Top Books for Homeschooling Moms

There are so many books out there. How do we choose what to read? Should we read only in “our field”? Even in the homeschool category, there are so many books! And I’ve checked out our library’s selection. Not all of them are worth reading. We have limited time to read. We want to bring our best selves to this game of homeschooling. What’s a homeschool mom supposed to read? Here are my short lists in the categories I’ve read … Read More

An education based on harmony

If you’re reading Afterthoughts (and I’m assuming you are, of course), then you might start getting the feeling that you really should read The Liberal Arts Tradition, and you’d be right. Where Karen Glass’ Consider This nudged Charlotte Mason devotees toward the classical tradition, The Liberal Arts Tradition nudges classical educators toward the Charlotte Mason – because these are actually channels within the same stream, not different streams. Charlotte Mason took the classical education principles she learned — by her … Read More

What is the point of learning Latin?

In “How We Homeschool Latin“, I said that there are generally three reasons given for the study of Latin: It helps with vocabulary and thus with high test scores. It helps with logical thinking, because it’s grammar study that actually makes sense. It is the language of Virgil and much of the literature of Christendom, which we should be trying to read in the original. I’ve been reading in classical education circles for over ten years now, and while there … Read More

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

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

My Favorite Homeschooling Books

As of 2014 Our full month of homeschooling lists is nearing an end. I can hardly believe it. I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. Homeschooling Lists Galore Index: Get Organized with Homeschool Lists Previous: Essential Pantry List for Simple Meals Next: Student Checklists Just as I decided to make the tough … Read More