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Michelle in MO

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About Michelle in MO

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    Have homeschooled for 7 years; want to go back to graduate school
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    Reading, scrapbooking, stenciling
  1. That worked! Thank you so much! I had lost the original thread and now I've found it again. Thanks again!
  2. Thank you! I'll try that. I've been a little stumped here, even though I've tried to use a few well-chosen words in my searches. Thanks!
  3. I have a question: How do we search old threads before 2011? It seems that this was when the forums changed their look. I was looking for an older (i.e., probably before 2011) thread on writing, and even though this is the General Forum, I'm pretty sure that it was here. Thank you!
  4. I love this idea! I would be happy to be a supporter at both the Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant levels. I would like to toss out there the "Tom Hiddleston" level of support for $100. :)
  5. I finally figured out how to crop one of my own photos and use it as my avatar. Susan, I too would like to thank you for all that you do for these forums. I remember the old forums that came out shortly after the first edition of The Well-Trained Mind was published. You've done so much for the homeschooling community. No one should question your reasons for posting this thread, and all of us who use these forums (for free, we should remember) should be happy to comply with your requests. Thank you. :)
  6. Thank you, Susan. This is certainly something I will pay attention to in the future--for this forum and for others. I would also be happy to donate, should it come to that.
  7. Susan, I'm sorry that you're having to deal with this. I've gone back through my posts to 2008 and have not found any pictures. This thread raises a question in my mind: why this forum? why now? Granted--I'm not privy to all the issues, nor do I pretend to understand all of the ramifications. However, on most of the social media websites, such as Twitter and Facebook, for example, posters frequently access images from all over the internet--for profile pictures, for jokes, and for random posts. Are these websites ever called into question?
  8. It will take me a while to read through this entire thread. I'll just add my .02 worth here. I've been blessed to attend the annual CiRCE Conference for the past three summers--in Louisville, in Baltimore, and this summer in Houston. Each time I attend I come away both encouraged and challenged to the core. I have much to learn about classical education, even though that's how we attempted to homeschool our children. What I have appreciated the most about CiRCE Institute is the willingness of Andrew Kern (as well as the other speakers of the conference) to challenge deep-seat
  9. I don't know how to thank all of you enough! You have all given me excellent suggestions! I have e-mailed a link to this thread to my daughter and urged her to read it. Somewhere I have just one teaching company lecture on Dante, but not the whole set. I need to take a look at buying that; there is a lot in Dante and it would make an excellent resource for our family in general. Thank you all!
  10. Thank you, Lisa--this is a great idea! I have one set of English literature courses from TTC, and I think one of the lectures is on Dante's Inferno. I should see if there's a bibliography listed there! I'll also check with 8FilltheHeart. Excellent suggestion!
  11. I've missed you too, Jane! Life has been busy on my end. I am now teaching and have had to put off my master's program until this summer. I think of you and your family often! I think dd's thesis is basically sound, but she's having difficulty finding scholarly research to back it up. I sent her my copy of Sayer's translation, which I believe has some notes that would back up her thesis. I think she's going to dig into that tonight. I'm not sure which translation she's reading, but it's not Sayers. BTW, I love the snowflakes on your signature line! The intrinsic beauty and preci
  12. I haven't been here in quite a while and am writing on behalf of my oldest daughter. She is writing a term paper on Dante's Inferno, and her thesis, if I haven't mangled it too much, is that the different circles or degrees of hell represent an ever-increasing betrayal of the nature of love. Since God is love, that descent represents a betrayal of God and hence a greater degree of separation from Him. For example, Judas and Brutus are placed in the lowest circle of hell since both betrayed their masters and friends. She has searched through reputable databases, i.e., JSTOR and MLA Bibli
  13. When we were homeschooling, we used Abeka for grammar--partly because I liked it, and partly because it was recommended in the first edition of TWTM. In the second edition of TWTM, SWB recommends R&S, and if I were to have the opportunity to homeschool all over again, I would use that. Nevertheless, Abeka's grammar program is still good and worth using. However, I never really liked their writing program--and for a long time it was hard to me to articulate why. First of all, the writing in the earlier grammar books is not good, in my opinion. Not to squash creativity, but I don't f
  14. Colleen, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. :grouphug:
  15. I've looked repeatedly at this teacher's syllabus: Mr. Gunnar. This would be for the 10th/11th grade levels. Also, someone recently introduced me to Janice Campbell's Excellence in Literature series. Level II would be her 9th grade curriculum. I don't agree with all of her literature selections, but I think she has the right idea in terms of making these AP courses. When our family was homeschooling, we did the following every day: Omnibus I and II Grammar (Abeka; I'd probably use R&S now) Vocabulary from the Classical Roots in the fall and Wordly Wise 3000 in the spring
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