Free audio stories for children on Audible: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen Free digital downloads at the Critical Thinking Co: https://www.criticalthinking.com/special-offers 12 Museums to Tour Virtually: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/03/18/these-historic-sites-attractions-are-offering-virtual-tours-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ Usborne free activity pages: https://usborne.com/things-to-do/ “Lunchdoodles” videos with author/illustrator Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ Fun for animal lovers at National Geographic Kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com Learn about a famous artist from home: https://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/whats-on/we-bring-the-museum-to-you/van-gogh-at-home-for-children Continue reading Fun Ways to Learn at Home for FREE!
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)
Thank God I still read because I want to read. I’m sure it’s the best kind of pressure—the pressure to read, that is. But if ‘positive’ peer pressure had its way, I fear I would drown in leadership books about how to accomplish more by doing less (or some such). My own ideas for books on leadership 14 school-years later are closer to: Launching a … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Nathan Carr)
As usual, my reading plan looks very little like my actual reading list. Circumstances come along, questions get raised in class, I learn about new books being released, and I discover old treasures I had previously overlooked, and I inevitably start reading books not on my list, while relegating those on the list further down, to be read another day, and alas, another year. But … Continue reading My Top Five Books of 2019 (Kyle Rapinchuk)
A few months ago, I reviewed a book by Philip and Carol Zaleski entitled The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings1, which details the lives of four members of the famous group. While numerous aspects of the book make it an interesting read, I was most struck by the Zaleskis’ attention to the depth of friendship that contributed to the creative and intellectual productivity … Continue reading Walking and Talking: A Resolution
Merry Christmas from The Classical Thistle! We pray that you will enjoy this season with your family and friends and remember that God has become flesh and that our Savior will come again. I wanted to share with you a Christmas poem that I performed for our church’s Christmas Eve services. The goal of the poem is to put the Christmas story in a whole … Continue reading The Promised King Has Come
Two large bookstores with rooms and levels sprawling upwards and outwards pulled us in like magnets to metal on a recent trip to Oxford. I’d like to say it was just my children begging for purchases, but my husband and I were equally enchanted. My eyes and fingertips skimmed the covers of countless classics. After all, we were walking the streets of literary history; Narnia, … Continue reading Literature and Life: Wise Words from Mole
By Christine Norvell This time of year seems to both sadden me and lighten my heart. In the school year, I grow sad because I realize that my time of influence with my students is even shorter. Only months remain, not an entire school year. Yet I’m grateful for a two-week reprieve. Not seeing each other for a time does help us appreciate each other … Continue reading Halfway: Moments That Sadden and Gladden
Guest Author, Jenny Solomon “What’s a casket?” Those four words clatter onto the dinner table like a dropped fork. You are a young boy asking a simple question. I pause to look you over—noticing the mouth those words come from. It’s a mixed-up assembly of full grown and babies. One of your loose teeth dangles, hanging on by a thread. The next bite of the … Continue reading “What’s a Casket?”
Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7) Sections 11-14 In section 11, Bonaventure moves on from sense knowledge to show how divine wisdom likewise illumines the mechanical arts. Bonaventure compares the mechanical arts to sense knowledge because both deal with the generation and incarnation of the Word, the pattern of human life, and the union … Continue reading Illumination and The Mechanical Arts (St. Bonaventure, On the Reduction of the Arts to Theology, Part 7)