Learning Like Mary in the Age of Martha

Learning Like Mary in the Age of Martha

~ by Devin O'Donnell ~ “Man can get used to anything, the scoundrel!” So says Dostoyevsky in more than one of his novels. This observation of human nature does not pertain merely to morality or psychology. It relates to anything human. And when it comes to...

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Adler’s Columns: An Overview of the Paideia Approach

Adler’s Columns: An Overview of the Paideia Approach

  ~ by Dr. Robert M. Woods ~ About twenty years ago, several events converged that led me to discover the life and work of Mortimer Adler, a leading figure in the revival of classical education in the twentieth century and one of the fathers of the modern Great...

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Hearing the Whole Symphony

Hearing the Whole Symphony

~ by Cass Jackson ~ I am sure I’m not the only high school student who has sometimes felt as if everything we do over these four years is shaping us to send in a few pieces of paper with words and numbers somehow meant to quantify and describe our character so we can...

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The Audio Room: Seizing Summer (with Brooke Diener)

The Audio Room: Seizing Summer (with Brooke Diener)

  Welcome to The Audio Room Listen to the monthly installment of our bite-size Insights podcast, featuring special guests from the classical education community. ~ hosted by Joe Saufley ~ This episode we're talking about: Sharpening Students and the Self during...

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Looking Along Learning: Discovering the Joy of Language

Looking Along Learning: Discovering the Joy of Language

~ by Allison Scheidegger ~ As a Latin and grammar teacher, I often pose questions to my students such as, “Why is this noun in the dative case?” or “Why is X happening grammatically here?” In response to such why questions, it seems to be the bent of students—and...

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The Audio Room: Writing Done Right (with Emily Gerard)

The Audio Room: Writing Done Right (with Emily Gerard)

  Welcome to The Audio Room Listen to the monthly installment of our bite-size Insights podcast, featuring special guests from the classical education community. ~ hosted by Joe Saufley ~ This episode we're talking about: Writing & Rhetoric and Developing...

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Rest and Joy: Our Approach to Language Learning at Home

Rest and Joy: Our Approach to Language Learning at Home

~ by Julia Kraut ~ When we attended my friend Lindsey’s wedding a few years ago, I knew I had to corner her mom and talk to her about parenting. I know a lot of close, loving families, but Lindsey’s is more than close—they’re friends. As my own family grew, I often...

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Undistracted, Leisurely Attention

Undistracted, Leisurely Attention

~ by Dr. John Skillen ~ If you read my previous post, "Saint Basil and His Bees in Orvieto," you may recall my descriptions of enjoying two weeks of undistracted leisurely attention—scholé—during our summer seminars in Orvieto, Italy. There, students and teachers...

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Saint Basil and His Bees in Orvieto

Saint Basil and His Bees in Orvieto

  ~ by Dr. John Skillen ~ What is the Christian mind to make of the rich and sophisticated heritage of classical thought, literature, and culture, a heritage so full of useful tools of learning, so astute in its exploration and analysis of nature and history, of...

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A Much-Needed Grammar Map

A Much-Needed Grammar Map

~ by Tammy Peters ~ My husband and I recently moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Minneapolis, Minnesota. After seventeen years of living in Cincinnati, we could drive around our old city like pros, taking the best shortcuts to Graeter’s Ice Cream or navigating through...

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Good-Bye Mother Nature

Good-Bye Mother Nature

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p0aoI23mPI You can also enjoy Dr. Perrin’s vlog (above) for a summary of this post! Show me how you teach, and I will be able to discern what you believe a human being is and what a human being is for. We...

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Civilizing the Rude Student

Civilizing the Rude Student

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ Every teacher was once a rude student, for every student must begin rudely. This fact should humble every teacher who faces a sea of uncultured, raw, and coarse young minds. They are, in the original sense of the word, rude....

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Tethered to the Mast

Tethered to the Mast

~ by Joelle Hodge ~ This past summer I was invited to speak at several homeschool and charter school conferences across the country. It’s such a treat to travel and connect with parents, teachers, and students in a variety of communities. I learn from...

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The Teacher Who Makes the Difference

The Teacher Who Makes the Difference

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ https://vimeo.com/288240186 You can also enjoy Dr. Perrin's vlog (above) for this post! How does one start a new academic year? Well, I think with hope and prudence. Hope we know as that theological virtue that tells us things could be...

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The Value of Childish Lore

The Value of Childish Lore

~ by Kathy Weitz ~ Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times is a perennial favorite among classical educators, an illustration of how not to do education! It is full of brilliant and biting commentary on an educational system that ignores the soul-building stuff of the...

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Teaching from Rest Three-Year Anniversary

Teaching from Rest Three-Year Anniversary

August 2018 marks the three-year anniversary of the best-selling book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace. We are very thankful to all who have contributed to the continued success of this book. Special thanks goes, of course, to Sarah...

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The Intrinsic Worth of Children

The Intrinsic Worth of Children

~ by Jessica Burke ~ Twelve years ago, when I was pregnant with my oldest, I taught middle school language arts, and my students loved to ask me about my baby’s future. They were beginning to consider what their own futures held and spoke of attending top-ranked...

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We Are the Indivisibles

We Are the Indivisibles

~ by Dr. Christopher A. Perrin~ It seems like a truism to say that each one of us is an individual. How well we know that we are individuals. America, many would say, is a land where the individual can thrive. It is a land of opportunity and freedom where a man can...

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Classical Education: A Flood That Becomes a Filling

Classical Education: A Flood That Becomes a Filling

~ by Karen M. Harris ~ It started out innocently enough: I read a book about classical education. But soon, what had begun with merely discovering a term for a style of education became a flood that threatened to drown me in an unknown world: contemplation; the Good,...

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“What Is the Main Thing?” A Post for Mothers

“What Is the Main Thing?” A Post for Mothers

~ by Brooke Diener ~ There is a legendary story of a rich man who came to visit a cathedral while it was being built and saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, “Why are you spending so much time carving that bird...

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10 Reasons to Study Latin

10 Reasons to Study Latin

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ You may have heard that Latin is a dead language. This is a strong, negative pronouncement to most ears. Scholars, however, use the term in a technical sense that leaves plenty of room for life. A “dead” language is one that is no longer...

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Classical Education: In It for the Long Haul

Classical Education: In It for the Long Haul

~ by Emily Price ~ We’ve just celebrated the birth of Christ, and as swiftly as it approached, the season of Christmas has concluded. Many weeks of preparation and anticipation through Advent have culminated in the Nativity of Christ. We have feasted, and now we look...

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The Invention of Advent

The Invention of Advent

~ by Dr. Christopher A. Perrin ~ We are in the season of Advent, a time of waiting and anticipation. The word advent, of course, is rooted in Latin. Consider these related English words: adventure, venture, invent, inventor, convent, convene, convention, prevent,...

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Can Students Successfully Study Multiple Languages?

Can Students Successfully Study Multiple Languages?

~ by Brittany Stoner ~ I have a confession: One day, I want to have a moment like in that Hyundai commercial when two drivers are stuck next to each other in traffic and find themselves singing along to the same song on the radio. Except in my version we’d just happen...

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The Ever-Elusive “Good Life” and Our Shrunken Souls

The Ever-Elusive “Good Life” and Our Shrunken Souls

~ by Brooke Diener~ Stressed. That word permeates my subconscious and pulses out the beat of our culture. Everyone, at every stage of life, seems stressed, pushed, rushed. My children, my parents . . . why? I allow my mind to drift nostalgic and dream of the days back...

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Assessment that Comforts

Assessment that Comforts

~ by Dr. Christopher A. Perrin~ I am about to depart for a retreat (the Alcuin Retreat led by the Alcuin Fellowship) during which several educators will be considering the topic of assessment. What should assessment look like for those of us homeschooling our...

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Experiencing Scholé with Littles: A Moment of Grace

Experiencing Scholé with Littles: A Moment of Grace

~ by Joanne Schinstock~ While sitting at the breakfast table, my oldest daughter noticed a beautiful, bright-colored bird sitting on our backyard fence. This observation of what we soon discovered was an eastern bluebird led to a substantial time of contemplation and...

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Teaching Math Classically

Teaching Math Classically

~ by Grace Prensner ~ Like all classical subjects, mathematics should be taught with the aim of fostering students’ humanity. Too often mathematics is taught using a “factory” approach: Here is a theorem (never mind where it came from or what it really means),...

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Teenagers and the Path to Self-Discovery

Teenagers and the Path to Self-Discovery

~ by Geeta Lalvani ~ When I was twelve years old, I, like many other young tweens and teens, thought that I knew everything there is to know about the world. In my case, my overconfidence was supported by my results from an online personality test called the...

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From Sophomore to Senior: Why Students Need the Senior Thesis

From Sophomore to Senior: Why Students Need the Senior Thesis

~ by Dr. Alyssan Barnes ~ For some teachers, 10th grade is a dreaded age in the classroom. But not if you’re teaching rhetoric. There’s just something about teaching the art of persuasion to sophomores—those “wise fools”—that brings the adjective of that epithet to...

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Learning English by Traveling in Another Language

Learning English by Traveling in Another Language

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ Those of you who have traveled to a foreign country know how this works: No matter where you travel, you will learn a good deal not only about life in those countries but also about life in your own. I remember traveling to Belize years...

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C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education III

C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education III

~ by Louis Markos~ In my previous post, I discussed how Lewis, in his book Out of the Silent Planet, the first installment of his Space (also called the Ransom, or Cosmic) Trilogy, frees his protagonist, Ransom, from his modernist prejudices and invites him into a...

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Dickinson, Commonplacing, and a Bump on the Head

Dickinson, Commonplacing, and a Bump on the Head

~ by Emily Price ~ Wintertime brings anticipation and joy, especially during the seasons of Advent and Epiphany. But it also brings earlier sunsets and lower temperatures, with the dark and cold encroaching persistently upon each day. As daylight wanes, I feel life’s...

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The Economics of Attention

The Economics of Attention

~ by Joelle Hodge~ I’m not one who gets a daily dose of social media. (No Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchats for me!) I prize my time (and my privacy) and venture online with purposeful intentionality. That’s not to say I reject all forms of digital media. I’m a big...

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Switching from Henle to Latin Alive—a Letter

Switching from Henle to Latin Alive—a Letter

~ by Suzanne Lichtenstein~ This letter was forwarded to us by a co-op leader who received it from a former Classical Conversations tutor and homeschool mom. It is posted here with the permission of the author. Please note that Classical Conversations is...

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Language Learning and Justice

Language Learning and Justice

~ by Julia Kraut ~ As we guide our students to make sense of the world and find their places in it, we prepare them to be just—to be wise arbiters of what is good, not only for themselves, but also for their country, as wise citizens. Justice is a hot topic these...

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Education and Feeding the Soul

Education and Feeding the Soul

~ by Andrew Kern ~ A friend of mine posted on Facebook a picture of his high school–aged daughter and some of her friends who attended a private school together. He mentioned how different these girls were from the ones he knew in his public school experience, and it...

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C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education II

C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education II

~ by Louis Markos~ I’ve never doubted that C. S. Lewis, were he alive today, would be a great fan and supporter of classical Christian education. In my last post, I substantiated my claim by surveying The Chronicles of Narnia; in this post, I will shift my focus from...

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Scholé for Classical Christian Educators

Scholé for Classical Christian Educators

~ by Dr. Christopher Perrin ~ As human beings we have lost our ability to rest and therefore we have also lost our ability to rest in education. Anyone who has followed my writing and speaking over the last several years knows that I have been advocating a return in...

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The Dialectic Stage: HOW are Teens Thinking??

The Dialectic Stage: HOW are Teens Thinking??

~ by Joelle Hodge ~ It’s the burning question every parent of a teenager wants an answer to: “What is my kid thinking?” There’s a quote by Winston Churchill that I feel applies here. Speaking in October 1939 (at the beginning of World War II), the prime minister said:...

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Teaching with an Open Hand

Teaching with an Open Hand

~ by Sarah Mackenzie ~ As a homeschooling mom, I have a tendency to live in my ideals. I picture myself reading The Wind in the Willows with my children scattered around me, listening contentedly. Or they’re drawing amazing pictures of specimens they found in nature....

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Motivation and Language Learning

Motivation and Language Learning

~ by Joshua Kraut ~ What makes for successful foreign language learning? Second to our natural, genetically determined aptitude for acquiring other languages (which we cannot change!), motivation constitutes the next most important factor in predicting the outcomes of...

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Summer Latin Practice Ideas

Summer Latin Practice Ideas

~by Karen Moore~ As the annual summer sabbatical sets in, parents often ask me how to help their students keep up with Latin over the summer. The idea is not necessarily to learn new material, but rather to help them maintain the knowledge and reading skills they have...

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Summer is for Scholé

Summer is for Scholé

~by Pam Barnhill~ Autumn is sublime; winter, necessary; spring, enchanting. Summer, on the other hand, is a gift. Summer is fresh watermelon, swimming pools, and sleeping in. Most importantly, summer is slower: slower days that are perfect for exploring the idea of...

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Scholé and THE LIST

Scholé and THE LIST

~by Joelle Hodge~ We all look forward to summertime: the slower pace, a relaxed routine, an opportunity to get away from the drive and push of homework, deadlines, and class management. But, as much as we would love to just push pause for a moment and linger through...

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C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education

C.S. Lewis and Classical Christian Education

~by Dr. Louis Markos~ I’ve never doubted that C. S. Lewis, were he alive today, would be a great fan and supporter of classical Christian education. But what aspects of this vibrant and growing movement would have garnered his particular praise? Though I can’t “prove”...

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The Legacy and Modern Renewal of Classical Education

The Legacy and Modern Renewal of Classical Education

What are the liberal arts? What is wisdom, eloquence, or the virtues? How does classical education affect the modern student? Dr. Christopher Perrin answers, the liberal arts “cultivate a human being to be the fullest version of himself or herself” and discusses the...

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Teaching Reading—the Detour

Teaching Reading—the Detour

About ten or eleven years ago, my friend Andrew Kern came to speak at The Geneva School in Winter Park, Florida. I hate to admit it, but I don’t recall the specific topic of the talk he gave to the parents and faculty assembled in the gymnasium that day. What I do...

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Classical Education: Rigorous or Vigorous?

Classical Education: Rigorous or Vigorous?

Some say that classical education is rigorous. My response to this is both "yes" and "no." In one sense, we want rigorous education for our children, but in another sense we do not want it at all. The words “rigor” and “rigorous” are used in different ways, so we need...

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Once More, What is Classical Education?

Once More, What is Classical Education?

As I present seminars on classical education and train teachers around the country, I find that this question—What is classical education?—persists. Even experienced classical educators keep asking it. To be honest, I keep asking it, and have been asking it and...

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Why Reading Dostoyevsky Has Changed Me

Why Reading Dostoyevsky Has Changed Me

The spring before I left for college, my family experienced a trauma that has deeply affected our lives ever since. My ongoing response to this experience—the way in which I allow it to shape and affect me—still weighs heavily on my mind, and the road toward healthy...

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Weaving Our Next Web

Weaving Our Next Web

Just recently, at a company “Scholé Lunch,” we read and discussed Walt Whitman’s poem “A Noiseless, Patient Spider.” We were slow to approach the poem, but after about fifteen minutes the discussion took on a life of its own. Here is the poem: A NOISELESS, patient...

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