Review: Latin-Centered Curriculum

Originally written in 2009. Andrew Campbell’s motto is multum non multa: not quantity, but quality. Campbell explains his philosophy with brevity and clarity, then outlines materials and schedules with grace and flexibility. His premise is that we should study a few great things deeply, rather than study many subjects. His curriculum section then gives the practical details of his pared-down approach. Yes, Latin and classical studies are his unifying force, and he actually does what Dorothy Sayers suggests: he teaches … Read More

Defining Education: What makes education classical

Originally posted in 2007 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. All bolding is my own doing, italicizations are original. EDUCATION – 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, … Read More

Review: The Organized Heart by Staci Eastin

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The Organized Heart: A Woman’s Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin My rating: 4 of 5 stars Originally read and written in 2011. In this book, Staci Eastin attempts to diagnose why we have a hard time maintaining order — not by looking for techniques, but by examining our hearts. This is the right place to look, but also a tricky place to go. While most books on household organization or cleaning presume that it is a lack of … Read More

Review: Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed – Simply Convivial

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Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters is a short (less-than-100-pages), grace-filled book on using our time wisely. At first blush, when encountering their premise, it might seem like the book will be either a guilt trip or a demanding book: We can actually do all that God has called us to do. […] We can accomplish everything God has ordained for us to do in this life. And … Read More

Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Ch. 3 – Obsession & Fragmentation – Simply Convivial

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Ideas Have Consequences Book Club Information Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Introduction Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Chapter 1 Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Chapter 2 It occurred to me last week that those keeping up with the conversation might be helped if we make sure and comment after adding a post to the linky. I get an email when someone adds a post, but others do not and have to remember to come check periodically. If those who want … Read More

Summer Term 2012’s Assigned Reading – Simply Convivial

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Term’s Topics Artist: Degas Composer: Vivaldi History Period: Mesopotamia & Ancient Civilizations My Reading Students: Hans: almost-9-years-old, 4th grade, proficient reader Jaeger: 7-years-old, 2nd grade, proficient reader Their Oral Reports: I had each boy come to me with his assigned or selected books and answer “What was it about?” (“It was about…”) and “What did you like about it?” (“I liked it because…”). It’s formulaic, but it’s a good place to begin. Assigned Books Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari My … Read More

Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Ch. 2 – Hierarchies & Distinctions – Simply Convivial

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Ideas Have Consequences Book Club Information Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Introduction I hope you’ll join us this week for our discussions! Hop right on in and read along or participate in the comment-section discussion, whether or not you’ve read the book. Definitions Jacobin: a leftist or extreme political radical (originally the group that supported Robespierre) materialism: preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values. egalitarianism: … Read More

Pilgrim’s Progress in Our Homeschool – Simply Convivial

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By email a few days ago, reader Pilgrim asked me a question: Have you or could you review what you use for Pilgrim’s Progress and why? This is a great question! It’s also one that is good for me to think through well enough to answer, because the truth is that despite its fame and beloved status, it’s really not one of my favorites. It runs pietistic, which I find distasteful, and I also tend to sympathize with Tolkien when … Read More

Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Ch. 1 – The Unsentimental Sentiment

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Ideas Have Consequences Book Club Information Ideas Have Consequences Book Club: Introduction I think I read the first three pages of this chapter 5 times before I could proceed with comprehension. I do welcome comments and discussion even from those who aren’t reading along. Here is the not-as-brief-as-I’d-like summary. :) Definitions sentiment: an attitude, judgment, or thought prompted by feeling; a specific view or idea. sentimental: being governed by emotional idealism; guided by feeling rather than reason or thought. metaphysical: … Read More

Books Read in June – Simply Convivial

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Library. Recommended by Mental Multivitamin. It was an enjoyable book about the science behind how habits work, how habits are or can be manipulated, why they are important, and, woven throughout, strategies for how they can be changed. It’s not just about “bad habits” or addictions that are obvious, but about how our lives run on autopilot more often than we are consciously choosing what we do — and that that is good, … Read More

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