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January 23, 2006


Over at The Denim Jumper, Poppins asked us to imagine that we were going on a journey into outer space. We will be gone for the next 10-13 years. We can bring with us five books and three programs: What do you choose?

Off the top of my head, here were my choices:

Lord of the Rings
A good dictionary
The complete works of Shakespeare
Encyclopedia of word history - probably Kingfisher
And then I'm torn between the Norton Anthology of World Literature or a good science encyclopedia, which might be more useful in space.

Singapore Math (Only because it covers more years than Right Start.)
Henle Latin (The kids would hate it, but if I can only pick one, this is it.)
Classical Writing

But boy, would I be hoping that someone else brought along a really good music collection.

What do you think? Jeff?

Posted by lynx at January 23, 2006 1:33 PM

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The problem with this is that it assumes a lot. I'd toss the bunch of it for air, but what else is included in the kit you get to assume? If there's not a farmer along, I want a book on growing plants. If not a blacksmith or equivalent, I want books on geology and metalworking.

Regardless, I'd definitely take the Little House books, to remind me that other people have done harder things, and no matter how bad it gets, I could keep going.

Posted by: Jeff Medcalf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 6:15 PM

Get your head out of the pioneer sand, darlin'.

The space thing is just a framework. Forget it. Assume you can only have five books and three "programs" with which to educate your children.

Posted by: MamaLynx [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 23, 2006 6:17 PM

That's not pioneer sand. That's my bookcase.

Which skill sets would you like, and what age would you like them to be written for? There are book series that cover just about anything.

Posted by: Lioness at January 23, 2006 9:56 PM

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