more of Andrew Pudewa's instruction on Key Word Outlining, Narrative Stories, and Stylistic Techniques. Even if you are a seasoned Essentials teacher, I would encourage you to consider making time for this viewing. I learn something new and regain something I've forgotten every time I watch his videos. He is an excellent teacher who will give you food for thought and enrich your IEW sessions with your student(s). Also, this is a great opportunity to fellowship with other Essentials folks. Please RSVP to me if you plan to attend via email, so I can plan properly. If it's helpful, I can pull together some form of childcare (probably in the form of my 13 year-old daughter), so let me know that too.
EEL Guide/Grammar for Week 4
Grammar Memory Work--NO NEW CHARTS TO STUDY---catch your breath and review the grammar we've covered thus far:
Trivium Table English Grammar-- front cover info, plus Verbs ( 2 pages), Nouns & Pronouns and the tiny section on Interjections. If you prefer to use the Gears charts, review charts A-F
Don't forget to play the songs on the Memory Work CD. They are great for a quick painless review. Even though my David is often too cool to sing them, I have him point to the memory work as the songs play. ; )
Also, here's a link to the page with the Parts of Speech hand motions link if you wish to review these:
I also put a link to School House Rock's Interjection Song on there for a fun review.
P.S. Don't forget the Grand Battle of 112 Sentence Mastery next Friday. Parents, I'm sure you sense how important it is for us to emerge victorious!? ; ) Review 4 structures, 4 purposes, 7 patterns WITH example sentences included.
Continue to faithfully task sentences with your student (p.83-88) at least 3 days a week. The first three sentences are incredibly simple, but they will give you a chance to walk through tasks 3 and maybe even 4 (diagramming). Also, you could always beef them up by adding an interjection or adverb: (i.e. Shush, weep quietly. Dance joyfully!)
IEW/Composition for Week 4
Lesson 5 "The Plant of Life" (pp.25-27)
New Families: I'd recommend just one paragraph (p.26). Veteran Families: consider adding an additional paragraph or two (pp.26-28). If you plan to enroll your child in Challenge A next year, I would definitely recommend beefing up the volume of writing this year.
For what it's worth, here's my shot at next week's schedule:
Monday--Create a key-word outline for the paragraph on p. 26 with your student. I find it very helpful to have David highlight the most important words first, and then we discuss which 3 to write down. Afterward, don't forget the important step of covering the passage and having them "tell it back to you" in complete sentences from their notes.
Tuesday--Write rough draft from notes, give to Editor to review
Wednesday--Share edits. Brainstorm for 5 sense quality adjectives, LY words, and checklist criteria. Type or write final.
Thursday--Label paper, print 2 copies, cut vocab for week 6 and put on ring
Note: The "Vocab Test" I mentioned will be a group game, informal and oral. It will cover vocab for weeks 1-5. I just want to encourage them to drill the vocab and internalize those new words.
I'm attaching a checklist along with a TOTALLY OPTIONAL handout for brainstorming for adjectives/LY's. It's similar to what's on p.26 just with more room to write and a picture of Gilgamesh. I made it with the hope of using it in class, but alas, class time is tight!
For those of you struggling with the demands of the IEW component, hang in there! I promise that all will be well and they will grow as writers this year if you persevere. Any writing is always better than no writing, so just press on with whatever feels comfortable for your family. The most important thing is to establish a routine of weekly writing and revising. Do some IEW every school day. Don't fall into the trap of trying to tackle IEW in 2 days....life is much less stressful when you spread out the work. I have lived through such attempts and can testify to the difference. ; )
Each week, I aspire to compose a brief email, but there is always SO MUCH to cover and never enough time in class. Please come to me whenever with questions, suggestions, feedback....I am always happy to help and open to new ideas about how to approach things.
May God bless your week,