While we follow Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum pretty much as a rule in this house, and have been enrolled with the program the book outlines, (Modg) I still have other resources I look at and consider that land on my home school wish list. One such source is: Veritas Press. We definitely believe in and follow a classical education as we feel it serves many purposes in both formation and information, one such purpose is that this course of studies is excellent preparation for college level work. As we send another child of to a liberal arts college to continue the classical education we began at home, we look at several factors that went into the recipe of home education. I personally evaluate what we are doing and using, and what changes could occur, and what needs to happen for each individual child. A beautiful thing about home education – it can be designed for each individual child’s uniqueness. And I don’t know about your children, but mine are definitely unique! I have smart, smarter, smarty pants and out-smarter …..lining up the ranks here :)
A few picks on my wish list in addition to our regular course of studies include:
The Milly Molly Mandy storybook with guide book. I think our youngest son would greatly enjoy this as he is the one that needs more each day and finished his 342 page math book early this year! He loved the Five In A Row system – and he’s far outgrown that already. So I think I will need to design a literature program for him for the new year ahead. I also have Pinocchio with guide book, and Winnie-the-Pooh lined up for literature enrichment as well.
I’m also looking a the Encyclopedia Brown series for him to read – he is 7 yrs old and reads on a 6th grade level, with comprehension at the end of 2nd grade level.
We’ll continue to use the States & Capitals songs; if I can find the cassette tape again….hmmm….or might have to re-order! If I do, I may opt for the DVD as this autistic son benefits greatly from visual and auditory at the same time. Maybe God does have a plan!!
- Song School Latin – I’m thinking of this one for the same son.
- Drawing With Children (Mona Brookes) we have this on the shelf somewhere too…
- Modern Manuscript: Daily Writing Practice, Jill Norris
- Usborne Introduction to Art
Kidnapped! by Robert Louis Stevenson would be good for an extra read for my seventh grade son. Just thinking out loud here! He is reading all the Vision Saint books currently – one after another – and the Bethlehem book series next: the Letzenstein Chronicles.
I would like to make Latin more fun and enjoyable and have more support for myself as the instructor, so I’m looking at different Latin programs for the older levels of school. I’m fine with the Memoria Press Latins, until high school hits, then I will not use Henle Latin again. Sorry :( …..I’m looking at Wheelock’s Latin and considering Elementary Algebra by Jacobs, to make both of those subjects more palatable for my son, possibly for 8th grade, (planning ahead as he’ll be 7th grade this year). Planning ahead is important…laying the formation and foundation now for the next year’s work.