Great Books Academy: any experience?lavender
Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:59 AM
I have been looking at the online great books program from the Great Books Academy and their sister program, the Angelicum Academy (I guess it's the Catholic branch of GBA). From what I've seen on their websites, they seem similar to VP's Omnibus program, except GBA starts at 9th grade instead of 7th. I have read the threads here about all the positive experiences with Omnibus, and I was wondering if anyone out there has used GBA's or Angelicum's program? Any info is greatly appreciated!
BTW: this would be for my dd entering 7th grade, who loves literature. We also happen to be Catholic.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 04:25 PM
I have used the program with high schoolers for at least six years. I chose the program because I wanted to give my home educated children the chance to experience a Socratic style education. I have found that the online classes really have stimulated my sons ( not something really expected) to study the Great Books. They not only study before classes but often continue discussing the readings after the classes. I love their study guides as they are synopsis and lots of great questions. There are at least two papers each semester and an one on one oral exam. We did the college credit during one rich year;) and have often wished we could do it again. The answers to the 10-20 essay questions were all returned promptly with lots of notations and comments.
I was speaking with someone today who noticed that my boys really do have a love for this that seems out of harmony with their general get out of writing mentality. In fact they really started to agonize over not being able to write or use rhetoric in the online great books discussion forum. It isn't about writing a paper to get a grade it is trying to express their opinion in a logical and persuasive way.
I like the music and art books that they throw at them at seventh and eighth grade. We amble through them for two years and maybe beyond. They are well written and we probably havent checked the lesson plans.
I like the heavy literature in the elementary grades and the use of the National Geographic with the history books. We kind of spread out here too by using any book on the topic in the lesson plans. For instance if it is Greek History we might not just stick to the books recommended but head over to the Kingfisher Encylopedia.
I think they do a good job with having classes with the younger grades to discuss short readings as it helps to instill the idea that your brain is there to use while you study. The price was more than we could afford especially after we raised up enough teenagers willing to discuss the same readings with their younger siblings for free. I like the philosophy and logic books even though, again we never seem to check the lesson plan.
We got papers back full of comments and no grades. I usually get results in a few days. i admit that isn't enough for most people. I have had no troubles with the book store.
PM me if you can stand any more of my ramblings.
Posted 12 March 2010 - 06:55 PM
Have you used the Critical Thinking books/plans? They now have samples of the Great Books guides and those look GREAT! Wow---but are there answers to go along with it? I am really undecided about Great Books. It sound wonderful, but my kids are really enjoying Sonlight. Now if those Study Guides have answers---then I just might sneak in a few Great Books to read and discuss!