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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Classical poetry frequency has references to religion, it is just part of the tradition.

    That being said, some of my favorite anthologies are:

    Poems to Learn by Heart and A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children both are edited by Caroline Kennedy
    Random House Book of Poetry for Children

    A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

    This one is a fun one, as it comes with a cd and poetry from the book is read
    Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry

    A silly one, that is also a classic is A Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear

    I have to second Poems to Learn By Heart. Beautiful collection. I can't remember if it's completely god-free or not, as I don't worry too much about religious references in literature or poetry (just keep that shit out mah textbooks), but it's such a lovely book.
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    My boys (5 & 2) love Wriggle and Roar by Julia Donaldson. Actually anything by Julia Donaldson is a winner in our house. Here is a list of her poetry volumes from the author's website Poems and Songs written by children's author, Julia Donaldson

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    A little god-ish at the beginning, but then shows different cultures beliefs - it's all in the delivery, lol. Animals, Animals by Eric Carle is a good one. A shorter collection. They have it in the BYL K curriculum, and DS5 has really enjoyed it.
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    Read to me by Judi Moreillon.

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    The "classical method" varies a little depending on who you talk to. The book, "The Well Trained Mind" has some good information, but I recommend being flexible in applying what it says. Its fine to switch things around, or do a little less writing, or use a different Phonics program then the book recommends. The basics of a classical education are:
    1 It is based on the Trivium, (Google it, its too long to explain here, but it describes 3 stages of education / childhood development Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric. Grammar is the the building blocks of each subject, Logic is learning to think critically about the subjects, Rhetoric is learning to articulate what you learned.)
    2. History is taught chronologically.
    3. It is rich in quality Literature.
    4. Includes the study of ancient languages.

    As far as teaching Latin, it is easier to teach Latin than a modern language because pronunciation is not really very important. You can stress pronunciation if you wish, but mostly you are going to focusing on reading, writing, and translating, as opposed to speaking. There are courses that start at the very beginning, and do not assume that the parent knows Latin.

    I teach my children by a blend of the Classical Method and Charlotte Mason Methods, both are very similar, but they do differ on a few key points, and on those points the two methods are polar opposites, in those areas I have taken a middle of the road approach instead of going with one extreme or the other.

    One such area is Memorization, while classical education tends to have the child memorize and memorize and memorize, often material that won't be useful, Charlotte Mason method states plainly that "children are people not parrots" and shies away from memorization unless its really necessary. I take a middle of the road approach, having my kids memorize things that I feel will be useful or edifying to them. Such as key dates in History, Math Facts, Bible verses, some poetry, etc. I don't think reciting the names of all the Egyptian Pharaohs is likely to come in handy.

    A great book on blending the two methods is, "When You Rise Up" by R.C. Sproul Jr.

    Also, if you want to see some projects and such that can be fit into the classical method, feel free to drop by my blog.

    I don't know if you are approaching this from a secular classical or Christian classical point of view, so there aren't that many books I can recommend to you. However, "Story of the World" is a great History resource regardless of which point of view you come from.

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