You know that a homeschool Mom is preparing to start school again when she stays up until 12:30am going through her book lists! That is exactly what I did last night. P (17) was babysitting, so I was actually waiting up for her, but my OFE3 book list is what occupied my time. We are covering ancient world history this upcoming year, and I noticed there are a LOT of mythologies listed. I want to cover the OT Jews and Egypt, which I notice there ISN’T much coverage of in the list. I switched out a couple of myth-based titles for a couple of titles that intrigued me on Simply Charlotte Mason’s website. There are enough seemingly myth-based stories within the Greek and Roman histories that I didn’t feel we needed more. We are going to read Boy of the Pyramids by Ruth Fosdick Jones, and Letters from Egypt by Mary L. Whately. Both promise to give a good picture of the lifestyle of the Egyptians, and Letters is from a Biblical worldview with applicable Scriptures interwoven too. Boy of the Pyramids is a mystery, so that should be rather fun! I purchased them both as ebook downloads, since I am already printing a dozen books… what are two more? 😉 They are available in print editions, also.
Between the Literature, History, Biographies, Social Studies and Nature reading lists, there are 16 titles. That seems like a lot, to me? And that’s not including additional Twins Stories, which are based on different countries, and we are doing some country studies too. I know most of the books are to be read just one chapter per week, so that makes it much more user friendly! I am excited to read these books, because I have skimmed through most of them and I think my boys will really like them. I rather pity the moms of girls using this particular year of An Old Fashioned Education, because it does seem to be geared more toward boy’s interests than girls.
And on a totally different note, we awoke to pouring down rain this morning, so I’m thinking that the boy’s Royal Rangers Beach Party is probably not happening this evening. I’m just happy for the rain. We have had WEEKS of over 90. UGH!