I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit nervous when it comes to homeschooling 8th grade and homeschooling the junior high years. It’s all about preparing them for the high school years at this point. That means study skills, learning to take notes, and maybe even taking a few high school level classes to get a jump on those high school credits.
What’s the point of a teacher’s manual, anyway? It’s an answer key, of course, but sometimes we let this important tool become the master of our homeschool.
Have you made the mistake of letting your teacher’s manual boss you around?
Classical Academic Press produced the Writing & Rhetoric series with the goal of using the ancient system of persuasive writing, the progymnasmata, as a foundation. This method was used during ancient times to teach students how to speak and write persuasively. Classical Academic Press has revived the methodology so homeschool moms don’t have to figure it out all on their own. The seventh book in the series, Encomium & Vituperation, focuses on teaching students to write persuasive essays. They’ll learn to write an encomium (an essay that praises the virtues of someone) and a vituperation (an essay that focuses on the faults of a historical figure).
If you’re familiar with Classical education and homeschooling, you probably know that Logic is one of the recommended courses that should be covered. What’s a little more difficult to decide is the resources that you should use to teach the subject!
Thankfully, Classical Academic Press has the subject well in hand with their resources. They offer a variety of programs that teach the art of logic including The Discovery of Deduction, which introduces the concept of Formal Logic.
Homeschooling and maintaining your home at the same time is possible - it just takes some thought and planning. I’ve asked some homeschool friends to share their best tips - and they delivered! Find out how other homeschool moms manage their home with simple systems (and still get homeschooling done!).