Some of How to Read a Book, about the usefulness of marking up books, underlining, numbering, making margin notes. Dollygirl, having been raised to treat books with respect, finds this idea somewhat scandalous. I showed her my well-annotated paperback copies of Charlotte Mason's books and she was doubly horrified. Voices from the reading audience? What do you think?
Plutarch's Life of Demosthenes, Lesson One
The Grammar of Poetry: about the synecdoche. A synecdoche, if you never knew or you've forgotten, is when you use part of something to refer to the whole, or vice versa. Like asking for someone's hand in marriage, or saying you have fifty head of cattle. We found it much easier to come up with examples like that than to find any that took the whole to refer to the part. The Wikipedia article uses the example of calling a congregation "the church," which is technically right because "the church" should refer to the whole Body of Christ; but I'm not sure that's the clearest example...or even, on second thought, if that still isn't the part used for the whole.
The Lay of the Land: half of the chapter about Christmas in the Woods.
Algebra: how to multiply and divide signed numbers. Two positives make a positive, two negatives make a positive, a positive and a negative make a negative. Clear?
The rest of the week:
Will include starting Watership Down, another look at the folk art of Maud Lewis, another lesson in baroque music (using Christmas Goes Baroque II), some Uncle Eric, some Heidi's Alp, and so on. A little math, a little science. That's it. We're counting Friday as a day off, because the school kids are off for Christmas then too. Our Apprentice has a last exam tomorrow, then she'll arrive home for Christmas holidays on Wednesday evening.
No more school posts till January!