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August 10th, 2006, 01:32 PM
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I was so excited cause I finally got a copy of The well trained mind book from the library


I'm sorry but it takes away from letting people choose what there child should learn in my opinion. I have the english book from the same co and love it, in fact my dd will be starting it in a few weeks, but this book just wasn't 4 me!

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August 10th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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I have the Well Trained Mind and I find it very inspiring HOWEVER I do not use any of their methods aisde from the way that they teach history. Doing it chronologically makes sense to me and so I do use Story of the World.

Other than that, I don't bother with it at all. Mind you, for homeschool support and curriculum advice the well trained mind boards are priceless and I frequent them often.
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August 10th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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I am hoping to start the story of the world next yr but the overall book stunk imo
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August 10th, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Oh dear what a shame. I've never read it but aparantly the way I have a 4 year history rotation is the same I think as with anything take out what you like...if anything and chuck the rest. hey at least it was a libary book, you didn't waste your money. Maybe you would prefere reading about CM? There are some simerlarities to clasical.

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August 10th, 2006, 04:13 PM
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I just got it cause alot of people recommended it! I guess I have decided that I am going to homeschool by picking and choosing here and there, this is my 1st yr. I am trying saxon math, first language lessons for the well trined mind, phonic is saxon also got a sight words series, science is books by evan morr, and doing geography with games, maps and library books!
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August 10th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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The Well Trained Mind, is my home-school bible. I love it, because it really tells me what the author likes and doesn't like about different curriculum. I already have a bit of experience and a general feel for these things also, which is great. I like the lists of suggested school/learning books and so on. I like how it goes through each step telling you what THEY recommend to do. Generally following this books suggestions and recommendations worked well for us last year and I am going to do CLOSE TO everything it says this year. So, sue me. I like it. Everybody (obviously) likes different things. I am going to use an actual science textbook though, so I guess that is a difference, and a few other small differences.

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August 11th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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We love the Well Trained Mind and we use a Classical Method Curriculum with tons of memorization.

I am the opposite of an unschooler, you might say. There is very little child led schooling that happens in our house.

There is all kinds of child led learning that we facilitate on a myriad of things, but we dont call it school.

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