Monday, July 27, 2015

Gear Up for Cycle 1

Are you looking for ideas for tutoring or building out the memory work for Cycle1?  Wondering how to approach Essentials this year, or prepare you student ahead of time?  Then here are some of my best posts for you to gear up for Cycle 1...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Teaching the Classics - Review & GIVEAWAY!!

Teaching the Classics from Center for Lit, is a fantastic seminar course and a must for any homeschool parent who wants to cultivate a love and appreciation for literature in their children.  I can't begin to tell you how valuable this resource is.  To summarize quickly, Teaching the Classics: A Socratic Method for Literary Education is a teaching tool that will equip homeschool parents to understand and analyze literature, using socratic questioning and discussion.  Taught as a seminar, it comes with a 97 -page syllabus and a four DVD set, at a cost of $89 -and is well worth every cent.  As a bonus to my viewers, you won't want to miss out on getting a free copy of another terrific resource Center for Lit puts out, called Reading Roadmaps.  You can enter the giveaway below...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Tea & Books!

Summer is a fantastic time to read wonderful books together with your kids.  I look forward to these days all year, when there is nothing pressing to do but grab a cup of tea, a great book and read together!  I've listed some of our favorite summertime reading books below.  There are classics you will be familiar with like The Wind in the Willows, some great Christian fiction like the Max & Liz book series, some super silly fun books we have laughed reading like the Bill Myer's My Life As series, some beautiful moral building books like Aesop's Fables, some books to help our kids dream big like the Christian Hero's series and then some books to get you in the mood to delve into the Ancients with CC this fall!  I think there is something for everyone and we enjoyed putting the list together of some of our favorites for you!  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Three Keys to Tutoring Success

I know many Tutors are in the midst of Practicum's and planning for their coming year, so I thought I would share some things that have really made my planning and tutoring simple and joyful.  I am driven to do things the most efficient way.  I don't like to spend time I don't have or need to, on things that aren't necessary.  I like to major in the majors.  Call it a gift or a curse, it really depends.  When I'm tutoring, it's a gift.  So over the years, I have found a way to be an efficient tutor.  I consistently covered all my material - including weekly review, engaging all my students, and keeping my parents involved.  I can sum up for you what a tutor needs to do to be successful, maintain your focus where it needs to be, which is home (not C3 or Pinterest or scouring the Forum for hours each week).  There are three simple keys I've discovered that will help you to be a successful tutor.  Let me share them with you...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tea for Tuesday

I have been weeding out my life and creating more time, to just have time.  Time for great books, and conversation and creating some rhythms in our day.  We like alliteration at our house.  This past year we would frequent a local cafe' for what we called Fresca Friday's - it was a motivator for my daughter to work hard during the week so she could go to Fresca Friday and do school work together over a chai tea latte (Mom's favorite) and an italian ice (her favorite).  Then I discovered a great little tool for creating my own chai tea latte's at home using this little inexpensive Ikea Milk Frother and we've moved it to Tea on Tuesdays to read together and talk, making our own latte's together!  It's lots of fun as I steep the tea and she gets to froth the milk.  We still go to Fresca on some Fridays, but now we can snuggle up on the screen porch on a pretty day or the couch, and read together over a cup of tea!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Understanding the Classical Model - Giveaway & Discount Code!

This is the next post in my series on how I am pursuing the traditional classical model through becoming a pilot Schole' group with Classical Academic Press.  The best part is that this post is paired with a fantastic book bundle giveaway for two lucky winners, and a 20% off coupon code for my viewers, on almost everything Classical Academic Press offers!

I began my quest to gain a deeper understanding of the classical model this past year, prior to my conversation with Dr. Perrin.  Even though I had read The Core, A Classical Education Made Approachable, Echo's in Celebration, The Question, The Foundations Curriculum Guide and taught for five years as a Tutor in Foundations, I still felt like something was missing for me with understanding a truly classical education.  I was reading on blogs such as Amongst Lovely ThingsSimply Convivial, and Ed Snapshots to name a few, and I would come across concepts I rarely heard of or read about in other sources.  That made me curious to go deeper.  Then I began reading a life changing book for me, called The Liberal Arts Tradition, A Philosophy Of Christian Classical Education.  Let me share with you why it changed my course and how it can change your life as a classically educating parent too...

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Berean Builders - Review

I was looking for a science curriculum to use as a source text for our new schole' group, when I had a friend send me a link to this particular curriculum.  The Berean Builders Series is an elementary series (K-6) that boasts seeing science through the lens of history.   The idea intrigued me to take a closer look and see what it was all about.  If you are an history loving family that really struggles to get into science as deeply, then I would definitely recommend this curriculum and here's why...