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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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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.

May 5, 2017

Welcome to the Quadrivium! This four-fold path opens the student to the mathematical tools of truth perception. In this episode, we begin with the first mathematical liberal art of arithmetic; the study of arithmetic explores the discrete quantity.

Apr 7, 2017

A discussion on the great books with Angelina Stanford. Known for her ability to be both scholarly and entertaining, Angelina has presented papers at the College English Association Conference, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, the Circe National Conference, and the Kindred Conference.  She also brings her unique combination of scholarship, humor, and fun to the popular weekly Book Club podcast, Close Reads.

Angelina has written for numerous publications and she blogs at circeinstitute.org. She is currently writing a book about her great passion--how to understand every story. Find out more about Angelina and subscribe to her mailing list at angelinastanford.com.

 

Mar 24, 2017

We start this episode with a discussion about the larger picture of what rhetoric means to the person as a whole and in context with the other liberal arts of the Trivium. We move onto how to hone the skills and knowledge of the art of rhetoric in community. As a fun note, we talk about how scholé and lectio divina fit into the art of rhetoric. In this episode, we wanted you all to be refreshed in your search for the Truth, goodness, and beauty before we move onto the Quadrivium.

Mar 10, 2017

Welcome back! On this episode of The Classical Homeschool Podcast, we are interviewing Paul Kortepeter, the author of Classical Academic Press' Writing and Rhetoric Program. Grab a cup or mug of your favorite beverage, and enjoy the discussion.

Feb 24, 2017

Welcome to 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.

In this episode, we are bringing some lively and entertaining conversation about the liberal art of logic/dialectic to the table. We discuss the definition of logic, the different ways to study logic, and how to practice the skill of logic in the home. To get a copy of the logic worksheet fill out the form below, and you'll receive your worksheet via email.

"Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV

Feb 3, 2017

In this episode, we explore the liberal art of Grammar. We explore how memory, naming, and reading are interwoven into this liberal art.  We prepared a worksheet for you to print out, download, and read over that will hopefully bless you on your journey through classical education.

Jan 13, 2017

Welcome to 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.

Welcome back! The Classical Homeschool Podcast is starting off season 2 with a bang. Jennifer and Ashley had the opportunity to sit down with series editor, David Diener, for Classical Academic Press' Giants in the History of Education. Mr. Diener introduces Plato, his principles, his biography, and his importance in this episode.

Nov 29, 2016

Welcome to 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.

First of all, thank you dear listeners for an amazing first season of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. Jennifer and I appreciate the comments, the questions, the reviews, and most of all the love received. In this season finale episode, we talk about the books that have been the most influential in our journey in the Classical Tradition.

Nov 12, 2016

This week, the topic of assessment and how it fits into classical education and our homeschools. In this episode, the homeschooling mom can find what is assessment and how we can assess our students. Assessment is more than a simple exam; it is a discernment of where our students are in the growth of virtue and the liberal arts. Assessment is a positive experience for our students it allows them to learn how to discern and self-edit. Hopefully, this episode will offer you a perspective of assessment that blesses you and your homeschool.

Oct 28, 2016

Welcome to 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.

On this episode, Jennifer and Ashley continue to expand on how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates our homeschools from the purely utilitarian to the pursuit of wisdom and integration. As a homeschool mother it can be confusing to live out our roles as a mother and a teacher. Are those two roles separate? How are they connected? From whom does our authority come? How do we build trust and piety in our homeschools?

Jennifer and Ashley work to stress that teacher, even the homeschool mom, is a rhetorician. Meaning that as mothers, we are the introductions to the Truth for our children. Jennifer gives a fabulous example of how to engage with your students and children by asking Ashley some impromptu questions about Anna Karenina. Hopefully, this episode will bless you with some answers or inspirations to cultivate the attitude of scholarly stewardship in your life. Enjoy the show!

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