Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't Go It Alone - Contemplate Together - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back to day two 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.

So how did it go this morning?  Did you start your day with classical music?  If not, no problem, tomorrow is another day!

Today my encouragement to you is to:

Contemplate Together


What I mean by that, is to not try to do this restful learning thing on your own!  We need each other, ladies!  I love the community we have build online here, but I hope you have a network of support in your day-to-day life as well.

Today I am challenging you to think of a friend who you think would enjoy this idea of scholé as well.  Maybe she is a fellow classical homeschooler who is already familiar with this idea.  Maybe this would be all new to her.  Maybe she is not a homeschool mom at all, but could still benefit from the idea of restful learning.

Call her up sometime today or tomorrow!  Explain to her what you are doing and that you would love for her to do it with you.  Also, set up at date for the end of the month where you can get together with her and enjoy time contemplating the true, the good, and the beautiful.  Maybe this will be a girls night, or maybe it will be a couples night, or maybe it will be with your whole family...you decide!

So, think of a friend, get on the phone, and start looking forward to a time of contemplating together! (Don't forget that you can be encouraging one another throughout the month as well =)



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!


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Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #123


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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



I really enjoyed reading the post Large Family Homeschooling from Journey and Destination last week.  Great wisdom from a mama of a large family, but the wisdom is helpful for any size family!  Take a minute to read it if you missed it last week!


Your Favorite from Last Week


The most clicked post from last week was How Long Does it Take to Homeschool? from Candid Diversions.  Karen is spot-on in her answer!  I enjoyed the read very much.  I am sure you will find yourself nodding along just like I was!


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 1, 2014

Start Your Morning with Classical Music - Scholé Everyday

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If you've been around here for the last few months, you'll know that I have been taken by the concept of Scholé.  It all started when I heard Dr. Christopher Perrin (from Classical Academic Press) speak about it at the Great Homeschool Convention this past spring.  Simply speaking, scholé means Restful Learning.  If you missed my post A Home Filled with Scholé a couple of months ago, definitely check it out before you read on.  In that post, you can see a video of Dr. Perrin talking about scholé and learn all about the concept.

This month, as many people are getting back to school (or are already back to school), I want give you lots of ideas so you can incorporate scholé into your homeschool days as well!  Can I tell you a secret?  I am not speaking as an authority here.  I am going to be learning about this right long with you!  Part of my reason for this series is self-serving.  I am determined to make my homeschool more restful this year, and I need accountability!  I have already structured our day to facilitate this type of learning, but I need your help!

Will you join me in a month of Scholé? 


Each weekday this month I am going to give you a simple idea for how you can add restful learning into your day.  You can read the idea and then implement it the following school day. That is what I am planning on doing!

Today my encouragement to you is to...

Start Your Morning with Classical Music


I don't know about you, but music calms me.  No matter how stressful my day is, if I think to turn on music, the stress begins to melt away.  Think of the mood it would set for your day if your kids walked out of their rooms and entered the kitchen to the sound of beautiful music.

I am committing to do this starting tomorrow!  The hard part for me will be getting ready and being in the kitchen when my kids get out of bed.  Usually I am on the computer working for an hour before my kids get up, so when they get out of bed they come find me and will often ask to watch TV.  I hate that, but I cannot blame them.  It will take me being more disciplined, but I know it will change the tone of the morning from the start!

Are you thinking, "Uggh, I don't like classical music, and I'm sure my kids won't either!"  Dr. Perrin said that if you say that, it just means that you haven't listened to enough classical music to find something that piques your interest.  Just keep trying until you find something you enjoy!



Where to Find Classical Music


I promise that nothing I suggest this month is meant to be difficult or costly.  I surely am not asking you to spend all your money buying new music.  Here are some ideas for how you can get great classical music to listen to:

  • Search YouTube for 'classical music', or the name of a specific composer.  Play it on your computer or smartphone.  The point is not for your child to watch the video, though.  Turn the screen off and just enjoy the music as you get ready for the day or eat your breakfast!
  • Check out your library's selection of classical music CDs.
  • Play a classical music station on Pandora 
  • Search the internet for other free classical music websites. Classics for Kids looks like a good one!
  • I put this app on my ipod and have enjoyed it! Classical Music I
  • Check out amazon for really cheap CDs and downloads like this one: The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music
  • Be on the lookout at garage and library sales for super cheap CDs
  • If you are musical, play the piano, violin, or whatever you are good at as your children wake up.

Here's a little something to get you started =)  I'll try to share other pieces on social media throughout the month (so make sure you're following me!)




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!


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easy Grammar Review

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This post contains affiliate links to curriculum that I love!

Last year I wrote a review of Primary Language Lessons. I love its gentle, Charlotte Mason type approach to language arts, but the one thing that it doesn't have is lots of practice for the different topics that are introduced. Most of the time when I want something a little different than what I have, I create my own. Sure, I could write lots of practice sentences, and in fact I was copying sentences from his McGuffey Reader for him to edit, but sometimes the effort is just more that I'm willing to make. Then I stumbled upon another blogger talking about Easy Grammar. I looked at the website and realized that it was exactly what I needed!

Read my review of Easy Grammar over at The Curriculum Choice!


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #122


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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



I usually try to not feature the same blogger two weeks in a row, but this week I just have to.  This post, Are You Doing Too Much?  Simplify the Curriculum, was the most clicked from last week and I just loved it too!  I think we all need these reminders sometimes.  It is so easy to want to keep adding all the neat looking activities, curriculum, books, etc. to our schedules, but those things are often counter productive.


Your Favorites from Last Week



Once again, everyone was linking up and taking a look at others curriculum choices!  I've pinned them all to my Pinterest Board, Classical Education - Curriculum Choices.  Take a look if you want to see what other classical families are using!


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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