On Driving Your Curriculum

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As a homeschool grad myself, my first “real” classroom experience was college. This was interesting, because it meant I was old enough to be aware of what was going on and it was strange enough (to me) that I was curious. As a previously homeschooled college student, I overheard and took part in many conversations about how homeschooling and private schooling stack up, where each fell short of our high 20-something ideals, and why one might choose one or the … 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

Virtue as the Goal of Education

Although the idea of classical homeschooling can be intimidating and appear unreachable, it is far more down-to-earth than we might think. This task is not too lofty for us, homeschooling moms with households to run; in fact, our very lifestyles are an asset, not a hindrance. As Sarah wrote in “You’re More Classical Than You Think“: Often, the most meaningful changes take place not when we overhaul our entire lifestyle, but rather when we make a subtle shift in paradigm. … Read More

Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Three Secrets about Schedules

Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture. There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where … Read More

Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Scheduling from Rest

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I am so excited right now to be working with an amazing team to bring you a new site we’ve named Scholé Sisters. It’s a place for homeschooling mothers who want to cultivate the True, Good, and Beautiful in themselves and their children, and we have some amazing content and resources and discussion topics planned. Sarah Mackenzie, Brandy Vencel, Pam Barnhill, and I will be launching Scholé Sisters on July 21st! But we had a series idea that I thought … Read More

Leisure, the Basis of Culture series

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In 2009 I participated in an online book club led by Cindy Rollins on Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture. This book is the introduction to scholé, but it’s also a tough read. It’s short, but it’s dense and sometimes cumbersome, being a translation from German. Get the “Mystie’s notes” version here, with favorite quotes and discussion questions: What is scholé? Find out.

Poetic Knowledge: Education and Emotion – Simply Convivial

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This is my own rabbit trail post for thePoetic Knowledge Book Club. Education and Emotion The second-to-last paragraph of chapter 1 struck me more than anything else in this chapter: Given that the scientific idea of education is a mechanical model that manifests itself in some form of the “drill and kill” system, and given, in contrast, that the human being is not a machine and has not, for centuries, responded to learning by such methods, the conflict produced by … Read More

Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Man is not an economic being | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 4

I have mentioned before that I am weak in modern history. I am also weak on modern economic theory. I do my best to keep away from talk of “Marxism” and “Communism” and such primarily because I don’t have a firm enough grasp on the history and real meanings behind the words. Now here is a chapter where I really feel this to be a lack. I know I would be able to pull a lot more out of this … Read More

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