I have this on my radar for 9th. Dd is currently taking their intro to lit and comp class and she likes it a lot. I've been going back and forth between CLRC, WTMA, and Roman Roads for a great books sequence in high school. If you don't mind telling me more about the class, or how you decided on CLRC vs. others, I'd love to hear about it!
As for other favorites, dd is also really enjoying Clover Creek Physics and Lukeion Latin 1. Physics has been a lot of work for her but I am really seeing her grow in her conceptual understanding and ability to problem solve. She loves the competitive atmosphere of the Lukeion classes and all of the games... she's been very motivated to do well.
I think if she likes her current CLRC class and can handle the rigor of Lukeion (we can't, not yet), then your DD will do just fine with this class.
I picked Great Books I because DS has been taking a number of online lit classes but I wanted a heavy workload, writing and feedback from the teacher. Further, for pragmatic reasons, I wanted him to do the classics (he will likely be an English major in college
) but is going to a brick and mortar high school. I don't know what they cover there. I want to travel in 8th grade so this was the time for us. In retrospect, probably too soon for him, the Iliad in what, 4 weeks was a bit like drinking from a pressurized hose. There's multiple comprehension questions and other writing each week, and in the beginning, it was so hard for him to even engage with the text never mind reflect and produce content based on it. The teacher insists on not just the content but proper MLA format. She gives heavy, in text feedback. My son is only now, concurrently (in another class) learning to write essays so all this was a bit much for him. He is a natural and great (IMO!) writer but his writing has never been tamed by format/audience.
But the amount of growth I've seen these few weeks has been tremendous. He knocked out a "suma" (short essay on an idea based on the week's reading) before breakfast the other day
we still struggle with the longer essays which follow the classical model but we will get there. Already he likes the Oddysey better than the Iliad, he says
Since I'm doing full disclosure here, I want to confess we read the Iliad together out loud (with me stopping and explaining some of the stranger parts,'like "now Nestor is recalling his youth again" "now the fighters are "presenting their credentials" etc etc. It was a piece of work but the fatalism/determinism was weirdly helpful at this time. So this was a thing we did together
For the oddysey there is an audiobook, so he reads and listens along.
In the car, we have been listening to the respective Great courses lectures and these have been very helpful.
Edited by madteaparty, 15 October 2016 - 09:35 PM.