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CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Season 11 : Good Books to Read Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us. “Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it. Read the original post: Jayber Crow by Wendell … Read More

CH066: Thoughts on Consider This by Karen Glass

Season 11 : Good Books to Read Yes, we pursue knowledge, but not simply for its own sake. Our aim when we are learning and loving knowledge needs to be acting in accordance with the truth we have discovered – wisdom being knowledge, rightly applied. When our knowledge is transformed into action, it becomes virtue, and virtue was the goal of education. Or, as James puts it, But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. She … Read More

CH065: Thoughts on Living Page by Laurie Bestvater

Season 11 : Good Books to Read Here and there, what Bestvater often only hints at, is that keeping a commonplace notebook will make you a different sort of person: a Keeper, a noticer, a thought-connector. Bestvater continually calls this activity a posture; it is a liturgy: it gives space, perception, identity, and meaning. The act of copying is meditative and contemplative, and it makes the thought grow in you just a little more. Read the original post: The Living … Read More

CH064: Thoughts on Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung & Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney

Season 11 : Good Books to Read But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. The book constitutes a redefinition of “doing it all.” Every day presents us with countless options for how to spend our time. However, only some are truly great deals. Only a few things are really important. […] It’s frequently … Read More

CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins

Season 11 : Good Books to Read If you are starting out homeschooling with a bright-eyed little 5-year-old – a toddler tagging along and another on the way – you eat up the stories of those ahead of you on the journey. When I was in that spot 8 years ago, I had my mom who had homeschooled 7. I also had other local older moms who let me browse their bookshelves and ask them questions. And then on my … Read More

CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee

Season 11 : Good Books to Read Listen: Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some quick book recommendations for the first episode. Hey, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hey, Mystie. Good morning. Mystie: So, we both brought two books to recommend and not necessarily very favorites, but just … Read More

CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training

Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent. The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has … Read More

CH060: Education Requires Language

Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach It is by means of language that we both procure and use wisdom – for does not thought require language? So practice in speaking and in using language (today we would add writing as a method of discourse) is of upmost importance not just to learn to communicate effectively with others, but even to be able to understand within our own minds. It is speaking, being able to communicate your knowledge to … Read More

CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends

Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control. Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” … Read More

CH058: A Teacher’s Goals

Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction. If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace. Education is about how we … Read More

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