As you may be able to see from the pile of books above, we will be covering many subjects, including 20th century history and literature. The chemistry book has not yet arrived, and the precalculus book is already being used for the dual enrollment class.
My planning is made so much easier by the wonderful book selections and schedules at Ambleside Online. For the past 10+ years I have been hanging out over on that website, reading, learning, and borrowing their lists, schedules, and ideas. This past summer I had the great privilege of meeting two of the creators of Ambleside Online, Lynn Bruce and Karen Glass, and their conversations were even more helpful and fabulous as I could have imagined after looking through all that the AO Advisory has done over the years.
Another main resource for me has been the ClassEd email group of which I’ve been a part since 2000. These ladies (and gentlemen from time to time) have shared curricula suggestions, teaching tips, lesson plans, and prayed for my family for many years. I know that we could never have done all that we did without their wisdom and support. It really struck home how much they have supported us over the years when the husband of one of the long-time members of ClassEd mentioned how their family had prayed for our family for many years. What a sweet fellowship we have begun on earth to be continued into eternity.
Along with Honors Chemistry and Precalculus/Calculus at our local community college, we will studying Latin, Bible, Art and Music appreciation, Shakespeare, and 20th century history and literature. This is my third time through 20th century history in our homeschool, and while there are some bleak books written the past century, there are also some great books, which I look forward to discussing with my youngest son. Some of the titles we will be reading: A History of the Twentieth Century, Testament of Youth , The Men Behind Hitler, The Hiding Place, Call to Conscience, The Hungarian Revolt, Economics in One Lesson, The Great Gatsby, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Chosen, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, Sophie’s World, and Heart of Darkness.
We will also be continuing our reading through some of the Great Books together. We have finished The Iliad and The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost. Last year we started Les Miserables and will finish it this fall after which we will read Crime and Punishment. This will be my first time reading Dostoevsky and I’m a bit intimidated but still looking forward to it.
Also, after attending an excellent workshop on T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets this past summer, I’m adding T.S. Eliot to our poetry studies. I’ve been given several titles to read in preparation of teaching Eliot’s poetry so that I at least have a glimmer as to what he is saying in his poems. We will also read the poetry of the World War I poets and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
As I mentioned in my last post, I want to finish strong with my youngest son. If we read and study these books, I believe that we will run our last lap of our homeschool journey well.
I’d love to hear about anyone else’s plans for this next year. Please do share in the comments.