Thursday, September 16, 2010

Homeschool Habits (Math)

Peter & his tiny pencil take on Saxon Math.

Although math isn't anyone's favorite subject, it is the one subject we do every day for homeschool.
We do quite a few other subjects most days, but math is the one must.  
Taking a break for too long from math causes major... situations.
We use Saxon Math, and have since we purchased our first text book (ever) for Zachary when he was in about 4th or 5th grade.
Before that time, his math education was fully covered just by "real life" math.  Zachary was fascinated by exponential notation and other mathematics concepts at a very early age, which gave us (mostly Tim) many opportunities to teach math without the grind of daily practice.  Then one year, his math scores on the required standardized test showed a dip, and we decided it was time to make math habits happen at our homeschool.  Saxon to the rescue!  
Never has any of our students praised Saxon, in fact they all jest about burning their math books and other fine fantasies of retribution rituals.  
Saxon may be repetitive and lack-luster compared to other math texts, but it gets the job done! 
Yeah Saxon (sshh, don't let the kids hear me say that)!!

AND other big news in our Catholic community today:
Habemus Archepiscopum!
VATICAN CITY, 16 SEP 2010 (VIS) - 
The Holy Father appointed Bishop James Peter Sartain of Joliet in Illinois, U.S.A., as metropolitan archbishop of Seattle (area 64,269, population 5,141,000, Catholics 964,000, priests 313, permanent deacons 104, religious 551), U.S.A. The archbishop-elect was born in Memphis,U.S.A. in 1952, he was ordained a priest in 1978 and consecrated a bishop in 2000. He succeeds Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

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