Friday, May 24, 2013

Classical Mamas Read - Book Club

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I would love to say that I read a lot, but I don't.  Well, I do, but it is pretty much exclusively to my children.  While I get a good dose of quality children's literature each day, I always feel like I should be stimulating my mind and learning to take great pleasure in reading books myself.  There are so many books that I would love to read whether they be literature, religious, homeschool related, etc., but I never seem to stick to reading any of them.


 This post has affiliate links for a great book that I would love for you to read along with me!

 

Calling all Mamas who Want to Read!


With summer approaching, I know that my kids and I will be spending a lot of time outside.  Besides playing and learning alongside of them (which I will do plenty of!) I have been trying to think what I could do out there while I watch them.  I do not have any portable electronic gadgets that would allow me to surf the internet, work on this blog, create copywork, etc., so I got to thinking that this summer would be a great time to commit to reading a book (or two)!

I thought that some of you might be similar to me and might be interested in reading along with me!  I am going to be reading The Well Trained Mind.  I am embarrassed to say that I have not read this before, and I am very excited to begin!  You do not have to read the same book as I am, but I would love it if you did!  If you do, or if you have read it in the past, I hope that we can have a good dialogue about some of the chapters. 


How the Book Club Will Work


Each Friday I will have a post with my thoughts concerning a portion of a book.  My desire is to focus on books that would appeal, encourage, and inspire moms who teach their children using classical education, but you do not have to be like me to enjoy and participate in this!  I am choosing to begin with The Well Trained Mind because I know it is something I really need to read, and I think many of you have either read it or should read it too =)  I picked up a copy at my library, so if you do not own the book, check to see if yours has it!

If there is interest, I would love to have a link-up each week for anyone to share a post they have written about The Well Trained Mind or any book they have been reading themselves (not to their kids!)


What do you think?


  • If not, will you commit to reading something for yourself this summer? 
  • Would you like to discuss this book with me and others?
  • Would you write your thoughts about The Well Trained Mind or whatever book you are reading on your blog and link up here?

 

Classical mamas, are you ready to read?

18 comments:

  1. Hi! I just discovered your blog and have added my link-up. I would love to join in the book reading. I have read the WTM book several times! It is my homeschooling bible, my go-to book for almost everything HS related. So maybe I can help with some questions.

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    1. I'm happy to have you here! I'm so glad you are interested, and look forward to your participation!

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  2. I'm in! I love TWTM and would love to read it again - although I have read it at least 3 or 4 times. I find something new everytime!

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    1. Good for you for reading it so much! It is a big book =) I'm so glad you want to participate! Come back next Friday and we can discuss.

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  3. I read it several years ago when we were first thinking about homeschooling. Amusingly enough there's also a book she wrote for adults that is along similar lines.

    I don't know if I'll link up, but I'll certainly discuss along with you, I was just thinking a few days ago I need to reread it now that I'm actually schooling.

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    1. Yes! I picked up the adult one from the library as well =) I'm sure I won't be able to read them both before they are due though.

      I'm not expecting many(any) people to add this to their blogging schedule, but I think at least discussing it could be encouraging and helpful to many people, so I'd love for you to add your input, thanks! Perfect timing since you were just thinking about it!

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  4. Now this is an awesome book to read. So many ideas to draw from. Not sure if I'll re-read it along with you all, but I am up for dropping in and having a chat about it. :o)

    Deborah
    The Paper Maid

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    1. Great! I look forward to discussing with you!

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  5. Just started reading WTM last night; what a coincidence! I'd love to do a little link-up (http://andherewegomama.blogspot.com/)! New to your blog, but I'm lovin' it! Thanks! :)

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    1. Wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to talking more with you!

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  6. I've read it several times and it's my go-to resource to keep on track with educating my kids. I'd love to discuss it! I'm officially starting mandated school soon with my 2 girls and my eldest is entering 8th grade!

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    1. Awesome! So you will probably need a re-read of it at some point with new "rhetoric eyes."

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  7. I've read the TWTM several times.

    I love the book lists and ideas, but I feel sorry for any little one who has to do all she suggests. It's very busy and intense, and none of my children would have been able to do all the work suggested for the beginning grades, even though later SAT scores suggest they are pretty brilliant. Rather than so much writing in the early years, try narration as Charlotte Mason suggests.

    When reading TWTM it's important to recall that Susan's kids don't do it all either and that you're meant to pick and choose. Otherwise your family will quicky become overwhelmed.

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    1. Thank so much for sharing your wisdom! I will definitely keep that in mind while reading it.

      I just wrote a post in my Classical Preschool series about narration! I completely agree. I think it is a completely adequate substitution for writing (large amounts). I usually have my son write a couple of sentences a day (maybe 1-2 sentences 1-2 times a day) and we narrate anything else that I want to see if he understands.

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  8. I have read it several times as well, although I have not read the updated version. I agree with some of the other readers that you definitely have to pick and choose what you do. The high school years are especially daunting. I would be interested in reading it again, as I haven't read it for many years, and now that my kids are older I would have a totally different perspective. Let me know when you have the link up!

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    1. I'm reading a copy from the library and it's not the updated version either.

      I'm not even sure that I'm going to read the highschool part right now =) Or maybe I will just to get an idea, but I really don't want to get overwhelmed!

      I started the link up. It's on Fridays, but not this week because I have a week-long series going on, so check back in next week Friday.

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  9. I would have loved to join in, but we're in America on furlough now, and I don't have my copy available while traveling. I am working through For the Children's Sake right now. :) I'll try to pop in now and then with some thoughts, though, if you keep writing about TWTM. It was a game-changer for me, and I really appreciate it! Thanks for the invitation to join your discussion group.

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    1. That's another one that I would like to read!

      I'd love for you to pipe in with your thoughts anytime you can! I think that this book will take a couple of months to go through, unless I decide to stop at the grammar stage for now.

      I look forward to discussing with you!

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