holdinon Posted August 9, 2008 Share Posted August 9, 2008 We are not new to homeschooling (this is our 5th year), but we are new to the Classical model. I have been browsing these forums all summer and was so ready to dive right in with my new philosophy. A little background: My school aged children are 9 (will be 10 in Sept), 7, and 6. I had known of Classical education early on and was intrigued, but thought it sounded like too much, so I elected a much "softer" approach. (Yes, I now realize that "classical" education does not have to be so difficult and rigid). We have been doing math (Saxon and Math U See) and Language Arts (Sing, Spell, Read, and Write, Shurley English, miscellaneous read alouds, A Reason for Handwriting, and Spelling Power), and Bible (misc). We did begin copywork with my oldest in the beginning, but it didn't go so well, so we dropped it. We've done virtually no history or science except what we've covered in our miscellaneous readings. Zero music, art, or foreign language. Fast forward to the end of last school year: I recognized that I had very little joy in homeschooling. I knew that it was what we wanted to do, and I really wasn't burn out or thinking of sending them to school or anything like that. It was just that it was such a "ho-hum" activity. We've prayed a lot for direction over the years, and see God's hand at work in the lives of our children. So I knew that all hasn't been in vain. However, I felt that little nudge pushing me and telling me there was a better way for us. I finally read WTM and a few other publications, including this board, and began to feel "empowered". We could do this. DD6 is just beginning 1st grade and dd7 will be 2nd, so I'm not worried about those levels...we will just begin at the beginning and move on. My questions revolve around my almost 10 dd. We are going to be using Rod and Staff English this year (we were already looking for a switch from Shurley--just didn't fit for us). Also, I'm going to "back up" a little on the writing and do WWE...not sure where we will being yet. Level two seems easy for her, but she may need to do it for a firmer foundation. Still debating that one. We will also all Latin (Latina Christiana--dd7 and ds6 will also join us for this, but it will be mostly geared toward the older one) We will be doing history (MOH) and science (Apologia Elem -Zoo 1) with all three dc, so that part is worked out. Haven't settled on art and music yet, but that's the least of my worries. My main issue is with literature....She is a good reader, but not accustomed to reading "real" literature. I have always been very particular about what she reads (or so I thought). I've found that my criteria was only based on content--not quality. We've never read all the "popular" reading series. She's read mostly non-fiction or at least historical fiction. She's read a lot of the Sonlight readers (though we don't use Sonlight, just use their reading list for ideas). I wanted literature to match up with our history (Ancients). So I *thought* I could go over the recommendations from WTM for 5th grade...well that is *NOT* going to happen---at least not yet---totally over her head---she doesn't understand it, because of the way it is written. She may as well be reading a book written in French. So.... then, I got on the CCH website and looked at the 3rd grade literature. We read the descriptions of those books. Together, we chose a couple that sounded interesting to her (The Door in the Wall and Five Little Peppers and How they grew). We checked them out and she began reading....about two paragraphs worth! Much too difficult...(not the words themselves...she could "read" it fine...but understanding was a totally different story)....I said, "it's ok...don't worry about it. I'll read them aloud TO you and it will begin to get easier to understand". Well, I read 3 chapters from Five Little Peppers...."HUH?!?!?!" So then I read 2 chapters from A Door in the Wall....."Still don't get it" The really sad part is.....I am having a difficult time myself. Unlike her, I do actually understand what is happening, but it is not enjoyable reading to me. I consider myself an educated person. I made the dean's list all through college, graduated with honors...I was a math major, so maybe that explains my lack of appreciation for good literature:confused1:) I don't even know what my "question" is. I'm not sure what I'm looking for other that some input from someone who's been in a similar situation. I haven't read aloud to her in a while. (At least not on a regular basis) The type of books I last read to her are the books I'm now reading to dd7 and ds6 (Charlotte's Web, Homer Price, Follow My Leader, and others such as that). I am still feeling my new-found joy in this, so I'm positive this is the direction I want to go. I just don't know how to proceed from here. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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