Simply Convivial

classical home education for life

Repent. Rejoice. Repeat.

Education is repentance. And we need it as much as the kids.
Mystie Winckler
Hello!

I’m Mystie.

My husband and I (high school sweethearts) are second generation homeschoolers now homeschooling our five kids classically.

As the oldest of 7, I had opinions about mothering and homeschooling. I started keeping a list of all I would do differently than (i.e. better than) my mom when I was 10 (yes, she found that list). I didn’t learn that lesson and still make lists about whatever is on my mind. I have also had to eat every word on that list I made about my own mother, too.

Despite the practice and the lists, it turns out homemaking is hard work that demands much. It does not come naturally to me. I quickly turn grumpy and demanding when life doesn’t happen along the lines I laid out. And people so seldom to fall into those lines – including myself.

I homeschool classically, hanging on the words of Dr. Perrin, Andrew Kern, Cindy Rollins, and Charlotte Mason. So what you will find here is not only my plans and my book lists and my organizational systems, but also my musings as I wrestle with what “classical” means, but more specifically what it looks like, in real life, with real kids, in a homeschool family.

So here I am. I write for other homeschooling mom trying to figure out this homeschooling life at home that is so much more work than we ever imagined. I write for moms like myself who are trying to be intentional while not letting that intentionality be an excuse for being serious, dour tyrants.

What’s convivial?

con * viv * i * al, adj [cun-VIV-ee-ul]

  1. friendly, lively, and enjoyable
  2. cheerful and friendly; festive
    from convivium ‘a feast,’ from con- ‘with’ + vivere ‘live.’

Because education is a life (vive) and also an atmosphere (festive and cheerful) and a discipline (turns out staying cheerful in the midst of life takes work!) – convivial.

Because scholé, leisure, rest – whatever word you prefer – always returns us to the idea of Sabbath feasting – convivial.

Because homeschooling is about living life (vive) together (con) – convivial.

Because it’s honestly so difficult to keep perspective in the midst of the crazy muddle of daily life, I keep convivial as my watchword.

And it has to be done simply if it’s going to happen at all.

Want to dig in?

I’ve been writing for years, and of all I’ve published, these are my favorites:









Or, check out the archives:

classical education | education for life | being a homeschool mom

homeschool books & materials | homeschool tools & tactics

my homeschool plans | Friday Five archives | my reading notes

You can find out what curriculum we use here, what homeschool books I love the most here, and the latest real life reports here.

I also write about homemaking and managing life at Simplified Organization.

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