Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets: A Literature Course

Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets

Literature has always been an integral part of our homeschool.

Since the very beginning, we’ve used literature rich curriculum across all subjects. If you’re a regular Home With Purpose reader, you may remember that when my oldest started high school, we realized that we needed to simplify her studies a bit. Between all the extracurricular activities she was doing and the demands of high school level science, math, and other needed subjects, she needed a lighter reading load. It was just too much, even for a bookworm like her. We moved from the extremely literature heavy history program we’d used for years to Notgrass.

This has been a great fit for her, and I’ve simply supplemented the literature that it includes with my own selections. It’s been nice to take a breather and add in some of the books we’d never gotten around to reading due to the intense reading schedule she always had – things like the Anne of Green Gables series and other titles I’ve always loved and wanted to share with her.

This year, she’ll be studying world history, and I wanted to add in literature that she hasn’t had much in-depth exposure to in the past. I’ve put together a unit on ancient literature for the fall, and in the spring, we’ll be using Lightning Literature and Composition: Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets from Hewitt Homeschooling. [Read more...]

The Eternal Argument: A framework for understanding Western Literature and Culture

The Eternal Argument: A framework for understanding Western Literature and Culture

I consider cultural literacy and an understanding of the various world views that underlie our culture essentials of my kids’ educations.

I don’t just want them memorizing names, dates, and facts. I want them to be familiar with the ideas and writings that have shaped the very fabric of our culture, and to understand how and why it all happened. So, when I had the opportunity to review The Eternal Argument, I was intrigued. It looked like it might be a great resource to help us toward that goal.

The Eternal Argument: A framework for understanding Western Literature and Culturepublished by Analytical Grammar, frames the entire history of Western culture as one long argument between two opposing world views:

  • Theistic: “There is a God and He rules over a flawed mankind by giving us rules by which to live.”
  • Humanistic: “There is no God, so people decide whats good and what’s evil, and human nature can arrive at the rules.”

Or, to put it more simply, either man is flawed or man is perfectible. Author R. Robin Finley admits that these two terms are a bit simplistic and are often used in other contexts with a broader meaning, but for the purposes of the book, she chose them to represent the two extremes. She also makes it clear that most people fall somewhere along the continuum between the two and don’t fit neatly into a box. Often, you’ll see some elements influenced by each in the same work of literature.

Her premise is that this “argument” between the two opposing world views reflects and sometimes instigates historical events (even wars!), and that it’s best traced through literature, and what she refers to as the “chattering classes”: the philosophers, writers, and thinkers of the times. Throughout history, the “pendulum” swings back and forth between the two views. [Read more...]

Simple Lives Thursday #204

It’s time for another Simple Lives Thursday blog hop!

Simple Lives Thursday

This hop is dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck, and more. When you link at this blog your link shows up on each hosts blog!

Be sure to link back to one of us (see guideline #2 below), not providing a link back will prevent us from choosing you as a featured blog. Often, I’ll share featured posts (along with their photo) on my Facebook page and pin them on Pinterest. [Read more...]

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms (Review Crew)

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms

It’s that time when many of us (myself included!) are deep in the throes of organizing and planning for the new homeschool year.

I’ve been a homeschool mom for well over a dozen years now, and I still haven’t outgrown the need for encouragement and support in juggling the many roles and responsibilities this job entails. Even the most seasoned homeschool mom can easily become discouraged and burned out if she’s not careful.

For a variety of reasons, life has been incredibly stressful for our family for the last year to year and a half. The effects have shown in my home management and our homeschool – it feels like we’ve basically been in “survival mode”. We’ve finally seen the end of some of the trying circumstances we were dealing with, and I’m really feeling the need to focus and get back on track as we move into fall. As part of that preparation, I’ve been working my way through Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms from Apologia Educational Ministries.

Flourish was written by Mary Jo Tate, a single mom who homeschools her four boys and also runs a successful home business. She wrote the book to encourage and equip exhausted, overloaded moms who feel like they’re barely getting by. By sharing the story of God’s faithfulness in her own life, she wants to give God glory and inspire hope in those who are struggling that they can not just survive, but flourish in the role God has given them! [Read more...]

Simple Lives Thursday #203

It’s time for another Simple Lives Thursday blog hop!

Simple Lives Thursday

This hop is dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck, and more. When you link at this blog your link shows up on each hosts blog!

Be sure to link back to one of us (see guideline #2 below), not providing a link back will prevent us from choosing you as a featured blog. Often, I’ll share featured posts (along with their photo) on my Facebook page and pin them on Pinterest. [Read more...]

Purposeful Links #68

Purposeful Links from www.homewithpurpose.net

Here’s this week’s round up of purposeful links.

  • Have you heard Dr. Terry Wahl’s story? She reversed the effects multiple sclerosis through nutrition, going from a wheelchair to doing bike marathons. Watch this fascinating video.
  • I’ve never made my own nut butter (we have a good, affordable source of organic peanut butter), but Tiffany’s recipe and suggestions at Don’t Waste the Crumbs may motivate me to try! Some of her variations sound delicious!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)