5 Tips on Narration

Among the classical education distinctive is narration. Prior to this, I would have said, “You mean, like, summarizing what you hear or read?” That is because there is nothing similar to narration happening in conventional, modern education (for lack of a better term). Early in my classical journey, I read Know and Tell by Karen …

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Charlotte Mason: Sunday Readings (Corrie ten Boom)

Today I put into practice a Charlotte Mason habit that I heard about on this podcast episode from ‘A Delectable Education’. I wish that I had unlimited time to study Charlotte Mason in detail, but for now I make do with books and podcasts and the like. The topic of Sunday readings it’s not frequently …

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Balancing Health and Safety During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Even in a Covid-19 pandemic, avoiding the deadly virus at all costs should not be our only priority. Our politicians and officials have cast the struggle against this virus as a fight, even a war. But even in war, we must balance priorities and take risks, or else by the time we win the war …

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When Workbooks Don’t Work

Workbooks and worksheets are a necessary evil. They are not much fun to do, but they are an easy way to give students practice and to assess their mastery of a skill. This is especially true in math, but worksheets and workbooks pop up in just about every subject. I’ve heard one homeschooling mom talk …

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Homeschooling: The 5 Stages of “I don’t want to!”

We've all been there. You are teaching your child and they just don't want to do it. Their shoulders are slumped, they are clearly not interested. Maybe it's a fun lesson, maybe it's one of the lessons that just need to get done. Sometimes it seems like there is little rhyme or reason to the …

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Taking Stock: The 12 Weeks of the School Year

Perhaps you are homeschooling because of the recent Covid-19 requirements, or perhaps you have been homeschooling all year - regardless of your reasons, it is an important time of year to take stock. The last 12 weeks of school are upon us, by my calculations. Four weeks in April, four weeks in May, four weeks …

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Unpopular Opinion: Social Distancing Won’t Work and It’s a Bad Idea

I am concerned that our country’s response to Covid-19 won’t work, and furthermore that people will be financially ruined when it’s over. “It won’t work?!? That’s ridiculous”. I know, I know, the media is full of articles touting why it is so necessary for us all to just STAY HOME. I get it. I’ve read …

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