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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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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

~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

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

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?

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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