Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #127


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this is a link-up aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.



Don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards that are a part of the All Things Classical List!

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Also, please remember to only link up posts that have to do with homeschooling using the classical model of education.  Thank you for understanding this link-up's theme.


Featured Post from Last Week


Thoughts on Essentials/IEW from a First Year Mom was the most clicked post from last week, plus I really enjoyed it!  Essentials is the second step of the program at Classical Conversations.  It covers in depth writing (and I think some math) for 4th-6th graders.  I am always interested to learn what real-life moms have to say about programs, and Colleen does not disappoint!


This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <a href="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNtNfqeG_W4/U0qj7mUZCfI/AAAAAAAAFbo/vhEStFGbogw/s1600/Trivium+Tuesdays+-+button.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

I will visit each of your blogs this week and feature my favorite link-up for all to see next week!  Also, if your blog has a button I will place it on my sidebar (under Friends to Visit) for the week until it is replaced by the next week's favorite =)


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour & A Sale!

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This post contains an affiliate link to a book that I contributed to!

I've got two neat announcements for you today!  From now until November 10th you can get both the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and the 23 mp3s from the iHomechool Studio for just $15.  That is over half off!  Snag the deal now...you won't be sorry!

The next announcement is that to go along with this sale, we are doing a blog tour though some of the chapters from the book!  This is going to be really fun.  Each day in October, a different author will talk about the chapter that she wrote in the book and many even have fun giveaways to go along with it!

Here's the line up:

  • October 1 - Heather Woodie from Blog, She Wrote. Author of the chapters Teaching Geography with Geography Quests, Teaching Sewing in Homeschool, and Being a Homeschooling Mentor Rather Than an Instructor.
  • October 2 - Stephanie Harrington from Harrington Harmonies. Author of the chapters Everything You Need to Know About Gardening and You CAN Teach Art. Stephanie will be giving away a Teaching Art Basketful of Goodies.
  • October 3 - Joan Otto from Unschool Rules. Author of the chapter Learning from Video Games. Joan will be giving away a $20 GameStop gift card.
  • October 4 - Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners. Author of the chapter How to Teach with LEGO. Mary will be giving away free LEGO scripture copywork.
  • October 5 - Amy Stults from Milk and Cookies. Author of the chapters Learning with Maps and Genealogy for Kids. Amy will be giving away a copy of WonderMaps from Bright Ideas Press.
  • October 6 - Eva Varga from EvaVarga.net. Author of the chapters How to Use Postage Stamps for Learning and Inquiry Science with Middle School Students. Eva will be giving away Getting Started with Inquiry Science.
  • October 7 - Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners . Author of the chapter Hands-on Science. Colleen will be giving away Science for Smart Kids: Electricity.
  • October 8 - Sallie Borrink from SallieBorrink.com. Author of the chapters Allowing Play to be Your Child's Preschool, Parenting a Spirited or Highly-Sensitive Child, and Parenting an Only Child. Sallie will be giving away a $25 shopping spree at Sallie Borrink Learning.
  • October 9 - Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me. Author of the chapter Homeschooling with Games. Karyn will be giving away a printable Build a House - Math Bingo Game.
  • October 10 - Selena Robinson from Look, We're Learning. Author of the chapters Teaching Foreign Language, Active Learning Ideas for Kinesthetic Learners, Using Movies for Learning, How to Add PE to Your Homeschool Day, and Homeschooling Through the Summer. Selena will be giving away We Got Jazz.
  • October 11 - Janine LaTulippe from True Aim Education. Author of the chapters How to Encourage Math Haters, How to Answer the Critics of Homeschooling, and Character Development. Janine will be giving away a Character eBook Set and a Free Character Building Activities printable.
  • October 12 - Marci Goodwin from The Homeschool Scientist. Author of the chapter Nature Study. Marci will be giving away a field guide.
  • October 13 - Jennifer Dunlap from Forever, For Always, No Matter What. Author of the chapters Homeschooling in a Large Family and Homeschooling through a Move. Jennifer will be giving away a couple of Florida learning resources.
  • October 14 - Ticia Messing from Adventures in Mommydom. Author of the chapters Tools to Teach the Bible to Your Kids and Hands-on Learning. Ticia will be giving away an Old Testament Bible study.
  • October 15 - Alicia Hutchinson from Investing Love. Author of the chapters Children's Literature, Homeschool Conferences, and Unit Studies. Alicia will be giving away Mrs. Hutchinson's Classroom Guide: Homeschool Basics.
  • October 16 - Michelle Cannon from Heart of Michelle. Author of the chapters Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School, Homeschooling the Child with Bipolar Disorder, and Navigating from High School to College with a Dyslexic Child. Michelle will be giving away a one-hour homeschool consultation.
  • October 17 - Jennifer Janes from Jennifer A. Janes. Author of the chapters Special Needs Homeschooling and 25 Ideas for Ministry and Volunteering in the Community with Kids.
  • October 18 - Renee Brown from Great Peace Academy. Author of the chapters How to Find Resources for Gifted Child Homeschooling, How to Homeschool During Job Loss, and Prioritizing your Marriage While Homeschooling. Renee will be giving away a $25 Amazon card.
  • October 19 - Adelien Tandian from Blessed Learners. Author of the chapters How to Start Research With Your Logic Stage Kids. Adelien will be giving away Basic Science Notebooking Pages and Graphic Organizers.
  • October 20 - Heidi Ciravola from Starts at Eight. Author of the chapters Making Tweens and Teens More Independent Learners and High School Literature. Heidi will be giving away The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens from Apologia.
  • October 21 - Dianna Kennedy from The Kennedy Adventures. Author of the chapters Keeping Babies and Toddlers Occupied While Homeschooling, Managing Extra Curricular Activities and Homeschooling, and Homeschooling While Pregnant. Dianna will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.
  • October 22 - LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.
  • October 23 - Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Tots. Carisa will be giving away Animal ABCs Bundle.
  • October 24 - Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom. Author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.
  • October 25 - Marianne Sunderland from Adundant Life. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Teen Girls, The Power of Interest-led Learning, and Raising Kids With Vision. Marianne will be giving away a DVD/study guide bundle of Intrepid: The Zac Sunderland Story - Part 1, Part 2 and Wild Eyes: The Abby Sunderland Story.
  • October 26 - Kyle Suzanne McVay from Aspired Living. Author of the chapter Classical Homeschooling. Kyle will be giving away A Home Educators Guide to Living Math.
  • October 27 - Mama Jenn from Mama Jenn. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Twins. Jenn will be giving away an Education Cubes Set (membership AND cubes/photo blocks).
  • October 28 - Amy Matkovich from A Journey of Purpose. Author of the chapters Making the First Day of Homeschool Special, and How to Make a Homeschool Budget and Stick to it. Amy will be giving away Dave Ramsey?s Total Money Makeover book and The Graduate?s Survival Guide (book and DVD).
  • October 29 - Amy Maze from Living and Learning at Home. Author of the chapter Free eBooks and Audiobooks.

So stay tuned for lots of practical homeschooling goodness, and while you wait, snatch your own copy of the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and be filled with tons of ideas and encouragement for this year!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

WIN a Book that will Enrich Your Mind and Soul - Scholé Everyday

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Thank you Classical Academic Press for sponsoring this giveaway!

This post wraps up our month of Scholé Everyday!   If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it.  Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.

Do you remember at the beginning of the month when I encouraged you to join the great conversation?   Well, did you?  Did you pick a book from your shelf, the library, or amazon? (If so, what did you pick!?)

If you haven't picked a book yet, that's ok!  Today I have some great news.  Next month we will be starting back up with the Classical Mamas Read book club, so you can just read along!  I promise that this book will be inspiring to you.  It will open your eyes to a greater understanding of classical education and put you right into the great conversation!  So what is it?

The Liberal Arts Tradition


The Liberal Arts Tradition is published by Classical Academic Press and authored by Kevin Clark and Ravi Scott Jain.  The best news is that you can enter to win one of three copies at the end of this post!

This book is perfect for anyone who already has a basic understanding of what classical education is and wants to learn more.  The back of the book says it well:

"This book introduces readers to a paradigm for understanding classical education that transcends the familiar three-stage pattern of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  Instead, this book describes the liberal arts as a central part of a larger and more robust paradigm of classical education..."

So what do you think?  Will you join me in reading The Liberal Arts Tradition?  The book club will start on October 17th, which gives you a few weeks to get the book...if you don't win the giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who joined me in this month of Scholé!  I hope you will continue learning from a state of rest, and reading this book along with me is a great step to help that happen!

Enter using the Raffelbopter below, and let's get to reading!  I can wait to learn along with you and to encourage one another in our classical education journey.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Get Together with a Friend for Good Food and Drink - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back another day of our month of Scholé Everyday!   If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it.  Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.

Just this post and one more tomorrow, then the series will be over!  Looking back over the month, have you noticed any changes?  Has your home or school day been positively effected in any way?  For some reason, this month has been incredibly crazy for me, but each night I go to bed looking forward to our school time the next morning.  It is reassuring to know that each day will bring with it some sort of restful learning.  I look forward to continuing to implement these ideas all year long!

Today's encouragement is to:

Get Together with a Friend


Do you remember way back at the beginning of the month when I challenged you to ask a friend to join you on this journey?  I encouraged you to set a date to get together later in the month.  Did you do that?  Have you gotten together yet?  If not, why don't you take the opportunity to do it this weekend?

I got together with my friend earlier in the month.  She is a newer friend of mine (we met in the past 2 years), and we are usually surrounded with children when we get to chat, so it was really nice to be able to sit for a few hours and talk deeply.

We talked about homeschooling, and encouraged each other with ideas of how to better run our days.  We talked about Classical Conversations and our thoughts about this new year.  We shared about our children and encouraged one another in our role of being mothers.  We talked about the Body of Christ and how we can use our gifts in the church.  We shared ideas and ideals, visions and desires, and helped each other refine our thoughts on them all.

We sat in a coffee shop until they closed, and then talked in the parking lot for a while longer.  It was good for my soul.

I should have taken a picture to share here, but I'm not really into selfies ;)

If you got together with a friend, I'd love to hear about it!  If you haven't, get to it this weekend and then come back and share!



If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you!  Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post.  I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year!  Contact me and let me know how you are doing!


Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Take a Walk - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back another day of our month of Scholé Everyday!   If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it.  Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.

I could hardly believe it when I realized that this is the last full week of September.  It's time to be wrapping up this series!  I have a few more encouragements for you, which I hope to share the rest of this week.

Today's encouragement is to:

Take a Walk


My soul is at rest when I am outside amongst nature.  Now, that isn't to say that I always choose to go outside.  Often I get so caught up doing things in the house that I forget how important it is to get outside.  Once I go, though, I always feel at peace.  Do you need a gentle nudge to get outside today?  I do not know what it is like where you are, but in my area, it is going to be beautiful this week!  If it is anything like that near you, take advantage of it and go take a walk.

  • An evening stroll by yourself to nourish your soul
 
  • A nature walk with your kids, to observe the leaves and flowers 
 
  • A walk down your street with your family, to encourage conversation without distraction
 
  • A mini trip to a nature area to go hiking
 
  • A strolling date with your husband, to have undivided time together to nourish your relationship.

Maybe you are starting to feel the drag from school being in session for a while now.  Think how rejuvenating a late morning or early afternoon stroll with your kids would be.  Wouldn't that just perk everyone up for the rest of the day?  Remember, scholé isn't about lounging around all day, or making every learning opportunity a restful experience.  It is simply about taking some time each day to nourish your soul.

Give yourself the opportunity to contemplate something good, true, and beautiful today!   A walk is a perfect way to do that.



If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you!  Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post.  I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year!  Contact me and let me know how you are doing!


Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace
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