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  1. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

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    All of the below listed titles are from Jeff Baldwin's website www.thegreatbooks.com. These roughly 30-page-each stapled booklets are all in new condition from a smoke- and pet-free home. Each title separately is $5.50, shipping included. I will give discounts of $0.50 per title if two to five titles are purchased, and $1.00 per title discounts if six or more titles are purchased. I would be willing to consider further discounts if someone wants all of the titles. NOTE: I am not selling the literary works themselves. The items listed are only the discussion guides. . . . On Christian Liberty by Martin Luther . . . The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin . . . City of God by Augustine . . . Paradise Lost by John Milton . . . Selected Poems and Prose by John Donne . . . Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington . . . Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe . . . Inferno by Dante . . . The Federalist Papers by James Madison . . . The Federalist Papers, #10 & #51 by James Madison (this has a couple of black lines on the cover, but it came that way when brand new) . . . The Prince by Machieavelli . . . Paradise Lost by John Milton . . . Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford . . . The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis . . . Oedipus Rex by Sophocles . . . Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare . . . Beowulf . . . Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . . . Selected Writings by Thomas Aquinas . . . Odyssey by Homer (this one is longer, about 60 pages)

    $5.50

  2. I have given up on trying to be polite to telemarketers. Most of the time I try to edge in by saying "Not interested" and immediately hanging up (inevitably while they are still talking).
  3. I'm in the "pay for half" camp, or possibly "pay for 1/3."
  4. In the realm of "ones SWB said were great but drove you batty," I respectfully request that Writing Strands be removed. I bought and sold various volumes three separate times, a couple of years apart each, and one year sat myself down in my used homeschool bookstore and looked through every. volume. trying to see how many lessons I would actually use. When I went through the whole series and found I would only want to teach 2-3 lessons per book, I gave up for good. Inclusion of this series has always been a puzzler for me. In the early years, I know that separate writing curricula were an elusive species, and I remember that Norton didn't allow you to put R&S in the first edition. However, Writing Strands does not at all mesh with the overall strategy for writing that you have so articulately written about (and that framework has been of way more value to me than any curricula could have been). Writing Strands focuses so much on creative writing, which you so (rightly, I think) discuss as something either your student will like or not, not something required to be taught formally, like expository writing needs to be. I had always HATED creative writing, and I had one child that hated it even more than I did. And my other child would do it on her own and the Writing Strands exercises were fun but provided very little to no expository writing instruction. So, I have never understood how Writing Strands fit in with the overall philosophy of the WTM, and after repeated tries, it was a complete no-go in my homeschool. I used Classical Writing for a while, and the Lost Tools of Writing fit a niche for a while (the absolute best on teaching the canon of invention, IMHO), but over the long haul, it was your framework for writing instruction in the various versions of WTM (I own all three) that was the most successful for us. Almost everything else you have ever recommended has been good fits for us, but Writing Strands was the only sour note. In other news, I now have a graduating senior and a rising junior who hit their writing milestones just when you said they would, even though I was nervous sometimes because your framework seemed so "non-standard." But it works terrifically, and I am tremendously grateful. Thank you for all you have contributed to the homeschooling community!
  5. "View New Content" not working for me : (. Anyone else experiencing this?

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    2. OtherJohn

      OtherJohn

      This should be up again.

    3. whitehawk

      whitehawk

      It's all better now! :)

    4. WTMCassandra

      WTMCassandra

      Thank you so much! I have come to rely on it.

       

  6. PSA: When you study something intensely, you are "poring" over it, not "pouring" over it. That is all.

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    2. kiana

      kiana

      my tears are pouring over it

    3. whitehawk
    4. Jean in Newcastle

      Jean in Newcastle

      If it is expensive are you pooring over it?

       

  7. Would you think you would have to remind a 17yo and a 15yo to put PERIODS at the end of their SENTENCES consistently? No, me neither *heavy sigh.*

  8. Looking forward to debate camp next week! Love this way to close out August--ensures that I don't feel guilty waiting until September to start school!

  9. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

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    Edited to Add: The system keeps messing up my acronyms in the subject line! This item is the IEW SWICC. This is the Continuing Course, which assumes you have completed TWSS and your student has completed the Student Writing Intensive. The level is for grades 4-8. This set includes a big fat notebook, the DVDs, and teacher-created materials (on an included thumb drive) to supplement and flesh out the lesson plans. I prepared these materials to teach the course to a small group of students. The set also includes grading sheets that I prepared for each unit. I am charging shipping via Media Mail since this set is heavy. The purchaser will need to send a money order for $125 to commit, and then after I ship, I will email with the actual shipping cost, and the purchaser will then drop a personal check in the mail to cover the shipping cost. And the purchaser can deduct the cost of the stamp for the second envelope from the total. This is the fairest method I can think of to handle this large sale. If you are interested, please PM me. P.S. If you're wondering why I don't have any feedback listed, it's because I haven't sold anything since we changed to the new boards. I've been on the boards a zillion years, though.

    $125.00

  10. How many times can two young people bicker in one day? Mine seem to be trying for a new record . . . Sigh.

  11. Never dreamed that I would have to constantly remind 16yos and 14yos to end a sentence with a PERIOD!

  12. Fabulous evaluation. I am familiar with many of the curricula, and I agree with many of your conclusions. The only thing you might also consider is Biblical Worldview Rhetoric by Shaunna Howat. I think it is an excellent bridge from LToW to Corbett. I fully agree that Corbett is the gold standard. I even have Horner's, which IMHO is kind of a pale imitation of Corbett. I didn't like it nearly as well as I thought it would. Shawunna Howat also has a Rhetoric II, but I think it is not as valuable/necessary as 1. And her examples are excellent, like pieces from the founding fathers of the US and stuff, not ghastly police reports like DeAngelo (blech!).
  13. I ruined a favorite piece of clothing today. Totally my own fault. But I'm sad about it.

  14. I seem to be the only occupant of my house that has the door/cabinet-closing gene. Sigh.

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