Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Omnibus VI: The Modern World

The new Omnibus books are here! The new Omnibus books are here!

Yes, that's right, Omnibus VI, the last textbook in a six-year great books program for middle and high school students, is hot off the press. Students who go through all six-years of the Omnibus program will have studied every book of the Bible, large portions of the Apocrypha and Church Fathers, as well as lots of great literature, theology and history encompassing the whole of Western Civilization. Just being able to teach this material and to be attached to this project in an infinitesimal way pleases me to no end. I'm also glad that this curriculum will be there when my kids get to high school.

Want to know what the students read from 7th to 12th grade? Check it out.