The Well Educated Mind is also by Susan Wise Bauer. It IS homeschooling for grownups. I plan to delve into it right along side my children when they get to highschool/rhetoric stage. I seem to be learning enough right now in the grammar stage ;<D
I know if I wasn't planning on finishing college I'd probably put myself through The Well Educated Mind. I might anyway. I saw a book on Latin in the bookstore the other day and would have bought it if I'd had the money.
You know you're wierd when you want to study Latin for fun. Ah, well, when I was in high school I studied Klingonese, so I guess I'm not as wierd as I used to be.
I'd like to do TWEM for myself to get some of it out of my system before DD is "school" aged, because I know I need to use whatever works best for her and how she learns, and that may not be TWTM, even though when I read it and ever since I've wished that was the education I got and not my hodgepodge of schooling (though my parents did a respectable job of "afterschooling" and keeping me interested in learning despite my boredom w/ the formal part of my education).
I know. I was sad when I read The Well Trained Mind because the "education" I got in school was so disconnected. The book has such a nice logical flow to it. History makes more sense to me to be taught in order like she does it.
For me what really stood out was the logic and critical thinking. No one introduced anything even vaguely resembling logic to me until my senior year of high school, and then it was just tips on how to recognize fallacies and propaganda, compliments of my gov't teacher who hated Channel One so much she had us write reports identifying the propaganda and fallacies they used. You could only get an A if you found something in the actual "news" not the commercials. She was one of my few good teachers.
OOOOHHHH! I am so excited. I just started reading the Well Trained Mind last night and now see there is a book for me too. I fell in love within the first 2 pages and started some of the things talked about with my one yaer old today. a lot of what was written has really hit home for me. I teach Maya that Kitty says meow so why not teach her the letter A says? I am going to the library tomorrow. I was in all of the honours courses in school but feel that my vocabulary is lacking so much. And many of the books I see on "good" book lists were never offered in school. Yet another reason to homeschool!
I just got the Well Educated Mind from the library after a long wait (months) and I am in love with it after just a few pages (and skipping around reading other parts). What a great book. I can't wait to read more- but dh took it and is reading it now.
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