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Found 9 results

  1. Hi! I could really use some help deciding which books are particularily helpful in preparing students to read the Great Books. For example, I read from the LCC site that Norse Myths help with the reading of the Hobbit. I asked for 20 or so just to keep my list manageable. I would really appreciate any help! Thanks.
  2. A beautiful piece written by Anthony Esolen, author of Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. I would argue that the devaluation of classic literature predates the Common Core by decades, but the eloquence with which he makes the argument that reading classic lit is about entering new worlds and finding the beauty there rather than learning "text analysis" is beautiful and compelling. "And he, [Theodore Roosevelt] President of the United States at that time (1904), did not write to praise Kenneth Grahame for helping his brood of children to “actively seek the wide, deep, and th
  3. Heidi is on some of our lists -- enough that I'd normally do this as a read-aloud -- but Button was REALLY not liking it (and I didn't like it as a child). We tried me reading, and an audiobook. No-go. We are reading Alice (Wonderland & Looking Glass) & Peter Pan aloud and doing the Little House Series as audiobook. We are scheduled for Pied Piper, Jungle Book, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Lang's Arabian Nights among others so I was looking for something different from these. Some ideas I have are (from Ambleside's Year 2 list): Five Little Peppers (which I liked as a child,
  4. I'd appreciate any classics that you can remember reading or that your own dc read that were written on a middle-school reading level, but with mature topics that would interest a high school boy. This year he's read AND enjoyed The Outsiders, The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas to name just two. He recently started Lord of the Flies, but was hating it, so I put it aside for now. (That one is on of his older brother's favorites and that alone might be why he really doesn't want to like it). Last year he read (with audio) Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. He says no book will ever top Tom Sawye
  5. I'd appreciate any classics that you can remember reading or that your own dc read that were written on a middle-school reading level, but with mature topics that would interest a high school boy. This year he's read AND enjoyed The Outsiders, The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas to name just two. He recently started Lord of the Flies, but was hating it, so I put it aside for now. (That one is on of his older brother's favorites and that alone might be why he really doesn't want to like it). Last year he read (with audio) Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. He says no book will ever top Tom Sawye
  6. I have many classics on my kindle but I'm sure I'm missing more than a few. I have Lang's books, Grimm's Fairy Tales, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, some Dickens, Greek myths, Famous Men of...., Anne of Green Gables..... What other resources, kindle or not, have inspired truth and beauty in your homeschooler?
  7. In the classics in school thread the question came up of if we are expecting a level of performance from today's teens that never existed in the past. Have we exagerated the number of classics that were taught in schools in the past? I tried to make a list of the works I'd call classics that I covered in my school days. These are works that were assigned, not books I read for my own enjoyement. I went as far back as 8th grade, because that class included Chaucer, Shakespeare, etc. (I didn't include other works that I read as a high schooler that weren't assigned.) It would be inter
  8. I am not a big reader of classic literature. I mostly read fluff and the occasional non-fiction. I would like to start reading more classics, but after reading through the summaries given in The Well Educated Mind, most of the books sound HORRIBLE or boring as heck!:ack2: Are there any classics out there that don't involve people killing people, everyone dying in the end, page after page of detailed descriptions that make me want to gouge my eyes out, or is just a commentary on relationships and nothing happens? I like a happy ending but I also want SOME action in there. I was 4 chap
  9. My son has not been a big reader and I am wonder where to start with a 17 yob who has not ever read anything very difficult. I gave him Tale of Two Cities the other day and he says he has no clue what he is reading. Normally he does an excellent job narrating back to me but he is truly clueless here. Thanks, Tracy
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