Stuff and Nonsense: What Mary Poppins Taught Me

“Stuff and nonsense can be fun,” says Mary Poppins in the new Mary Poppins Returns, and I couldn’t agree more. More and more as I grow older, I feel the weight of worldly responsibility. Bills to pay, meetings to schedule and attend, a family to care for, and a feeling of inadequacy for all of it. I sympathize with Michael Banks in the movie because … Continue reading Stuff and Nonsense: What Mary Poppins Taught Me

Teach Them to Climb

By Cheryl Swope, M.Ed.[1] Even if we fail, those who make an effort to get to the top will climb higher than those who from the start despair of emerging where they want to be, and stop right at the foot of the hill. – ancient Roman orator Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1   Special education began nearly five hundred years ago when a Benedictine … Continue reading Teach Them to Climb

Classical Roundup – January 18th, 2019

The Classical Roundup is a group of worthwhile articles, videos, and podcasts that I have found helpful on our journey of exploring classical Christian education in the 21stcentury.   Have your cake and eat it too! You don’t have to choose between Christian and college prep (Podcast) – Can we have our cake and eat it too? Parents often worry that a Christian school may produce students … Continue reading Classical Roundup – January 18th, 2019

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Scott McElvain)

This year’s selection is taken from a stack of fewer books read due to the extensive selective reading that I have done for my doctoral studies. However, these five books I have found to be challenging and beneficial for me and my growth. 5 Voices: How to Communicate Effectively with Everyone You Lead & 5 Gears: How to Be Present and Productive When There is … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Scott McElvain)

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Sara Osborne)

It’s an interesting practice to think through favorite reads from any given year. The list almost reads like a series of signposts marking key lessons learned, challenges conquered, or adventures undertaken. 2018 has been another year of learning for me, and my list of favorite reads testifies to that. I started off in January with Rethinking School—a book largely focused on meeting the needs of … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Sara Osborne)

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

Kyle Rapinchuk’s Top 5 Books of 2018 My reading tastes in the past decade have focused primarily on theology and fiction. Some of that was due to my degrees (B.A. in English followed by M.Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies), but largely I could say I completed those degrees because those were the subjects I loved to read and about which I loved to learn. … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Kyle Rapinchuk)

My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Josh Dyson)

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. 2018 was a great year for me and my family. We experienced lots of change, but God has been faithful through it all. The Symposium– Plato I don’t recommend this book exactly. There are disturbing themes throughout it. But for those who dare, Plato’s Socrates enters into the world of the erotic and he emerges with a view of … Continue reading My Top 5 Books of 2018 (Josh Dyson)