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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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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!

Oct 21, 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.

This week Jennifer and Ashley explore how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates the curriculum from just the simple material objects we use to engage our students. The curriculum is the course we follow, the attitudes we have, and how much harmony is cultivated between the logos and mythos. Jennifer and Ashley discuss the logo-centric curriculum vs. the content driven curriculum. Hopefully, this episode can relieve some of the anxiety when choosing the materials for your homeschool. Enjoy the show!

Oct 14, 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.

Join us this week for a discussion on how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates the student to the whole man through the development of cosmic obligation, moral imagination, and the cultivation of truth perception. Jennifer and Ashley discuss how man is created in the Divine Image and the responsibilities that that Image lays upon us as followers of Christ. This episode is a wrestling of what it means to do what one ought to do for the love of Christ and what one wants to do for the love of himself. Enjoy the show!

Oct 7, 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.

In our last episode of the week, Jennifer shares her educational metaphor, the homeschool as a great story. This fun conversation not only gives the personal metaphor of Jennifer but also how she formed her course, The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling.

Oct 7, 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.

 

In today's episode, Ashley discusses her educational metaphor, the homeschool as monastery. Enjoy the show!

Oct 5, 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.

In this episode, we tackle the differences between ancient man and modern man. If you have David Hicks' book, Norms and Nobility, we are talking about passages on the bottom of page 5 and the top of page 6. What are the differences? How do those differences affect our lives? Our homeschools? Our souls? Why do we align ourselves with the ancient man in classical education?

As we further examine the attitude of the ancient man and the transformative power of education, we identify how important normative questions are to building the moral foundations of a man as well as the experiences of knowledge that lead man to have relationships with the knowledge.

With that relationship in mind, Jennifer and Ashley connect the importance of liturgy for aligning and ordering man to harmony of the created universe. What man does and how man does those things is integral in making the whole man.

Lastly, Jennifer and Ashley talk about concrete examples in their homeschools and how to evaluate where liturgies are necessary in our daily lives as well as connecting the natural rhythms God has given man to how man is to experience and participate in His love and generosity. Enjoy the show!

Oct 4, 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.

In this episode, we are discussing David Hicks' definition of classical education on page 18, "Classical Education is not, preeminently, of a specific time or place. It stands instead for a spirit of inquiry and a form of instruction concerned with the development of style through language and of conscience through myth. The key word here is inquiry.”

The "spirit of inquiry" calls us to evaluate the level of curiosity we have and how we cultivate curiosity with the environment around us. We talk about how our children have helped us to revive our wonder reconnecting us with the foundations of wisdom. The liberal arts help us to engage our wonder and curiosity in order to perceive the good, the True, and the beautiful. The "forms of instruction" help us to develop our perceptions to the order that God has commanded as well as being able to communicate in the language and mathematics to our fellow man.

Towards the end we get to the practical points about how we are engaging in the spirit of inquiry and forms of instruction in our homeschools. Enjoy the show!

Oct 3, 2016

In the introductory episode of The Classical Homeschool Podcast, Jennifer and Ashley will be answering some questions about themselves, this podcast, and the importance of classical education in their lives.

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