Random links and a Classical Education question

Posted by  | Thursday, July 28, 2011  at 6:30 AM  
Hi ladies! We've had a pretty busy week so I thought I'd just share a few links that I've enjoyed lately and ask a quick question:

Summer Fun Idea Jar with Printables-- Do your kids ever get bored during the summer? Here is a great idea for keeping things interesting

Motherhood is a Calling -- one of the most encouraging and challenging articles I've read lately!

Free Printable Chore Cards and Tutorial -- A fun way to keep the little ones on track with their chores each day

Scripture Memory with Toddlers -- some great tips and resources for helping children memorize scripture! (And the comments have some great ideas as well!)

Now for my question:
Have any of you read The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home or The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundation of Classical Education? I'd love to hear your thoughts. I've been reading them both over the last month and growing more and more excited about the idea of educating my girls classically. I think I am going to learn so much as well! But I must admit, I am also slightly intimidated :) If you've used this method of educating your kids, I'd love to hear about your experience, how it has gone, and if you have any tips for one just starting the journey. Also, I recently learned about Classical Conversations, a national classical Christian community for homeschool families. It sounds like a really neat program, but I don't personally know anyone who has done it and I was curious if any of you have experience with the group. I'd love to hear about it!


Anonymous said...

A friend of mine forwarded your question about a CC group. I am a Director of a group in TN and we were apart of a group in VA before that. I did research on how I wanted to homeschool and really felt that the classical approach was a fit for our family. I love our CC group and actually feel liberated and freed up from the traditional approach to education once you really understand the philosophy of classical education. The WTM and The Core are excellent books... I also highly reccommend Teaching the Trivium by the Bluedorns. Don't get overwhelmed at reading these books as they give you a practical guide in how to education for all of your homeschooling career... it is much easier than it seems and you are not tied to any one curriculum. You need to understand fully the grammar stage, the dialectic stage, and the rhetoric stage. Once you do, you can see how the content is secondary to teaching your children how to learn. Your local CC group is an awesome resource to give you support, accountability, and guidance. I highly recommend one. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email! Rachael Moriarty

Meg said...

Thanks so much for your encouragement! I just ordered the Teaching the Trivium book :) Glad to hear that the CC group is worthwhile -- I am so excited about the classical approach but think I could really use the encouragement and resources of the CC group!

allison said...

I taught in a Classical Christian school and LOVED it! I love how the classical approach responds curriculum wise to the child's developmental growth. In the school I taught in we actually partnered with homeschool families. So I taught the children 3 days a week and the parent taught them two days a week. We both had teacher editions and thus had the same language of instruction. My daughter is 3 but I am already praying how I can incorporate the Classical Christian approach to her education. I believe it combines the best of both worlds:)

allison said...

Two more great reads to understanding classical education:

Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers and check out this link: http://houseofliterature.tripod.com/id18.html

Classical Education by Gene Edward Veith, Jr. and Andrew Kern

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