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  1. I have been listening to Andrew Kern of Circe Institute speak at our homeschool conference for several years, and it is beginning to sink in. I am reconsidering everything I know about educating my children. I truly am at a loss. I have no idea where to begin, as far as curriculum is concerned. I beg of you, throw me a bone...where do I begin? If I want my children to love learning, become human, and above all other things, love the Lord, what in the world am I supposed to be teaching and how?
  2. I've been searching the website for a loooong time and still can't find a TOC or recommended schedule. Does anybody know?
  3. It's A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics, by Joel Biermann ( http://www.amazon.com/Case-Character-Towards-Lutheran-Virtue/dp/1451477910/ ). His focus is on developing a set of Lutheran virtues (virtue defined as "specific skills, traits, and behaviors that serve to define and guide those on the journey to an agreed-upon telos"), which is so very helpful for those who want to educate for wisdom and virtue through a distinctly Lutheran classical education (I appreciate the focus he puts on the importance of having to have the same goal - "agreed-upon telos" - to even *want* t
  4. I am interested in hearing a follow up on how the past couple years have gone. For me, reading that thread was a turning point in our homeschool. Before then, I was all about curriculum and worrying about if I'd chosen the right one and if I could cover it all before 12th grade was completed. There were so many good books and programs and skills to study! My desire to give a comprehensive education led to a frazzled schoolday of jumping from one thing to another with all the joy sucked out. Upper grades as well as adding more students was looking ever more grim. Then along came the thread.
  5. Just wondering if anyone was planning on going to this convention. Pudewa, Kern, Sandi Queen, and Dr. Joan Cotter will all be there along with local speakers including Zan Tyler, Lori Hatcher and a talk by Dr. MIck Zais on school choice followed by a Q&A session. http://www.midlandshomeschoolconvention.com/
  6. I saw the huge Circe thread months ago and was completely overwhelmed :) but I've been listening to Podcasts & reading blogs and ebooks and I the whole idea just resonates with me. Morning time is definitely going to be an addition to our day this year. I'd love to see what everyone else is going to be using during their morning time. I'm just starting to get a feel for what I'd like to include, but I do have a few specific resources picked out (I think!) Bible Time (we're Jehovah's Witnesses, so most everything we'll be using is available on JW.org) Poetry (I think I've decided on th
  7. I'm so grateful for all of the wisdom, support, and even challenging discussions. This past week was our first official week, and it has been the most peaceful start that we have had in our past five years of homeschooling. I have read every thread related to Circe, simplifying, etc. We began our home education journey using K12 as a cyber school. It quickly turned into a nightmare, yet I continued year after year. (I realize that the schools vary greatly, this was just my personal experience.) During Christmas break my husband and I decided that we would join an independent associ
  8. Our site is now live and active! We're kicking off the launch of Scholé Sisters with a two week series titled "You're More Classical Than You Think." We're hoping to show how CiRCE-inspired principles are down-to-earth and probably things you're already doing but not realizing. We hope it's encouraging and uplifting, and we hope you'll join us! We're giving away a prize bundle this week to celebrate, too. Here's just a snippet from Sarah Mackenzie's post today: "In our minds’ eye, we see long lists of grammar forms, copious amounts of memory work, and dusty copies of Homer and Plat
  9. After attending conference and reading many threads on teaching to find truth, beauty and virtue, I am sold on this method. It speaks to my soul, and I firmly believe in teaching literature with good books - not just historical fiction. Now my question is this: how do I teach history? If you follow this method, what do you use to teach history? Is there a curriculum you use that doesn't overwhelm you with historical fiction? I refuse to use a textbook. If you use SOTW for 1 - 4, then what do you use for 5 - 8? Tapestry of Grace? I love both literature and history, and I can easily
  10. I'm just starting to work my way through the Circe thread, and as I read it, I keep thinking that it sounds just like LCC, possibly with more book titles. Can anyone clarify for me how they are different? We have been using the LCC literature lists here with great success, and I keep thinking that maybe both LCC and Circe are getting at the same principle. Am I way off?
  11. I'm thinking specifically about some of the studies that 8FilltheHeart has described.... her Anne of Green Gables study, a year of C.S. Lewis, Inception, etc.... Can we brain storm some ideas for Literature studies like these.... where a particular topic or work of literature leads you to other works of literature and discussion of related ideas? And feel free to say what general age/grade level you think it would work well for.
  12. Okay, that is a very inspiring thread. I'm a very nuts-and-bolts kind of person, and for those of you who are also inspired by it, I'm curious as to what kind of changes you will be making in your home and school. I know this kind of philosophy can't be captured in a to-do (or not-to-do) list, but I'd like to hear ideas just to get my creative juices flowing. The thread has been timely for me, as I've been realizing lately how much of an excellent education is bound up in real life as lovetobehome said in her post here. I know I'm going to be be more intentional about adding classics
  13. Hi Andrew, OK. I finally finished your lecture Analytical Learning. I still don't know what your thesis was. What were you arguing? At one point you said that the "Mothers of America were set up to lose our confidence." When? How? Are you saying that we lost our confidence when education was pulled away from the humanities and into the world of data and statistics? Because there are plenty of us who are very comfortable in both worlds. And we are encouraging others that it is very possible to self-educate until they feel that same confidence. In your talk, you seem
  14. I was curious if there had been a curriculum developed by either Andrew Kern or the Circe Institute? I've been to the site several times but didn't find one. If not, do they have one they recommend? Thanks!
  15. I'm only halfway through, and I mentally feel like I'm in a revival or something. I'm literally pumping my fist in the air and saying **ell Yah! This is so excellent. If you are hungry, eat here. http://circeinstitute.com/2012/03/podcast-3112-dr-james-taylor/ It’s been a while since we posted a podcast, but hopefully weeks just make the heart grow fonder. In this edition, I spoke with Dr. James Taylor about teaching literature, especially Sophocles, Shakespeare, Genesis, and some of the great poets (with a special reference to Robert Frost). We also discussed his schedule of onli
  16. I would say, to this point, I have struggled to educate my children classically. The more I try to teach in a classical way, the more I see that I don't understand the nature of it. The *idea* of it is elusive. I am a complete product of a weak public school education, including college. I grew up in a very pragmatic home and am, by nature, intensely practical. This is my "grain". Classical training continues to go against my grain. I am convinced of the rewards of classical education. I understand the stages: grammar, logic, rhetoric and what they mean. I use great books (classics)
  17. I posted this in the very large thread about Circe but thought I should start a new thread with it. Here is one question (as I'm sure I will have so many more): I've been thinking about this ever since this thread first appeared. I'd love to find a list of questions that will be get me started (and I hope that once I get the ideas going I won't need but a few examples) which I can use for every book, or piece of art, or idea that I want to read, appreciate or examine more deeply. I want to know what general questions I can ask myself, and in turn ask my children, to help us find the beaut
  18. I greatly enjoyed reading through the revived thread on the next page of the HS board. So many of those thoughts have resonated with me as I have attempted over the years to "civilize the boybarians"...but in that (often failing) attempt, I have also wondered for years: how does one convey all the truth and beauty *about* truth and beauty to children who don't really "get it"? When my boys were very young, yes, I could present them with anything and they would accept my perspective wholeheartedly. We read innumerable wonderful books together; they memorized scripture and lovely poetry; we p
  19. We've had several discussions about rigor on this board, this forum, and there was a recent one started by AuntPol on the General board. David Kern gave me permission to post this from the Circe Institute Newsletter. "In classical schools much is made of academic rigor, and no wonder given the sloth and lack of interest in what we would call education in so much of the wider culture. Rigor, however, must be purposeful. If we don’t know what we are equipping students for, then we are like Soviet concentration camps that would have people dig up and then fill in holes to keep them busy.
  20. I am looking for some MP3's to listen to while I clean and drive. A lot of these look excellent. Any recommedations?
  21. Pardon me for what is surely a(nother) stupid question from a HSing newbie. :) I have read so many posts here from longtime HSers about keeping "the end" in sight- staying focused on the education goals you've set for your children, not getting distracted by new/popular curricula (if what you're using is working), not doing so much that none of it is done well. My stupid question is- HOW do you decide what those goals will be? How do you decide what you will do and won't do? How do you decide what is important to YOU and your child(ren)? And how do your educational goals weave into yo
  22. Has anyone used The Lost Tools of Writing program from the Circe Institute? I would be interested in hearing pros and cons about it. Thanks! Amanda
  23. Lisa and all, I wonder if you'd mind if I piggy-backed on something you said in the 'anti-thread.†One phrase you wrote caught my attention; “. . . a mythical beast we have created in our minds . . . .†***(See quote below for context.) I think a “mythical beast†of sorts is characteristic of classical education -- in a positive way. I wouldn't agree, though, to the nature of this beast quite as you have described. When I think of classical education I do not think of things like “over-achieving†or “award-winning†or even, necessarily, “Latin-speaking.†But I would l
  24. I managed to borrow these two books through Prospector Loan through our library system. I know they are highly recommended reading especially for someone who wants to use Latin Centered Curriculum. Quite honestly though I don't think my "trying" to read them is going to do me a whole lot of good at this point. Try as I may, they make absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. I don't know if there are any easier books that would be helpful or not and I am sure hoping that the book Latin Centered Curriculum is easier to read or I don't know what I am going to do.
  25. The Veritas Teacher Training complete set (2001-2007) is on sale right now at Wordmp3.com It's marked down from $300 to $49. I was looking for mp3s about teaching Omnibus when I discovered the set on sale. Buying the whole series on sale is actually cheaper than purchasing just the Omnibus set. Hope this helps someone.
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