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Lately our family has been going through Fr William Most's textbook, Latin by the Natural Method. It's great fun, but presented in a compact, black and white text, which could be greatly elaborated. Here's a slideshow from the first reading. This was put together with Google docs. The second part of the reading was about ...continue reading "What Lectio Prima might look like."


I came across LifterLMS and it look much slicker than Namaste! though it doesn't really do as much. It looks like the more WatuPro quizzes I add here, the slower the website will work. I'm wondering if H5P would be less resource-hungry, but not sure how to test that out apart from manually migrating all ...continue reading "More ideas – and a new quiz"

It's a funny thing to study - so much misinformation! We have Karl Adam's Roots of the Reformation plus Cobbet's book and R H Benson's historical novels. Also a short life of St Thomas More. The Librivox recordings of Come Rack Come Rope are unfortunately difficult to understand in the car, so there goes that ...continue reading "Term 2 2016 – The Reformation"

Following Charlotte Yonge's book on Roman History has been great this term. She strikes a good balance between brevity and interesting detail with a Christian perspective. It is easy enough to cross reference with other websites plus our Historical Atlas. Next term I propose to study the next period, known as the Middle Ages. But ...continue reading "Term 1 2016 – Middle Ages (mainly Europe)"

All the short histories of Rome skip to the Punic Wars, so I wanted to read about Pyrrhus by the end of the week. In Charlotte Yonge's Book we read through chapters 13-16 today. There were lots of incidents to act out with much drama and enthusiasm. One contrast came between Manlius breaking ranks to ...continue reading "More wars: Samnites and Pyrrhus"

Continuing with Charlotte Yonge's book, chapters 9 and 10 describe Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs. This continues under the Early Republic The conflict between patricians and plebians reminded me of the parable about a kingdom divided. kingdomdivided Coriolanus - doesn't like plebians and fought against Rome (exiled 491BC) - There's a Shakespeare play about him. ...continue reading "Rome – Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs"

We read chapters 7 and 8 of Charlotte Yonge's book Young Folk's History of Rome. This described the developing political structure of the Roman Republic. There are many, many diagrams to try explain the structure, but as the structure changed over time it is probably a good idea to make your own. Then we printed ...continue reading "Ancient Rome – government"

Continuing from Greece, now we're moving along to looking at Ancient Rome. So far we've read a few chapters from Young Folks' History of Rome by Charlotte Yonge. Yesterday we had a brief overview of the Kings of Rome: The accounts that have come down are probably embellished to make for a more entertaining story ...continue reading "Ancient Rome"

I like Watu Pro a lot, but I also like github hosted static websites. There's Hotpotatoes for making javascript quizzes, but it is old and stale and Windows based. So when I saw H5P, I thought it was worth trying out, although it also seems to be tied into WordPress or Drupal. Here's a demo ...continue reading "H5P – hmmm"