OVERWHELMED

I am completely overwhelmed to the point of being frozen at my desk.
I am teaching at a co-op which I absolutely adore. I am teaching my 4 children, 2 are sick at the moment. I am trying to write for my self. I have books that need to be read and books that I want to read. I told a friend that I would modify a Medieval History book in a cursive font for her daughter to use, but I haven’t done it yet. By the time I complete it, she’ll be finished with the school year. I am writing a grammar book for my 5th/6th grader to use. I have it 75 % done, but incomplete. I need to do the laundry, and I am just tired.

I know these aren’t big things but I could use a little help.

If anyone wants a free WRITE FROM MEDIEVAL HISTORY level 2 book in exchange for a quick edit, send me an email. (The level 2 book is about 400 pages and is really good, according to my eyes.)

My email is Kimberly @ writefromhistorydotcom

Remove the spaces and use a real period for the dot.

And how did I begin writing a grammar text, seeing as how grammar isn’t exactly my specialty? Honestly, I have an engineering degree not an English degree.

Well, since I assume someone is asking telepathically, I did it because I was searching and searching for grammar materials for my kids. And to be honest, I didn’t like what was out there for 5th and 6th grade.

My daughter is successfully using Analytical Grammar, with very little effort, but my son isn’t ready for it. He’s a young 5th grader and just thinks differently.

I didn’t like the Language Lessons books I found available for that age but I did come across two message boards discussing old grammar books from the public domain. Well I did a search of language lessons prior to 1923 and found Sheldon’s Primary Language Lessons and fell in love with it, but not for my older son, my middle son. So I spent a few months and modified it. I changed very little of the material, keeping most of it the same. Now that I’ve gone through it, I think there are a few things I would change, but overall I love the program.

After that, I continued looking for something for my 5th grader. In doing so, I still couldn’t find what I was looking for. So I started compiling books, cutting, splicing, and writing. It’s coming together, but I’ve hit the wall. So I’m working on that now.

Anyway, now that I’m completely off topic, in the process of studying grammar texts, I’ve learned a ton of grammar–more than I ever wanted to know. I dream about participles.

And what I’ve learned is this:
When you study a subject, it’s surprising how many errors you find in other material and suddenly how opinionated I’ve become about grammar.

Now this isn’t to say that I’m an expert. I’m not and I’ll be the first to admit it. I haven’t covered it all, and I am still learning tons. And it’s okay to make mistakes, even answer keys are occassionally wront. 🙂 I figure it’s good for students when they can spot them and it helps to build self-esteem.

Anyway, grammar’s my new hobby, but I’m aching to start writing–which is why I’m so stressed!   I need to be writing a story that no one will probably ever read. The writing isn’t for other people; it’s for me. But I have to find the time to do it. And with 4 kids and husband and co-op, I don’t see any time other than between 4 am and 7 am in the morning. That’s it and that’s kinda sorta depressing to me.  I’m all ready tired.

I think I’m gonna have to start drinking more than 1/2 cup of coffee per day.

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8 responses to “OVERWHELMED

  1. Hi, I found your blog while I was searching and looking for copybooks for my soon-to-be 4th and5th graders. I was wondering what is the difference between level 1 copybook and level 2. I’m interested in year 3 (I think it was).
    Thanks!
    Linda< http://www.homeschooling6.com or homeschooling6{at}hotmail{dot}com

  2. Hi,

    Level 2 has larger copywork selections–four to six sentences. Level 1 has 1-2 sentences per selection. Also, the reading level for level 2 is about 5th grade plus. Level 1 has a reading level at about 2nd-3rd grade. My third grader next year will be using Level 1 again. But when he’s in the fourth grade, he’ll be in level 2.

    When my son’s in fourth grader, I’ll break the models to make it easier for him. I cover that in the directions.

    By the way, Rainbow Resource is going to start carrying the Write from History books, and I have modified the level 2 books for all years. The current year 3 books have the old format–one model for each reading selection. The new books have additional models in the appendix that can be used for dictation.

    Hope this answers your questions

  3. Thank you, that helps. Will Rainbow Resource, carry the new books with additional models to use for dictation? I’m looking to use Yr. 3 1600-1850, so I guess those copybooks are already updated, right? Thank you for taking the to answer my questions.

  4. Kimbery, I went back and reread your reply and website, I think I understand the updated versed the non-updated. After looking more closely I think the Level 2 would be a good fit. Sorry to bombard you with questions. I did sign up for your newsletter too.
    Thanks so much,
    Linda<

  5. Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for putting out the Sheldon’s PLL workbook. I realize I am asking for too much, but is it possible to have it in Getty-Dubay Italics instead of Palmer cursive?
    Do let me know.
    N

  6. Kefir and kombucha instead of coffee! 🙂

  7. Feeling overwhelmed is no fun, and you sure seem to have good reason to feel overwhelmed! I am currently overwhelmed with just searching for a good writing program for my son, so I would be completely down and out if I had your workload. =) My search for the perfect writing program is what brought me to your Write From History books. I admire the work you’ve done, especially with your busy life, and I look forward to trying out Medieval History for my son’s 4th grade year. Take care, and may you find the time you need to rest, rejuvenate, and write!

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