At Home with The Classical Method – How to Teach Your Child Math

"The classical model for math emphasizes memorizing facts for speed and accuracy, and discussing numeracy, operations, and laws for understanding." (p.131, The Core) I can remember reciting addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division tables with my class from simple wall charts in my elementary school growing up. My teachers shared … [Read more...]

At Home with The Classical Method – Teaching Your Child to Write

When I first started teaching my children to write, I think I truly forgot that "Writing is very hard to do well."  I found myself so removed from learning it myself that its challenge was forgotten.  While it is hard to do well, The Core provides a simple plan to teach it well. Continuing today with the At Home with The … [Read more...]

At Home with the Classical Method – Why Classical Education?

I'm making some progress in understanding classical education and supplanting the modes of traditional education in my mind.  I can tell, because I'm *starting* to be able to converse with others about classical education without looking at my notes. : ) Good, right?  I'm also beginning to form ideas of what this will look like for our family over … [Read more...]

CC at Home Book Club – Echo In Celebration

UPDATE: Addie Krull, congrats!, you are the winner of a copy of Echo in Celebration! Friends, the CC at Home book club selection #2 is Echo in Celebration: A Call to Home Centered Education by Leigh Bortins.  I've only just begun reading Echo. I recently finished re-reading Leigh's The Core and I must say, the feel of them is so … [Read more...]

Teaching the Trivium – A Review

First book club selection completed! Here's my review --Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style is written by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, "parents of five children whom they have always homeschooled."  In this book, their expressed purpose is to share with the reader what they have learned through many years of … [Read more...]

CC at Home Book Club – Teaching The Trivium Giveaway

New Update: Since I have not heard from Kara, a new winner was randomly selected today.  I have private messaged Rhianna Garber and will be waiting to hear from her.  Congrats, Rhianna!UPDATE: Kara, entry #77 & winner, I have not yet heard from you! Please contact me ASAP! If I don't hear from Kara by midnight on Sunday, May … [Read more...]

Book Club Launch & Giveaway

As y'all know, I primarily spend my time here sharing how I form my family's learning around the Foundations guide provided by Classical Conversations.  But, just two short years ago, the classical education model was completely foreign to me.  I am slowly learning my way, but I still have SO much more to learn!  Around me, I see the … [Read more...]

Climbing Parnassus – An Unqualified Reivew

Were you classically educated? Me neither! I have so much to learn! and I've been doing it through my readings about classical education.  I finished reading Climbing Parnassus: A New Apologia for Greek and Latin by Tracy Lee Simmons today. Yay! This book was handed out at my local Classical Conversations practicum.  Was it at yours … [Read more...]

Stick in the Sand

I read Leigh Bortins' The Core over the summer along with The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  Both books had such a grounding effect on my thoughts for teaching my children and really connected the dots for me about classical education.  So, in the midst of all the planning, and as we prepare to start at … [Read more...]

Summer Reading

Connecting the DotsLast year was my second year homeschooling and my first year as part of a Classical Conversations community.  When I first heard about classical education, I thought it sounded like the opposite of everything I had envisioned for homeschooling my children.  However, some of my favorite homeschooling mamas were already … [Read more...]