Now, tenth grade, he's back on the ancients. Assessment: well its better than last year, modern history with the difficult teacher.
Second Assessment: Homer. Meh.
I am teaching, at three vastly different levels, ancient history to all three boys this year. The middle child, off of whom history seems to bounce as if he were made of some sort of intellectual teflon (the fate being shared by handwriting lessons as well) needed the review. He had pretty much forgotten everything from the previous cycle.
But this year he gets to take his ancient history online so his assessment is: well, I get to use a computer. That's cool.
Secondary Assessment: when do we get to where gunpowder and rockets were invented?
Its all brand new for the third child. And he's the embodiment of why classical homeschoolers start teaching this stuff in first grade. The idea is that they learn some, then cycle back a few years later and dig deeper, and then when they get to the really hard stuff the concepts will all be old hat, so they can dig more deeply still. Read a kiddie version of Canterbury tales in second grade, a more advanced version in sixth, and by high school the complex language won't matter amid the familiar story.
But really, I think it may also be about harnessing the enthusiasm of a seven year old.
We started studying ancient Crete today. Seven year old thinks the very concept of bull jumping is hysterical. What if the bull killed you? What if you landed on your butt? They practiced by jumping over smaller animals? Goats? that's silly. How about chickens? I can do a sommersault and a cartwheel. Wanna see? Right NOW????
We played, coincidentally, the Lego Minotaur game tonight for bedtime games. What's a Minotaur? Did the Minotaur really eat people? Could the Minotaur knock down walls? Roar!
There was a lot of roaring.
His assessment of ancient history: Minotaur! Roar!
Secondary assessment: Assyrians were tough! Cool! Roar!
Maybe history would be more interesting if it were more about "Roar" and less about "Homer. Meh." All three kids encounter the Greek Minotaur legend this year. Don't be alarmed if you hear my kids roar.