Becoming a lifelong learner.

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This started off as an introduction to my talk at the Learning Well retreat, but grew too unwieldily. It got the ax in my presentation, but now finds a home here. Learn more about the upcoming retreat at the end of the post! So. When my oldest child was 5 years old – 10 years ago now! – I was twenty-six years old. I had read stacks of books about homeschooling because I was about to embark on the project … Read More

Classical Education’s Map (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 2 I)

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Part of an ongoing, slow series through David Hick’s Norms and Nobility. Previous: Classical Education: Dialogue Next: Chapter 2, section 2 planned for August 21 In the first section of chapter two, Hicks introduces us to another productive paradox of values in classical education: mythos and logos. However, most of this section reminds us why mythos – the part we as moderns are most likely to ignore and dismiss – is essential to having a culture at all. The logos … Read More

5 Things I Learned in July

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So I’m going to take a page from Anne Bogel and sharing 7 5 things I learned last month as a way to work in a personal, chatty post every so often (well, every month is the plan). Plus – watch for it – I plan to do Quick Lit also and post about July in Books tomorrow. For now, though, here are 7 things I learned in July (because we should, you know, always be learning and growing): #1 … Read More

July in Books

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We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too! My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;) Books I Finished Well, this is a poor way to start. Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July. Was it July when I finished Deep … Read More

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

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Does your homeschool plan take each child’s personality into account (and yours too)? Build a better homeschool plan when you understand personality typing. When my homeschool plan met multiple personalities There was a time where every single one of our homeschool days began with tears. If it wasn’t tears, it was a fight. Why, I wanted to know, was my usually cheerful, obedient, good-natured son breaking down every morning? It made no sense to me, which made me more irritated. … Read More

Classical Education’s Dialogue (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 1 IV)

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The slow series through Norms and Nobility, section by section. Previous: Classical Education’s Demands, chapter 1, section 3 Next: chapter 2, section 1 planned for July 23 Section 4 of chapter 1 explains that within the classical tradition, there have always been two different types of teachers, two different approaches. Hicks calls them the rhetorician and the philosopher. Both schools agreed that virtue must be taught, that teaching virtue was the aim of education. It was in how to do … Read More

The Magic of Morning & Evening Routines

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My bedroom was a wreck. Again. I might make my bed consistently, but I just can’t keep my room clean. Maybe I should not sigh so much at the children’s bedrooms. Usually, when faced with this situation, I set aside a morning or an afternoon and dig in. I take care of everything and get the room back in order. Then, inevitably, begins the slide all over again. But this time was different. I did not finish the “clean the … Read More

What hospitality taught me about homemaking

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Pull out the glasses, set the table, time to get ready for company. Ever noticed that funny feeling where you turn on a different persona, a different ability to handle life, at least momentarily, when you open the door or answer the phone? It shows us our actual ability to exhibit self-control. Too often, our tone and tactics with our kids do not. When we jump on them, pester and harp, then switch it off immediately if someone walks in … Read More

Classical Education’s Demands (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 1, III)

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Although my book club just finished reading and discussing chapter 4 of Norms & Nobility, here on the blog I’m taking a slower, more ruminant approach so that I can sit with these ideas longer and so that you can follow along with me without pressure. Previous: Classical Education’s Delight, chapter 1, section 2 Next: chapter 1, section 4 planned for June 26th Our aim in education should be virtue – not only knowing what is good and true and … Read More

Cook dinner by formula, not recipe

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by Tracy Grossmann I think we tend to view people who develop recipes as sitting in a lab, using beakers and grain-measuring tools, precisely doling out the exact amount needed for perfection. If the recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon and we fudge it up to 1/2, well, the whole thing might just collapse. In reality, most of our recipes come from a time when people dumped, poured, and stirred in the same ingredients to hone their favorite dishes, learning over … Read More

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