An Inside Look into Scholar Phase

An Inside Look into Scholar Phase


My eldest daughter, who is 16, is knee deep into scholar phase. I’m so pleased with trusting the process of TJED.


When we first pulled her out of school we went through a two year “detox”. She had such a difficult time with school and her self esteem was shot. By the time I pulled her out, I put her into Core phase and my only goal with her at that time was to nurture and build her self esteem. The other children were going through similar experiences but not to the extent that she was. She was also diagnosed with autism: Aspergers with high anxiety.  She could barely read and hated learning and hated school.


As I read, I mentored and we did {do} a LOT of reading aloud. This post isn’t to go over our long journey, but if there is interest in that I can post more on it later.


She is blossoming, happy, centered, and I’m very pleased to say you can barely tell she has anything going on with autism.


This is what has been working best for her now…


Here is what she has read so far this year {2012}:


Religious Books

  • Finished the Book of Mormon
  • A Marvelous Work and A Wonder by LeGrand Richards
  • The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball
  • The Last Days by Avraham Gileadi
  • A Witness and a Warning by Ezra Taft Benson

Classic Literature

  • Song of Roland ~Unknown
  • The Confessions ~ St. Augustine
  • Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by Shakespeare
  • All’s Well That Ends Well by Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
  • Othello by Shakespeare
  • The City of God {book 8} by St. Augustine
  • The Virginian by Owen Wister
  • The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Koran {The Cows}
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Beowulf ~Unknown
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the Venerable Bede


Other Literature:

  •  Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • Ten Peas in a Pod by Arnold Pent III
  • Nancy Drew and the Sky Phantom {She loves Nancy Drew, but only gets to read them every now and then or on her own time}
  • Nancy Drew and the Mysterious Mannequin
  • Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with the Circus by James Otis
  • ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
  • Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell



  • Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide
  •  On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolas Copernicus


Reading for Educational Subjects:

  • A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
  • Lives of the Musicians by Kathleen Krull {We all agree this was kind of negative}
  • The Annotated Mona Lisa {Art History}


This Week


We have our mentor meetings each Sunday evening or Monday morning.  Here’s this week’s list of things to do that we prepare together.  She sets the goals and sometimes does more and I encourage and mentor where needed.


History Timeline: 400 AD-1600 AD


Book Report: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People by the Venerable Bede




Begin the Inferno by Dante.  Get to at least page 213 by Sat.  (Our copy has Italian on one side and English on the other so it’s half of that first #)


The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer read to page 777.  {Pretty sure she is finishing the book}




Daily Scripture readings for seminary.

Whom the Lord Loveth by Neal A. Maxwell ~ finish




Julie of the Wolves ~finish

Candleford by Gaskill ~ finish


Read one storybook a day to the little kids.


Journal: 3 times this week.


Copywork: 100 words a day in 20 minutes.


Lost Tools of Writing Workbook ~ get to page 102 by Friday.



Science:  {Astronomy}


Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei ~ finish


2 experiments.  Write a paper on one.


Foreign Language:


5 Lessons in French {Rosetta Stone}


Latin: {Henly} get to lesson 31  {Almost finished with year 2}


Greek: to lesson 5



Personal Improvement:


Run: Tuesday and Thursday

50 crunches/15 pushes every other day

Work on Personal Progress.  {She just earned her Honor Bee}

Help brother with his Duty to God and Scout Merit Badge





30 min. Piano, 30 min. viola daily

Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers {book} ~finish

Listen to 10 minutes a day of Classical music, composer of your choice.


She checks in often with me and we have seen our daughter blossom into a confident, happy, and progressing young lady.   I love Leadership Education!

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