Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Don't you just love the postman?

I do today! He delivered my newest purchase, Latin Centered Curriculum

as well as my current late night addiction, my Netflix DVDs of Ballykissangel. How lucky can a girl get??

I'll be spending my evening watching season 4 of Bally K and reading the LCC cover to cover, taking many notes along the way.

I love the preface of the book thus far. I am so encouraged by Drew's passion for classical education. He has a way of prodding even the least educated of us to seek out that classical education for ourselves as well as our children.

Drew tells of his own education which is not unlike my own, publically educated, and very uninspiring. He advises one to move past "vocational training and/or edutainment." I love that word!!

Having survived a public education myself and offering up one of my own children to the system, I feel safe in saying that his impression of today's educational results are on par.

I plan to go ahead and take the challenge which Drew presents. I will be studying Latin this summer. I also plan to purchase a Math curriculum, either Algebra I or Pre-Algebra. I have not determined where best to start yet.

Future courses I will take on as my vocation allows time for:

Algebra 2
Calculus - ok, maybe not, but I can dream, can't I??

These are two subjects which have always intrigued me. Latin, because only the "college-bound" students were encouraged to study it and "I" was not cut from the college-bound cloth, and Algebra because I failed it so miserably in high school and have avoided it like the plague ever since. I have always said that I would like to go to school to learn these things, as well as many others, and now I have finally realized that I can do this at home, on my own, and call myself a HOMESCHOOLER! Isn't this how many of the greatest men in history learned things?

Aside from the actual knowledge that I will gain in my endeavors to learn Latin and Algebra, I am hoping that my children will see how important it is to always be willing to learn, to always seek knowledge, and to never be afraid go after what you want on your own.

I realize that I will not receive a college diploma from this method of studying, but honestly, that is not important to me at this stage of my life. The knowledge is. The ability to be a self-directed learner is. And should I ever decide to enroll in a "real" college, perhaps I'll be that much more prepared for the course work.

If anyone else would like to join me in this new endeavor, I would love to hear about it. Please drop me an email or a comment and let me know what you plan to do for yourself!


mira said...

Hey Karen,

I'm always learning. I find myself studying a wide variety of things and have a list as long as my arm of other things I would like to study. I would like to delve more into Latin than I got in HS but right now am very focused on environment, nutrition, brain science and those sorts of topics.

BTW, someone who learns on their own is called an autodidact.


K said...

Mira said:
but right now am very focused on environment, nutrition, brain science and those sorts of topics.

I hear you there, Mira! I am too...
environment..."What is all this stuff on the floor???!!!"


Hmmm... perhaps if I move the mound of laundry from the couch to the bedroom, it would look more presentable down here...

nutrition... "who wants mac and cheese...again?!"
Fish's response... "I want Ramen noodles!!"

brian science..."YOUNG MAN!!!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING!!??!!"

probably not what you meant...but here, real life always trumps best laid plans!

Barb, sfo said...

I would love to learn Latin--BUT--my older son enters high school in the fall and has signed up to study German. (I'm a Spanish teacher by training). I have the feeling I'll be studying German right along with him, not because I doubt his ability to learn it, but because I can't resist learning about a language when the opportunity presents.

Also, I finally got 2 books so I can begin to learn to play the organ that is sitting, gathering dust in my dining room. That has always been a dream of mine.

K said...

Well Barb, you are still learning something! I say you are in!

Karen E. said...

Oooh, I haven't seen Ballykissangel for ages ... I'm jealous.

K said...

I'm on the final dvd of season 4. I don't believe seasons 5 and 6 have been released yet, so I am watching them very slowly... I don't want to have to send them back!

This might be one series I actually indulge myself in and buy. I just love the serene theme music and zero commericals!