Okay, on to what Julia's studying in this, her sophomore year in high school. In science, she's doing Astronomy. Adam will have a daily podcast for her to listen to from McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas, telling her what to look for in the night sky later that night. She'll write brief reports to Adam on that. Because she wants a textbook and work to do (she actually does, folks!), I bought these. The self-teaching guide is recommended by Susan Bauer and will lead Julia through a thorough study with assignments in the text and self-tests for each chapter. The Night Sky Deck is a kit of large fold-out cards with great photos, diagrams, maps, and text that leads the student through the study systematically. Adam's the astronomy expert.
Back in June I shared some of my plans for Julia's literature study this year. Here's a more complete list of the works I plan to read with her:
St. Augustine's City of God (portions)
Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People (lots of it)
Beowulf (I've talked about this before.)
Song of Roland
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (My goal is to do about half of it, in Middle English. Gulp.)
The Book of Margery Kempe
Malory's Morte d'Arthur (This is so fun and wonderful I don't know how we can escape reading the whole thing. Maybe.)
Luther's Commentary on Galatians (Don't have a clue about this one. We'll see.)
The Life of St. Teresa of Avila by Herself (portions that look interesting to her)
Spenser's Fairie Queene (portions)
Shakespeare's Henry V, Hamlet, The Tempest (Maybe just the first two. Shakespeare really is a fast read.)
These literary classics will give a deep, satisfying study of Medieval history as well, and reinforce the factual history study she'll get from the timeline and other primary source material.
I definitely want her to read Ivanhoe, and perhaps one of the Kristin Lavrensdatter trilogy.
And we will finish the vocabulary and grammar texts we studied last year, concluding her formal work in those areas. Sophomore year, here we come!
|maps of the Mediterranean, Jerusalem, and Medieval England, plus a chart of the universe|
|map of Europe on the kitchen wall|