Sunday, 26 March 2017

Early Bird Registration Starts April 1st

No ... this is not an April Fool's joke - Early Bird registration for current Dreaming Spires students is opening on 1st April, to book places on courses that are due to start in September.

Don't be a fool! Sign up early!!

If you're not a current student, your Early Bird registration period begins the 15th of April and lasts only two weeks.

 Why sign up so early? Because April is the only month where you get two great deals:

  1. Fees will be held over from 2016; after 30th of April, the prices WILL increase!
  2. You are able to spread the cost over five months instead of paying the full price at once!
Pop on over to our Timetable tab and see all the courses we've got on offer this year: the oldies-but-goodies, four years of English with a composition option; our new star of 2016, Ancient History; and the new kids on the block, Spanish (2 courses) and Biology.

Go ahead and spread the word ... referral discounts are unlimited to the tune of 100% savings, so get out there and share!!!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

New Timetable for September Out Now

Early Bird registration for Dreaming Spires courses will open on 1st April, but in the meantime, you may want to see what we have in store in terms of our timetabling.

There are some alterations based on the necessity of our family commitments, especially when it comes to juggling our own children's home education with our desire to supply the highest quality of online learning experiences for yours.

English Literature and Composition
Middle Ages Lit
8 am CST/2 pm UK

American Lit

1 pm CST/7 pm UK

British Novel

1 pm CST/7 pm UK


9:30 am CST/3:30 pm UK
Add-On Composition
Usually meet 1/2 hour after class

Classical Civilisation/Ancient History


Roman History

1-2 pm CST/7-8 pm UK

Greek History

8-9 am CST/2-3 pm UK

Add-On Writing Extensions
Usually meet 1/2 hour after class



Biology with lab

8-9 am CST/ 2-3 pm UK



Spanish 2

11 am CST/5-6 pm UK

Spanish 1

11 am CST/5-6 pm UK

Friday, 6 January 2017

Foremost Frankenstein Expert Dies

So many famous people died in 2016 - Prince, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher - but one of the deaths that impacted me the most was that of an academic.

This man was Professor Charles Robinson. He was my graduate advisor at the University of Delaware back in the 80s, and one of the foremost authorities on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

Professor Robinson died peacefully at home in November last year, but in June, he was taking my children and me on a tour of the Delaware campus where I'd spent two years as a student. As eager as always to talk up the English department there, he gave the recruitment spiel to my teenage daughter. Heck, he did such a good job, I was ready to sign up for it all over again!

He then took us up to East Main Street and bought us pizza. As we sat on the patio, practically sweltering in the summer sunshine, he started telling us all about his continued research in Mary Shelley's original manuscripts. 

The Pizza may be a legend, but so was the company!

Robinson's book called The Original Frankenstein is published by Vintage Classics, and provides actually two different versions of the novel: that with Mary's words only, and another with Percy's amendments.

"She uses a lot more simple vocabulary and is more straightforward, then Percy comes along and adds all these Latinate words. But even though he added about 4,000 words to the original story, the novel is all Mary's."

His research and scholarship has earned him the position as the go-to consultant on most documentaries on Shelley's bookname turns up on almost every documentary about Shelley as a consultant, but it's not just his excellent scholarship; it's his enthusiasm for studies.

So friendly and accessible, and a lover of great scholarship!
Here are my kids with him at the pizza place.

The man loved his Romantics - his Byron, his Shelley, his Mary Shelley. He didn't know just the texts, but their letters, their manuscripts, their scribblings - the kind of behind-the-scenes expressions that reveal more about the author than simply reading between the lines.

Perhaps in the context of 2016, his death was just a small pebble in a very large pond, but the ripples he made in terms of Frankenstein scholarship were considerable, and will be noted for many years to come.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Middle-Ages Lit Student Wins Charity Speech Contest

A student from the Middle Ages Literature class at Dreaming Spires Home Learning has won the annual speech contest where the winner sees a donation sent from Dreaming Spires to a charity of his or her choosing.

Talia shows off her winner's certificate

Talia K, a 16-year-old from Maine, spoke with great passion about Dress a Girl Around the World. She continually asked us to envision a world where every girl owned at least one dress, and pointed out how a well-dressed girl was actually less likely to be targeted for the slave trade. We learned that people help sew the dresses rather than relying on machinery or mass-production, and each dress is distributed on mission trips in person, not just shipped abroad.

The external judge gave Talia the nod for not only her crafted speech, but because she had personally raised money and sewn dresses for the charity herself.

Congratulations, Talia!

Sunday, 4 September 2016


For 2016-2017, I'm offering spaces for a limited number of non-registered students to join the monthly book club groups.

This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to widen their exposure to great literature, or for students who want something to motivate them to read more, or for any teen who wants to see what live online learning is all about.

For only $50, your teen can log onto the book club each month in one of the following eras:

  1. Middle Ages literature, reading Rolf and the Viking Bow, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Hobbit, The Black Arrow, The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Princess Bride, and The White Company (this book may possibly change).  This book club is now full.
  2. Renaissance literature, reading The Prince and Pauper, A Man for All Seasons, Dr Faustus, Kenilworth, The Three Musketeers, Lorna Doone, The King’s General
  3. British Novels literature, reading The Way of the World, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Joseph Andrews, The Rivals, Silas Marner, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Moonstone, and The Portrait of Dorian Gray.
  4. American literature, reading Last of the Mohicans, My Antonia, Moby Dick, Selections of American poetry (pdf file), Of Mice and Men, The Chosen, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. 
Days and times are to be determined once we have the full complement of students; however, all will be either Wed, Thurs, or Fri, and starting somewhere between the times of 9am-1pm (CST).

Each group has only about one or two spaces available for this offer, so if you're wanting to take advantage of it, please contact me as soon as possible via the blogger form or at dreamingspireshomelearning<at>gmail<dot> com. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Courses Filling Up Fast -- ACT TODAY

If you're wanting to take one of my hands-on honors literature courses or our new Roman culture and civilization, you'll have to act fast.

Stress! Time's running out!!!!

We don't start till the week of the 12th of September, but we've hit our limits on some of the classes already.

  • Middle Ages is FULL
  • American Literature is FULL
  • British Novels has ONE place
  • Renaissance Literature still have FOUR places
  • Classical Civilization has THREE places

One of the reasons we're so popular is that our former students return year after year, or sign up their siblings once they've completed our four-year rotation.

They like us because we're specialists -- we LOVE our subjects. 

They like us because we're homeschoolers ourselves -- we KNOW what it's like to teach our own kids. 

They like us because we follow the Charlotte Mason method -- the ONLY online courses for teens that follow the CM method (as far as we can tell) ...

.... in the WHOLE WORLD ...
... world
... world ...

Seriously, get thee to our registration page and nab one of our spots for your teen or tween today. You will NOT be sorry (or if it's really just not working for you, you can get a full refund before the first month is out).