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Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Aeneid Review and Giveaway!

One of the things that I have learned during my homeschool journey is that you don't have to be knowledgeable in every subject in order to teach it to your children.  You can bring experts into your home to teach them for you.  One way to do this is by using video curriculum.  I have found this to be especially helpful in the middle/high school ages not only because it helps me as a teacher but also because it allows the student to be able to work independently.  Roman Roads Media publishes Classical video curricula from a Christian perspective that will help to instill a love of learning in your children.

Last year I had an opportunity to review Old Western Culture: The Greeks, the first year of a 4 year program intended for 8th-12th graders.  I was very impressed with this curriculum and was quite happy when I was offered the chance to do a review and giveaway of the first unit, The Aeneid of The Romans: Year 2.

The Aeneid is a 4 DVD and workbook set that will take the student around 9 weeks to complete.  The course is made up of video instruction, reading assignments, workbook exercises, and an ending exam and term paper. After completing all 4 units the student will have earned a full credit in literature and history.  I would also award a 1/2 credit in art history. There are 12 lectures in the unit including:

Overview of Roman History
Introduction to the Aeneid
Aeneid 1: Rome is an Idea
Aeneid II: The Fall of Troy & the Wanderings of Aeneas
Aeneid III: Tragedy of Dido
Aeneid IV: The Underworld
Aeneid V: The Broken Truce
Aeneid VI: Tragedy of Nisus
Aeneid VII: Death of Turnus
Ovid's Metamorphoses I
Ovid's Metamorphoses II
Lucretius, Lucan, & Statius

The workbook contains a suggested 9 week schedule and has comprehension questions for both the reading and the lecture, and an answer key. A guide to the art booklet is also included showing a piece of full color art for each lesson and a description of the work of art.

When you purchase the Aeneid Bundle ($62) you receive a physical copy of the DVDs and workbook, plus streaming access. You can also choose just DVD or streaming option for $56.  You will also need access to the reading assignments.  Digital copies of all of the assigned texts are included with your purchase and can be read on a tablet or your computer.

I have found Mr. Callihan's lectures to be very interesting, humorous,and educational.  His love of what he is teaching comes across when he is speaking and he has a great storytelling style that keeps you engaged.  There are many visuals included in the lectures such as timelines, artwork, maps and more. The reading assignments are challenging, but interesting and the comprehension questions will help students listen actively to the lectures and better understand what they are reading.  I love the art aspect of the curriculum as well, but parents should be aware that this course is designed for ages 14 and up and some of the classic artwork and mature themes may not be considered appropriate for younger children.  The curriculum comes from a Christian worldview.


Roman Roads Media has offered me an opportunity to host a giveaway for an Aeneid Bundle ($62 value.)  Giveaway will be open starting April 11th 2015 and will continue through April 25th 2015.  Prize will be fulfilled by Roman Roads Media.  Good Luck!!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this curriculum for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.
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