1. I’m getting more and more curious about this book as I read what you have to say about it. I don’t think I have what it takes to be a total classical homeschooler (I am just too laid back about some things). but it sounds like this book has some good tips regardless.

  2. Love this post!
    First – you had me with the pictures of the books! We are blessed to have an older house with some built in bookshelves, and we’ve augmented, and I just reorganized to free up two shelves! Still – I am smiling to see another share such demonstrative love of the written word! Then you greatly assuaged my serious guilt over Lily and Penderwicks and American Girl and Nancy Drew! (This in itself makes you either one of my favorite people, or my spiritual director.) THEN, you encouraged me in my plan to do more with reading aloud. Finally, I’m thinking, “Maybe I should get this book because I want to know what’s on that writing checklist!” I’m eclectic, not classical. But I really appreciate these constructive tips! Thanks so much!

  3. Ellen

    I enjoyed this chapter because it made me realize how much I need to learn to prepare to teach my children. While I always thought I was a “whole-world” reader, I realize that I just picked up on the mechanics of reading and was able to put it all together naturally. I actually struggled my first two years teaching phonics because I didn’t learn to read that way. Definitely two chapters I will refer back to again and again.

  4. Really? There are houses that do not have over 100 books in them? That is sad =( That is interesting about reading below level…I probably wouldn’t have guessed that. You’ve convinsed me to put this book on my ‘to buy’ list!

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