5 Great Classics for Teenage Boys and How They Came to Be

5 Great Classics for Teenage Boys and How They Came to Be

I am a firm believer that everyone, no matter the age, should be exposed to classic literature. We started off with an abridged series of books for young kids. Short, abridged versions provide a gentle start to classic literature. Through reading them, my son learned the general story, so reading the originals became easier when he was ready. The classics will make your teenager love reading even more. Classic books are named that for a reason. They are superb works of literature that pull the reader in and leave them feeling full of life and emotion at the end.

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Science in the Classical Homeschool

A friend recently asked me what science looks like in a classical, literature-rich environment. Her question is completely justified given that she knows my son devours books and that we tend to fly through science curriculum. “Do you only read about science? Do you complete experiments? Does he have hands-on opportunities to learn?” No, sometimes, and of course he does! A classical homeschool is not limited to only reading and writing. But, then again science doesn’t necessarily have to be completed using hands-on labs. If your child has the ability to learn through reading, you should let him read. If he wants to complete labs…

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First Form Latin from Memoria Press

I fell in love with the classical homeschool model before my son was even born. My husband and I always knew we wanted to homeschool, so I bought a small collection of homeschooling books when I became pregnant. Even the non-classical themed books stressed the importance of learning Latin. Teaching Latin can be a challenging, daunting task for those who are new to homeschooling. Although I am never one to back down from a challenge, I cringed my face in horror as I accepted the fact that I would need to learn Latin in order to teach it properly. But you know…

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History Notebooking for the Logic Stage

We have discovered something new and I think you will love it!! My son is now in what we Classical Educators call the Logic Stage and I mentioned before that it used to freak me out. This is because it is relatively easy to find logic stage curriculum for every subject except history and history is our spine. Fact and tidbit books are great and we have dozens of them on our bookshelves, but ideally history should be studied with real, living, classic books. History is best understood and absorbed this way. I wish there were more books out there…

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Classical History for the Logic Stage

Classical homeschooling curriculum usually revolves around a spine, and in our homeschool, that spine was history. Almost everything else corresponded, in some manner, with what we were learning about in history. History in the grammar stage was very easy for me to teach, given that we used the amazingly well planned out Story of the World: volumes 1-4 and the corresponding activity guides. There were always rabbit trails and in depth studies on the more fascinating chapters, but we pretty much stuck to the Story of the World. Yep, being a grammar stage mom has been easy. In just a…

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How Thomas Jefferson Influenced Our Homeschool

1. “For classical learning I have ever been a zealous advocate.” Thomas Jefferson believed in the method of classical education. 2. “I cannot live without books.” We cannot either. Thus why when asked what method we use, I state “literature-rich classical education.” Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson collected thousands of books for his library at Monticello. 3. “I make it a rule never to read translations where I can read the original.” Thomas Jefferson believed in going straight to the source. One aspect of classical education that I truly love is the concept of starting a child with a youngster’s…

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