27august, 2014

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

G and Y today.  Lots of talking, comprehension, including some long – often used words, like “Dissapointing”, “Unfaithful”, plus – see below.

Warm up

Today is is my name day. Saint Monica’s Day, maybe her birthday in 331 B.C.   (331 years before Christ was born.).  She is the patron saint of:

difficult marriages
disappointing children
victims of adultery or unfaithfulness
victims of verbal abuse
conversion of relatives

We defined and discussed key words.  Learned about “UN-” before a word.


When you have these problems you pray to her for help.
Not a pleasant sainthood. 😦
Not a pleasant life.  Bad husband.  Loser kids.

Reading Comprehension

We finished the story of Androcles and the Lion.  The second paragraph.  

Students took turns reading the sentence.  I explained after each.  We discussed key words. And pieced together the idea of the sentence together.  I followed with written questions and wrote the answers they provided.

Learned “What happened to…?” For many questions.

Pronounciation and Culture

Beach vs. Bitch, (ha, ha, ha) etc.
Bitch vs. Puta – Whore, are not the same gravity/weight in America.

Grammar and Vocabulary 

All from the story as we went.

Note:  We learned/reviewed what a sentence is and is not.  It is a complete thought.  A person, place or thing doing something, followed by a period – always.
We should review this and do exercises in the future. 

Notes for Future:  
No class next Monday, Labor Day.  Possible topic?  Read with omputer exercises or handout to follow.
Find something more practical to work on.  Want ads, job search, applications on paper and online? 



13 August 2014

August 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

 What we did in class today.  It all revolved or related to the story.


Comprehension and Pronounciation.

Reviewed the first part of the story – we did Questions:

1).  Who is the story about?
Androcles and the lion.

2).  Where did Androcles escape to?
He escaped to the forest.

3).  What did he meet in the forest?
He met a lion.

4).  What did Androcles see in the lion’s paw?
He saw a huge thorn. 

5).  Where did the lion take Androcles?
The lion took Androcles to his cave.


Review: Escape, Forest, See, Paw, Cave, Take, Thorn,  Did
New:  Huge, To Meet – to first encounter a person vs. to come together to do something.


“Before” vs After” in time only.  Not placement.

Conjugate and define – To Meet, To Take, To Escape

Possesive Pronouns review – my, your, his, her, its, our, their, your (repeat future class w/exercises)

Like review – as in “to like something” –
Emphasis that there must be a Direct Object with Like.  You can never say – “I like.”  If known in conversation, previously mentioned, you can use “it” for things, D.O. Pronouns (below) for people.

Notes – barely introduced Direct Object/Pronouns – me, you, him, her, it, us, them, you (introduce in future class)

Did not introduce “Direct Object” term nor as grammar concept.

Next Class 

G will miss class next Wednesday. A chance to review some basic things with Y, and computer exercises.



Class 6aug 2014

August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

 I used the fable as a point for class presentations.  Using it, before reading, to explore concepts.  To communicate on abstract concepts – muddle through things back and forth to glean understanding.  And to practice speaking. 

Presented BC and AD in timeline – converging to year 1 from both sides

  • A convention – not based on facts, but is an accepted standard.  Ex. Mayan calendar is different…
  • Aesop 620-560BC  – BC the years get smaller towards the year 1 AD.
  • Jesus was born year 1 AD.  – his parents were born before him, BC
  • B.C. Means Before Christ (Jesus)
  • A.D. Means After Death (of Jesus)
  • B.C. anything is more than 2,000 years ago.
  • Did not mention BCE – Before the Common Era

History vs Fable

  • History tells us about the past.
  • History is real.  Facts, dates, events, people, etc.
  • Fables are stories that teach us about life.  How to be a good person.
  • A Fable is not real.  Animals do not talk for example.  The story is not real.  The Idea is important – not the people, animals nor story.

Ordinal Numbers – 1 to 10 etc.

  • Used in sports/games – the winner is the first to do something.
  • Dates when spoken, April 5 – we say “April 5th”
  • Used when giving directions – cooking: First, preheat oven.  Second, get a bowl.  Third, put flour and eggs in the bowl…
  • Names – First name, middle name/middle initial, last name/surname
To Take – past, present future

A Fable:  Androcles 

A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him. As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.  Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live.

But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days. The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog. The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.

First Paragraph:  A slave ran away, helped a wounded lion, and the lion took care of him.

  • We did the first paragraph today.
  • I assigned the first paragraph for homework

We will discuss 1st paragraph next class.  

  • They will re tell it to me without details.

 2nd paragraph.

Need to fit in In,At,On exercises next class!  Maybe no time though.

Class 30july

August 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Y and G were in class today.  We had a productive session.

The Paragraph:

Last week G and her family went swimming.  On Sunday, they went to a swim party.  G did not swim.  Only the children swam.  Y worked a lot. On Monday she went to a restaurant with her son.  She ate fish soup.  Her son ate fish soup too.

Vocabulary was part of grammar.


Related to Paragrah:

  • Reviewed To Go
  • Introduced To Swim and To Eat
  • Possessive: My, Your, His, Her, Its, Their, Our, Your
  • Changed the tense to Simple Present and then the Person to I.  Went well
  • I vacillated on “go swimming” vs “to swim”.  I need to review that.  I had written “went swimming”, changed it back and forth.  Then ignored it. 😦

Introduced Prepositions of Time: At, On, In 

  • Explained rules
  • Gave examples
  • Verbal quiz
  • Handout – they both did well
IN –
Use IN for month, years, centuries, and periods of time. 
  • In May
  • In Summer
  • In the afternoon
  • In 1999
  • In the 1960s
  • In 2 weeks, in 10 years – future events
Use ON for specific dates and days.
  • On Wednesday
  • On May 1st
  • On Christmas Day
  • On my birthday
  • On Fridays (every Friday)
Use at for a precise time.
  • Noon, Midnight
  • 12:30
  • 2 o’clock
  • Bedtime, lunchtime
Next Week – Computer Exercises for In, On, At, for time. 


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