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...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Character Concepts - Review

I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to be sharing a few things that I really have enjoyed and are helping me move in a more virtue seeking, restful state of classically educating.  This is one of those such things.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Fork In The Road - A New Adventure

Believe it or not, I am not a risk taker.  My husband is the one willing to take risks.  I'm usually the one doing the risk calculations and voting NO to everything.  God is so gracious and knows that about me.  So when He needs me to do something, He usually has to put people pushing me from behind, encouraging me to step out into His calling and all but put neon signs up along the way, to make it clear enough.  That's exactly what He has done with starting a Schole' group this coming fall.  

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FREE e-Book - Making Memory Work Memorable!

I have been asked a lot of questions over the years about how to make memory work meaningful, what my favorite ways are for reviewing the memory work at home, how I build out the memory work to make a Wonderful Wednesday, as well as lots of questions about tips for tutoring CC.  So, I decided to create a resource that addresses all those various questions!  This FREE e-Book download is geared towards Parents who are in the grammar stage of a classical education and Tutors who are doing Foundations for Classical Conversations®.  

Here is what's inside: