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

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

Learning How to Grow – Simply Convivial

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I had the honor and privilege of being a guest over at Afterthoughts yesterday as a part of Brandy’s amazing series on “Learning How to Live.” Growing and learning as persons ourselves needs to be an important aspect of our lives. Before we are wives or mothers or teachers, we are persons, created in God’s image and made to serve and love Him and grow in our reflection of Him. Even if your entire family and life work was taken … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Internalized Housekeeping – Simply Convivial

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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. First, Taylor lays out the three levels of poetic knowledge: first intuitive, then intentional, and finally that grows and matures and blossoms into “connatural” or internalized. Applied to homemaking and housekeeping, the final stage of internalized knowledge is a dance; we dance the dance of our routines because it makes us happy and satisfied. We simply couldn’t leave the dishes undone at night or … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Intentional Homemaking – Simply Convivial

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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. First, Taylor lays out the three levels of poetic knowledge: first intuitive, then intentional, and finally that grows and matures and blossoms into “connatural” or internalized. Applied to homemaking and housekeeping, the final stage of internalized knowledge is a dance; we dance the dance of our routines because it makes us happy and satisfied. We simply couldn’t leave the dishes undone at night or … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Intuitive Homemaking – Simply Convivial

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Intuition is, according to the dictionary, “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension” or “a keen and quick insight.” It is a vision, an internal image that directs and guides, even unconsciously or subconsciously. Almost every housekeeping book I have read addresses wrong thinking as a frequent root cause of poor housekeeping. Often the point is made with pop psychobabble or self-esteem jargon, but I think there is something to that point nonetheless. In … Read More

Poetic Housekeeping: Housekeeping in the Poetic Mode

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Awhile back our online book club read Poetic Knowledge: The Recovery of Education by James Taylor. In it, he posited a three-stage development of and three-prong aspect of poetic – that is, not logically deduced – knowledge. He called the final stage “connatural,” which was a difficult term to grasp, but to make it simpler and parallel, I will use the word “internalized.” So, the three stages and aspects of non-rationally-attained knowledge are intuitive, intentional, and internalized. Applied to homemaking … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club Series – Simply Convivial

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In 2011, I was able to host an online book club discussing James Taylor’s Poetic Knowledge. Below are my posts for the series, and within them are the links to the other participants’ posts. Chapter 1 The Validity of Poetic Knowledge Education and Emotion Chapter 2 The Philosophical Foundations, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations, part 2 Connections Cultivation Chapter 3 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 1 Connatural, Intentional, and Intuitive Knowledge, part 2 Statements on Rest Chapter 4 Descartes … Read More

Poetic Knowledge Book Club: Chapter 2, part 1 The Philosophical Foundations – Simply Convivial

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For information and previous posts, see the page for this Poetic Knowledge Book Club This week we are covering pages 11-27 and next week we will finish chapter two with pages 27-58. Chapter 2, part 1: The Philosophical Foundations of Poetic Knowledge Poetic Knowledge was first displayed, described, and commended by Homer, Socrates, and Aristotle. Poetic Knowledge sees poetic, transcendent significance of reality; its opposite, in this case, is materialism. embraces contemplation, meditation, and leisure rather than effort, work, labor, … Read More

Poetic Knowledge: Connections

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This is my own rabbit trail post for the Poetic Knowledge Book Club. The Power of Thinking without Thinking Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell On page 56, Taylor says that empirical psychology has ignored the intuition and poetic knowledge, but there were several instances in this chapter that reminded me of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, which I listened to and reviewed last year. Indeed, if you want a totally different approach and … Read More

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