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Anthea, September 28, 2019 in
Teaching the Great Books (Josh Gibbs)
I've been using a catechism in the four classes that I teach at a private Christian school. The school is not classical in approach; they use Abeka curriculum for all subjects excluding math. As a part time "contractor," I have the privilege of teaching seventh and eighth grade literature as well as upper level Bible classes. I've been given a great deal of leeway to diverge from the Abeka curriculum, allowing me to use other books (Chronicles of Narnia, Shakespeare, etc.) rather than the basal readers. I started the year with catechisms, including Scripture
(liberally copied from Joshua Gibbs's sample catechisms) and passages from the books we are studying, which are now bearing fruit. The principal of the school pulled me aside yesterday to say that she was reading a devotional to the seventh grade in homeroom, and upon reading the Bible verse, the students all joined in and recited the rest of the passage from memory! She was surprised and excited by the experience. I can't wait to see what will happen throughout the year as we progress and more material is committed to memory by purposeful "accident."
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