Yesterday Honor and I stayed up late chatting about how school is going. I shared Christopher Perrin's blog post, Classical Education-- The Best Preparation for STEM, with him, to encourage him in an uncomfortable transition in his writing curricula. (Or, having to adapt to writing daily, after a stretch of trying to tailor a "fun" writing curriculum for him, which spread it out and let him get out of the daily habit.) Honor wasn't quite satisfied with the changes we made, and that didn't come out until we'd been chatting for some time. I nearly swoon over heart to hearts with this boy. We didn't get to bed until past 11, but it was completely worth it. <3
- He wants to pause Spanish until 7th grade starts. He is excited about the language, and truly does want to work at it, but not right now. He's not very far into Spanish For Children A, so it wouldn't be a big deal to start all over in the fall. He'll still jump in when we work out fables and short stories on the whiteboard as a family, and occasionally play with the Standard Deviants DVDs, but nothing formal for now. Since a few family members are actively working on Spanish he'll still be around it. Green light.
- Latin is slowing way down, 10-15 minutes a day. I'd like to see him finish the book he's in, which that pace would accomplish by fall, but I get the feeling he will want to drop it entirely when Spanish returns. I'm not too certain he won't ask for this to find the chopping block sooner rather than later. I want him to get as much Latin as he can in before high school... but it's not a hill I'm willing to die on. Wait and see.
- He needed to make sure he could really be done with spelling for the year after he finishes the 5th grade book, which will be this week. Absolutely, son. Everybody has something they're "behind" in, and that's okay. We'll tackle that 6 book in seventh grade. Green light.
- And grammar too? Yes, son. That was the plan, though that was assuming he was also getting some in his language studies, which just got knocked down. Go for it. Grammar can wait. I think I'll surprise him and pull it when he finishes spelling 5. Green light.