First Week of School 2011-2012

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Monday I got my housecleaning day in, and we made a venture out to a quiet in-town “naturalized” area for our first nature walk of the school year. Tuesday First day of school. We started the day with our typical yogurt-and-granola fare. I learned my lesson last year and did not start the day off with sugar. We actually got started only ten minutes after scheduled, even though I was still a bit scattered when it came to the organization. … Read More

2011-2012 School Year: Circle Time or Morning Gathering

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What is Circle Time? Cindy of Ordo Amoris: “What is Morning Time?” & “Explanating Morning Time” Kendra of Preschoolers and Peace: “Circle Time” & “Circle Time Questions” & “When Circle Time Isn’t Working” & more Circle Time questions Kendra even wrote an ebook on Circle Time that walks you through setting up and planning a Circle Time that meets your own family’s needs. And Brandy of Afterthoughts has a post titled “I Love Circle Time” Circle Time — or maybe … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 2, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering pages 11-27 and next week we will finish chapter two with pages 27-58. Chapter 2, part 1: The Philosophical Foundations of Poetic Knowledge Poetic Knowledge was first displayed, described, and commended by Homer, Socrates, and Aristotle. Poetic Knowledge sees poetic, transcendent significance of reality; its opposite, in this case, is materialism. embraces contemplation, meditation, and leisure rather than effort, work, labor, … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Connections

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This is my own rabbit trail post for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. The Power of Thinking without Thinking Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell On page 56, Taylor says that empirical psychology has ignored the intuition and poetic knowledge, but there were several instances in this chapter that reminded me of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which I listened to and reviewed last year. Indeed, if you want a totally different approach and … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Education and Emotion – Simply Convivial

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This is my own rabbit trail post for thePoetic Knowledge Book Club. Education and Emotion The second-to-last paragraph of chapter 1 struck me more than anything else in this chapter: Given that the scientific idea of education is a mechanical model that manifests itself in some form of the “drill and kill” system, and given, in contrast, that the human being is not a machine and has not, for centuries, responded to learning by such methods, the conflict produced by … Read More

2011-2012 School Year: Inspirations – Simply Convivial

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Here are the books and blog posts I revisited while I was putting together my lists and plans. List Books The Book Tree by Elizabeth McCallum & Jane Scott All Through the Ages by Christine Miller (I inherited the first edition in a 3-ring binder from my mom) Big Picture “By Design” at Quiddity by James Daniels “Homeschooling the Freeborn” at Ordo Amoris by Cindy Rollins “How to Simply Homeschool” at Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp “Mission Drift, homeschool style” … Read More

Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Man is not an economic being | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 4

I have mentioned before that I am weak in modern history. I am also weak on modern economic theory. I do my best to keep away from talk of “Marxism” and “Communism” and such primarily because I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the history and real meanings behind the words. Now here is a chapter where I really feel this to be a lack. I know I would be able to pull a lot more out of this … Read More

Leisure as a State of Soul | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 3

Chapter 3 is the pay-off chapter. I barely comprehended chapter 2, but chapter 3 was excellent and clarifying. In reading it, bits and pieces I’d picked up here and there were brought together and tied together with a beautiful bow. Even if you aren’t following along, chapter 3 is worth reading as a stand-alone essay. However, I must say that as I read more, I become more and more annoyed with the translator’s use of punctuation. Leisure as a state … Read More

Living a Liberal Life of Contemplation | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 2

Was some of this chapter still German? Are you sure this is in English? I was totally lost and had really no idea what half this chapter was talking about. I picked up this book last year and started, and after chapter 2 never picked it up again until now. And now I remember why. I’ll keep going now that I have group motivation, but only if he becomes more intelligible to me. It’s no fun slogging through a book … Read More

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