A Lofty Goal

We home-school our children. At least we did and we still are. The boys are both in High School now. In ninth grade we transitioned them from home-school to public High School. Just our daughter remains at home and she is progressing well through her seventh grade year while looking longingly towards the day she gets to attend High School as well. In the last two years of their home-school curriculum we up the ante and push them with a fairly ambitious curriculum. In part because we believe they are able to handle it, but more importantly to help continue to provide them with a foundation for their own faith and their lives. The curriculum is called Omnibus by Veritas Press. It is Literature, History, Theology, Logic, Rhetoric, and Writing all in one textbook. To be honest, the writing is lacking a bit due to the teacher (me), but the boys finished every book in the curriculum and my daughter is right on schedule. The curriculum believes that the best way to understand history, specifically certain civilizations, is to read about that civilization by reading their authors. In the end, my sons have come away with a love of reading, a grasp of world history, and they have already read many of the greatest works of literature that man has ever written.

Therein lies my issue. I haven’t. I tried when our oldest first started, but home-schooling three and trying to keep up with his reading was too difficult. Now, I think I’m in a place to start again. My goal is not to finish by the end of the school year or even in a years time, but rather just to work towards finishing. Many of the books they have to read I’ve already read, but most of them I have not. Just how daunting is this list? Well, fifty-two books. Just for seventh grade. And then comes grade eight. Right now I’m only concerned with getting through seventh grade. I have set a goal for myself that I will not start on eighth grade until I finish seventh. So without any further fanfare I present the entire reading list.

Genesis

Exodus

I and II Samuel

I and II Kings

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Minor Prophets (12 books)

Luke

Acts

Galatians

Romans 

James

Aeschylus I: Oresteian Trilogy

The Codes of Hammurabi & Moses

Gilgamesh

The Histories

The Odyssey 

Plutarch’s Lives Vol. 1

The Aeneid

Early History of Rome

The Last Days of Socrates

Sophocles I

The Twelve Caesars

Julius Caesar

Chosen by God

The Horse and His Boy

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

The Magician’s Nephew

Prince Caspian

The Silver Chair

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Best Things in Life

The Eagle of the Ninth

The Last Battle

Till We Have Faces

The Screwtape Letters

Unaborted Socrates

The Holiness of God

So there it is. So far I’ve read 32 of them before so I won’t be re-reading them for my goal (though I will be re-reading the Bible of course). I’m currently making my way through The Odyssey by Homer and The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. Bit by bit I feel like I’m making headway. Maybe someday I will be able to share my eight grade reading list.

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  1. david.o

    I just picked up Robert Fitzgeralds blank verse translation of The Odyssey. Can’t believe we haven’t read that by our age. Where’d we go to school?

    What version you looking at?

    Also, Screwtape is reeeaally good.

  2. david.o

    Also, I hear that Veritas curriculum is great!

    • Eric

      The Veritas curriculum is quite good.

      Exactly! Where did we go to school? I’m reading the Perennial Classics edition of The Odyssey translated by Richmond Lattimore. I met with a regular customer of mine the other day and the first thing he said when he saw me is, “What are you reading?” He then told me to get the Audible audio book version of The Iliad. He said that listening to it is spectacular. Really enjoying Screwtape, but it still falls short of my favorite Lewis book, Till We Have Faces. Faces is simply brilliant.

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