What Does Organization Mean?

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We talk a lot about getting organized, but do we stop to think about what we mean? What is it that we want when we say we’re working on this life project? Are we striving for chalkboard labels on ordered shelves or something deeper? What does organization mean to us? I think what we want is to simply not feel crazy and pulled in a million directions, like everything and everyone has placed obligations on us that we can’t keep … Read More

Goals & Plans for a New Year

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Now we enter the last few days before the new year begins. It’s time for goals, plans, and resolutions! I can’t help myself. I start thinking about plans and ideals for the next year – the next “fresh start” – while wrapping presents, rolling cookies, and cleaning house for Christmas. I’ve made new year resolutions or goals for years now, and my track record is about 50%. Are New Year resolutions worth the effort? The perfect situation to choose between … Read More

3 Components of Classical Education That Won’t Show Up on a Transcript

A book review of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass. I loved Karen Glass’ book, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition. It truly is the bridge into classical principles for those not ready to undertake Norms and Nobility or Poetic Knowledge. Those are daunting, heady books that will take most of us to the limits of our brain power, especially since our energies are and must be spread around to keep life humming … Read More

Why Are Classical Education Principles Important?

I like to talk about education philosophy and principles much more than methods, though I do have a soft spot for practical tips. However, unless we are grounded in our principles, we will be tossed to and fro by all the practical tips out there. Every practical tip is born from underlying principles, and if the philosophy behind the practical tip you’re trying doesn’t match your own philosophy (because you have one, whether you’ve thought it through and acknowledged it … Read More

Consider Why You’re Homeschooling

I’m reading my fresh-off-the-press copy of Karen Glass’ excellent Consider This – now with introduction by David Hicks. It’s brief, concise, easy-to-read, and cuts straight to the point. I love it. Classical education is about wisdom-loving, not knowledge-gathering As I’ve written before, the goal of education is virtue, and Karen’s first chapter jumps right into the heart of it. She proves that virtue – right acting – needs to be the end we are pursuing when we educate children (and … Read More

How is scholé a part of your life?

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Scholé is not just something we do for or with our children. Scholé is for everyone, including homeschooling moms. Whether you call yourself a classical educator, a Charlotte Mason mom, an eclectic homeschooler, or something else entirely, you need to draw on the wells of learning yourself in order to model the life of loving to learn and grow. Scholé rises above our labels and recalls us to time-honored truths: A student, when he is fully trained, will be like … Read More

What is Scholé?

What does scholé even mean? Blame Josef Pieper and Christopher Perrin. Pieper’s seminal work, Leisure, the Basis of Culture opens with this: The classical ideal for education, which culminated in philosophy, was that its goal was truth-seeking, not profit-earning. To be pursuing education, philosophy, or theology was to be at leisure, because one was not concerned with productivity, profit, or politics. We think now of education being a different sort of work – intellectual work – but still work, partly … Read More

Morning Time As Lectio Divina

If classical education is the art of becoming free, then we need to build our habits of attention. The British-born turn-of-the-century American journalist, Sydney Harris, once posited: For this to be accomplished, we have to be selective and meditative about how and with what we furnish our minds – yes, our minds, and not only our children’s. Circle Time, or Morning Time (or Basket Time or Morning Meeting or whatever your family calls it), is our time for centering on … Read More

Classical Homeschooling in Our Home

What your homeschool looks like, even as you try working toward classical education principles, depends on where you’ve been, and how and when you entered this path. There are no gate-keepers checking your credentials and only letting you in if you use the approved materials. And that’s a good thing. This week, we’re going to be sharing how these principles play out in our homes. We’re all different, and I hope that will encourage you. My husband and I were … Read More

Imitation as Learning Style

When, because of our wide or internet-based reading, the concept of classical education grows into this huge, contradictory tangle that is scary and confusing, we need to zoom out and get some perspective. Classical education has never been one monolith practice. It has always had some core values and core practices, but there has never been a single “do this” methodology. Classical education is a river flowing dynamically through history, from Abraham’s obedience to Plato’s reasoning to the medieval church’s … Read More

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