Cycle 3: Week 3

Guess what? Life has gotten very busy - we're moving! I'm so glad I made a plan for simplicity for homeschooling this year.   This week we've been reviewing our history sentence by reading one of the books from our book list, the Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards. It's a cute book with good drawings that traces the chain of events … [Read more...]

Answering "What Grade Are You In?"

  Recently during my 7 year olds annual check-up at the pediatrician's, the nurse was asking him to answer a list of prescribed questions prior to the doctor coming in. It went something like this -- Nurse: "What's the name of your school?" My son: Blank stare. Somewhat impatiently, the nurse repeats: "The name? of your school?" I was giving … [Read more...]

Create A Lifestyle of Learning With Books

Friends, please welcome my friend and fellow CC mom, Becki Hogan, back to the blog today.  Becki is an avid reader and enthusiastic learner.  In their home, Becki and her husband Seth have created a lifestyle of learning that I find infectious! Want to know more? Start here with how they use books in promotion of that lifestyle. We love … [Read more...]

Book List for CC Cycle 3

My crew and I enjoy reading together a lot! I've made a book list to reference that coordinates with our upcoming Classical Conversations cycle, cycle 3.  We certainly won't be reading each of these books, but I like knowing what's available and what comes recommended from some of my favorite sources.  Getting to the library with four littles … [Read more...]

The Best Girls to Ask for Book Recommendations

Do you have any friends you wish would create their own lending library? Friends whose libraries you would frequent even more than your local library, because you trust their selections to be wonderful every time? I have a few friends like that who I rely on and I thought you might like to see what they're reading, too. Christy at Without Love … [Read more...]

Keeping Up With Your Independent Reader

Homeschooling parents often find themselves in the tricky dilemma of encouraging their little scholars to independent reading, but having little of their own time to keep up with their growing little's reading.  This leaves them in the uncomfortable position of not being fully clued in to what their child is reading.  A parent has two main goals in … [Read more...]

Questions for Leigh

As y'all know, a few days ago I shared some of what I learned from reading Classical Conversations founder, Leigh Bortin's, new book The Question.   Well, I was also able to recently ask Leigh some questions of my own regarding her new book and homeschooling.  I'm excited to share her replies with you today! CC at Home: Leigh, first … [Read more...]

What I Learned From The Question

If you've read The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education, you'll quickly understand how The Question: Teaching Your Child the Essentials of Classical Education is the follow-up.  As Leigh Bortins introduced us to the grammar stage in The Core, she does with the dialectic stage in The Question.  Our children were … [Read more...]

CC at Home Book Club – Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

In ten ways to destroy the imagination of your child, Anthony Esolen writes an "indispensable guide to overcoming today's treacherous trends in parenting and education -- and the overwhelming banality of contemporary culture." Esolen's scope is broad, but my focus was narrow.  I looked for how these cultural shifts, which Esolen strongly argues are … [Read more...]

My Favorite Sources for Really Good Books

He ate and drank the precious words, His spirit grew robust, He knew no more that he was poor, Or that his frame was dust. He danced along the dingy ways And this bequest of wings Was but a book. What liberty A loosened spirit brings. - Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson "Children don't stumble onto good books by themselves; … [Read more...]