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  1. Hi, I'm new here. Right now I'm looking for a Spanish language arts curriculum or guide for 2nd grade. It is as a first language, English is our second language. I can't believe it's so hard to find something good! Is anyone in the same situation? Thanks!
  2. I'm working my way through TWTM to make a plan for my oldest next year. I've only made it through about 15% of the book, and I've run into a conundrum. I'm overwhelmed with the Ancients and how to divide that time period into manageable units/chunks to ensure that we get through all the material, but not at a pace that's so grueling that we burn out after the first few weeks. My mind starts swimming when I see all the suggested resources for the Ancients. How do y'all divide up the reading/history material for your 1st year classically educating? Will it get easier over time? I do really w
  3. I am in a unique situation. Either in December or in the beginning of the year we will be placing our four children, grades k-7th in a traditional Christian school. I have been homeschooling since the beginning, mostly following the Classical Conversations track along with a smattering of Sonlight, Tapestry of Grace and Veritas Press online courses and their self-paced Omnibus course. Most of these curriculums use living books. My kids have Memory Mastered multiple times and my 7th grader is really doing well this year in Challenge A. Since we have been following a CC model it will be a hu
  4. http://vereloqui.blo...elites-are.html Above is a link to an article that stresses an interesting reason for teaching grammar. Lots of Christian content, so beware if you are opposed to reading any. Whaddya say? I, for one, am so glad that me and my kids have studied grammar so intensively!
  5. Just wanted to post this link in case you, like I, have been eagerly awaiting this deal at the Homeschoolbuyers Co-op. Ashley https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/classical-historian/?source=68681
  6. Ok, my husband and I are going to go to a Classical Christian school in our area to interview. I would LOVE for my husband to listen to at least a GOOD logical introduction to classical christian education (explaining the trivium etc.). I would prefer to find an mp3 to let him listen to on his way to and from work. Any Suggestions? :)
  7. My family just moved to Iowa in April of this year. I am homeschooling my oldest son, 1st grade, using the Well Trained Mind as my guide. I do not have to report to the state this year, because he is still under the mandatory age. I am looking for advice on which option to choose for reporting- supervising teacher, standardized tests, or portfolio. I am wondering if there is anyone who homeschooling using the classical education model in Iowa who could give me some counsel.
  8. Could someone please tell me why it's important to read about Greek stories by Homer, The Illiad, the Odyssey and the like? My dd and I tried getting through A Children's Homer and it was not pretty. We couldn't keep track of who was who and who was related to whom, etc. So a friend suggested trying The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge. I must say it's better (clearer) than A Children's Homer but we still find it somewhat tedious and not exciting (still trying to remember who is whom but I appreciate the pronunciation guide of sorts in the back with a brief blurb of who is who). But really,
  9. I know this is going to be controversial, but we are just starting in on serious college planning and AP's, etc... and I find I'm asking myself, "What on earth happen to our classical education?" Ds is finishing up his first AP class (Engl Lang & Comp). It has been a demanding class, but I figured that is good for a teen boy. Then I picked up a test prep book for him, and I can't believe the ridiculous questions in it. This represents everything I hated about school. I have taught literature, lit analysis and grammar for years, but you wouldn't know it from from my brief tour thro
  10. I'm actually reading this book; but found it posted online as well in it's entirety. Sharing. This is really good stuff if you like to study the framework of what is viewed as organization of a classical education and it's parts. http://www.greenleaf.edu/pdf/randall_hart.pdf Enjoy that, it's really good. :001_smile:
  11. Hi, It looks like we will be moving to the Dallas/Richardson/Garland area of Texas shortly and I would love to know if there are any classical education or classical conversation groups that meet up in those areas? Also wouldn't mind if anyone had suggestions for a great pediatrician's office there. The one we use where we are now is SUPER - the doctor does not hassle me about doing vaccines on my own schedule (I am not anti vaccine but I research the vaccines I have my children get and decide whether I think they should have the vaccine right then AND I also decide when they will get them
  12. The thread yesterday on who is a "pure" WTM user got me wondering what different people think of as the essential elements of a classical education. What do you consider to be essential?
  13. Anyone familiar with this program? Is anyone going to try it this next school year? Looks like Classical Conversations geared for Catholics..... http://catholicschoolhouse.blogspot.com/p/academics.html
  14. ‎"In those days a boy on the classical education side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life". ~C.S. Lewis in Surprised by Joy (autobiography of the first half of his life - includes his conversion story) Memoria Press posted this on Facebook and I couldn't help but share it! That's also a great book.
  15. Not sure whether you saw this article from the NY Times, A Classical Education: Back to the Future:)
  16. Life would be so much easier if my sister hsed her kids (and used the classical approach). Not only do her kids attend ps, but she is currently getting her degree in education. Soooooo, although she has never said it outright, she believes the classical approach is... dated. She's always telling me about all the new technology in the ps (her kids' elementary classrooms have smart boards now- whatever that is). Her son does powerpoint presentations and creates web pages, etc. She laughs at copywork and dictation. She practically gasped when she found out they didn't have journals. Diagramming?!
  17. Hello! I will be moving into the San Jose, California, area soon and I would like some recommendations for schools, charter schools, homeschool groups, etc. that educate in the classical method or are sympathetic to classical education. My son is currently in Kindergarten in public school and, because of the work I've done at home with him, he is one to two grade levels above all his peers. This causes him to get bored in class. He needs the social interaction with other kids but he needs either a school that challenges him or else i need a support group to help me home educate him. An
  18. When I first started visiting TWTM forums however many years ago I was at once impressed by the dedication of moms to the classical homeschooling method and academic rigor. When I felt a little puny, I could come to the boards and find new strength to provide my kids with my best effort. Now I come to the boards and the rigorous homeschoolers are either quieter or seem to be a minority. If a kid doesn't like math, then many simply suggest we switch to an easier program. If a kid doesn't like reading, pop books are okay... the classics are not for everybody, and don't bother reading them
  19. I'm fairly new to WTM, and these boards. I like it, but I'm still wondering if classical education is "my thing" or not ... and in fact, I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it is. Sometimes it helps, in understanding something, to say what it is not. For example, eating Twinkles and chocolate milk for breakfast every day is an example of not having a healthy diet. Can anyone give me examples of what would clearly not be a classical education? The more specific, the better. And then, it you could flip it around to show the "classical version" of the same subject, even bette
  20. :D Will you answer some questions for me? I am struggling . . . . A LOT . . . . with figuring out our *path*. Yes, my kids are young BUT I know that every year counts. We only have so many! Here are my questions with a little *context* provided: Context: Omni and TOG (D & R levels) have always appealed to me and to DH. They seem rigorous, challenging, "over-the-top". But, when I REALLY sit down and read about the books used I *freak out*. As cool as it sounds, a GB education is TERRIFYING and so outside the box for me (for most of us, right?). 1). If you are using Omni
  21. My "ideal" educated child would look like the educated Thomas Jeffersons and George Washingtons. People who started this country knew how to think and reason in their early 20's. They seemed to be able to handle large responsiblities at early ages. The stuff people read back then for general reading was so deep, we have trouble reading it today. I heard about a town in the late 1700's where they used to "draw straws" to pick the next leaders. Everyone was considered to be well educated and able to think well enough to lead well. So, the question is - how do we educate our children w
  22. Classical Liberal Arts Academy Before you click off and say: it's religious (Catholic), just look around and read. For the beginning scroll and pick from here: http://www.classicalliberalarts.com/resources/index.htm If you have seen it or enrolled your kids in any classes, please let me know, what you think...
  23. I am super new to homeschooling. In fact, I haven't even started yet. We will probably start in one month. I own TWTM and do like very much what I read in it, so I think this is the route we will take. However, I would like to hear from WTM veterans. Now that TWTM has been in circulation for 10 years, I would love to hear your success stories. Who has used it since it first came out? Who has graduated their children using it for a good number of their homeschooling years? Any other success stories? Please share.
  24. No rotten tomatoes! I am merely trying to understand why it appeals to people. I have read TWTM. I am NOT bashing it.:001_huh:
  25. I just re-read (for the 3rd time) the 17 page long HS thread about where have all the rigorous/classical WTM'rs gone (from last year or so). Thank you, thank you ladies for bringing it back to my attention! It really inspired me. Honestly, I need more stringency right now... I am noticing some laziness accompanied by slick justification (in me, not my dc). LCC is so good for us and I am sold on it, but honestly there are days when it sits on the shelf next to WTM and I find myself putting off the next Latin for tomorrow, waiting until winter to start that book (that we should have began last m
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