Back To Basics For Lifetime Success

Where did the time GO?

I remember ordering “Beginning reading at home” and “Beginning Arithmetic at home” for my 3-year-old.

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...
English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, I am watching my 2-year-old niece do the same things: remembering directions, letters and numbers, expressing every thought loudly until somebody acknowledges her discovery, naming everything in her path and saying:
“How de do?” to everybody.

My little girl just turned 12.  And I do miss some things from that time: re-learning all the names of plants, flowers and trees (I have forgotten!), taking long trike walks around our neighborhood, reading cuddled on the couch, Wednesdays on the train to spend the day in Chicago, snow angels and castle making in the snow…

Oh, well…on to new adventures!

I consider seventh grade a stepping stone for the rest of a student’s academic career.  So, I tend to spend extra time reviewing and going back to basics in preparation for a more rigorous and diverse study.

As usual,  reading happens thorough the day.  These are some of the books we enjoyed this year (so far):

J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit plus the trilogy of the ring;

The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

The Chronicles of Narnia (again) series  by C.S. Lewis

Laura and Almanzo Wilder, 1885
Laura and Almanzo Wilder, 1885 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Little House Series (again) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Lad: A Dog  by Albert Payson Terhune
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The basic covers the three ‘R’s: ‘riting, reading and ‘ritmethic.

Next, on to math and writing.

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