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Hearts for Home

Hearts for Home is a link up party sharing helpful and encouraging posts for homeschooling families. 

Last week's most-viewed post was Simple and Joyful Motherhood Encouragement by Misty Leask.

My personal favorite from last week was my contribution to Year Round Homeschooling. That's probably all wrong, right? Vanity, vanity and all that?

And here is where you link up your contribution or find some great posts to read:

Hearts for Home

Hearts for Home is a link up party sharing helpful and encouraging posts for homeschooling families.

Last week's most-viewed post was Free Lapbooks for Every Subject by Embracing Destiny.

My personal favorites from last week were:
What to do in the garden in April by Do It All Working Mom
How to hide nasty-flavored medicine by Mom on a Plan

And here is where you go to link up your contribution or to find some great posts to read:

Aeneid Giveaway!

I'm a small town, southern gal, who never had much exposure to the Classics. As a teen, I considered myself to be a "good reader" because I'd read all of Janette Oke's book and an assortment of romance novels. Slowly, I branched into the mystery section, and finally the classics. I still had a long way to go, but I was awakened to the idea that hard books could be good. It wasn't until I began homeschooling and was introduced to the classical method that I realized just how good the good books really are. They're not just good for pleasure, but good food for minds and souls.

Now that my boys are teens, I love tackling the classics with them. I don't know how to teach them at all, so I rely heavily on good publishers to guide me. I was introduced to Roman Roads Media last year, as part of The Schoolhouse Magazine Review Crew. I reviewed their curriculum The Greeks and was very impressed.  This year, they invited me to try The Aeneid and offered to give a full set of the program to one of my readers, too!

The Aeneid provides about 6 hours of content. Wes Callihan teaches the course, and he does it well. The 6 hours goes by quickly. The quality is good, set in a relaxed atmosphere, but still quite professional. Wes Callihan's voice is mesmerizing. It doesn't put you to sleep, but rather draws you in. Even my younger children find themselves frozen in place when walking through the room, unable to resist the power of his voice. It's not as if he's weaving a tale, but more like a casual chat in his library...with really great sound recording.

I love that the lessons include pop-ups of names, timelines, and vocabulary words, helping combine my need for visual as well as auditory learning.

In Aeneid, you'll find Twelve Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Romans (37:18 minutes)
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to the Aeneid (31:55 minutes)
  • Lesson 3: Rome as an  Idea (36:29 minutes)
  • Lesson 4: The Fall of Troy and the Wanderings of Aeneas (41:10 minutes)
  • Lesson 5: The Tragedy of Dido (35:29 minutes)
  • Lesson 6: The Underworld (36:11 minutes)
  • Lesson 7: The Broken Truce and Shield of Aeneas (28:24 minutes)
  • Lesson 8: The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalos (26:44 minutes)
  • Lesson 9: Camilla, Juno's Surrender, and the Death of Turnus (31:52 minutes)
  • Lesson 10: Metamorphoses I (36:52 minutes)
  • Lesson 11: Metamorphoses II (50:30 minutes)
  • Lesson 12: Epics of Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius (37:21 minutes)
The recommended schedule for The Aeneid is 9 weeks long. It includes watching the DVD lectures; answering comprehension questions; reading assignments from The Aeneid, Vergil, and other Roman epics; a term paper; and a final exam. Also included with the program is a booklet that explores ancient art and more recent artistic responses to the literature being studied. A brief art lesson is included with each chapter of the DVD as well as a list of many related paintings for students to explore.

The Aeneid is available as a DVD, with PDF workbook and exams or as a streaming video series, which are $56 each. The streaming option is mobile friendly, which is very convenient. The workbook is also available in printed book form for $12.00. My preference is what Roman Roads gave me: a combination of all of these, available for $62.00. A digital version of The Aeneid is included with these purchases, though a physical copy is recommended.

The series is deep and most appropriate for high school students. 
Romans Road Media's approach incorporates literature, history, philosophy, theology, geography, and art. It's the perfect humanities course.

Roman Roads has issued a fabulous offer and challenge to parents: Work through this program with your students by May 15th and receive 20% any Old Western Culture Product. You can also join in discussions with other parents working through it at the same time.

You can sample the format of the program for free to see if it is a good fit for you. If you like this DVD, there are 3 more in the Romans series, or you can purchase all 4 as a set for a year long course.

For a taste of Roman Roads Media's educational philosophy, be sure to download the free ebook Preparing Younger Kids for a Great Books Education

For a chance to win a free copy of The Aeneid, sign up with the rafflecopter below!
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Hearts for Home

The most clicked post from last week was this recipe for Banana Bread Bites by Syncopated Mama.

My personal favorites were:

My contribution was a post I try to revisit periodically, sharing advice from the book of James for sibling squabbles:

And here is where you can either link up your post or enjoy reading the many great posts that are linked!

Fairy Castles

Spring is here! The real spring! Not the pretend spring that snows two days later! 

Our days have been filled with seedlings, building fence, and researching goats and chickens. We're about to start the farming part of living on a farm. This could be productive or entertaining. Or both. Next week, I leave for GHC in Ohio! It's like indoor spring for homeschool moms.

The younger set have been productive in their own right, building fairy castles in the yard. I was quite impressed and had to grab the camera. Since their work is much more attractive than the work I've accomplished this week, I'll share their pictures with you. 

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. -Hal Borland

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. -Rainer Maria Rilke

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again. -Gustav Mahler

Hearts for Home

Welcome to this week's edition of Hearts for Home Blog Hop, featuring encouragement, tips and tricks, and tools for parenting and teaching.

The most-clicked post of last week was Barbie Preschool and Totschool Pack from Monsters Ed.

My personal favorite from last week was:


It helped me realize that I started my cucumbers too early. I'll be starting a new batch of those today! We're hoping for a nice garden this year, being finally settled in the farmhouse.

And here is where you link up your post or read the many great entries for this week:

An InLinkz Link-up