Guest Blog: Vince’s “As I Read It” – The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins

I have asked my 15 year-old son, Vincent, to write some book reviews. He is very well-read for his age, and can always be found with at least one book in hand. He has been known to walk into inanimate objects because he had his nose in a book. He prefers fantasy books, but has read a lot if other styles. What follows are his words. Enjoy! My reviews will be divided into four sections, besides the rating, which itself will be how many stars out of five the series deserves. The first is Basic Protagonist. This one gives a few glimpses at the hero’s basic characteristics, to help determine whether the book would appeal to you. The second is…

Guest Blog: Vince’s “As I Read It” – Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have asked my 15 year-old son, Vincent, to write some book reviews. He is very well-read for his age, and can always be found with at least one book in hand. He has been known to walk into inanimate objects because he had his nose in a book. He prefers fantasy books, but has read a lot of other styles. What follows are his words. Enjoy! My reviews will be divided into three sections, besides the rating, which itself will be how many stars out of five the series deserves. The first is Basic Portagonist. This one gives a few glimpses at the hero’s basic characteristics, to help determine whether the book would appeal to you. The second is…

The Curriculum I Use: A Review of Rod and Staff English

I use Rod and Staff’s English program to teach grammar and some writing. This curriculum uses a very traditional approach to grammar and writing. In this approach lies both its strengths and weaknesses. Let’s first look at what I consider to be its strengths. Nouns, verbs, subjects, predicates, objective, subjective, tense, punctuation, diagramming, and many other details are all taught. Each grade level goes into a bit more depth, sometimes leading the student to think they already know the lesson when in actuality there is a little new information at each level. By the time they get to seventh grade, they are learning about coordinating conjunctions and adverb phrases, but since they’ve been studying conjunctions and adverbs for years, they…