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Season 4: Classical Education Basics

So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Here’s one of the quotes I’ve found.

EDUCATION – Noah Webster’s Dictionary

The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and dorm the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.

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A morning prep sheet is an attitude focusing tool. It’s simple and straightforward, and might even seem silly. But I promise it’s crazy effective.

Reading over carefully selected quotes slowly, repeatedly, and prayerfully is one concrete way we can anchor our conviction in truth and make choices aligned with the truth we know, because we’ve put that truth in our bones, deliberately and daily.

Do you need my prep sheets? Not at all! In fact, setting up your own will likely be even more effective, especially if you already have a scattered collection of quotes that inspire you. It’s as simple as hand-copying some quotes and verses onto a journal page or typing them up and printing them out. Just keep them where they are easy to access and quick to review.

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What does education even mean? Without a working definition of education, we cannot hope to give it to our children.

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  1. Kathryn
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    Thank you for this podcast! Many of the quotes were so inspiring to remind me of my purpose in educating my children, but yours at the end was the one I had to write down and keep. There are many reasons I choose to home educate, but that sums up the reason that I want to educate at all! When I feel like I’m not doing enough or the day has been full of interruptions, I need to remember that the chief end of education is to help us all know and glorify God better, and if I am faithful to do that the day has been successful no matter what the circumstances.