Humanities: The study of the human experience and experiments. It is the investigation of how people dealt and deal with each other, how they understood and understand the philosophies of life, of who we are, where we come from, where we are going, birth, death, and of governments. It is the study of what is the Good, the True and the Beautiful.
Weekly Online Mentored Discussion
Class time: Wednesdays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 MDT/MST Online through my Zoom Classroom
Class length: Four-term class that runs the week of Labor Day through the middle of May.
Class cost: is $65/month/student, plus the cost of the curriculum (see below).
Payment: I prefer payment through Venmo. Paypal takes some of the payment, whereas the other methods do not.
Curriculum: Roman Roads Media. The curriculum includes Lecture videos by Wes Callihan, study guides, all the readings in PDF format and the exams. Note: I normally abhor set curriculums, but this one has been surprisingly nutritive to learning because of its focus on original works and overview of history. The only thing it is missing is an enriching live discussion and a view of the Restored Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
Update: For the 2017-2018 school year, RRM will not be finished with the production of their materials in time for our classes, thus I have created a plan similar, but without the added fun of the videos.
Purchasing the Curriculum: Go to Roman Roads Media and click on the current study year and add the readers and student notebook to your cart.The regular price of the curriculum is $224 for the entire year, however, if you sign up for my online class, you receive 50% off–Bringing the cost down to $112.
Research the Curriculum before you make a purchase: check out the description, book list, preview, etc. You will need to scroll down on the page and just above “Product Description” you will find tabs for “About” “What’s Included” “The Books” and “Preview.” Click on either one of those and see more information.
Roman Roads Media curriculum is not only for High School aged individuals but also for adults seeking a broad liberal arts education. After purchasing, you will not only possess the physical Lecture DVD’s but will have access to the same lectures via streaming indefinitely. Once you own the curriculum and the streaming, you will never need to purchase it again (except perhaps the student workbooks). Your scholar student, along with younger siblings and adults can use the same materials over and over again. For those who do not wish to purchase the hard copies, the Readers, Student Workbooks, and Exams come in the form of printable PDF’s, and in addition, the Readers may be downloaded on a Kindle or tablet. Note: After having taught from this curriculum for some time now, I highly recommend ordering the Readers rather than printing them off. They are also 50% off with the code and much more desirable than printed from a printer.
Update: For the 2017-2018 school year, please contact me for a list of books and materials to purchase.
Lecture Videos: Wes Callihan helps the student appreciate the classics and gives an overview of the history surrounding each of the books. The questions in the student workbooks are similar to the questions asked in the Liberal Arts Colleges. I feel that the only thing missing Roman Roads Media is a weekly discussion that allows the student to engage in colloquial conversation, especially adding insights from the Restored Gospel along with our studies.
Discussion: We meet weekly to discuss the readings and lectures using great questions that inspire hearts and minds and stimulate deeper learning.
Class Portal: Canvas helps the students and me to be on the same page. It is an LMS (learning management system) which allows the student to submit their work, check in daily to let me know when they have finished their daily reading and note-taking. I find that when a student is expected to return and report, they do better. Countless other benefits come from daily reporting: learning to meet deadlines, being accountable, submitting to a mentor, etc. Once you sign up your child, I will send you a link to the Canvas Portal, which includes the classroom link.