What’s on My Bookshelf: Challenge B Resources
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 astronomy, 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 while 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 I-V by Memoria Press (I love the answer key in the back)
- Cassell's Latin Dictionary
- 501 Latin Verbs
- Latin with Andy - a video resource that connects the skills learned in Essentials to Learning Latin. If you feel confident at the first of the year in repeating, then you probably don't need extra help until Lesson 17 when you hit passive verb forms. That trips us up every time!
- YouTube Vocabulary Videos- if you want a little help learning and reviewing that Latin vocabulary, check out Andy's YouTube channel which features vocabulary videos that correlate with the Henle Latin vocabulary.
American Experience/Mock Trial:
I'm looking forward to the new Great Tales of Heroism in U.S. History. There might be certain characters we want to dig into more, and I love the Heroes of History series for that:
- Nicole the Math Lady videos. She was actually the inspiration for our Latin with Andy videos! They are short and sweet and really easy to follow.
- 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 Astronomy, Defeating Darwinism, and Discovering Atomos (or intro to Chemistry)
History of Science resources:
- The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim (features Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein)
- The Story of Science: Newton at the Center by Joy Hakim (features Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein)
- The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension by Joy Hakim (features Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Laevitt, and Einstein)
- Men of Science Men of God - Written from a Biblical worldview
- The Usborne Book of Scientists From Archimedes to Einstein (also includes Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton)
- Champions of Science by John Hudson Tiner (Biblical Worldview) (features Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton)
- The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking (features Archimedes, Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, and Einstein)
- Archimedes and the Door of Science
- Copernicus' Secret
- Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science (Biblical Worldview)
- Isaac Newton: Inventor, Scientist, Teacher (Biblical Worldview)
Defeating Darwinism -
- Inherit the Wind - DVD The play is referenced when you read Defeating Darwinism, so it's fun to watch the movie.
- Scopes: Creation on Trial
- 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
- Also check out this fun way to memorize the periodic table.
- The Little Britches Series - we listened to this series on a road trip and it just kept getting better! I highly recommend this whole series.
- 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.
- Introductory Logic DVDs - these are an awesome resource!
- Intermediate Logic DVDs - I couldn't have made it through the course without these!
- 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 may never come back to tutor Challenge B, I am truly thankful for the ways in which my thinking was challenged!
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.
This is an amazing list! Thank you for posting! I am a Challenge B Director in Georgia. If okay, may I share a direct link to your article openly with the upcoming class in preparation for next year? I also recently heard a speaker from Bryan College (the home town of the Scopes Trial). Here is a link to information on their “myth buster” movie called Inherit the Truth http://www.bryan.edu/college-history/scopes-trial
One other very helpful resource I use, a concise supplement for the Mock Trial Notebook, and one that I provided as a loan book to students is http://www.amazon.com/Mock-Trials-Preparing-Presenting-Winning/dp/1556817134
thank you again for publishing this very helpful article!
Portia, I love meeting fellow directors! What a cool website on the scopes trial. Such great information! I totally wish I had that Mock Trial book. I’ll be sharing that tip with my friends who are directing CHB this year. Share the link as you like!
Thank you for posting these resources. I will be tutoring Challenge B in the fall and am grateful to get started gathering resources. You have done such a beautiful job presenting all the amazing info contained in your website. We are excited about starting Latin with Andy soon! YOU ARE A BLESSING! I prayed for you tonight.
Thank you for all you do for us!! I have a question about Intermediate Logic. My son is stuck around lessons 14-16. Our director is very encouraging and said it will get easier around 17 or 18. The dvds are helpful but I was wondering if you know of any other resources out there to help. I’m lost as his lead teacher in this subject. Thanks in advance!
The Intermediate Logic is very difficult! Some catch on quickly, and it takes others quite a bit longer. I like to think of this semester of Logic as a preview to Intermediate Logic. Most students won’t become proficient in this in only one semester. With that in mind, I encourage students who are struggling to approach it from a different direction. Use the answer key heavily. See if you can figure out how they got the answers and be content with that level of understanding. In Challenge I and Challenge II, students continue practicing the logic similar to the first semester. They don’t come back to this in their CC career, so it’s okay to let it be a good preview of things they could pursue in the future. Hope this helps!
Thank you! What a relief! So appreciate your input. Blessings!
Thanks for sharing! Directing Challenge B in the Fall, and it’s great to have additional resources!