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Classical Education’s Myth (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 2 II)

Norms and Nobility is a classical education essential, but it’s also a difficult read. Take it in the bite-sized portions provided (the numbered sections), and think about it over the course of a year or two. Better yet, do so with me in this slow-drip series. Previous: Classical Education’s Map (chapter 2, section I) Next: Classical Education’s Master (chapter 2, section III) – planned for November 7 In this section, Hicks contrasts two uses of – and two feelings about … Read More

Homeschool Advice: Don’t Expect What You Don’t Inspect

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Some education principles are broad and deep with numerous applications. Intelligent people write volumes on them and we, the average homeschool mom, read and reread, slowly coming to a better understanding. Other education principles are simple, straightforward, and common sense. Yet, that doesn’t seem to make them easier to apply. It just makes me stupid when I don’t. Today’s piece of homeschool advice is one such principle, told to me multiple times by multiple older moms and confirmed by my … Read More

Our Homeschool Checklist Routine

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Every time I share a photo of our kids’ homeschool checklists, I get requests for the template or questions about our implementation. We’ve been using weekly checklists for more than 5 years. For a year and a half we used Trello for our homeschool checklists, but then returned to paper in order to reduce screen time and screen-distraction excuses. Now all 5 students have a weekly checklist, even the 5-year-old. She is the first 5-year-old to have a checklist, though. … Read More

The Humility to Homeschool

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Years ago when my oldest started getting into “real school” and I was adding students both in the phonics-stage and in the pregnancy-stage, I looked at the goals I had written out, I looked at the books I was collecting, and I looked at my pillows (with longing). I realized I was going to have to up my game every year if I was going to keep up – and keep up, I was determined to do. Ironically, the method … Read More

Being a Better Homeschool Teacher

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So the school year, for most of us, has begun. And, if you’re waiting until after Labor Day, it’s fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but I always start off the year thinking that this year will be more awesome than last because this year I’m committed to really being, well, awesome. This school year will be different because I will be different. So, a decade into homeschooling and having rounded the bend of my thirties, maybe that idealism … Read More

Becoming a lifelong learner.

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

Homeschool High School, 10th Grade Plans | 2018-2019 School Year

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Here we go: Homeschool High School, year 2! First, let me say: If you have a seventh grader (i.e. a 12-year-old) and you’re despairing that he (usually he) will ever be independent or motivated or trustworthy, let me tell you: hang in there, stick it out, hold the line – it will happen. Don’t give up. It will pay off. Usually I post these plans for the year before we begin, but this year that didn’t happen. Instead, we’re in … Read More

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

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

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

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

2018-2019 School Year Plans: 8th Grade Plans for the 13-year-old

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My second son is entering 8th grade. Technically, he has entered it because we began last week. Usually I have all my decisions made by June and all I need to do in the summer is pull the materials and plans together for execution. That was not true this year. We had one piece still under discussion and only received the information we needed to make a decision last week: Our older two boys, 13 & 15, will join NCFCA. … Read More

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