Behold my triumph in a stealth supplemental classical education! My nine-year-old son, the one affectionately known as "Rat Boy," came up to me and said, "I really liked that thing you put up, the one about the cows and everything." He meant the great G. M. Hopkins poem "Pied Beauty," which I had printed out, matted on construction paper, and tacked over his gerbil's tank without comment.
He and his siblings certainly did not want to memorize poems when we were homeschooling! Boy, did they not want to. But I'll be darned if I didn't hear my seven-year-old (also known as "Rat Boy." What can I say? They act ratty) muttering, "What the hammer? What the chain? In what furnace was...READ MORE