Personal finance is a new Tennessee state requirement, this is in addition to Economics. I don't have any quibbles with the requirement and bought Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Emily and Andrew to do this summer. Emily, who is naturally conservative with money, is happy about taking this course.
Alex has worked on Classical Academic Press's Bible program for 2 years now. He will finish up OT 2 this year and I was happy to see New Testament One is out. Alex will be doing this as a 6th grader which is probably not the target grade but I think it gives him a way of organizing Bible knowledge without being stressful. In linking to this I see that CAP now has an elementary Greek program. Have any of you tried that yet? I really like CAP even though their motto kinda bugs me: Classical subjects creatively taught. Any guesses about my quibble?
I bought 2 books for Emily so far.
"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings (Second Edition)
to introduce academic writing. I bought this in response to a Well-Trained Mind Forum post and am not sure I am happy with it.
When No One Sees: The Importance of Character in an Age of Image which was recommended on my small classical education Yahoo group. I am looking forward to reading this with Emily.
Emily and Andrew have already finished The Lost Tools of Writing and Alex is not quite ready for it. You can read some of the benefits of LTOW here. Even so, I have been looking for a way to teach more formal writing along the way without getting bogged down because I feel like one thing I did well with the older kids was to keep them comfortable with writing. So I went out on a limb to try and new program this year: Winning with Writing (Level 5 for Alex and 8 for Andrew). I was willing to try this because I used Growing with Grammar for Alex and Andrew this year and it seems to be a success. These grammar books are a nice reinforcement to our MT grammar discussions which I still feel are the heart of our grammar instruction. In addition I threw the Diagramming book into the cart. These will not replace daily written narrations and I may use them over a two year period which is what I often do with programs that interfere the flow of life by being rigid, but they look like just the right amount of instruction without being too busy. I tend to go for things with clean lines and more words than pictures.
The truth is that the Well-Trained Mind boards influenced much of my purchasing in the area of language arts, an area I have traditional covered almost entirely organically. I am not sure how I feel about this. I find the the signatures of moms on the board to be sadly ridiculous with lists and lists of curricula for 8 year olds. Really? Yeah, it bugs me and no, it does not make me feel that I made a mistake with my older boys. I just feel sorry for the homeschool movement which is now defined by such lists and am even uncomfortable contributing to the norm with these posts.