Archive for the ‘Classical Education’ Category
  • This is a review of the book Poetic Knowledge by James Taylor. Poetic knowledge is a term that our rational, scientific society doesn't think about too much.  When we hear the word poetic, we automatically think of poetry, or maybe a good bit of prose that is heavy with beautiful, figurative language.  We might go as far as identifying an experience as poetic...meaning that it was the type of experience that poems are written about.  This last example is getting close to poetic knowled... more »
  • Can you tell I love reading to my kids?  I have posted a couple times about the history reading we have done together.  We usually read these books around the dinner table (my kids are slow eaters and they are good listeners when their mouths are full ;-)).  But we also read many nights at bedtime, and I try to reserve this time for stories.  And by stories, I mean stories, and if you are a lover of stories and sharing them with people, you know what I mean.  Bedtime is for stories that mak... more »
  • From February - August of this year at home, we immersed ourselves in the Middle Ages.  My then first grader read quite a few books independently, and I also chose several titles for family read-alouds.  We enjoyed all of them, with many standing out as favorites, and I learned a lot (which is slightly embarrassing, considering that these are all children's books).  I have bolded the titles that we enjoyed the most (RA=read aloud, IR=independently read by my 7 year old): 1.  Leif the Luck... more »
  • Mesopotamian literature is an interesting beast.  I'm not completely sure how to describe it.  It's the opposite of hopeful and uplifting, but at the same time it's too outlandish to take at face value so it ends up being kind of humorous in a depressing sort of way.    Even the gods (the heroes, if you can call them that) come across as whiny, immoral, and at times just....dense.  Only Ea, the god of wisdom, seems to have much sense at all, and he is mostly painted as a sneaky guy who is a... more »
  • This book is simply fantastic. If you were to buy one book on Greek mythology to read to your children, this should be it. The stories are clearly and poetically written. The mythology covered includes the origins of the world, the Titans, and some background on each of the Greek gods. Also included are many stories about the gods' interactions with humanity, stories of their many half-mortal children and their adventures (for good or bad), as well as the stories of the Greek heroes,... more »
  • We completed several read-alouds on Greece and Rome with the girls from September - January.  Some of these books were read aloud to the girls at the dinner table; some of them were read by my first grader independently and then I had her give me a summary narration at the end of each chapter she read.  RA stands for read-aloud, IR stands for independent reading.  I was hoping to get through more than this but we got behind during the holidays and then never really caught up.  Here is what w... more »