The feast was abundant this week, scholé sisters and brothers. Let me see if I can narrate everything to you.
On our nature walk we met Slimy the Snail, who poked his little head and feelers out of his shell once we came inside. He must have been cold in his natural habitat, because he waited until he was in the warm house, resting on my son’s nature journal to send us his greetings. Screeching at the top of his voice and leaping to his feet, my son who thought he found a “shell” on the cement outside, mounted a protest at sweet little Slimy’s appearance. Before he tossed the “shell” outside on the grass, I got a peek at the cute little guy. His feelers were swirling round and round trying to find his bearings. It was adorable.
Gospel readings this week were animated by poems written by Charlotte Mason. Art Middlekauff through Brandy Vencel on the Scholé Sisters podcast #06, introduced me to this idea of synthetic knowledge. I have more reading and learning on this subject, but for now with the app loaded on my phone, instructions here, I read the poem coordinated with our Gospel readings, and included narration with our Bible time this week. Thank you Art! Thank you Brandy! My ability to read the poems, however, could use some work. I was stilted, not knowing where to pause or emphasize, not able to recognize the rhyme or meter. My prayer: Lord, help me to learn to read poetry well.
In Christian Studies we met with Prayer, a conversation with God, and we were warned to stay away from Sloth. We spent some time with the young whippersnapper, St. Juvenaly, who was a missionary to Alaska. The eager St. Juvenaly was known to argue with his fellow missionaries, wanting more territories given to him to preach. St. Herman was amused listening to these arguments, perceiving the young missionary’s enthusiasm to preach the Gospel to as many as he could reach. On his travels through Alaska, St. Juvenaly met up with a native shaman, who perhaps feeling threatened, killed the Saint, took the cross that hung about his neck, and put it on himself. He soon realized that he could no longer do his magic with the cross around his neck, and he ascertained that the Saint was a holy man. Tens of thousands of native Alaskans became Christians through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. “Some say the universe always was, and some say that God had a beginning, but we Christians say that God always was,” said St. Basil in our Hexameron reading. The Hexameron has been a difficult read, and goes over my head at times. I’m considering changing our Church Fathers reading to something a little easier to understand next week. On the dusty road from Jerusalem after the Holy Days, we spent a little time with young Jesus, who stayed behind to be with his Heavenly Father in the temple, while his mother and Joseph traveled back home without him. When they discovered that he was in the temple after 4 days, they told him that they were looking for him. He responded by asking, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I have to be in my Father’s house?” In Who is God? we learned that Jesus was the perfect 12 year old, in that he went to be with his Heavenly Father of his own free will at the age when children begin to pull away from their parents, Jesus shows us why – to be with His Heavenly Father.
Jesus, filius Deum and amicus of man, calls Christani to himself to enjoy relationship…that’s about all I can do in Latin so far. In Latin we learned a few new vocabulary words: filius (son), Deus (God), servus (servant), Christus (Christ, Christianus (Christian), amicus (friend). We learned the 2nd declension noun endings, declined our new vocabulary words, and translated short phrases from Latin to English and English to Latin. In Greek we used the Greek alphabet to sound out short words and write them in Greek letters.
Our poetry this week came from John Keats. It was very difficult to understand. The poems were love poems, full of all sorts of imagery. I’m thinking about switching our poet to something easier. This is a difficult subject for us. After the readings, no one is able to narrate. I’m going to give Whittier a try.
I have to leave off here with this narration. At this edit we are currently on Week 6 and I have to catch up on my narrations. By for now.