Have you pondered over the Course Plan of Study in the front of the Classical Academic Press catalog and wondered what you should do for your grammar study? Sure, you could do that repetitive scripted wonderfully hand-holding one, or you could immerse yourself in the jingle heavy one that is confusing to get started. Why couldn't CAP just have their own program to fill the grammar gap? Oh, wait they will! WOL or rather the Well-Ordered Language is the Curious Child's Guide to Grammar and it will be available God-permitting in the mid-spring!
WOL is a set of two 8x11” books with each one covering one-semester. There is a Teacher's Edition and a Student Edition. The Teacher's Edition is a reprint of the Student Book with sidebar information and teaching suggestions, helps, and hints throughout. My understanding is that they plan to release two books per year in a similar fashion to their Writing & Rhetoric program.
My daughter with writing utensils on a table nearby sits with me on the couch. I hold the teacher book and she's snuggled up against me with her student book next to her. I read through the Introductory of our lesson as well as Review It, and Learn It with her spontaneous interaction (where she can see my teacher book). A little while later we do Analyze It. Sometimes on an easel whiteboard, sometimes on a hand-held whiteboard from Logic of English. Then she sits at her desk and goes back in her Student book to fill in the answers to Learn It.
We are not doing any of the chants yet, as I still haven't heard a reply about that. However, I have found a few things here and there on youtube that we have used, plus, of course, Schoolhouse Rock songs. (My own childhood peaked through here).
For us, we seem to go strong Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and the peter out Thursday and Friday. So I'd say we're making it an average of three days, but it is three in a row. This has not been an issue for us as the review is just enough and we continue on. Our Thursdays and Fridays seem to be Latin, Geography, History and Science filled. She also does IXL LA for review on the weekend days. This is review there and not lessons. Option B might be close to what we do, but it varies and I like that flexibility. I truly like not being labeled by day of the week. (Referencing chart on page xiii) We probably do Day 1-3 in one day. Then C and Review started and finished on the next two days we work. I have not timed us, but we pretty much work until she's requesting to move on to another subject.
We are doing A, B, C and not skipping much, even if she knows it. My daughter is young and I'm not concerned if it takes her a while to get through, but right now she enjoys it and breezes. If she wants to do school (and not play with her little siblings) she does well at it.
She really enjoys discussing the poems, and often will rewrite them as her own initiated copywork. I'm not going to interfere with that! Also, for instance in the first poem, Robin Redbreast, we went on to read some science resources about birds and pointed out birds in the yard for the afternoon.
As for From the Sidelines... if it is something she asks about I will go into detail. Otherwise, I know we will come around to it eventually and leave it be.
As to exclusion... we read through a lot, but when it is something that is like a game, we tend to skip that. I find those to be more classroom oriented and if I had two or three students on the same level I'd probably do it. But for us, we skip it. Such as playing the game of Flip and son on. We did like the inclusion of origami.
In the teacher's book, I would prefer that the Teacher's Pages actually be in the book before the input Student Pages rather than immediately following. I like the fonts, and boldness where appropriate. I also like the borders and headers and such. Of course, I wish for color (at least two-tone), but I know that can be cost prohibitive.
Hmm... Other thoughts... I love the to the source, bringing out the latin and/or greek roots of words and she is interested in hearing about that as well.
I apologize that my thoughts are all jumbled here and not organized in a glossy review. If I need to clarify anything, please just let me know.
We are coming into using WOL from a little dabbling in TWTM FLL, as well as Shurley, and LOE. I'm assuming you're familiar with those other programs at a glance. We really are enjoying WOL. My daughter is young for her grade level accomplishments, so I do hold off when she is just not into school but she does not bicker much at all when I pull out WOL. She actually will choose it over Shurley and FLL. She said one of the only reasons she prefers LOE Essentials sometimes more is because of the colorfulness. As to the lessons, she likes our snuggle school with WOL. I personally like doing Grammar first with WOL and in my opinion, I am using Essentials as a Spelling curriculum. To me, it is not a replacement for WOL, but often reviews things learned. Also, as to Shurley in comparison. I personally like WOL better in the manner that it introduces parts of speech and has much more review. That as you stated, we could use or skip if we do not need the redundancy. I like the redundancy for this child. If I had an older student, I might not do every exercise. I like the examples and usage of fables in WOL 1 and mentions of God. All things we cannot get in Shurley. We also love the Off the Shelf remarks and sparks that send us to our library or Kindle shelf for more reading that continues the lessons off workbook stage. Our grammar lessons don't just end during grammar time and I like that. I love the Curious Child Appendix and biographies section, we have referenced them quite a few times.
We are coming at WOL with SSL as our only other current CAP program, but interested in more. It definitely makes me want to take a look at the Writing and Rhetoric Curriculum for the upcoming year and I think with the continued fables theme from WOL 1 to WR 1 it would mesh extremely well. Don't forget the discount - special 20% discount code for Creative Madness Mama followers, CM20 !! And a special treat! A giveaway for full set (including a student edition, teacher edition, and songs for Level 1A)
If you've been reading Creative Madness Mama this week you might have noticed that I recently read and short reviewed The Core. I decided to go back aIf you've been reading Creative Madness Mama this week you might have noticed that I recently read and short reviewed The Core. I decided to go back and read The Core after my experience and delight with The Conversation. We are, for the most part, a Classical Christian Educating family. A couple of years ago when a conference came to Memphis I was able to discover
where I was introduced to their methodology for those studying at home. At that time my daughter was just starting Junior Kindergarten so I wasn't quite ready to absorb all of the information. Yet since we have enjoyed their Classical Acts & Facts History and Science Cards and plan to get more as the appropriate topics arise. In the years since I have read every book I can get my hands on, on the Classical Christian Education methodology. Thus, when an opportunity came up to review the latest in Leigh A. Bortins' trilogy series discussing the Classical Conversations theory of education in a how-to format I jumped at the chance. While it will be quite a few years before we enter into the high school stage, it is still on my mind and different thoughts and plots will get us there so for myself I'm delighted to go ahead and read
and get an idea of what might be to come for us.
Students who have been educated at home and in community don't think of young children as bothersome or older adults as irrelevant; instead, they treat them as extensions of their families are are therefore comfortable entering into relationships with people of all ages. The Conversation, p. 4 by Leigh A. Bortins
Coming into this review, I'm not going to hash out all the elements of what-is Classical Christian Education, but I'll assume you might already know a bit about it. Yet if you don't, the earliest chapters give a brief thought into it as refer back to her other books such as The Core for the grammar stage, The Question for the logic stage, and lastly The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education for the rhetoric stage of learning. Mrs. Bortins shares through this book, The Question, what a rhetoric homeschool education looks like for her children and what elements you can use with teaching your own students. I found myself highlighting, underlining and taking notes. There was lots of nodding, grinning, and excitement building thinking about the possibilities as I read this novel. I also found myself thinking back to my own high school years as two of those (in public school) found me on campus for a mere two hours with the rest in independent study and work-study --- how much could I have achieved if I had known about such possibilities then...
We all fail at parenting, but as Christians we know the power of forgiveness--God's mercies are new every morning. I will fail daily, but I will not give up. The Conversation, p. 12 by Leigh A. Bortins
Often it is reiterated out that Classical Christian Education in the homeschool today is found as being the way you wish you were taught. With some guidance from Mrs. Bortins a parent-educator can get a grasp and a glimpse of what is possible for their children in this method. Whether your student is solely a scholar, an athlete, artist, or another there is a faint roadmap here to jump upon. I received a physical paperback copy of the book. Within the book there are three sections in parts. Part One is on high school at home, Part Two is on the rhetorical arts (or subjects taught and learned), and Part Three is a decent appendixes.
Look for a blend of activities that match your children's passions, your family's limitations, and your academic goals. The Conversation, p. 12 by Leigh A. Bortins
My experience with the Classical Christian Education theory started when I was teaching as a long-term substitute at a cottage school, which was basically a bunch of homeschoolers under one roof. Yet as I researched, started having my own children and began our journey I knew more and more this was the direction in which the Lord was guiding us. Having a general idea of where to go and goals to have is important, but having resources such as The Question which provides advice and an all around pep-talk that you as a parent-educator can do this is wonderful. The Question is uplifting and definitely the best in her series and I highly recommend reading it.
... structure a lifetime of learning, which means some days and some months and some seasons look like school at home, some look like goofing off, and some look like suffering. Life is a big bag of living. The Conversation, p. 21 by Leigh A. Bortins
And a note to leave you on...
As classical educators and parents, we sometimes forget that we really only need four things in order to educate someone. We need pencil, paper, good books, and time for great conversation. The Conversation, p. 53 by Leigh A. Bortins
Mrs. Bortin's book may not be a huge catalog of reference and book lists, but it is parenting advice. Sage educating advice and inspiration on an adventure that can be started and can be done to the blessing and well-being of your student and their passions. It is possible to pursue an education like the masters of our history and The Conversation can give you a foot hold in the door to doing so.
I've been very eager to get my hands on this book. I've never seen it on a good sale so I've always told myself, maybe later. Then I discovered the liI've been very eager to get my hands on this book. I've never seen it on a good sale so I've always told myself, maybe later. Then I discovered the library had it, so I figured I'd pursue it there. This morning when I was headed to pick it up from the holds desk a friend listed it for sale on-line and I got very excited. I decided to borrow it from the library anyway just to see how excited I could get.
Well, I'm not excited anymore. I read The Conversation last week for review and knew I wanted to read The Core. (Think Core = Elementary, Question = middle, and Conversation = high school) I really enjoyed 'The Conversation' but I wasn't enthralled with The Core. It has the argument of what and why I'm doing what I am. But it doesn't have the meat that I was looking for.
In general I can tell you that I am extremely enthusiastic for the Classical Conversations Act & Facts History and Science Cards and love using them in our homeschool. I also have really enjoyed going through The Conversation and thinking toward the future with a lot of practical advice. Yet The Core left me unfulfilled and if you're trying to find a Classical Christian Education guide while considering the elementary primary years I do not think that this is it. I much prefer the Latin Centered Curriculum and The Well-Trained Mind, 3rd edition. Climbing Parnassus is next on my to-read list. This review was originally posted on www.CreativeMadnessMama.com...more