My Summer Reading List

You've seen my summer plan for my littles, now here's the summer plan for me!  Between planning our CC year and having a new baby, I'm hoping to squeeze in some reading.  In no certain order, the books on my shortlist right now are...1. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham  This classic historical tale of Nat Bowditch occurring … [Read more...]

Giveaway for The Question

UPDATE: Winner Angela McKeehan was randomly selected today.  Congrats, Angela! I'm excited you'll have the chance to read this before entering Challenge next year.  Thanks to everyone who entered!I recently shared what I learned from The Question, the newly released book by the founder of Classical Conversations, Leigh Bortins, and … [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...]

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

Did you attend the Classical Conversations practicum with your child in a camp this year? If so, you received this month's book club selection, ten ways to destroy the imagination of your child (I kept the title lowercase here, because that's how it's printed on the book cover! Which by the way, I like!).  I have yet to crack the spine on this … [Read more...]

CC at Home Book Club – Echo in Celebration Review

"Teaching reading is best done with a child on someone’s lap. Teaching math is best done sitting near a student as they work through a text. Teaching writing is best done through sharing the joy of words on paper." (p.63)Oh, friends, I was due a reminder that teaching my children at home is a JOY! I often feel the weight of the responsibility and … [Read more...]

The Well Trained Mind

Looking to understand the nuts and bolts of how to begin a classical education without much other commentary? Check out The Well Trained Mind.  The authors, Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer (mother and daughter team), give specifics on how to classically educate from preschool through twelfth grade.  This is why it's considered standard … [Read more...]