New shiny blog 🙂 Must remember to update this one. It’s going to be more of a record of what we’re doing, home-ed wise, and less of a rant about family issues and problems. Honest. Although it will also cover my and Jon’s progress in making a proper living out of this writing malarkey. For anyone who didn’t read Happily Home Edding, I wrote a short blurb on the About Us page up at the top 🙂
So. After ten days away and a lazy, laid back summer, we finally got back into the swing of education today. Emily would have started secondary school a couple of weeks ago and that matters psychologically a lot to her and to us. She rather likes the idea of working harder now and is keen on a new desk for her bedroom; she also rather likes the idea of “homework” in the sense of having a number of tasks which she needs to organise for herself during a week, rather than just during the times we’re officially “doing work”. We shall see.
This morning didn’t start quite according to plan as everyone got up late. Rolls eyes. Emily did, however, manage to start on the first chapter of So You Really Want to Learn English Book 3, which involved an extract from “Rebecca” with some questions to think about.
This afternoon, we carried on where we last left off in Economics, with some complicated work on national income, injections, withdrawals and equilibrium. We’d already done this in a highly simplified form some months ago, but this was much more indepth and quite tricky. I did A level economics at school but wasn’t really paying attention and it’s starting to show! Fortunately, we’re using this textbook by John Sloman which has a fab accompanying website with answers to the in-text questions. We’ve got the workbook which goes with it too, which is excellent. Emily really “gets” economics. Her various charity shop forays these days invariably end up with yet another economics book to add to the references shelves, so I think she’s enjoying it.
Finally for today, some history. We’re working our way through Dying for the Vote, which is a bit cartoony for Emily’s taste, but has the main facts needed for work on chartism and the suffragettes. It has free teacher resources to download from here but again, the work involved is often fairly pointless. At a charity shop in Egremont, however, we did find the schools history project Struggle for Peace in Northern Ireland textbook and the Elizabethan England one which are a bit more grown up and less cartoony.
Emily’s just about to finish reading The Ghost by Robert Harris, which is just as well as the film of it arrived today from LoveFilm, so we’ll wait for her to finish the last few pages before watching. She’s now into political thrillers in a big way – while we were away, she devoured The Lord’s Day by Michael Dobbs and pronounced it spectacular. Scunthorpe library didn’t have the first in the House of Cards trilogy, unfortunately, but she’s desperate to read those before watching the TV series, so we’ll have to order it or buy it. Political obsession? All together now, as Frances Urquhart would say, “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.” 🙂