What are the liberal arts?

I am almost done reading The Liberal Arts Tradition, but I know I have at least two more posts in me for this one. I feel like I understand the liberal arts aspect of classical education so much better now, and that foundational understanding makes it easier to make choices come spring curriculum-planning time. I so much appreciate how the authors draw out classical education as a stream with each section. They cover each liberal art (and everything else they … Read More

What to do with your brain dump list

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So, you’ve done a thorough brain dump and you have sheets upon sheets of notes, tasks, and ideas. If you still haven’t completed a thorough brain dump or you aren’t sure what that means, check out my free emails that will walk you through a bunch of brain dump triggers to get all the stuff rattling around in your head out and onto paper, where you can deal with it. Now what? That’s the big question I keep hearing. If … Read More

Homeschooling Without a School Room: Shelves – Simply Convivial

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The thing about homeschooling without a schoolroom is that I don’t want my house to look like we are a homeschooling household. I’m not at all embarrassed to be a homeschooler, but I want a house that looks welcoming and inviting and calming, not one that has timelines in the entry way or schoolish posters in the dining room. I decorate with books, but I don’t want to decorate like a kindergarten classroom or like homeschooling is our primary identity, … Read More

Homeschooling Without a Schoolroom: Tables – Simply Convivial

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We homeschool without a schoolroom. Like many homeschoolers, the kitchen table is where much of our work happens. We use our kitchen table, we use our dining room table, we use our couch, and we make due with the space we have. I could write up a great-sounding post about why we don’t have a school room on principle. Something about school blending in with real life and not being contained in a separate box. SC045: Organizing Your Homeschool with … Read More

Planning for Real Life

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It’s a new year and that means time for new goals. It’s irresistible. And I don’t recommend resisting. I love new year goals and resolutions, but they can lead to discouragement unnecessarily. Sometimes we conclude that because we can never reach and maintain our ideal, then it is the ideal bringing us down. We’re tempted to stop trying to clean the house, organize the toys, lose the weight, balance the budget, or train the children because we never reach our … Read More

Start the Year Well: Clear your head with a brain dump

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As the holidays wind down, the crazy schedules should let up and let us catch our breath. But if we were whirling all month from thing to thing, trying to track presents and events and guests and extra baking and so much more, we feel more like crashing than catching anything. Even though much is over, there’s now a new year approaching and thoughts of self-improvement and resolutions can hardly be fought off. Don’t fight off those thoughts, but don’t … Read More

An Interval Plan for the Holidays

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I’m a proponent of making short-term plans and goals – ones that can be tracked and kept top-of-mind easily. I call it ‘interval planning’ because I think it’s like interval training: Go all out for a short amount of time, then take a rest period, and you’ll progress more than if you just slog through at a consistent but slower rate. The holidays provide a perfect example of and opportunity for an interval plan. Christmas is six weeks out, and … 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

Start Strong! Focus on Keystone Habits

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Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit Keystone habits, according to Charles Duhigg, are habits that give “small wins [that] fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger … Read More

5 Habits to Show Kids Love

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I’m not the most naturally affectionate or tenderhearted mother. As much as I do love my children dearly, it is hard for me to remember to show kids love like I ought. As far as Myers-Briggs typing goes, I am an INTJ, and one personality description I’ve read specifically calls out INTJ as not an ideal type for mothering. But that’s where I am and I’m so thankful for it. It makes me own my faults and necessitates my growth. … Read More

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