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When not to read the ancient classics

When not to read the ancient classics

I love classical education.  I am watching it work before my very eyes.  I am enjoying hanging detailed information through dialectic discussion on the pegs of knowledge that were formed by memorywork back in the grammar stage.  But as discussed in previous posts I have a few a few reservations, too.  I am wary of…

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Donielle By Donielle, May 7, 2017
Practical Thoughts on the Classical Stages

Practical Thoughts on the Classical Stages

As we are preparing co-op plans for next year, we always have to take a step back and evaluate what we are doing and how it is working.  I asked our moms to pretend for a bit that we are starting from scratch with our current ages group and developmental stages, resources, talents and meeting…

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Donielle By Donielle, April 17, 2017
Lapbooking – Study Skills by In the Hands of a Child

Lapbooking – Study Skills by In the Hands of a Child

We’ve loved lapbooking for years!  With two crafty daughters, lapbooking is the perfect way to gather and reinforce information we have been learning.  In the Hands of a Child http://www.handsofachild.com/ has a huge variety of pre-made studies that keep lapbooking easy and fun.  My girls’ favorite school project ever was their Cinderella stories unit study.  With…

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Donielle By Donielle, March 23, 2017
Baking cookies to illustrate Bible lessons

Baking cookies to illustrate Bible lessons

We did something that turned out really fun and very illustrative of Romans 8:28 the other week.  My girls asked me to share it with you!  We enjoy the in depth Bible studies provided by Pam at http://www.doorposts.com/blog.  Many of them are offered for free!  They are designed for busy moms and include suggestions for sharing…

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Donielle By Donielle, March 7, 2017
A Little History Fun

A Little History Fun

I wanted to let you know about a great sale on the Mystery of History curriculum.  It is 30% off at Christianbook.com.  If you are curious, please see my review of Mystery of History and how to use it here.  In thinking about this sale, I thought it appropriate to share a few tips for helping…

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Donielle By Donielle, February 9, 2017
How To Help Your Kids Enjoy Classical Music

How To Help Your Kids Enjoy Classical Music

Most parents realize there are benefits to listening to classical music.  And if not, read my post here.  But how do you foster a love of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart?  There is no magic formula, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve.  First of all, if you have never found anything in that…

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Donielle By Donielle, February 3, 2017
When I Almost Forgot They Were 9th Graders

When I Almost Forgot They Were 9th Graders

When we initially started a formal co-op, with our oldest children in kindergarten or so, I traveled with my husband once a month, tagging along across the state, enjoying the beach and hotel while he worked.  These were fun and happy times where we walked, explored museums, snacked and shopped, my little ones and I….

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Donielle By Donielle, January 12, 2017

Planning Incredible History Field Trips

There is reading about a place, then there is actually going there.  Field trips make history come alive!  Think back to those times when you have thought about the sacrifices American soldiers have made for your freedom, versus the visual reminders of a memorial etched with names or the precise rows of crosses at Arlington…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 7, 2016

The Cons of Classical Education

Let’s start by saying that I love the classical education model.  It has done well for my children.  I use it.  But, I have observed a few problems and I want those who use the method to be aware of the pitfalls.  If I am mapping out a classical education journey for you, I want…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 6, 2016

Middle School Reading – Raising the Bar

When we started our Co-op program for our middleschoolers (seventh and eighth graders), which we call “Colloquium”, I was determined to prepare them for some challenging high school reading.  I had already taught some highschool classes to my siblings and was disappointed in the amount we were able to cover, because I had not laid…

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Donielle By Donielle, October 5, 2016
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