Category Archives: Grown-up Reading

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

My kids and I just finished this book and it was really good. One of the aspects I appreciated the most was how the author was very clear about the unknown aspects of the wonders. Lynn Curlee made the subject come alive with really great illustrations and lots of facts. She was clear in defining the line between what we “think” they were like and what we know. This ties in real well with SOTW year 1 but it would be great as just a quick pick up and read. We will definitely be using this for the younger ones when they get a bit older (2 and 11 months are a little young;). This is a read aloud just because of the foreign names. A first grader could definitely read this to you if you are willing to jump in with the names.

Favorite Books?!?!?

I think I am in love with some new books! Everyone knows that I love The Well Trained Mind and use it as a guide for my homeschooling. I also use Story of the World for my history spine. So this is all well and good for your kids but what about those of us who missed out on this type of rich education? I personally am reading along the kids but I would like my classical education to not take another 12 years.

Well, it seems I am not alone. Susan Wise Bauer has written The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had. This goes over improving reading skills, creating a reading schedule, and book lists. To complement this, she has also authored The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome. This is written in the same delightful style as Story of the World but just a little more maturely. I checked it out from the library to see if it was worth the buy and it is! It is easy to just pick and read a little, go chase the kids (or whatever you all have to do) and then come back and read some more.

So if any of you feel a bit ripped off in the education arena, do something about it. After all you are a responsible adult;). Go check out these books!