Homeschooling is hard work. The daily routine can get a bit mundane so I love to read blogs and articles to find inspiration and encouragement. There are a few that I read quite often (here are 15 blogs for homeschooling middle school) and there are a few articles that are especially helpful for the classical homeschool.
Encouragement for the Classical Homeschool
Classical education doesn't have to be difficult, despite what many believe. It's a philosophy of education that can help you refine your goals and focus on the things that are most important. The following articles are very helpful for those who are interested in pursuing a classical homeschool education.
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The Lost Tools of Learning
Dorothy Sayers speech, The Lost Tools of Learning, is the cornerstone of the modern take on Classical education. She relates the Classical Trivium to three stages of learning - Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric. Every child and every subject progress through these stages. Her talk is a definite must-read for the Classical homeschooler.
What is Classical Education?
The writers of The Well Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer and her mother Jessie Wise, use Dorothy Sayers' speech as the foundation for their neo-Classical approach to education. I reread their book every year for my own homeschooling inspiration and encouragement. If you'd like a quick look at the foundation of their educational philosophy, you should read S. W. Bauer's article, What is Classical Education?
Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin
Latin should definitely be a core subject in the Classical homeschool - for a variety of reasons. The article, Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin, from Cheryl Lowe lists a few reasons you should consider learning Latin with your children.
Stop Cleaning the Kitchen & Read a Book
Self-education is something I believe is imperative for every homeschool mom. While I'm busy keeping our house clean and educating my daughter, I must show her that continuing to learn and grow is a lifelong process. Susan Wise Bauer's article, Stop Cleaning the Kitchen & Read a Book, shows why we need to make time for our own educational pursuits.
The Classical Side of Charlotte Mason
Some may be surprised to realize that Charlotte Mason was a Classical educator. This article, The Classical Side of Charlotte Mason, from Karen Glass, shares principles in the Classical world that Charlotte Mason used to define education for her generation.
More Classical homeschool inspiration
A few more interesting articles & posts about Classical education:
- Classical Education for the Average Homeschool Family
- In Defense of Classical Education
- What is the Difference Between Classical & Conventional Education?
- Charlotte Mason & Classical Education
- Essential of a Classical Education: Recitation & Memorization
- Three Pillars of Classical Education
- Why Classical Education
- Introducing Students to Socratic Dialogue
- Logic: The Original Thinking Skill
- The Joy of Classical Education
Do you have a few articles or blogs you read for inspiration? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!
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