Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gritty Grammar and the Green Going







A new crash course has begun- Structures of Communication! Basically, that is a fancy way of saying grammar. On the first morning of this module one of our teachers spent a while acknowledging and discussing our preconceived notions about grammar. Many people dislike it. A few love it. I guess a few would be ambivalent.



Grammar mechanics work in a wonderfully mathematical way. Picking apart words, phrases and sentences and categorizing them is the fun part that appeals to the organized side of my brain. Figuring out the correct and specific term for every single department is not quite as fun, perhaps because it is a little more subjective.



We are also having afternoon classes, which is a first for us.



Unfortuately, we've had some sickness that has kept us from both going to class. On one hand, it is great to be able to spend that time with the girls. It is easier to be more consistent when we are around them all the time. On the other hand, being at home with the girls means that one of us is out of class. Dennis and I try to take turns going to class. This makes for a holey education.



Thanksgiving weekend was fun. We went to see Dennis' parents along with the rest of his family (minus one niece who couldn't be there with us... :( ). We had beautiful weather all weekend long and did some fun outdoorsy things like going to a mine and taking a few walks in the autumn leaves.







11 comments:

pat ve said...

I just loved these pictures and your update on language acquisition and your Thanksgiving. I think Dad would have loved to have gone through the mine. Was it underground or open pit. Was it nickle or what? Didn't you take some similar pictures last year in that tree? Also, Val, I really like the "new" navy blue top you're sporting. Love you, Mom

Dennis and Valerie said...

I think maybe it was open pit, but you had the feeling you were going underground. They were mining quartz, feldspar (?), some pink rock that starts with a c (this is what D. is dictating to me)...

I'm sure Dad would have loved it and would have been able to tell me exactly what the rocks were! :)

Glidewell Family said...

I love your leaf photos. Thanks for posting the beautiful fall colors. I also love it when the frost decorates those leaves on the ground. I sure miss being able to lay in the grass and the beautiful colored leaves.

HopiQ said...

What gorgeous fall pictures!!! Thank you for sharing!

WAAAAHHH!!! I'm feeling sorry for myself in this hot climate. I sure miss the colors changing. Not much seasonal change here.

Desiree said...

Beautiful pictures!!! I like how you put your hand on Dennis' tummy. I do that too. :0) Can't wait till Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Inside Out said...

corrundum...??? I think...


Why does Desiree put her hand on Dennis' tummy? Is he pregnant?

Jean said...

Love the beautiful pictures. Hope everyone is feeling better now. It was nice that you had such a pleasant Thanksgiving week end. From Brenda's pictures it looks like you may have had a BBQ sometime on the week end. FUN

It was cool and wet here and quiet. The kids came for supper on Mon. evening.

Jean said...

Love the beautiful pictures. Hope everyone is feeling better now. It was nice that you had such a pleasant Thanksgiving week end. From Brenda's pictures it looks like you may have had a BBQ sometime on the week end. FUN

It was cool and wet here and quiet. The kids came for supper on Mon. evening.

Sarah said...

Some really good family pictures. :) Thanks for sharing them.

Inside Out said...

Okay, so no pithy comeback... I assume I am right now. I'm off to blab it all around.

Dennis said...

Way to go... we weren't going to announce it yet. I was thinking it was a growth or just distended.

Dennis