In the Classical Conversations programs, Challenge B would be equivalent to the 8th grade, however any student (I’m talking about myself here) could have a rich year of study in the materials assigned. There were so many new things to learn like formal Logic, the history of Scientists, and Mock Trial. Much like Challenge A, the curriculum is complete and doesn’t need any supplementing.
Here’s a list of other books we utilized last year in implementing the program. Again, they are simply resources, not supplements. Everything in the program can be implemented without any of these options. I’m not listing the required materials…for that list, click here.
- Henle Latin I Study Guide Units III-V by Memoria Press (I love the answer key in the back)
- Cassell’s Latin Dictionary
- 501 Latin Verbs
- Henle First Year Latin Companion Volumes 1 & 2 (connects the grammar to the exercises…helpful for the mom who’s trying to teach Latin when she’s never studied it before…like me!)
- English Grammar for Students of Latin
- The Book of Roots (for help in identifying derivatives)
- Via by Dwane Thomas (e-book with great ideas about learning Latin)
Current Events/Mock Trial:
- World Magazine – A great current event source with a Christian perspective
- The Week – would need to be parent approved before passing on to your kid to read through
- Mastering Algebra John Saxon’s Way: Algebra 1/2, 3rd Edition DVD Set – I love these DVDs…or better yet, my son loves them. Art Reed has been teaching Saxon Math for years, and it shows.
- Using John Saxon’s Math – Written by Art Reed, this little book is a great resource for tips and tricks in utilizing Saxon Math.
- Everything you need to know about Math homework
- Understanding Math
- Classical Conversations Math Trivium Table
SCIENCE: In Challenge B the research seminar covers four studies of focus over the year: History of Science, Science Fair, Defeating Darwinism, and Discovering Atomos (or intro to Chemistry)
History of Science resources:
- The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim
- The Story of Science: Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim
- The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension by Joy Hakim
- Men of Science Men of God – Written from a Biblical worldview
- The Usborne Book of Scientists From Archimedes to Einstein
- Champions of Science by John Hudson Tiner (Biblical Worldview)
- The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking
- Archimedes and the Door of Science
- Copernicus’ Secret
- Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics (Biblical Worldview)
- The Explosion Zone: Faraday, Pioneer of Electricity
- Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (Biblical Worldview)
- Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, Teacher (Biblical Worldview)
- Samuel F. B. Morse: Artist with a Message (Biblical Worldview)
- Samuel Morse and the Telegraph
- The Search for Radium: Marie Curie’s Story
- Marie Curie: Mother of Modern Physics
- Albert Einstein
- Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity
Science Fair –
- 175 Science Experiments to Amuse and Amaze your Friends
- Prize Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids
- Science Buddies Website – a wealth of project ideas and instructions
Defeating Darwinism –
- Inherit the Wind – DVD The play is referenced when you read Defeating Darwinism, so it’s fun to watch the movie
- Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed – DVD The themes expressed in this documentary are relevant to what you read. It is a great resource.
Discovering Atomos (Intro to Chemistry)
- The Elements
- Scholastic Discover More: The Elements
- The Illustrated Dictionary of Chemistry
- The Visual Dictionary of Chemistry
- How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients
- The Disappearing Spoon
- The Little Britches Series – after you read the first, you’ll want to read more about Ralph Moody’s life.
- Summer of the Monkeys – After you read Where the Red Fern Grows, you might want to read something from the same author that isn’t so sad! This book kept us laughing with the antics of a crazy monkey.
- The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth – fun insights into the author and stories.
- The Question by Leigh Bortins – This book is about the dialectic stage and discusses many of the books and topics studied in Challenge B.
- The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy – by Nancy Pearcey. This book is a great companion to the History of Science.
Challenge B is a fantastic year that lays the groundwork in self-discipline that is required for any man to develop virtue and wisdom. I loved studying with 13-14 year-olds as I saw them mature in amazing ways over the course of the year. While I’m excited to move on to Challenge I with them all, I am truly thankful for the Challenge of stretching my brain in so many new directions this year. I can’t wait to learn more!