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Friday, March 10, 2006

For real

Went back the other night to copy my list to the end of the previous post and the obsessive tinkering began again. So, without further ado, here's the list:


Archimedes and the Door to Science - Bendick, Joanne
A Wonder-Book for Boys and Girls - Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Book of Greek Myths - D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar
Esopus Hodie - MacLaren, Dorothy
Eyewitness: Ancient Greece - DK
Famous Monuments Past and Present: Ancient Greece - Behor, G.
Famous Men of Greece - Poland and Haaren
Modern Rhymes About Ancient Times: Ancient Greece - Altman, Susan
Norton Anthology of Classical Literature - Knox, Bernard
Plutarch's Lives Vol. 1 - Clough/Dryden
Plutarch's Lives Vol. 2 - Clough/Dryden
Tanglewood Tales - Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Best Things in Life - Kreeft, Peter
The Children's Golden Bible
The Histories (Herodotus) - Marincola and Selincourt
The Iliad (Homer) - Lattimore, Richard
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth - Lasky, Cathryn
The Odyssey (Homer) - Lattimore, Richard
The Portable Greek Reader - Auden, W. H.
The Republic (Plato)
The Trial and Death of Socrates (Plato)
Till We Have Faces - Lewis, C.S.


Saxon Algebra 1 (S)
Saxon 7/6 (G)
Developmental Math? (L)


Henle I (S, G)


Rhetoric in the Classical Tradition/Classical composition


Harvey's Elementary (S, G)
First Language Lessons (L)


Kids discover Magazine: Ancient Greece
Mythology Fandex
Latin Proverbs: Wisdom from Ancient to Modern Times
Harp and Laurel


Great Books Study Guides I, II
Memoria Press Introduction to Classical Studies
Rod & Staff English Handbook
TTC - Tools of Thinking (MP4)
TTC - The Ethics of Aristotle (CD)
TTC - Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues (MP4)
TTC - Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition (DVD)
TTC - Iliad of Homer (DVD)
TTC - Odyssey of Homer (DVD)


The course of study will follow the framework of The Teaching Company's Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition. We'll listen to the lectures and the girls will take notes. Then we'll read whatever corresponds to the lecture. Elle can narrate whatever it is that she gets out of the lesson, or anything at all, and illustrate it. Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripides, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Aristophanes and the like will be briefly covered in the excerpts from the two Greek anthologies. Just a taste of those, so we can dig into Homer and Plato.

Oh, about those anthologies. Why two? Because each takes a slightly different approach. Norton's is heavy on poetry organized by author. The Portable Greek Reader is organized around themes: Cosmogonies and Cosmologies; The Hero; Nature; Man; and Society.

I'm thinking that the Children's Bible, Tanglewood Tales, A Wonderbook for Boys and Girls, and Till We Have Faces will be done as bedtime read-alouds. The remainder can be car read-alouds or independent reading. Plutarch's Lives, a downloaded version, will be used to complement a few of the bigger personalities we encounter in Famous Men of Greece.

Grammar lessons will be done orally for the most part; neither selection requires much writing. Elle will be working on her handwriting with copywork.

For Math, we'll stick with Saxon for the older girls, but I'm not crazy about Saxon for the littlest. Too much of a 'program' for me. I like Saxon once they get to the textbook format in the 5/4 level and not a bit sooner. Developmental Math is a series I looked into for Grace when we first started out -- before we adopted (cough, splutter) Abeka for our math lessons. It seems to be self-teaching and self-paced, and comes in a very portable workbook format. If you have any experience with this series, I'd love to hear about it.

I would have loved to link all these book and lecture titles for you, or at least italicized them, but without manually entering all the code, I haven't figured out any of the formatting shortcuts on Blogger for a Mac, I'm stuck. They do not appear up above the post as in the past...

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