An email from Civitas:
Dear James Bartholomew
We saw a couple of your recent pieces on your blog and the Mail on Sunday about home schools. I thought you might be interested to know about our special offer to home schools on one of our education titles, Our Island Story. Home schoolers can get copies at postage and packaging cost only (£5). You might want to pass this on to other home schoolers.
We have also tried to be at the forefront of the current debate on synthetic phonics by publishing for the first time this year an established reading course, The Butterfly Book.
Research and administrative assistant
Office: 020 77996677
Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society
77 Great Peter Street
I am using
Our Island Story
for teaching my daughter an overview of the course of British history. The history is probably no longer regarded as being wholly right but the author tells stories and children love stories. I did not know the one about the siege of Calais and it is very dramatic. This book has recently been supplemented by watching the video of The Six Wives of Henry the Eighth, which is excellent once it gets going, and also the video of the series in which Glenda Jackson starred as Elizabeth I. This is less compelling but has certainly also held my daughter’s attention. The episode on the plot to kill her is particularly good. These TV series bring the Tudors vividly to life and they are, I believe, much more accurate than the recent film on Elizabeth.