Monday, September 1, 2008

Week 1 - The Excavation Site

The Big Picture


This week we mark off the boundaries of our excavation. It is important that we work within a defined and clearly marked area. During this marking off it is important not to get caught up in too many details, rather think of these first few weeks as a birds-eye view of language. So for first-year parents and students remember more details will come as we move through the year, so be patient with yourself and your student.


For the second and third year Essentials students... hang on! We are going dig a little deeper and a little quicker - so enjoy these first few weeks of review!

This week work with your students on some foundational vocabulary associated with language. The boundaries of structures, purposes, patterns and eight parts of speech. Throughout the week review these lists together. Right now these are just pegs, grammar of language.


CAUTION: Again let me reiterate, first-year parents should seek to begin simply with grammar. More detail and understanding will come throughout the year, but we must first put in place some important pegs in place to hang more information on...

Have a wonderful week of learning language, of teaching your children the importance of words and using them well, and of possibly falling in love with language yourself (in case you haven't already)!

Parent-Teacher Inspirations...

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

Prov 25:11


  1. Heather,

    I think it's great that you posted this! A close friend of mine is tutoring and a has a child in Essentials for the first time. She was commenting on all of the questions she is answering for new moms. I am going to foward your blog to her as a reference.


  2. Ok, tomorrow it is! UGH...such a long night ahead it will be!


So ... how about you?