Letters re: Curriculum
“GBA really is the Rolls Royce
of homeschooling programs.”
Anna von Marburg
Your program just seems too amazing to be true! I was so excited when I found it. I would love to do this with my son.
Thanks so much!!!
We are in Botswana, Africa and it is summer here with rains perhaps once a week. We are originally from Port Townsend, WA? There is a serious draught here and we boarder the Kalahari desert. It is into the high 90’s and low 100’s but we have a pool and air conditioning so it is livable? Botswana is a wonderful country with lots of wild animal and open vast spaces. They are trying to form a democracy and are the best example of democracy here on the continent. My husband is with USAID and so we will be in third world countries for several years, moving every few years. This is a new life for us and it has its challenges? Nothing we have seen compares with the beauty of the Puget Sound and the mountains! You live in paradise? Thank you so much for all your help – we are new to home schooling and trying hard to do a good job. So grateful to have found your Academy? Thank you again, Kay Hammond
I want to pass on a discussion with a family friend the other night. He was pretty amazed that Kelsey had read Nichomachean Ethics as part of the Great Books program; even though he hadn’t read it he has a friend who’s a philosopher and had heard of it. My husband Mark and I had told him that it was about happiness. Kelsey came in the room and he said, “So, Kelsey, what does Ethics say that happiness is?” She answered without a pause, “A virtuous activity of the soul.” We were so impressed that the knowledge was in that long term memory!! Kelsey has passed us in her education at the tender age of 14! ! Humbling, but as the saying goes, we want our children to stand on our shoulders! Thank you for all you’ve done.
Also, reading my bible the other night I read in Sirach11:27-28:
A moment’s affliction brings forgetfulness of past delights; when a man dies his life is revealed.
Call no man happy before his death, for by how he ends, a man is known. Sounds like Nicomachean Ethics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I look forward to the possibility of homeschooling my daughter, Michal, for many years to come through the GBA!
Thank you very much for your time and thank you so much for putting together such a great curriculum!
This was what we were looking for in a curriculum. It has been developed with the view of satisfying a curious young mind intellect. Thanks for your attention and professionalism regarding our requests.
Aida Vega Aquino, Puerto Rico
I received the quarterly tests, downloaded them, and printed all in 2 minutes flat. Thank you again. We have been having such tremendous success with this program and recommending it to others that it is a joy to speed things along.
Hello! I am taking a minute to rave about the penmanship of my two daughters! I used the Spencerian handwriting booklets from your curriculum over the span of two years instead of just one, with just 15 to 30 minute practice sessions each morning. The result is astounding sixth grade writers! They get so many compliments. It is a remarkable program that develops not only incredible handwriting, but discipline, order and perseverance as well. I HIGHLY recommend it to all. They write adeptly in this beautiful handwriting in all their subjects, in their personal correspondance, etc. It is a well formed habit and not just a “let’s use our best handwriting for this particular notebook” kind of program!
Good Morning, You are such a pleasure to deal with. I can count upon you for a prompt answer to any query or problem I may have. Thank you for being so professional in your approach. Have a great weekend.
Thank you for your prompt reply regarding this week’s assignment. We appreciate the GBA’s staff dedication in working hard to gain further recognition/recommendation for college credits.The level, tempo, amount, and quality of readings and discussions topics certainly exceed that of many colleges–most definitely at the undergraduate level. We wish you well in your endeavors.
Thank you for your ongoing work. The future of our nation depends upon the free-flowing discussion of “the great ideas.” We’ve been homeschooling our kids for about six years using the Calvert School program from here in Baltimore (my son is 13 and my daughter is 9). This year we switched to the Great Books Academy program, and like it very much. Again, thank you, and I hope you have a very meaningful holiday season!
You may not remember me, but I was a student of yours during my freshman year of your Great Books Academy program online. First of all I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for mailing out my transcript to Connecticut College as well as the other schools I am applying to. All my interviewers who read the transcript for the class I took with were very impressed, and I think it will definitely give me an edge in the college acceptance process. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.Secondly, I wanted to take the time to let you know what I have been up to the past few years. As you might remember, I after my first year of the Great Books program, I decided to transfer into the local high school in my town. Since then, I have had a lot of new and interesting experiences, and I have also had the opportunity to take a few discussion based courses, which I think the past experience from your class helped me to succeed in. I firmly believe that taking the online course has helped me to think about things more deeply and to formulate my opinions and beliefs better than I would have otherwise, skills which will come in handy many times throughout the course of my life. I also know that I will always be glad that I spend that year engaged in intellectual pursuits which even as I have gotten older have yet to be surpassed.
I think it also helped me to be accepted to Yale for a summer course.
Again, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you, for both mailing my transcript, and for the excellent experience I took part in three years ago which I still look back pleasantly on.
Recieved package. Just delighted to begin reading these wonderful books. I still have to find a shelve to place them on. Thank you all for your time and attention. You can’t beat the sale of knowledge at reasonable prices. God bless.
“Your science curriculum is excellent. I really like it…”
I am using the entire GBA curriculum now and it is just beautiful. There’s a great deal of work but I’m getting an education as well! GBA really is the Rolls Royce of Homeschooling programs. Thank you for all your help regarding my order.
Anna von Marburg
“Just wanted to drop you a quick note and thank you for all the time you have put into getting me just the books I need. As I’ve told you before, it is this personal attention and consideration that keeps me loyal. I enthusiastically recommend GBA to all my homeschooling friends and associates. Your materials are always of the first caliber and so is your service.
Both of us love Vocabulit. I think it’s a great the way it integrates vocabulary, spelling, and reading. Just what I was looking for.
Shurley Grammar is very scripted and all encompassing. It will take some getting used to but I feel confident we will accomplish a great deal this year.
I am sure this is more information than you wanted or needed to know. I just want you (GBA) to know that we are ever so pleased with our materials. Thank you for everything.
Thank you, ~Linda“
“We are getting excited for next year! We’ve heard that GBA will be offered by the cyber charter school here in PA. So our kids can use the program at no cost to our family (besides the fact that we pay taxes) plus he will have a computer and printer and internet hookup. If ANY of you know families in Pennsylvania spread the word. OR if there are cyber charter schools in your state encourage them to adopt GBA as an option. This cyber charter in PA hasn’t officially started to enroll students nor have they had any press YET through word of mouth they have 23 students waiting to sign up to use GBA. I’m so excited for the kids!”
“I just wanted to drop a line to say ‘Thank You’ to the GBA family. I have spoken or emailed all of you once or several times and I’ve got to say that every single one of you has been very helpful and understanding. It is so refreshing and comforting to be able to call and get a real, live person on the other line. So, simply put – THANK YOU, GBA!”
“I love what you are doing. Thank you for the great and rich curriculum.”
HOMESCHOOLERS WIN TWO STRAIGHT NATIONAL SPELLING BEES, WASHINGTON
(May 21) – The competition went to a second tiebreaker before James Williams, a 14-year-old from Vancouver, Wash., claimed victory Wednesday in the 15th annual National Geographic Bee.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting this at all, it’s really exciting,” the soft-spoken James, oldest of six children, said after besting 55 finalists in two days of competition.
The deciding question: ”Goa, a state in southwestern India, was a possession of which country until 1961?”
Portugal was James’ correct answer, netting a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine and a week at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camp.
Dallas Simons, a 13-year-old student at Martin Luther King Magnet School in Nashville, Tenn., placed second and collected a $15,000 college scholarship. Taking third, and a $10,000 scholarship, was Sean Rao, 14, a student at St. Gabriel School in Hubertus, Wis.
”We wanted to make learning a lifestyle rather than something you have to do,” she said. It allows the children to concentrate on areas they enjoy and the family isn’t tied to a school schedule, she added.