Along with my friends Chelli at The Planted Trees and Sara at Classically Homeschooling, we've been discussing the 'Eight Essential Principles of Classical Pedagogy' this year - covering one principle each month. We've arrived at our final post in the series - Educational Virtues. It's been a joy to cover the practical aspects of Classical Education and discuss ways to bring these principles to life. Focusing on Educational Virtues this month feels like the natural point to wrap-up our discussion. Let's take a look at how we can apply this to our homeschool.
It's the end of the month and time for another look at the principles of Classical Education with my friends Sara at Classically Homeschooling and Chelli at The Planted Trees. Today we're taking a look at Wonder & Curiosity - what it is, why it matters, and how to bring it to life in our homeschools. Let's take a look at how to cultivate wonder & curiosity in your homeschool.
We are not year-round homeschoolers. I tried it once and realized that I like my summer vacation too much! But, I also know that it's so easy for that 'summer slide' to occur - when it seems like all the stuff you've been teaching (and learning!) with your kids throughout the homeschool year seems to slide right back out of their brains once summer vacation begins. To avoid that summer slide, I like to make sure we're still doing a little bit of work so daily math and reading are the norm for us during the summer. And to make my job just a little bit easier, I like to make sure we use different things to make it fun - after all, it's still summer vacation!
It's the end of another month and time for another post about Everyday Scholé - simple and practical ways to apply Classical Education principles to our homeschool. I'm joined by my two friends, Chelli from The Planted Trees and Sara from Classically Homeschooling. This month our topic is 'Embodied Learning' - in other words, learning with all five senses.
You're probably familiar with the phrase 'repetition is the mother of memory' (Repetito Mater Memoriae). There's a reason that phrase is known - because it's true. We learn best through repetition - repeating the same content in different ways solidifies it in our memory.
Our usual teaching methods include plenty of time for teacher's lecturing students, which creates a very low rate of retention. Even worse, is the tendency to cram for tests, take the test, and forget everything you learned. There's no point to an education like that - where nothing is retained or considered important enough to remember.