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Memoria Press Classical Composition I: Fable Set and Classical Composition II: Narrative Set Review

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I’m a big fan of classical education in an approach to home school curriculum. Memoria Press has a very wide variety of materials that are great for the classical learning style. I’ve used a few of them in the past and was excited to review the Classical Composition I: Fable Set  and the Classical Composition II: Narrative Set. We have been working in these books for a few weeks now and I can already see a difference in writing skills. Although my oldest has always had an interest in writing, these books help her hone her skills as well as practice her penmanship. I will admit none of my children have the best handwriting so any time I can get them to get a little extra practice in is a plus for me. I blame the fact that our society is so technologically focused that they don’t feel the need to write as much as they type. Anyway, on to the review…

As I said before my rant, I reviewed the Classical Composition I: Fable Set  and the Classical Composition II: Narrative Set. These sets are from Memoria Press which also has a ton of other materials available on their site. If you enjoy the classical education approach, you should check out what they have to offer.

My daughter is fairly advanced for her age in most subjects (math can be a little troublesome). Writing is one of her strongest areas. She has won several writing competitions and awards for her skills but she is always ready to build on them. That is what these sets do, they help the student learn to build on an idea to make the story more engaging and enjoyable.

Each set comes with:

Student Workbook
Teacher Workbook
Instructional DVD

Lesson Plans are also available for sale on their site.

Each lesson begins with a story. These stories range from easy to more complex and I was pretty familiar with nearly each of them I read. A few examples of the stories would be The Frog Prince, Chico and the Crane, Wolf in Sheep Clothing, and a range of Biblical stories. After each short story, the student will get to work decoding it in a way. This is where the imagination and thinking skills comes into play.

In Classical Composition I: Fable Set, the first thing in the lesson is to decipher the 3 Plot Components; Recognition, Reversal, and Suffering. This was a kinda new exercise for us and we had to learn how to do this one. Second she began the first variations. This is where they find synonyms and write a sentence or two in different ways. Afterwards comes the first outline. This is where they summarize the story in an outline. Than they paraphrase the story by using their outline. They also have a second set of variations to expand and use more creative writing skills.

Classical Composition II: Narrative Set is fairly similar with a few differences. It is more advanced and requires a little more skill. It builds on the exercises from set one with some changes. This time they will have to find the 9 components of narrative invention as well. That is the who, what, when, where, how, and why questions. Then the book follows a similar style layout as one.

Also, I just wanted to also mention how much we love the spiral bound books because they are so much easier for us to use. I think all curriculum (especially math books) should come like this!

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