Time for a verbal ink-blot test. What do you think of when I say "diet of worms?" Does it help if I capitalize it? Try this, "Diet of Worms."
I'll give you a hint. It's a historical event. When you study world history, and get to the reformation, you will learn about Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms. It has NOTHING to do with eating worms, by the way. It's not a new weight-loss plan, or disgusting television shock show.
Diets (pronounced "dee-et") were general assemblies of the Roman Empire, and one took place in the city of Worms, located in modern day Germany. The Diet of Worms addressed Martin Luther and the effects of the Protestant Reformation, when Luther was summoned to renounce or reaffirm his views.
One of the drawbacks of homeschooling high school, is that you have to learn to say things like "Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms" WITHOUT LAUGHING. You may even have to read the phrase out loud, keeping a straight face. I'm not joking!
When I was in high school, I just hated history. I knew nothing about history, Martin Luther, or the Reformation. It seems like everything I know about history I learned when I was homeschooling my children. Thank goodness we homeschooled, or I still wouldn't know that the Civil War was in the 19th century.
Learning subjects yourself is one of the great joys of homeschooling. You don't have to read aloud with a straight face all the time. You can giggle and grin over history. Learning with your children, even in a silly way, will bring a lifetime of wonderful memories!
You can also be a serious learner, and consider Luther's belief that "my conscience is captive to the word of God." What a great conversation starter for your home this Sunday!
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Or how about Saxon Algebra, when it says, "Use the process of elimination to solve these problems." Makes me have to go to the bathroom! (Only at home, never in school, would that be funny.)
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