My biggest purchase this year and the one I am most excited about it is the Michael Clay Thompson material from Royal Fireworks Press. I looked and looked at these materials last year but then decided I could not afford them but this year I decided to take the plunge.
Since Alex will be doing Growing with Grammar and Winning with Writing I only bought The Music of the Hemispheres for him. I only purchased the Teacher's Edition. I totally ignored the grade recommendations and just used the samples online to decide where to start. Alex will be in 6th grade. Even though many people are using this book with younger children and I have discussed poetry with my children in depth for years, I still feel that discussing iambs and trochees is a stretch for younger students. Throughout all the MCT materials I am smitten with the literary selections. I will add a post of how this all works out for Alex later. There is a good chance I will use this book in Morning Time rather than just hand it to Alex.
For Andrew, 9th grade, I bought the 3rd level basic package.
Grammar Voyage TM
Caesars's English TM
Essay Voyage TM (This means I have two different essay programs (Winning with Writing) to try with Andrew and we will probably not finish either which is fine by me. He will continue to write daily reading journals.)
The World of Poetry, TM Once again I will probably use this for MT.
Practice Voyage, TM and Students
For Emily, 12th Grade, I bought a mix, mostly level 6.
Poetry, Plato and the Problem of Truth, TM
The Word Within The Word, Vol. 3 Home School Edition
The Magic Lens, Vol. 3 Home School Edition
4Practice, Vol. 3 Student's and TM
Academic Writing, Vol. 1 (This is level 4)
These materials are quite expensive and not what I usually go for but the literary quality seems superb. Just looking through the books makes me excited for the children. They SEEM like the perfect combination of structure to beauty, BUT I am not speaking from experience on these things yet.
MCT does not have the students doing each of these books all year long so it is not like you have a bunch of workbooks to do each day. Instead you begin with the grammar books adding in each of the levels over time. Here is a sample of that progression.
To dovetail these posts I will put up what I think next year will look like for each of my students in a future post.
"St Augustine defines virtue as ordo amoris, the ordinate condition of the affections in which every object is accorded that kind of degree of love which is appropriate to it.11 Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.12 When the age for reflective thought comes, the pupil who has been thus trained in 'ordinate affections' or 'just sentiments' will easily find the first principles in Ethics; but to the corrupt man they will never be visible at all and he can make no progress in that science.13 Plato before him had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting and hateful."
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man
CS Lewis The Abolition of Man