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MDM Academy on Sale

The past two weeks have been measurably more inspiring than the past 5 years! I have been taking the MDM course and enriching my life as a mom, a wife, and all the other roles I play in life. I just noticed that the course is 30% off right now!! I invite you to check out the following link and take the Virtual Tour of the MDM Academy. I think you will find that it will not “add one more thing” to your life, but will enhance the things you are already doing!

Virtual tour pic

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The Mission Driven Mom

For many years I have believed in the idea of Life Mission. I have had many experiences where I felt called by God to learn or do specific things in order to help others. Those have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

I recently ran across a book I wanted to tell you about. It’s written by a friend of mine who has studied life mission for the past several years. In her research, she found a pattern of how great men and women find their life mission–a pattern we can learn and follow to aid us in discovering and fulfilling our own personal life missions

She teaches this pattern through the lives of the ten Boom family–an incredible family that saved over 800 lives during WWII. She shares dozens of stories to clarify and outline the 7 Laws of Life Mission that this family and many other mission-driven individuals have lived. 

Her book is FREE right now on her website The Mission Driven Mom and I highly encourage you to get your own copy, read or listen to it and begin discovering and fulfilling your own God-given mission!” Once you click on the link in this paragraph, you will need to scroll down to find the link for the free book. You can also access the audio recording of the book, which is how I “read” it while taking my daily walks. 

You may want to look around her site and read some of her blogs before downloading the book. Or you may want to sign up for her MDM Facebook group to hear more about what is going on and to connect with other moms who are discovering and fulfilling their mission. If you know that you want to pursue your mission right away, you will want to join her academy and get mentoring each month for a reasonable fee.

I highly encourage you to see what this is all about and get involved. Not only will you feel the exhilaration from pursuing your own mission, but your children will watch you and learn from your example.

 

Video Intro to The Lost Tools of Writing

 

I am excited to learn and work together with you on the Lost Tools of Writing. After teaching the class last year, I have a much better idea of how to use this class to help us learn the tools necessary to write well.
I have just created a 22-minute video to introduce the writing class. Those who have already taken the class should still watch it to help you understand a little better the focus of the class and to help clarify what you will be doing. Please watch at your leisure and then feel free to leave some comments or questions below the video. You may also email me with any questions you might have.
 

Digital Works vs. the Hard Copy Books

In the past, some of my students have opted for the Kindle-type digital books instead of ordering and studying the actual paper books. At first, I thought it was a viable option, but as I have progressed in my teaching preferences the last few years, I have evolved to consider only using the hard copies of the books themselves. My reasoning extends to three points:

  1. A serious student will learn to annotate in their books, argue with the author, underline the thesis, the problems, the solutions, and in the margin will write their interesting personal epiphanies from their studies.
  2. A serious student will begin to fill a bookshelf and eventually their little library of the great ideas that have changed their world. Each book will represent to them a turning point of thought, comprehension, and contemplation.
  3. A serious student will return to their books as they add experience and learning and will compare their past annotations to the current thoughts and understanding, thus showing to the student their deep growth and progress.

I am sure Kindle-type digital books have their place. Already I can think of a few reasons why one might want to read digitally. They are handy, searchable, and annotate-able. not to mention, a hundred books or more only weigh the weight of the Kindle Reader. Those are arguably excellent reasons to prefer the Kindle. However, a recent study shows that despite the availability, facility, and lightweight-ness of a Kindle, students comprehend far more from reading and studying a real tangible book.

Still, it is up to you, dear reader, to choose for yourself. The following books are awaiting your decision, whether you wish to purchase digitally or purchase the Real McCoy—The Genuine Article—.  May you enjoy your summer!

1776 The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith, selections (video)
1798 Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1815 Emma, by Jane Austen (a book on education, authority, worship, artificial people)
1818 Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
1838 Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville (Volume II, Chapters 1-26)
1850 That Which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen, Frederic Bastiat
1862 Les Miserables (Abridged), by Victory Hugo (used book link)
1848 The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings (Dover Thrift Editions)
1947 Diary of a Young Girl, by Ann Frank
1874-1965 Churchill, by Paul Johnson
1865 Annotated Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
1910 What’s wrong with the World, by G.K. Chesterton
1922 The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
1941 The Weight of Glory, essays by C.S. Lewis, The Inner Ring, Weight of Glory
1953 The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis
1954 Lord of the Flies, William Golding
1970’s Essays, A World Split Apart and A Reflection on the Vendee Uprising, and by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2005 Queen of Katwe, Tim Crothers

2018-2019 Humanities Scope and Sequence

September

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Sep 4-7

wk 1

Labor Day

First Class-Introduction

Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations

Sep 10-14

wk 2

Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations

Wealth of Nations

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Sep 17-21

wk 3

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Emma

Emma

Sep 24-28

Wk 4

Emma

Emma

Emma

Art—The Sublime is Now

Art—The Sublime is Now

October

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Oct 1-5

wk 5

Art—The Sublime is Now

Art—The Sublime is Now

Art—The Sublime is Now

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Oct 8-12

wk 6

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Oct 15-19

wk 7

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Paper: ANI chart (Invention)

Paper: Outline, including quotes from readings (Arrangement)

Oct 22-26

wk 8

Paper: convert outline to essay (Elocution) and Submit first draft to 2 peers and/or parents

Paper: work on peer papers and hand back

Paper: retrieve papers back, make edits, polish and submit final draft

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Oct 29- Nov 2

wk 9

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Democracy in America

November

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Nov 5-9

wk 10

That which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen

That which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen

That which is Seen and that Which is Not Seen

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Nov 12-16

wk 11

Veterans Day, no homework

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Nov 19-20

wk 12

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

No School

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be Thankful to our Heavenly Father for this Free Country and its bounty!

Nov 26-30

wk 13

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

December

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Dec 3-7

wk 14

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

The communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings

Dec 10-14

wk 15

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

January

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Jan 7-11

wk 16

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

Diary of a Young Girl

Study Day

Written Final

Jan 14-18

wk 17

Oral Finals Study

Oral Finals

Oral Finals

Churchill

Churchill

Jan 21-25

wk 18

MLK day—May you celebrate civil rights, kindness, and liberty today

Churchill

Churchill

Churchill

Churchill

Jan 28 – Feb 1

wk 19

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

February

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Feb 4-8

wk 20

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

What’s Wrong with the World

What’s Wrong with the World

Feb 11-15

wk 21

What’s Wrong with the World

What’s Wrong with the World

What’s Wrong with the World

The Waste Land

The Waste Land

Feb 18-22

wk 22

President’s Day—No homework today

The Waste Land

The Waste Land

The Inner Ring

The Inner Ring

Feb 25- Mar 1

wk 23

The Inner Ring

The Inner Ring

The Inner Ring

The Weight of Glory, Lewis

The Weight of Glory, Lewis

March

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Mar 4-8

wk 24

The Weight of Glory, Lewis

The Weight of Glory, Lewis

The Weight of Glory, Lewis

Paper: ANI chart (Invention)

Paper: Outline, including quotes from readings (Arrangement)

Mar 11-15

wk 25

Paper: convert outline to essay (Elocution) and Submit first draft to 2 peers and/or parents

Paper: work on peer papers and hand back

Paper: retrieve papers back, make edits, polish and submit final draft

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

Mar 18-22

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

A World Split Apart

A World Split Apart

Mar 25-29

wk 26

Spring Break

April-May

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Apr 1-5

wk 27

A World Split Apart

A World Split Apart

A World Split Apart

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Apr 8-12

wk 28

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

A Reflection on the Vendee Uprising

A Reflection on the Vendee Uprising

Apr 15-19

wk 29

A Reflection on the Vendee Uprising

A Reflection on the Vendee Uprising

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Apr 22-26

wk 30

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe

Last Day of Class

Study day

Study day

Apr 29-May 3

Written Finals

Oral Finals

Oral Finals

30 Weeks