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What Are Ten Books Your Teenagers Read as Part of Their Homeschool Education?
Ligonier ^ | 4/19/14 | RC Sproul, Jr

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 don’t fit neatly into one or another of those artificial divisions of learning we call “subjects.” We don’t 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 don’t teach my children subjects—I seek to instill in them wisdom. Which means I have them read the books that gave me wisdom.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: education; learning; read
I have read some of these books...may try to read them all.

Good stuff, even if you ARE NOT a teenager.

1 posted on 04/24/2014 2:27:32 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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2 posted on 04/24/2014 2:30:50 AM PDT by gattaca (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Ecclesiastes10:2)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Embarrassed to make my own list not once but twice.

And so you should be. In all the important books of the world, 20% happen to be by yourself? Amazing!

3 posted on 04/24/2014 2:47:56 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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4 posted on 04/24/2014 2:51:30 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Tax-chick
He should have left one of his off the list and substituted The Screwtape Letters. A teen reader could really benefit from understanding how the Devil and the world can pull them away from their faith.
5 posted on 04/24/2014 2:57:30 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: T-Bird45

Yes, that’s an excellent choice. And if he wants students to study economics, Thomas Sowell’s books are the right choice.

6 posted on 04/24/2014 2:59:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Entropy is high. Wear a hat! And carry an umbrella.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Add Witness, by Whittaker Chambers.
7 posted on 04/24/2014 3:05:44 AM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: SoFloFreeper

My home-schooled kid hated novels. He read technical manuals and anything having to do with the U.S.Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

8 posted on 04/24/2014 3:17:28 AM PDT by SatinDoll (A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN IS BORN IN THE US OF US CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.

9 posted on 04/24/2014 3:35:29 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

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.

10 posted on 04/24/2014 5:22:51 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: SoFloFreeper

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

The list is in sore need of some non secular material. We’re raising children, not monks.

11 posted on 04/24/2014 5:32:55 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: SoFloFreeper

I would have thought the Bible would be in this list, and first.

12 posted on 04/24/2014 5:34:32 AM PDT by nonsporting
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13 posted on 04/24/2014 5:38:32 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Usagi_yo

Another one, perhaps for high school level, would be Sowell’s Basic Economics.

14 posted on 04/24/2014 5:40:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: nonsporting

Oh, absolutely. You cannot really understand American history, or Western Civilization without reading the Bible. I homeschooled our three kids, and we read it.

15 posted on 04/24/2014 5:43:31 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: SoFloFreeper

My four had to read and understand:

1. Bible
2. Animal Farm
3. 1984
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.

16 posted on 04/24/2014 6:19:14 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: JenB
Oh, where to start... I'm not going to stick to only ten.

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 Hobbit
The Federalist Papers
Civil Disobedience
Common Sense
Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans (Plutarch’s ‘Lives’)
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Aeneid
The Odyssey
The Iliad
Herodotus’s ‘Histories’
Aeschylus’s plays
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)
Canterbury Tales
Confessions (Augustine)
The Divine Comedy
Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Bede)
History of the Kings of Britain (Geoffrey of Monmouth)
Julius Caesar
Romeo and Juliet
Henry V
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Song of Roland
The Rule of St. Benedict
Richard III
The Lord of the Rings (all three books)
Midsummer Night’s Dream
Howard Pyle’s “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)
Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)
Reflections on the Revolution in France (Burke)
The Social Contract
A Tale of Two Cities
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
The Westminster Confession
Animal Farm
Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography
Death of a Salesman
Gulliver’s Travels
How Should we Then Live? (Schaeffer)
The Old Man and the Sea
Killer Angels
Pride and Prejudice
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
To Kill a Mockingbird
Annals of Imperial Rome (Tacitus)
El Cid
Josephus (selections)
The Unaborted Socrates
Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
Plato’s Republic
Aesop’s Fables
Phantastes (George MacDonald)
The Gospels
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.

17 posted on 04/24/2014 6:28:21 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: SatinDoll

That’s the great thing about home schooling - customization. No need for one size fits all.

18 posted on 04/24/2014 6:41:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Oberon

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.

19 posted on 04/24/2014 7:19:08 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Oberon

Great list—that’s an education.

20 posted on 04/24/2014 7:21:16 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
I'll see you one Silas Marner and raise you The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Good grief, I never wished so hard for a house to burn down already...
21 posted on 04/24/2014 7:23:41 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: 9YearLurker

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.

22 posted on 04/24/2014 7:33:09 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

“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.


23 posted on 04/24/2014 7:37:37 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Oberon

With a few tweaks, that list looks like my oldest son’s reading list.

The Bible
The works of Flannery O’Connor
Atlas Shrugged
The Baltimore Catechism
The works of Edgar Allan Poe
King Lear
Brideshead Revisited

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.


24 posted on 04/24/2014 7:45:42 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: VermiciousKnid

1: Bible
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.

25 posted on 04/24/2014 11:08:06 AM PDT by dasboot
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To: dasboot

Yes, yes! Forgot about some of those (especially “The Road to Serfdom”). It’s so HARD to remember them all.


26 posted on 04/24/2014 11:10:18 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: VermiciousKnid; dasboot
Readers' Digest Condensed Version of the Road to Serfdom
(in PDF format)

27 posted on 04/24/2014 5:11:59 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion ("Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Thank you very much, C_I_C!


28 posted on 04/24/2014 5:15:33 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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