“In the high and far-off days when men were heroes and walked with the gods, Peleus, king of the Myrmidons, took for his wife a sea nymph called Thetis, Thetis of the Silver Feet.” So begins Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff. This retelling of Homer’s Iliad is a supplemental reading in the 7th… Continue reading “Black Ships Before Troy” Review
“Discernment? Yes, I want that.” And so I chose this book recommendation out of several given to all the teachers at Chairs Classical Academy by our fearless leader (shout out to Jen!). This is not my typical fair which tends towards more philosophical or…science fiction. Weird combo (or not?), but as a teacher at a… Continue reading “All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment” Review
“I am old now and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.” So begins “Till We Have Faces” by C. S. Lewis. I grew up in Narnia and have since really enjoyed Lewis’ Space Trilogy and The Great Divorce. Somehow Till We Have Faces escaped me until it turned up as one… Continue reading “Till We Have Faces” Review
“In the history of the world there have been lots of onces and lots of times, and every time has had a once upon it.” So begins Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson. After reading A Hundred Cupboards, I was interested in trying something else by Wilson and then…there it was, on Ivy’s reading list… Continue reading “Leepike Ridge” Review
“The Greeks besieged the city of Troy for nearly ten years.” So begins, The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church (and edited by Memoria Press). In the Omnibus class I taught for Chairis last year, we did the full Aeneid and it proved very difficult for 7th graders. I really enjoyed it, but… Continue reading “The Aeneid for Boys and Girls” Review
At dinner the other night, I told my kids I had a confession to make. “What,” Ivy said. (whispering) “I’m starting to get excited for school to start.” Unsurprisingly, they did not share my feelings on the matter. But it’s hard for me not to get a bit excited. A couple weeks ago I was… Continue reading A Confession….
We finished up our homeschool year with IOWA testing this week. It was a great year at Highlands Latin in Cincinnati, and I’m looking forward to next year, both the classes I’ll get to teach and the ones my kids will get to experience. But not yet. I’m definitely ready for a summer break. At… Continue reading Summer (School?)
“After wicked King Vortigern had first invited the Saxons to settle in Britain and help him to fight the Picts and Scots, the land was never long at peace.” So begins King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green. Green, who has written into narrative many famous myths and legends… Continue reading “King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table” Review
I don’t like The Magic Treehouse series. There. I said it. I’m assuming that there are millions – literally, millions – of parents out there who feel differently. There must be. How else could Mary Pope Osborne have published approximately 2,469,698 titles? How else could they sell so well? How else could they occupy entire… Continue reading “The Imagination Station” – a Series Review
I was a pretty good student as a child and took some of the higher math classes offered at my high school. I say “higher math classes” because, honestly, I don’t really remember what the highest level was (which is telling). I know I took geometry and pre-calculus. After that…not really sure. Which has often… Continue reading Basic Math Facts: Important and…Miserable?