History Odyssey Level 2

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-8-32-10-pmThis school year is my first with a Logic stage student in the classical trivium.  It has been an exciting transition that we are refining as we roll along.  History Odyssey Level 2 Ancients has been a great way to kick off the higher level learning for DD1.  She has had to do a lot more writing and analyzing than in previous years, and I have enjoyed watching her learn how to organize her work in her binder through the lesson instructions. Continue reading

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Writing and Rhetoric

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-24-39-pm Writing and Rhetoric is by far the best progymnasmata-based writing program I have used.

Wait!  I can already hear the question flying through the air, “What is the progymnasmata?”

Okay, so let me back up a bit.  When I started looking for a writing curriculum, the first question I had was, “How did they use to teach people to write?”  It seems painfully obvious that something drastic happened in the last few hundred years when you read “classical literature” coming forward through time. Continue reading

Ivy Kids to My Rescue

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Nov 2016–My first kit.

Before I was a mom with five kids, I was a mom with less kids, and once upon a time, not so very long ago, I was a mom who had two little kids.  I started my homeschooling journey and I was able to do so much with my little crew of two.  We finger-painted, read stories, did music time, did nature walks, and all of those other wonderful mommy-child moments that  we all seem to feel make up an idyllic early childhood. Continue reading