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  1. I have been listening to Andrew Kern of Circe Institute speak at our homeschool conference for several years, and it is beginning to sink in. I am reconsidering everything I know about educating my children. I truly am at a loss. I have no idea where to begin, as far as curriculum is concerned. I beg of you, throw me a bone...where do I begin? If I want my children to love learning, become human, and above all other things, love the Lord, what in the world am I supposed to be teaching and how?
  2. Hello all, I'm finally at that point in the year when I start to panic about record keeping and getting my course descriptions, transcripts, etc. up to date and in place. As a result I've been reading about homeschool record keeping and have a question for the hive...how do you handle book lists? Several places I've read that high school students should keep a list of all books read, both for class and for fun. So how does one go about this in terms of ultimately including it with a college application. Would they be listed in their own document? Are they part of a course description? How do you handle books where you are reading a selection from the book and not the whole book? How do you handle avid readers of a periodical-not the hollywood gossip magazines but a more scholarly journal? I'm feeling a bit lost on how I would use this information but I know we need to stay on top of it (if it is necessary) because creating it at the end of 3 or 4 years would be insane and painful. Thanks!
  3. My 18 yo dd is searching for clean murder mysteries- more locked room, literary style mysteries and less modern forensic style serial killer thrillers. She's read almost all Agatha Christie as well as Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton and is looking for ideas for summer reading. Thanks!
  4. I'm not in the mood for classics at the moment and preferably nothing that's overly depressing. I don't mind some inappropriate stuff. In fact, I was very close to ordering 50 Shades of Grey, but didn't because so many said that it's very poorly written. Here are some books that I've loved in the past. If you can suggest anything, would be so grateful. Harry Potter books A Thousand Splendid Suns - I love Khaled Hosseini's style of writing. Yes, his books are very sad, but I just love his writing. The Help The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Allende. :D The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy - I wish there were more in this series. I'm really craving something like these. Good storyline and strong protagonist. The Geography of Bliss - enjoyable, funny in parts Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - great writer, sad subject matter, but fabulous writer Books by Mitch Albom, Fannie Flagg, the older stuff by John Grisham, some of the books by Ken Follett, and pretty much all books by Maeve Binchy Funny in Farsi Confessions of a Prairie B*tch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver The Da Vinci Code Thank you.
  5. I am looking for some good read aloud recommendations for a friend. She has three children. 2 boys 9 and 8 and a 6 year old girl. They just finished Charlotte's Web and want more! Suggestions? Thanks in Advance! :001_smile:
  6. Let's help fill that book basket. There are zillions of lists of great literature and historical fiction. But when it comes to non-fiction and science ... not as much. Share some great books to put in a book basket for this 'math, grammar, read' approach. Heather
  7. What books have you read recently that you loved, or do you have on a list of books you want to read?
  8. What's the teacher of your homeschool reading over the summer? I have lined up: When Children Love to Learn by Elaine Cooper et al some Charlotte Mason-type material and then I fizzle out...... I'm looking for other books that will refresh my love of homeschooling, perhaps challenge my existing thoughts/methods, and inspire me for 5th grade, so feel free to drop suggestions! Please share what you are reading!
  9. We haven't read a lot of the series that others have, so I'd love the names of the absolute *best*. My absolute favorites have been: - Mysterious Benedict (we love all four) - Harry Potter (of course!) DD9 has read and enjoyed: - Little House - Ramona & Beezus - Henry Huggins (really she's read all Beverly Cleary) - Sisters Grimm (just on book 2) - ALL of the American Girl books We own but have yet to read: - Anne of Green Gables series (have only read book 1) - Prydain series I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch. OH! We've read the first three Narnia books. We got them from the library and enjoyed, but wasn't sold on whether we should continue or not. Thoughts?
  10. Sorry, this has gotten pretty long... (ETA see post #31 for my final list for 7th grade and for a question about the appropriateness of dystopian novels I have chosen) I am planning for next year, and always like to have about 20 to 25 classics available for my ds to choose from. I require that he reads 16 per year, 4 of which can be short stories. We will be studying early modern, but the books do not have to be either about that period or from that period, although many I have found so far are. He is a good reader, and can read basically anything, but I want him to really like the books he reads, so that probably rules out love stories (pride and prejudice comes to mind). He has read quite a few books in his day, which is why I am having some trouble coming up with good, **fun** classics that a just-turned 12 year old would like (so probably not scarlet letter, moby dick, etc). I also would like to hold back Homer for when we do ancients and hold back books that are directly about the modern period (like animal farm, All quiet on the western front) until we study the 20th century. So I am looking for both suggestions and opinions on my choices so far. Current ideas: (please tell me if any of these are boring or too mature) Fahrenheit 451 Brave new world (I am considering a term on utopian books, so what is easiest?) Autobiography of Fredrick Douglas (I have pre-read this) Autobiography of Ben Franklin Kim Huck Finn 3 Musketeers Man in the iron mask Count of Monte Cristo Red Badge of Courage (other suggestions by Crane?) Last of the Mohicans (is this boring?) Joseph Conrad (what would you suggest?) Tale of 2 cities (ds doesn't really like dickens, tried oliver twist but thought it was too depressing) Gone with the Wind (good?) Mutiny on the Bounty The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Dracula (appropriate?) Poe (appropriate?) Now, here is the challenge. These are the books he has already read: Alice and wonderland, through the looking glass, wind and the willows, swallows and amazons, gulliver's travels, children of the new forest, princess and the goblin and sequel, tom sawyer, prince and the pauper, Connecticut yankee robin hood, kidnapped, the black arrow, around the world in 80 days, a little princess, secret garden, 5 children and it and sequels, and others by her anne of green gables and sequels, sherlock holmes, the white company robinson cruseo, enders game and sequel, journey to the center of the earth, 20000 leagues under the sea, master of the world princess of mars and sequels, I robot, Foundation series swiss family robinson, peter pan, eagle of the ninth and sequels (doesn't really like this author) time machine, war of the worlds, heinlein juveniles, my family and other animals, all creatures great and small, and others by James Herriot age of fable, call of the wild, white fang, frankenstein, titus groan and sequels (!!), captains courageous, tanglewood tales, little women, (didn't really like) Lord of the rings, sword in the stone and sequels, christmas carol, dune The lensmen Watched 4 shakespeare plays Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Golden compass and sequels Wrinkle in time and sequels Earthsea and sequels Henty (doesn't really like him) This term: Ivanhoe, Joan of Arc (Twain), Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, Tarzan,Agatha Crystie Plus a lot of younger kid books like Wizard of oz, pinocchio, jungle book etc, too many to list. I would like about 10 more choices! Suggestions? Ruth in NZ ETA. Books he ended up reading in 7th grade and some of 8th Three Muskateers, Dumas Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas Coral Island, Ballantyne Autobiography of Fredrick Douglas Huck Fin, Twain Pudd'nhead Wilson, Twain Gift of the Magi (and others), O Henry To Kill a Mockingbird Animal farm Moby Dick Turn of the Screw The Birthmark Picture of Dorian Grey Cats Cradle We Wuthering Heights Dracula Great Expectations Poe Right Ho Jeeves Woman in White Moonstone Short stories of Mark Twain Distopian and Sci Fi Iron Heel, London, 1908 Anthem by Ayn Rand, 1937 Walden 2, Skinner, 1948 Farenheit 451, Bradbury, 1953 Chrysalids, Windham, 1955 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? PK Dick, 1968 Running Man, Bachman (King), 1982 Invisible Man, Wells Mysterious Island, Verne The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Heinlein Lost World, Doyle Lots of Lem Rest of 8th grade (just to put all the books in one big list!) The Luminaries, Great Gatsby, Catch 22, Slaughterhouse 5, Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Name of the Rose, Cryptographon, GEB, The Alchemist, The Book Thief, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Wolf Hall, all of Lovecraft.
  11. Not this thread, I mean what book(s) are you reading?
  12. I am so at a loss. Researching. Looking at samples. Researching more. I even went to the homeschool bookstore in Michigan while here visiting family and looked at different curriculum in person. I don't know what to do. After learning to read we don't do a "reading curriculum" for a while. Dd is ready for more now though. What do I mean by more? I don't know. She is ready for deeper understanding of what she reads. Does that make sense? I had decided to do lit guides with books but I can't find any good non fluff guides. She will be doing ancients and biology. I want her lit to correlate with that and a good list of classics but more than just reading them. (have I said that yet? :lol:) I just don't know what I want. I want something like Excellene in Lit for logic stage kids that follows history and science schedules plus good books. So, what do I want for dd? She tested at a lexile reading level of 969 2 months ago. Looking at this chart that is anywhere from 5th grade though high school (how do you make sense of these charts with such a big range?) So. Tell me what to use :D
  13. And/or what are your favorite books written by women? I'd appreciate fiction or nonfiction recommendations. I'm looking for a few books to have around after the baby is born (and my parents take the older kids to their house for a week). Thanks!
  14. I'm looking for some book suggestions for my advanced 9 year old. He reads through the books I give him in a day! I'm looking for something that will challenge him more but doesn't contain any mature content. :bigear: Thanks!
  15. I've followed some of the threads about Good Books vs Great Books. Some have rightly said that literature for Good Books does not cease in a particular century or decade. My knowledge of children's lit is severely limited when it comes to Modern times, and I was hoping that some of you would share your knowledge and give me some more recent titles to look into for my dc. I am purposely not defining modern as a specific period, so if you consider it a modern work, go ahead and list it. TIA!
  16. Now that we're on summer break, and I have more time to read the boards, I've been reading threads in which people have mentioned their favorite children's books. Some are books that I've never heard of, in spite of the fact that I am a children's book aficionado. I google the ones that sound most interesting, and lo and behold, some of these are books that I just know would be big hits around here. I only wish I'd heard of them before! So, what little-known literary gems are there among your favorite books for grades 4-8+ ? And please share a blurb about them. Here's one of mine: Good-bye, My Lady is a coming of age novel by James H. Street, published in 1954. It is based on Street's short story "Weep No More, My Lady", which was published in the 6 December 1941 issue of The Saturday Evening Post. In the book, a 14 year old orphan named Skeeter finds a dog in the swamps where he lives with his Uncle Jesse, and the story centers around his relationships with his uncle and the dog. A film version of the novel, starring Brandon de Wilde as Skeeter, Walter Brennan as Uncle Jesse, and Sidney Poitier as neighbor Gates Watson was released in 1956. The movie was filmed on location here in Georgia, and the story's setting was changed to Georgia, but otherwise remained faithful to the novel.
  17. for grades 1-12. These are not original-- I have simply compiled the lists of AO, TWTM, Robinson Curriculum, OFE, etc., etc. for our own use. Recently, someone asked me to share these lists in reference to this thread. Here they are!
  18. What books do you love to read? Which ones have you read over & over again, and which ones would you say you don't want to read AGAIN, but you're glad you read them once?
  19. I would like to read some more books...which are engaging about strong women. Which are your favorites? Faithe
  20. My son has read some great books over the last few months: Sign of the Beaver, Lad, A Dog, Bud Not Buddy..He loved Holes and Hatchet. Anyway, the last few books he's tried reading...well...he's sorta "stalled out". His interest in them has waned, it's a struggle to get him to pick them up...and they're GOOD books (Airborn, the sequel to the Hatchet, Call of the Wild) that would normally retain his interest. Right now, he's sitting on the couch reading Airborn, but he's not DYING to read it, as he was with past books. I don't think it's the quality or choice of literature. I think it's that he's at a particular point in his development where I need to "back up" the difficulty of the reading level and give him some "lighter" fare. Given that I still want him to read high quality literature, can someone make recommendations to me of books that are somewhat "easier" to read, that he might enjoy? He's read a LOT of books that are recommended on here: My Father's Dragon, Charlotte's Web....so I'm not quite sure what to do. Suggestions appreciated.
  21. I posted in another thread about being in a book funk (and asking for kid/parent friendly choices). Now I'd love some adult favorites. I really need to bust out of this funk!! Off the top of my head, a couple favorites from this year are below (none of them new though): - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Angela's Ashes - The Forgotten Garden - Uncle Tom's Cabin
  22. (I'm on my phone, so please excuse any glaring typos) I'm ashamed to admit that I've not read a lot of the classics. Shakespeare and The Scarlet Letter are the only Classics that I can really recall reading. Oh wait, To Kill a Mockingbird also. I want to make a list of the classics that I missed out on in my own education: The Greek Epic (reading it with my son this year) (I did read the cliffs notes in school) :D Animal Farm Of Mice and Men Pride and Prejudice The Grapes of Wrath Gone with the Wind Please feel free to add to my list. Thanks!
  23. I noticed a lot of people put their current curricula in their signatures. I love to see what others are using for various reasons, not the least of which is gaining ideas. I decided to start putting our current read aloud(s) in my signature as well, and would like to invite others to do so. This may be too much a hassle for some people to change frequently, but I would love to be able to see current read alouds alongside the curricula you are using so join in if you want to share. :)
  24. We are finishing the Velveteen Rabbit. I think we are going to do the Wind in the Willows next. Not sure though. So what are you currently reading?
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