Skip to comments.What Are Ten Books Your Teenagers Read as Part of Their Homeschool Education?
Posted on 04/24/2014 2:27:32 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
One of the weaknesses of the school model of education is that it squeezes out great books that dont fit neatly into one or another of those artificial divisions of learning we call subjects. We dont start with, What books have had a deep impact in shaping what I am? But with What subjects am I supposed to be teaching, and which books will help me teach them? I dont teach my children subjectsI seek to instill in them wisdom. Which means I have them read the books that gave me wisdom.
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Good stuff, even if you ARE NOT a teenager.
And so you should be. In all the important books of the world, 20% happen to be by yourself? Amazing!
Yes, that’s an excellent choice. And if he wants students to study economics, Thomas Sowell’s books are the right choice.
My home-schooled kid hated novels. He read technical manuals and anything having to do with the U.S.Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
IMO, the most productive education method is Delight Directed Learning.
Discover what delights your student and make all subjects involve the thing that delights him or her. The thing that delights might change through the years, so change with it.
We homeschooled all the way though 12th grade and our child then earned a degree with honors from a State university that does not kick God out of its programs.
I graduated from a Catholic High School in 1970. The school had reading lists for each grade but the only book I can remember reading was “Catcher in the Rye.” For all the others I used Cliff Notes.
Animal Farm by George Orwell.
The list is in sore need of some non secular material. We’re raising children, not monks.
I would have thought the Bible would be in this list, and first.
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Another one, perhaps for high school level, would be Sowell’s Basic Economics.
Oh, absolutely. You cannot really understand American history, or Western Civilization without reading the Bible. I homeschooled our three kids, and we read it.
My four had to read and understand:
2. Animal Farm
4. Brave New World
5. Earth Abides
6. The Long Walk
7. The entire Uncle Eric Series
8. The Little Britches Series
9. James Dobson’s book On Preparing for Adulthood
10.All the other book they could, our home was filled with over 3000 of them and we had several libraries at our disposal.
Here's the list:
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Code of Hammurabi
On the Origin of Species
Brave New World
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Federalist Papers
Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans (Plutarchs Lives)
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Chronicles of Narnia (the whole set)
Eagle of the Ninth
The Screwtape Letters
Til We Have Faces (CS Lewis)
The Shorter Catechism
Bondage of the Will (Martin Luther)
The Divine Comedy
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Bede)
History of the Kings of Britain (Geoffrey of Monmouth)
Romeo and Juliet
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Song of Roland
The Rule of St. Benedict
The Lord of the Rings (all three books)
Midsummer Nights Dream
Howard Pyles The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The Nine Tailors
The Anti-Federalist Papers
The Communist Manifesto
The Great Gatsby
Mein Kampf (excerpted)
Of Plymouth Plantation (Bradford)
Pilgrims Progress (Bunyan)
Reflections on the Revolution in France (Burke)
The Social Contract
A Tale of Two Cities
Uncle Toms Cabin
The Westminster Confession
Benjamin Franklins Autobiography
Death of a Salesman
How Should we Then Live? (Schaeffer)
The Old Man and the Sea
Pride and Prejudice
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
To Kill a Mockingbird
Annals of Imperial Rome (Tacitus)
The Unaborted Socrates
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
Phantastes (George MacDonald)
Troilus and Cressida
For fun, my nine-year-old is reading through Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. I have been delighted to see a love of reading spring up in my children from an early age... in my experience, it's the key to much of the rest of learning.
This list represents part (not all) of what my eldest two children were exposed to as we homeschooled using Veritas Press's Omnibus curriculum. Those two are now in college. We have since switched to Classical Conversations for our younger two, as it's somewhat less labor-intensive.
That’s the great thing about home schooling - customization. No need for one size fits all.
I did not see SILAS MARINER on the list anywhere. That novel is so important you will swear off reading anything for the rest of your life!
I had to read it in High School, TWICE! Thought I was gonna die.
Great list—that’s an education.
What we were shooting for was a thorough grounding in the essentials of Western Civilization. The results remain to be seen, but so far it appears to have been successful.
“Silas Marner.” The ONLY book I couldn’t get through, in my entire life.
Thankfully, there were no permanent, lasting effects, and I continued on my merry way, literarily speaking, and am an avid reader to this day.
As for the OT, I homeschool my youngest son, who, as a neonatal stroke victim, has some lasting cognitive problems. His reading list is much curtailed by this, but we do try to read as much as possible. He seems fascinated by Tudor England, and so we read a lot of biographies about that era (Sts. Thomas More and Edmund Campion, for example), and he loves loves LOVES reading the Bible. Poetry is beyond his abilities, though; he just cannot seem to interpret it well. Oddly, the homeschooling group to which we belong puts on a full-blown Shakespearean play every spring, and he adores attending those productions. He seems to have no problem following the action.
Besides those examples, he likes to read the books that have inspired some of his favorite movies: “How Green Was My Valley,” “Captains Courageous,” and “Black Beauty,” for instance.
I’d dearly love for him to read some of the more difficult books, but they are just too much for him. My older son, however, is about to graduate from an extraordinarily rigorous Catholic high school where he has spent the past four years reading an extensive list of classic literature. Had he been homeschooled, I imagine his reading list would have looked much the same.
With a few tweaks, that list looks like my oldest son’s reading list.
The works of Flannery O’Connor
The Baltimore Catechism
The works of Edgar Allan Poe
Since he attended Catholic school, he did not read Bondage of the Will.
Some of your list was read not in English class, but in Latin.
Great list, though. Kudos to you! Your children are blessed.
2: “Commentary on the Common Law”, Blackstone.
3: Goodrich “History of the World”
4: Hyeck, “Road to Serfdom”
5: “Constitutional View of the War between The States”, Stevens
6: Thomas Jefferson...everything.
7: Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
A few of our inoculatory red pills.
Yes, yes! Forgot about some of those (especially “The Road to Serfdom”). It’s so HARD to remember them all.
Thank you very much, C_I_C!