Friday, September 19, 2014

Add Some Music to Your Day

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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.

Have you gotten into a habit of starting off each morning with classical music?  How is that setting the tone for you and your children?  Have you spent some time outdoors taking in the sounds of nature?  Sometimes that can be like it's own kind of symphony!

Today my encouragement to you is to:

Add Some (More) Music to Your Day


Maybe this wouldn't be something for everyday (or maybe it's would be in your family!) but try adding some extra music into your day.  Maybe this would be in the form of sitting around the piano and singing while one person plays.  Or maybe making sure that the children have time to practice an instrument and you actually sit and enjoy listening to them!  Or how about inviting over a few friends for a time of singing hymns?  Have you ever been to your local orchestra?  How about making now the time that you plan a trip?

However you do it, try to add some more music time into your day sometime this weekend or next week.  There is so much to be learned from each of the ideas above, and music always calms the soul. (Well, most kinds of music, anyways =)



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, September 17, 2014

Put a Piece of Art up in Your Home - 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.


Today my encouragement to you is to:

Put a Piece of Art up in Your Home


I was struck when I heard Dr. Perrin talk about contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  One thing he said is that in order to encourage your kids to do this, you have to place good, true, and beautiful things in front of them!  Makes sense, doesn't it?  He said that if your kids are bored, it just means that they are not contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.  Brilliant!  So, let's get started and give our kids something to contemplate!

When I first thought of bringing art into my home, my first thought was that it would be expensive and that would be difficult because I am pretty cheap.  (Dr. Perrin also talked about how sometimes it is worth spending money on things that will enrich our souls even though they don't have any real tangible worth.)  You might be thinking the same thing, so I wanted to share some ideas with you for how you can get art in your home pretty cheaply.

  • Buy poster prints of fine art and frame them.  I recently bought about 6 of them for just a few dollars each.  The frame was the most expensive part, but you might have one at home already.  Here is one that I have up in my home right now: Van Gough Turquoise Almond Branches in Bloom

  • Go to a bookstore (preferably a used bookstore, well, or amazon now that I think of it) and look for large books of art.  Find one filled with big pictures, cut them out and frame them!  I have this big Norman Rockwell book from my parents, and I recently found an O'Keefe  book in the used section of Barnes and Noble.  

  •  Calendars!  I've started to see calendars in the stores again.  Look for a fine arts one, or one of one specific artist's work, and cut out the pictures. (Here's an example of one from Renoir.)  These may not be huge, but you could put them in a smaller frame to sit on an end table or at your child's school table.  Then switch out the picture each week.

Do you have fine art up in your home?  What are you tips for encouraging your kids to contemplate beautiful things?  This is not something that comes naturally to me, but like I mentioned, I've spent a few dollars on some prints, and I'm hoping that will be a good start!  My hope is to change the pictures up about every month, so my family will have a variety of artists to admire throughout this year.



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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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #125


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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.



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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



My favorite post from last week was Are You Teaching From Rest or Fear from Classically Homeschooling.  If you have been reading here this month, you'll know that I've been focusing on teaching from rest, so it's no surprise that this post stuck out to me!   I am just always so encouraged and inspired when I read about teaching from rest.  Go ahead, hop on over and get inspired too!


Your Favorite from Last Week


Last week's most clicked post was Teaching Grammar and Logic Stage Math Classically from Aspired Living.  Kyle has some ideas that might be a little different than what you are used to...or maybe you do the same thing!  Go and find out, if you missed the post last week.



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 15, 2014

Sit Down with Your Kids and Talk - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back for more 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 have an interesting observation for my month of scholé.  Usually I am a pretty simple person, who leads a pretty simple life.  I purposely do not schedule too much in my days because I just don't like unnecessary business.  For some reason, this month has been jam packed!  I don't know if it just has to do with school starting again, and everybody getting a new start for fall, or what, but I am busier this month than I have been in a long time...and it's stressing me out!  It's just so funny to me that the month I want to focus on restful learning is the month that I'm extra busy.  It is making it more challenging than I thought it would be, but that only makes it more important that I'm doing this.

Today my encouragement to you (and me!) is to:

Sit Down with Your Kids and Talk


If you are like me this month (or like most of America everyday), your days get so busy that everything gets rushed and no one really has time to sit and enjoy one another.  Make time for that today!  If you are still working on school today, why don't you cut out a half hour early and just have a good conversation with your kids.  Talk about a book they are reading, their latest hobby, their friends...or anything else!  The important thing is that they feel like you really care.

I have great memories of doing nothing but sitting with my parents and just talking.  In fact, I still appreciate that my mom is willing to listen to everything that is on my mind =)

If it won't work today, I encourage you to try to sit and enjoy talking with your kids sometime this week.  Maybe you could make some hot chocolate or serve cookies, or just something to make it special!  Maybe you can sit outside and observe the leaves changing color, or maybe you will sit on your couch and just be comfy! Or maybe one morning you will gather your kids into your bed and all stay there and chat for a while...whatever works for you and your kids!




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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Friday, September 12, 2014

Take it Outside - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back to 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.

How is your month going so far?  I have been pretty consistent about having classical music on when my kids come out each morning.  We are all enjoying it!  We have had some flowers on the table, but now that I think of it, I should go cut some more from our garden =)  I am looking forward to meeting with a friend next week for some good conversation.  Which things from this series have you incorporated so far?

Today my encouragement to you is to:

Take it Outside!


I live in Michigan, and it is starting to get chilly.  Now that isn't to say that we won't have another 90 degree day, because that is how Michigan is, but fall is definitely on the horizon!

Why don't you pick a subject today and take the kids outside to do it?  Some subjects are not as conducive to this as others, but at least you could take a book out and have a read aloud session.  It is hard to not contemplate the true, the good, and the beautiful when you are outside, so it is the perfect place to enjoy some restful learning!

If you still have some nice weather left in your area, you could purpose to do one school lesson outside each week until it gets too cold =)  I know your kids would enjoy it, and I bet it would be good for your soul 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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