To me, a Classical Education is about raising critical thinkers who are grounded in history, philosophy, literature, religion, science and math; and who are able to clearly express their opinions in both conversation and writing. It is going to be a continual process to get both of my children to that goal. We are lucky to live in a great school district where I am very confident my children will learn the three R’s, but teaching them about philosophy and the world’s religions is pretty much up to me. This has been where both of my SLE Inspired Reading Lists 1 and 2 have come in handy, as well as Susan Wise Bauer’s Story of the World CDs.
Regular Teaching My Baby to Read readers might have noticed that it has been a long time since I have updated you on my SLE Inspired Reading List for Children Part 2. Bruce(7) and I finished reading almost all of the books several months ago, and they have been sitting on my desk waiting to be blogged about. It would have been much better if I hadn’t procrastinated, because then our experience with my second reading list would have been fresher in my mind and easier to write about. On the other hand, it’s interesting to look back and see how the values and issues Bruce and I learned about together have now been integrated into our daily thinking.
These were my learning goals from my SLE Inspired Reading List Part Two:
- We are all capable of thinking our own thoughts and forming our own ideas. We do not need to be slaves to the thinking of others.
- We are responsible for our own actions, and are accountable for our actions to our own conscious, our families, and our community. Many people in the world believe we are also accountable to God.
These were the books we read:
- We Asked for Nothing the Remarkable Journey of Cabeza de Vaca
- Martin Luther A Man Who Changed the World
- Story of the World III
- The Kidnapped Prince
- Rumi Whirling Dervish
- Muslim Child
- In God’s Garden
- The Adventures of Martin Luther
- A Fly on the Ceiling
- Walk the World’s Rim
- Don Quixote
- Artemis Fowl
Now, it’s up to me to make good, clear off my desk, and review away. Stay tuned!