Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

By Sara Osborne Teachers, parents, and students who participate in classical education are familiar with many of its usual tenets:  the focus on grammar, logic, and rhetoric provided by the trivium; the inclusion of Latin; and the emphasis on classic literature, to name a few.  In addition, classical schools are often recognized for their structure—witness school uniforms, organized schedules, and high behavioral expectations, for example.  … Continue reading Philosophy First: Re-orienting Our Thinking about Classical Education for a New Year

Create! Contest Winners

Twenty-three students from the School of the Ozarks Lower School participated in the Create! contest sponsored by the Classical Thistle this summer.  In order to enter a submission, students were asked to create a project in response to a summer read, exploration, or journey.  Students’ submissions were plentiful and varied; projects took the form of journals, posters, sculptures, paintings, mobiles, and more!  In addition to … Continue reading Create! Contest Winners

In Support of Rest

“These are my favorite days,” I whispered to my daughter as we watched her siblings from the back porch, “—careening down the slide on cardboard boxcars, digging in the rocks with dinosaurs, reading a book under the umbrella. Don’t forget moments like these—they’re shaping you, whether you realize it or not.” I’m convinced we need more of this:  days without schedules, hours without plans, moments … Continue reading In Support of Rest

Classical Copycat: Modeling a Love for Learning

  Early summer sun lit the sky as the kids played in our backyard. Seizing precious alone time, I sat down at our outdoor table with a tablet and some watercolors. I’m a complete amateur, but painting helps me slow down and pour my mental energy into creating; it simultaneously stimulates and relaxes my mind. I love it. In fact, one of my resolutions for … Continue reading Classical Copycat: Modeling a Love for Learning

A Review of Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope

Swope, C. Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child. Louisville, KY:      Memoria Press, 2013. 293 pages. $24.95, softcover. Reviewed by Sara Osborne. “The special-needs child’s humanity—any child’s humanity—must determine the education he receives.”  -Cheryl Swope Cheryl Swope’s professional journey has followed a path similar to many educators who began in the throes of modern pragmatism only to find themselves unable to facilitate true learning.  … Continue reading A Review of Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope