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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mom's School Books

I've been entertaining the idea of reading higher level books than what we're studying at Camille's 3rd grade level. I just checked out The Plant Hunters by Toby Musgrave and it is an interesting read so I want to devise a reading plan for myself this year that will mirror Camille's studies. Whether or not I accomplish the challenge I'm setting for myself will remain to be seen. I don't want to set lofty goals or start out with a huge grand plan for the year so for this quarter, this is what I'll attempt:

Teaching the Classics, I will watch one night a week.

1. Streams of Civilization 2, following the schedule in TOG Year 3
- keep a history notebook in which I will answer questions presented in Streams 2 and a growing vocabulary list (too much work at this stage for the questions, I hope to build up to it)

2. To read these books as scheduled in TOG Year 3 Dialectic and Rhetoric

  • Presenting Miss Jane Austen
  • The Brothers Grimm: Two Lives, One Legacy
  • Our Living Constitution
  • A book on William Wilberforce
  • Simón Bolivar: South American Liberator
  • Adoniram Judson: Bound for Burma
  • Swiss Family Robinson

A. Human Body
1. Microbe Hunters by Paul de Kruif (as suggested by Ambleside Years 9-11)
2. Wonders of God's Creation: Human Life—Crown of Creation DVD
3. (Optional) Work through Prentice Hall Science Explorer- Human Biology and Health

I have all of these resources, Microbe Hunters is on its way from a fellow BookMoocher, the only resources I don't have are the Dialectic level books for history but I'll check those out from the library.

I may drop something if I find I've bit off more than I can chew. Lol.



christinemm said...

Learning is always a great thing at all ages. Good for you!

Teacher/Mom said...

You go girl! This is something I'd like to do myself; however I'll have to wait until some of my students have moved on. There is no way, with four children, that I have time to do something like that. I'm lucky if I can get the Teacher's Notes read right now. But kudos to you for the effort. Let us know how it goes.

Teaching Diligently said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I have some of the D & R books so I might try to read 1 each week.

I hope Danny's First week "in" preschool is fabulous!!

Michele said...

Excellent! I try to do something similar for history - because I am interested in history. But it would be great to study the subjects that don't interest me too! What a great example to the the kids that learning is truly a lifetime journey!


christinemm said...

Hi Jessica,
I am placing an Amazon order and was going to throw you the commission but was surprised to see you are not an Amazon Associate. Maybe you should become one? Just an idea. It is super simple and doesn't take a lot of time or energy and you can make some money!

Believe me if I could buy through my own links I would but it is against the rules. LOL.

Hope you had a nice weekend.

my5wolfcubs said...

OOPS! I came to your blog and saw The PLANT Hunters on your sidebar! The book I found so wonderful was called The PLANET Hunters: The Search for Other Worlds, by Dennis B. Fradin...I highly recommend it (next time you study astronomy!).

Sharon said...

This sounds like a great idea, Jessica. I have a plan for reading through a heap of classics over the years before my kids get to rhetoric level studies, and I'd like to fit in time for reading ahead in History as well. And I do have Henle Latin Year 1 sitting on my years waiting for me to have time. These are my areas of weakness since I have a BSc.

It can be difficult to fit things in - so you are being very wise to say "I'll drop things if I can't do them" but it helps at least to have a list of things to turn to when you do find you have "free" time, rather than wasting it with a women's magazine or something else equally unsatisfying!

~ Sharon from Equip Academy