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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

School days........


School days,
school days.....
Dear old golden rule days...



Yes, we did begin; some of you had been asking. Our first day back at school went well. It's hard to believe that time has already arrived. It seems we battled family mini-van problems all summer! But, due to that, it was a particularly relaxing summer. I must say I appreciate more and more our particular route of home education due mainly to its being driven by great literature. Our oldest son is currently reading Homer's Illiad, for his history (+ literature) course; this after having read a well done retelling of it in Padriac Colum's:
The Children's Homer. The Founding of Christendom, by Warren H. Carroll is the text for the course. Our next oldest, daughter, is studying medieval history this year and is currently into Augustine Comes to Kent by Barbara Willard. It's one good work a literature after another in these courses. I thought I did a lot of literature reading in high school, but not for history or religion; there wasn't any additional living books reading, with the exception of the Bible perhaps. This reading especially brings history to life and the whole integrated time-line pulls in the great literature and writers of the time being studied, (even poetry/plays) the geographical area and its developments as well as what is happening in the world of Christianity during that time in history. Of course, this is not news to most of you reading this, who live learning lifestyles and involve their families in living books like the air we breathe.....I report here for those who might be interested in this kind of education for their children. A good book list and the local library can get you started......

5 comments:

Esther said...

Denise, your children have very sophisticated tastes in books!
Joey is reading Rose in Bloom, one of three choices given by Seton. I'm not too sure he is enjoying it. I think he'd prefer to read the books your children are reading.

Denise said...

Esther,
My children have this taste in books by default :) Really, they are avid readers, but their Mother of Divine Grace studies incorporate these works of literature for their courses.

I'm not sure how old Joey is...if you see this, let me know.
Are you enrolled with Seton..or just using their recommendations?

Blessings,
Denise

Esther said...

Good Morning Denise:
Joey is 15 y.o., 10th grade and is enrolled. We are doing a hyrid program that my husband and Seton put together. He is taking most of the liberal arts with Seton and math and computer at our local university. The choices were Tom Sawyer, Rose in Bloom and a book on Booker T. Washington I think...

Denise said...

Well his program sounds very good; that should keep him busy! (and mom and dad :) Our Doug is 15 in 10th grade also (enrolled: Mother of Divine Grace); as you probably know it covers a pretty wide span of literature that can be tailored to the students' needs.
Thanks for getting back to me Esther. I'll enjoy hearing how the home schooling is going for you this year.

Blessings,
Denise

Esther said...

Oh, I didn't realize you had a 15 year old son too! We would have gone with MODG but I was under the impression when we enrolled Joey that Seton was the only accredited Catholic hS program out there. In HI, if it's not accredited, the child would have to get a GED after homeschooling in the 12th grade.
Thanks Denise.
God bless,
Esther