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The Classical Homeschool

Are you a classical homeschool parent? Are you interested in classical homeschooling? Have you ever wondered how to take the big and beautiful ideals and principles of the Christian Classical Tradition and make them a reality each day in your homeschool? Are you interested in digging deeper into those big and beautiful ideals and principles? Then this is the podcast for you! At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. More specifically we will be exploring, comparing, and seeking to harmonize and embody those ideas specifically for the classical homeschooling mom by: •Looking at a particular idea or principle from a handful of popular classical education books and discussing it directly. •Discussing people and their stories from literature and history who embody these ideas. •Interviewing other homeschool moms, classical educators, and other leaders in the Christian Classical renewal who have first-hand experience with the principles and practices of the Christian classical tradition. •Asking questions like, How is this idea practiced or actualized? How do these big ideas harmonize with the reality of a modern homeschool? •Presenting real examples of how to apply a specific principle or ideal in the real everyday classical homeschool. •Presenting actionable and practical ideas for how to bring classical principles and ideals to life in the real everyday classical homeschool.
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May 10, 2019

Taking a side street off of the topic of moral imagination, we are discussing Ashley's thesis concerning the idea of a canon of humanity. In the current Classical homeschooling climate, the focus has been on the advancement of Western Culture. However, Classical Education is not tied to an earthly structure but is based on more lofty ideals. Join us while we explore the topic! 

Apr 26, 2019

In this chapter of Tending the Heart of Virtue, the focus comes to two of the most universal themes found in literature: love and immortality. Through the classic childhood tales: The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Little Mermaid, Guroian dives into the heart with the topics of love and immortality with a reminder to rest in our Creator's love and mercy. 

Apr 12, 2019

Brandy Vencel is the thinker behind the Afterthoughts Blog and host of the Scholé Sisters podcast. She pretty crazy about educational philosophy in general and Charlotte Mason in particular. She wishes she could spend more time studying but her vocation as wife and homeschooling mom of four children ages 10-16 dictates otherwise.

 

Mar 22, 2019

We got to chat with Cindy Rollins about her take on the moral imagination. Her years as a homeschooling mother, writer, speaker, and reader offer unique insights into the topic of our season: the moral imagination. 

Mar 9, 2019

In chapter four of Tending the Heart of Virtue, the focus comes to companions and those that offer us formation. Through the classic childhood tales: The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte's Web, and Bambi, Guroian unpacks the differences between those we call friends and those that mentor us.

Feb 22, 2019

Join us and our guest, Heidi White, for a conversation on reading the Bible as literature. Exploring an ancient concept from the Desert Fathers up to the current Classical Education movement, this episode focuses on the need for metaphor in our lives.

Feb 8, 2019

In this episode, Jennifer and Ashley discuss the hero's journey and how allegory effects our parenting and internal narrative. 

Jan 25, 2019

A discussion straight from the horse's mouth! Join us and Dr. Guroian for a talk on his book, Tending the Heart of Virtue, and the moral imagination. 

Jan 11, 2019

We're back and super excited to be bringing you another a year of The Classical Homeschool! In this episode, we discuss the timeline and common references concerning the moral imagination as well as catch up on what has been keeping us busy!  

May 11, 2018

 It's finally time to dive into the deep end with C.S. Lewis! The introductory episode is being offered for free to all our listeners as a thank you for your support and for your grace. So, grab your copies of The Four Loves and Till We Have Faces and, perhaps, even an adult beverage. We are ending the registration on May 18th, snap up the opportunity to hang with us and the big deal, Lewis, this summer! Also, feel free to join our discussion group on Facebook to talk about the works with others that are reading.

Mar 23, 2018

This is our last episode of the season, and we get to wrap up with John Hodges from The Center of Western Studies . The Center of Western Studies also has a podcast, From the Center! If you would like to hear more of John Hodges talk check out the Circe Institute and Paideia Fellowship.  In this episode, we start the journey towards the moral imagination which will be the topic for season four. If you have any questions or topics you want covered concerning the moral imagination, drop us a line!

Mar 9, 2018

Join us for a lively interview on Erasmus and his contribution to the Great Tradition. 

Feb 23, 2018

Welcome to Season 3 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition.

Feb 9, 2018

We're back! Thank you for bearing with us through the long unintentional break. Over the holidays, we needed to catch up and recalibrate for the season. We normally air this type episode at the end of the season, but we are bringing it to you today! We are talking about the living books that we love to use in our homeschools. So, leave us a comment here or in the Facebook book group, The Classical Homeschool Podcast Discussion Group with your favorite living books.

Nov 24, 2017

If you're looking for some inspiration for your Black Friday, look no further! Cicero and the Great Tradition are here to save the day! Slow down and treat yourself to a conversation about reading good books, living in community, and how self-knowledge can be a necessary part of growing towards God. 

Nov 10, 2017
Delve into the works of Aristotle with us in the this episode. Jennifer and I are wrestling through some deeper concepts that govern leisure, music, the tripartite man, and much more. If you are interested, head over to Facebook for The Classical Homeschool Discussion Group. We would love to hear your thoughts and explore these texts deeper with you.
Oct 27, 2017
In this episode, we explore a new option for high school students: The Classical Learning Test
Oct 13, 2017
Exploring the idea of knowing the Truth and doing the Good, we focus this episode on the great rhetorician, Isocrates. Isocrates frames the student/teacher relationship in terms of forming an adult. We also talk about the differences in approaches between Plato and Isocrates and why they are both valuable. 
Sep 22, 2017

This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition.

The name of Plato and Socrates are linked not only to one another but to the classical tradition. In this episode, we explore how virtue is awakened in the soul while comparing and contrasting the primary source (The Great Tradition) and the references (Norms and Nobility). 

The name of Plato and Socrates are linked not only to one another but to the classical tradition. In this episode, we explore how virtue is awakened in the soul while comparing and contrasting the primary source (The Great Tradition) and the references (Norms and Nobility). 

Sep 8, 2017

Welcome to Season 3 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition.

Richard M. Gamble is Professor of History and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Professor of History and Politics at Hillsdale College. In addition to The Great Tradition, his publications focus on American religion, war, and culture. He serves on the editorial boards of Modern Age, Humanitas, and the American Conservative. You can learn more about Richard Gamble and his works on is Amazon author page and his Hillsdale College page.

Jul 7, 2017
This episode focuses on Jennifer and I's journey with literature. This list is not exhaustive or indicative of any one way to enter into the habit of reading. The books mentioned in the episode have inspired us over time and threw our souls into the perception of Truth.

 

Jun 23, 2017

Matt Bianco is the director of The Lost Tools of Writing for the CiRCE Institute, where he also serves as a mentor in the CiRCE apprenticeship program. A homeschooling father of three, he graduated his oldest two sons, the eldest of which is attending St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. His second child is attending Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC, and his youngest (and only daughter) is a high school junior. He is married to his altogether lovely, high school sweetheart, Patty. He is the author of Letters to My Sons: A Humane Vision for Human Relationships.

Jun 2, 2017

Gregory Wilbur is Chief Musician at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, TN. In addition to his work at the church, Greg has taught for more than 20 years in classical schools and currently serves as Dean and Senior Fellow of New College Franklin—a Christian liberal arts college that he helped to start. He earned his Masters in Music Composition at the University of Alabama.

May 19, 2017

The liberal art of geometry is more than angles, shapes, and high school classrooms. In this episode, we are discussing the importance of deductive thinking and how they prepare the student for the more abstract studies of the liberal arts of harmony and astronomy.

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