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    Missionary mommy in SA
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    South Africa
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    Reading, playing piano
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    Missionary wife and mother

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  1. I haven't been on these forums for months and came on today to see if anyone was talking about all of the Classical Consortiums this group of speakers has been having in the past few months. I just got an announcement about another upcoming one with Cothran, Pudewa, Perrin, Kern, and Reynolds. I enjoy a lot of it, but I also admit that I'm skeptical about a few things and underwhelmed in some of their sessions or speaking abilities (especially considering CE's emphasis on Rhetoric). My main question I'm wondering about is why they don't include SWB? I know she spoke at conventions years a
  2. I've been researching as well lately. I haven't used these but just wanted to add James Stobaugh's American History and Generations America in God's Providence. Also, MFW uses the BJU text with other texts over their 11th-12th grade years. Sonlight has a mix and match system where you could buy the upper level history or lit on its own or mix it with whichever accompanying lit/history you want. I also thought of Bennett, as we have his books at home.
  3. Wow, thank you for all those links and resources. I'll go take a look!
  4. Gulp. That looks really good, too. 😁🤔🤕
  5. THANK YOU for that article! I'm going to print it off tonight and start learning. So what I'm getting from putting all of your responses together is that maybe it would be best to start our Great Books study in 9th grade with a basic summary of the book or a few lessons on "How to Mark a Book" or annotations as roy speed teaches. Then maybe go through How to Read a Book when they're older. I did notice that MP's Classical Rhetoric course sells How to Read a Book. I wrote them this question (before I saw all of your answers): How to Read a Book: How much of this book do you cover? How much
  6. Thank you for the helpful links and thoughts! I don't want to be elitist about this, but use the book at the right time and way. I do have Teaching the Classics (old version). Would that be sufficient or should I also get one of the other resources to supplement it? Teaching the Classics is a little scary for me. I kind of want more hand-holding that tells me what things to find in the specific books we're reading, because how will I find the time to read them all carefully myself and find those literary devices to lead the Socratic discussion? (Maybe the updated version is more spelled out.)
  7. I've followed your posts for a long time, 8Fil, and I really appreciate your thoughtful comments! I know you have your writing curriculum that involves discussions with your kids, and you have had several kids...how do you have time to read and discuss all these subjects or books with all of your kids??
  8. This is very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing your history with this book and your resources. You sound like a great teacher. I read your article linked above, and will certainly use that. I found that I read my Bible at the highest level, but don't usually read other books at that level, maybe a mix between the next two levels down. So I need to consciously improve myself. On the other hand, not all literature is worth the intensive reading that I devote to my Bible, is it?
  9. Thanks so much for your comments and help, Lori D! I responded in blue above (not sure how to quote portions multiple times). Your comments are worth a lot to me!
  10. I forgot (it's been a while since I've been on these forums) how much I love these forums for the helpful and supportive advice! I've talked to homeschooling moms I know who are classical and all of them either use VP self-paced or hire a co-op teacher for the discussions. Maybe that's because they have several children, I thought, but then I see you have six. 🙂 Your response was both enlightening and freeing not to worry about matching up the lit so carefully or overbooking their schedules with every great curriculum out there. So did you as a mom plan a time for these discussions or did you
  11. Thank you so much for your input! That will help me be a little more realistic, hopefully! About HOTAW, did you use the maps? And did you discuss every day that they read, or just once a week for a history check-up and discussion? I'm wondering how much independence to expect of my 9th grader as well, such as grading his own history answers, or how much I should be checking up with him and talking about what he's reading (especially if I'm not reading it myself...)
  12. Has anyone had their high schooler read this? I'm thinking of assigning it over the course of several weeks in the beginning of our 9th grade year for literature before we embark on a Great Books course. How do you use it in your home school?
  13. I need some help planning history/lit for next year with my first high schooler! (Yes, I'm a little terrified about navigating high school. 🙈) I own too many products to choose from. (*See below for a list of what I have to wade through, weed out, and work into a schedule.) One question: How important are Socratic discussions in history and/or lit? Like, how much time do you spend working with your high schooler on history/lit or discussing with them? OR Do you find it worth it to pay for online programs that do this (like for Veritas)? Two: I think I'm leaning towards using Rom
  14. Has anyone tried these for your high school student (or just for yourself)? Looking for reviews of them.
  15. Ah, yes, sorry, I knew about that. I thought you had a curriculum for it. 🙂
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