Foundations for Older Beginners


         
        
Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners
        Poetry for Older Beginners
        Frequently Asked Questions

For older students entering our program, we have developed an older beginner Workbook and Instructor’s Guide.  Aesop & Homer for Older Beginners consists of a Student Workbook and an Instructor's Guide. Students in 7th grade and up can complete the work from Aesop and Homer in 22 weeks.

With this workbook, students starting Classical Writing in 8th grade or above can complete Aesop and Homer in one semester.

Likewise, for older students who want to complete our three volume poetry series, we have developed a Workbook and Instructor’s Guide which will guide 7th graders and older through Poetry for Beginners in twelve weeks.
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Additional Teaching Help for Aesop and Homer

For those who would like a course overview and teacher training, the recorded webinars How to Teach Aesop and  How to Teach Homer may be helpful. This webinar was taught by Kathy Weitz in the summer of 2010.

Also available - the popular tutorial Aesop and Homer In-A-Month, a four week 'crash course' covering all the foundational narrative analysis and writing skills needed by older students before they move on to our intermediate and advanced courses.  This is also excellent intensive teacher training for home educators as well as co-op and private school teachers.

Students should be at least 8th graders.

What to buy for Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners

Aesop
Preview and Order
Homer
Preview and Order
Student Workbook for Older Beginners
Preview and Order
Instructor's Guide for Older Beginners
Preview and Order
  • core text needed for all study of Aesop

  • for beginners of all ages

  • core text needed for all study of Homer
  • for advancing beginners of all ages

  • consumable
  • 22 week course
  • covers all of Aesop & Homer
  • includes models and grammar assignments
  • editing checklist for each writing project
  • non-consumable
    optional with Student Workbook for Older Beginners
  • has many teacher helps and notes for weekly lessons
  • answers to most grammar  and diagramming exercises
  • includes ways to apply lessons to other subject areas

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What to buy for Poetry for Older Beginners:

Poetry for Beginners
Preview and Order
Student Workbook
for Older Beginners
Preview and Order
Instructor's Guide
for Older Beginners
Preview and Order
  • core text needed for all study of Poetry for Beginners

  • for beginners of all ages

  • consumable
  • 12 week course
  • covers all of Poetry for Beginners
  • includes all models
  • step-by-step instructions for poem imitations
  • non-consumable
    optional with Student Workbook for Older Beginners
  • has many teacher helps and notes for weekly lessons
  • comprehensive analysis of figures of speech in each model
  • includes ways to apply lessons to other poems

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my student can handle the pace in Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners?

We do not recommend Older Beginners for most students lower 7th grade.  If your student has little or no grammar background, plan to take at least 22 weeks to complete Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners.

What else should my student be studying along with Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners?

Your students need a separate grammar book to accompany Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners. We recommend Harvey's Elementary Grammar, which is a thorough and simple classic grammar text. However, you may use any basic grammar text.  In our Instructor's Guide schedules and in the student weekly overview, we provide scheduling information to help work the grammar lessons into your Classical Writing work week.

We have also developed a Student Workbook and Answer Key for Harvey's Elementary Grammar.

We give sentence diagramming instruction in the Homer text, but if you are new to diagramming, Mary Daly’s First Whole Book of Diagrams is a good resource book. Online diagramming resources are also listed on our Helpful Links page.

Again, we highly recommend a study of Poetry for Beginners along with Aesop and Homer for Older Beginners.
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