We have used RTR this year as a first course in high school study. You can see under this post the author’s suggestion for how to do that. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7240
We found even with the additions it flowed and came together just as all HOD programs do. That was really a pleasant surprise. I expected beefing it up would be quite a bit of work. Turns out it was really quite simple and very much well worth it.
We absolutely loved RTR as a high school level study. My daughter did much of it independently. And having done CTC the year before she really was ready for the independence high school level really requires. It was a little bit of a jump but still a very easy transition.
I checked her work daily and kept track of what was going on by having her describe her day to me and narrate what she read. We also added a few written papers for the sake of grading. That was a great way to have them learn deeper and apply some of it to another format as well to work on writing skills. Finding topics is not an issue at all. RTR really got us both thinking about interesting topics to write about, sometimes she picked and sometimes I did.
We so enjoyed our together time. It was time for us to grow and bond together.
We had our “womanly” time together as RTR covers so well the things women really should discuss with their daughters (and sons for that matter). We really enjoyed that time and it gave us a platform to discuss further what our family values are in the area of growing up and what would be important in the future for being a godly woman. We got to share some wonderful poetry together and went deeper into the meaning of the poetry than we had ever done previously. My daughter has always been a strong reader but did not much enjoy reading aloud. Poetry this year really moved her to a place where she enjoys reading aloud now. I enjoyed listening to her as well.
Art appreciation was also a great time for us to share. She was the only one doing RTR so we made it a game between the two of us who could find more in the art than the other. We enjoyed it so much we did it more than the program called for looking at the art. My daughter has not really been artistic. RTR has helped her to grow to love art. We plan to carry some of that love into our study next year with Rev to Rev.
I've spoken of using RTR as high school level because that is how we used it. But next year I get to use it again with my son and another daughter. I am very excited to see it through the way it was written and just be able to open and go. Since they are less independent I get to enjoy more of the program. I have to tell you my son wants to not have a break and just get to RTR. He has been tortured watching all the great stuff my oldest got to learn. I love how with HOD I never have to coax them to get to work. It's always the other way around, they drive me. What a blessing that is.