My latest classical homeschooling curriculum finds

Some recent finds to share:

I put on instrumental or choral music for our daughter when she is doing copywork (religion and poetry) or practicing her math. We have some CDs of Roger Kamien’s Music: An Appreciation from college that we play all the time. I thought I would share it because this really is the best introduction to classical music I have found to date. We have not formally studied classical music in our homeschool yet, but I like the idea of our daughter being familiar with the melodies of famous pieces from her environment going into that. (Kamien’s textbook is ubiquitous in music appreciation classes for older students.) As we are studying American history this year, another collection on repeat for us is Sacred Spirit: Chants and Dances of the Native Americans.

The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox – These are great as an introduction to logical reasoning for elementary-aged children to prepare them for a more formal logic course later (thank you to my dear friend Susanna for referring me to them).

Jim Weiss storytelling and history CDs and MP3s – Weiss is a gifted narrator, and the range of audiobooks he has produced is astonishing. (For my Jewish friends, he has a collection of Jewish holiday stories that is wonderful.) It’s worth your time to listen to a few samples.

A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures – This is part of a series that is quite good too, including The Story of the Orchestra and A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky.

The English Lessons Through Literature series. (These textbooks are also accompanied by workbooks and you are expected to read a work of classic children’s literature alongside them.) Each chapter deals with some grammatical or writing lesson, with examples from great literature to illustrate their points. They start with first grade and are designed to be part of a Charlotte Mason curriculum (though I can see why classical education folks would love them too).

The Uncle Eric series for teaching civics and economics – Whatever Happened to Penny Candy; Whatever Happened to Justice; Are You Liberal Conservative or Confused; Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career, and Financial Security; Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This; Ancient Rome: How It Affects You Today; The Money Mystery; The Clipper Ship Strategy; The Thousand Year War in the Mideast; World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today; World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today (the link above is for the set, but they can also be purchased individually).

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