Home Education Update . . .
Well, my sister and I went to the SETHSA homeschool conference this past weekend and it was incredibly inspiring. We heard Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise speak, roamed through roughly 200 vendor booths and even bought curriculum materials for history and Latin. Yes, LATIN!
We’re in agreement regarding the advantages of a classical education in that history should be taught chronologically, so that children have a better concept of the order in which events happen. So we’ll be using Susan’s The Story of the World, Vol. I, available through Peace Hill Press, along with the Teacher Guide/Student Activity Book. All three of our kids will be learning Ancient History (6,000 B.C. – 400 A.D.) at the same time, with assignments being geared for their individual capabilities. We’ll be looking for age appropriate reading material that corresponds with this historical time period (such as “The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy“!), and doing cool hands-on projects from the activity book. I think I am just as excited by how much I am going to re-learn during this adventure as by what my daughter will learn.
As far as Latin goes, my sister (and the “experts”) assure me that the study of Latin will help immensely with English grammar and other language studies. My sister studied Latin for two years in high school and says the kids are at a great age for this because they have such an easy time with memorization. So we both purchased Martha Wilson’s Latin Primer, Book I, along with the teacher’s guide and a CD with pronunciations. My sister swears she’ll help me with this if I need it. She better!
Well, Small Girl is wanting to call one of her friends so I’ve got to sign off for now. I’ll post more regarding what we saw and what we want to do later! Ciao!