01 June 2006

School's out for the summer

The local schools are out, so we decided that we are, too.

Actually, we're still reading a lot. KidV1 is continuing math. Both kids want to do a study of weather.

Mr.V has questioned this. He thinks we need to continue spelling (possibly because we went to see Akeelah and the Bee this past weekend; you come out of the movie ready to go spell some words, y'know?). He asked, "Have you really completed all the material for fifth grade?" I just stared at him awhile, and finally commented, "Darmok at Tanagra" . He got the hint.**

But still, he persisted. He asked if we'd done a test (we did the Iowa Test of Basic Skills each year in Ohio to turn into the school system). KidV1 zinged back that we would be doing The Test in the fall because it's cheaper then. This state doesn't require test scores to be sent in by a certain date, so why not take advantage of that?

**By the way, that's one of my favorite Star Trek TNG episodes. And, if you're into Latin Centered Classical ed these days, don't you love how at the end Riker comes into see Picard and glances at the book Picard is reading, and says something like "Greek?" And Picard explains that he's reading the Homeric hymns because he feels he should review our culture's myths and stories. If your kids start balking at reading Homer in Greek, you can point to that episode.

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