Hi! If you are new to my newsletter, once a week or so I send out some general resources that I’m using with my 11th-grade high school class at Classical Conversations.  You might find them helpful in educating your student too!  Here are some resources for Week 10.  (I don’t post something for every one of my 6 subjects each week.)

Math:   One place to get practice problems for PSAT / ACT / SAT is from this website:  varsitytutors.com  They have a very cool feature. Create an account and you can sign up to receive daily emails of a practice problem – can be ACT/SAT/PSAT and even subjects like History or Latin!  I love how you can even sign up for a specific subsection of the ACT like ACT English or ACT Math.
Philosophy:
How do you define evil?  Read Jer. 2:12-13 to see what God says about evil.  Our problem with evil and trials is emotional because we don’t like pain so we want to avoid it. But if we look at the world as ART, and that God is the director of a great story, then we see that evil must exist, so that God can conquer it. 
We are learning about Marx.  And it’s actually in our history book at the same time!  Ask your student how Marx relates to the topic of slavery. Also, how do you feel you are defined?  Are you only defined by your job?
Why do you think God created snakes with venom?   Discuss this with your student.
Shakespeare / Poetry:
I shared Ozymandias by Percy Shelley, a man who influenced Marx and his wife Mary wrote Frankenstein. You can  read his bio here on Wikipedia. We discussed what does irony mean, since Shelley uses it in Ozymandias. Irony is saying one thing, but meaning the opposite. Ask your student what is the irony in Ozymandias?
We wrote out themes we have seen in Much Ado and Julius Caesar.   See if you can pick any classic book you’ve read before and create a list of themes. The book doesn’t have to relate in any way to the Shakespeare plays.  It is a very activity to think through themes because you can use this in essays, such as on the SAT/ACT.
Chemistry:  
Here is the mnemonic for the homonuclear diatomic molecules. We are going with 8 because our book says 8, but Astatine is really only for advanced chemistry.  I made this up myself so that I can remember it!
I Bring Cleaners For Our New Atlanta House  — Iodine, Bromine, Chlorine, Fluorine, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Astatine, Hydrogen
This will help you when you write equations because these molecules always come in groups of 2 in equations.
Love and blessings,
Michelle
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Michelle Newbold has been married for 25 years to her best friend, Craig. They have four kids whom they have been homeschooling from almost the beginning.  They are active in their local church and in Classical Conversations where Michelle is a Challenge III Director at two locations. They are looking forward to sending their kids out as influencers in this world.  You can find them often on the lake, working on their wakeboarding & boat driving skills.

1 Comment

Alicia M Kramer · November 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Great resources! Thank you!!

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