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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

~ 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

~ 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

~ 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

~ 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??

~ 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

~ 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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Teaching from Rest—One Year Anniversary!

August 2016 marks the one-year anniversary of the best-selling book Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace. A big warm thank you to all who have contributed to the success of this book. Special thanks goes, of course, to Sarah Mackenzie, who...

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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

~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

~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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