As a homeschool mom I spend a lot of time teaching my kids, and then a lot of my “free” time planning out what I will be teaching them in the future. And as ridiculous and nerdy as this may make me sound – it’s actually kind of fun. I like a casual and laid back approach education, and yet also being confident and comfortable in my decision, all while being very intentional about our choices – and for me that comes from having done a lot of reading prior to it being necessary information. So I flip through homeschool catalogs and check out reviews and follows down links to see what’s out there for our homeschool future.
One of the curriculum choices that I have been keeping my eyes on is called Roman Roads Media. Their coursework looks intense, but fantastic. Their available material is all for older grades than where my boys are at, but once we hit middle school I am probably going this way – it just looks solid!
I contacted Romans Road Media just to make sure I hadn’t missed some curriculum offering for younger kids, and Daniel, the founder, assured me I hadn’t – they don’t yet offer anything for younger grades. Their offerings are for grade 6 through 12, and is a classical style education. They wanted to start there to ensure a solid and complete classical education style curriculum was provided for parents homeschooling their highschool students. I love that! (And – Daniel was homeschooled too, which is cool, as my husband and I both were too. Fun stuff!)
Long story short – Daniel offered to send me one of their courses on the classics for me to work through myself right now. It is a great way for me to experience the curriculum that I am wanting to use in the future, and is perfectly suited to fill a huge gap in my own education.
I don’t know much about the classics.
I am so drawn to the classics – but I have shied away from most because of a sense of bewildered confusion as I stumble through them.
A couple of years ago I read The Odyssey for fun – but it wasn’t so much fun as tedious determination that got me through it. And big cups of coffee. And while I felt an enormous sense of satisfaction in having read through it, I felt there was a lot lacking in having read it on my own.
It felt very lonely to read through it and to have no one to discuss it with and no other ideas to bounce around, so when A Roman Roads Media video course on Old Western Culture showed up at the door I was thrilled. To be guided through the classics with a dynamic teacher and thought provoking questions …. yes, please!
I was sent the dvds and workbook for Vergil’s The Aeneid, which is unit 1 of 4 in The Romans Old Western Culture Curriculum.
Our next month is full of traveling and busy, but my plan is to spend mid June through August working through this book and the accompanying lectures and workbook material and blogging about my experience with it.
I am so excited to jump in and stretch my mind and face this huge challenge. Paul is hoping to join me through the reading and lectures, but his schedule is uncertain through the summer so his availability may be limited.
From Roman Roads Media’s site:
HOW DOES OLD WESTERN CULTURE WORK?
Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization.
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings, and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook.
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE WES CALLIHAN?
Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevant, and interesting.
Also known for his distinctive “rabbit trailers,” forays into funny and obscure historical anactodes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are “hooks for the imagination and memory.”) Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books.
For high school credits:
THE AENEID is worth a half-credit (literature/history). The full year curriculum is worth 2 full high school credits. (2 Humanities, or 1 literature and 1 history).