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is classical education even biblical? via lagarfias.com

An Overview of Classical Homeschooling

Few homeschool methods elicit such strong feelings as classical homeschooling. Is it too hard? Is it intense? Isn’t classical education for the intellectual elite or “gifted students”? Is classical education even biblical? While unbalanced extremes exist in every educational philosophy, classical education itself is—at its very essence—a simple, time-honored tradition of teaching. Remember, a “classic” is something that epitomizes the “best” in that category, the standard that has stood the test of time as a benchmark for success. The word classic is used this way to describe classical music, classic literature, and classic cars. We might drink Coke classic while watching our favorite classic films. Most people highly regard a “classic” as the very best. And so with classical education. Simply put, classical homeschooling looks to age-old methods of learning from the best of what has come before. Based on a “trivium” of three learning levels, classical education teaches children in the time-honored tradition using literature, biographies, and primary resources. Classical education emphasizes the humanities (history, literature, the arts, and philosophy) as the foundation of learning. Read more here.

not teaching latin? no problem! via lagarfias.com

No Latin? No Problem.

You can’t be a classical homeschooler and not teach dead languages. Or so it seems, the more one reads classical blogs, magazines, and advertisements. I have always disagreed. Not only because I don’t know a second language fluently, dead or alive. But something has always rubbed me the wrong way about the entire notion. My husband and I have discussed this at length, actually. Obviously, he is bilingual, and he is proof that learning another language – and culture – further broadens one’s outlook and opportunity. But he has never been a fan of dead languages, either. This is something we can agree on. See, to us, the language you choose to teach your children is more a philosophical and – dare I say it? – religious choice than a mere academic one. But I am very much in the minority here, particularly among classicists. Last night, however, while researching something else entirely, I ran across this quote which startled me. Eventually the Latin and Greek Churches became so identified with the Graeco-Roman world that within …

do you panic at the thought of homeschooling high school? via lagarfias.com

How I REALLY Feel about Homeschooling High School

I’m sure I’ll look back at all of this and laugh. Some day. But right now, it’s not so funny. Feels more like a panic attack. Let me give you a little background, first. Since I’m a homeschool graduate, a homeschooling mother of four, and a home education writer, I get asked about high school a lot. Several times a month, usually. And I have always had a very calm, even dismissive, attitude toward inquiries about credits, transcripts, subject matter, and college preparation. Hey, I made it, as did countless other homeschool grads from the dark ages of homeschooling. Surely in the modern age, it’s only easier. Anyone can do it. No problem. But during last Friday’s Date Night conversation with the hottest husband in Texas, I off-handedly mentioned that I wasn’t sure when our first born was graduating (I’m one of those homeschoolers who has no idea what “grade” my children are in). Without hesitation, he replied, “Four years from now. He should be in high school this fall.” And with those dozen words, …