Reading Challenge: Update June 2016

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Here is an update of what I have read to date for the Tim Challies 2016 Reading Challenge, and what my 5 year old daughter and I have read together for the CounterCultural School Reading Challenge. We are a little late to the party, as we just discovered and started the Reading Challenge in late [...]

Classical Conversations: Modifications for Doing the Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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My 10th grade son started the Classical Conversations Challenge program last year–in Challenge III. This is a pretty rigorous program for any student, and it was a bit daunting for him to start there, with no previous challenge background (we have a new challenge program on our campus). Also, he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and slow [...]

Classical Conversations Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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After a year of Classical Conversations with my younger set we decided to take the plunge and enroll two of our older boys in the Challenge Program, which was new on our campus last fall. Our 10th grader was in Challenge III and our 8th grader was in Challenge A. Challenge A and B are for [...]

If anything is Excellent or Praiseworthy: Books for the Classical History Cycle

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I love using the classical cycle of studying history, because I know that my children will encounter each time period in history 3 times throughout their homeschool career. When they study a topic the first time, we can start to build a framework, and they can fill in the details when we hit that subject [...]

Whatever is Admirable: The Classics

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  A classic is a book which has stood the test of time, captivating generations of readers. It often touches on topics which have universal appeal, such as love, friendship, betrayal or loss. Many classics are referenced in other works, allowing the well-read person to make connections between the two. For example, my son and [...]

Whatever is Lovely: Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

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  This post in the Home library builders series continues the theme Whatever is Lovely, looking at Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. I enjoy reading poetry with my children! It is one of those things that I haven’t been able to work into our normal daily schedule, so we try to take time once or [...]

Whatever is True: Biographies

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Having an excellent library in our home is a high priority for me. I firmly believe that character is shaped and influenced greatly by what we read. It is important to me that every time my children pick up a book, it is an excellent one. I wrote a post a few months ago about [...]