One of the foundational aspects of classical Christian education is our commitment to reading the Great Books. But many students, despite an increasing number of them growing up in classical Christian schools, find the jump from what they read in the earlier grades to the Great Books themselves to be a difficult and daunting task. How do we help them take this next step in … Continue reading Four Questions for Reading the Great Books
By Lindsey Scholl, Trinity Classical School One day, author Dorothy L. Sayers received a letter from an admirer of her play, The Zeal of Thy House. Like almost all of her plays, this production had depicted supernatural creatures on stage: four archangels, each eleven-feet high and draped in gorgeous gold robes. The admirer asked if Sayers had selected the angel-actors “for the excellence of their … Continue reading Competent Christianity
Book Review By Christine Norvell Experience humbles us. So does sin. In My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey, Missy Andrews not only presents an educator’s memoir but also a spiritual trek, one reminiscent of Petrarch’s “Ascent of Mount Ventoux.” Andrews details the failures of relying on ourselves as parents and educators. Those failures spoke to me as a mother and as a teacher because … Continue reading Book Review – My Divine Comedy: A Mother’s Homeschooling Journey
At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, families all over the world are reeling from a departure from the normal rhythms of our days. Whether spring usually finds you happy at home or planning your next new expedition, we’re all on an adventure right now. C.S. Lewis famously wrote that “Adventures are never fun while you’re having them,” and I have to agree with him … Continue reading 5 Ways to Survive a Family Adventure
By Kevin Thames You are standing in the hallway, outside your classroom door, saying goodbye to your students as the school day has come to a close. Your students are on their way to their lockers as parents are entering the school to pick up their children. You happen to see one of your students’ parents. You throw out a, “How are you doing this … Continue reading Relational Communication: A Battle Between Time and Cultivation
The first I heard of the potential of someone carrying around a letter from their employer stating that they are “Essential” to the operation of their organization, I thought to myself, “Well, aren’t they special?” Over the past number of weeks, due to COVID-19, companies and organizations have sought to justify their operation (and potential existence) as being “Essential” to the operation of society. From … Continue reading Are you an “Essential Worker”?
Creation-ivity On Wednesday morning of our first week of pandemic-induced remote learning, stress was already running high. In an effort to escape log-in requests and password reminders and reading instructions and device distribution and chat patrol, I slipped out our back door and descended the steps to the back yard. I marched up the green hillside and stood with my face to the sun, welcoming … Continue reading Creation-ivity
Unhurried Wonder By Nathan Carr, The Academy of Classical Christian Studies A favorite scene in the Gospels: “Then he (Jesus) rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:20-21). Followed by: “All the people … Continue reading Unhurried Wonder
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It’s far easier to wax eloquent about the goals of a classical education than to put those ideas into practice. I find this to be especially true when it comes to art education for children. While idyllic scenes of young children sitting quietly around great masterpieces of art and somehow magically absorbing an appreciation for all things creative sounds wonderful to me, I doubt it’s … Continue reading Fine Art for Children
What is a Home? Today is the day. This afternoon, my wife, three kids, and I, close on our first house. We are so excited, we are thankful for God’s provision and the generosity of so many friends, and we are also grateful to be beyond all the paperwork. Not that paperwork ever ceases in adult life, but we are praying it will be less. … Continue reading What is a Home?
My favorite reads from 2019 look a bit different from 2018. One of my personal goals this past year was to read more good stories, so it naturally follows that most of my favorites were fiction novels and biographies. I also committed to a few longer reads this year, chipping away at the pages nightly and savoring good stories over time. This was quite rewarding … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Sara Osborne)