Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesdays with Words: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Last week I shared how Classical Education drew me at least partially because of its historical, traditional nature.

The Introduction of Karen Glass' book Consider This takes a giant leap in disabusing me of that perception.

It is not possible to fully understand classical education by looking at what they did in the past--perhaps the seven liberal arts, or maybe only the trivium. We must dig a little deeper and discover why they did what they were doing. (pg 2, italics hers)

She talks about not merely doing what they did, but learning and applying the principles of what they did and argues that this is what Miss Mason did when she

... looked back, as we will see, but she looked forward as well, and the world she lived in was more like our own than we often suppose. (pg 3)
Frankly, this idea of looking forward is blowing my mind. I hope she delves more into that in coming chapters.

Bonus quote: I love her epigraph for the first chapter (as I look ahead), it makes me laugh:  "The real nature of education is at variance with the account given of it by certain of its professors." Socrates

Wordless Wednesday: Awesomebots on to districts!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly Report: December 8-12, 2014

December is usually a busy time and I generally have big plans for our Yuletide Session (2010, 20112013). This year we do not.  We're still doing extra activities as we desire, but no memory work, no Circle Time, no assigned anything.  We all need a break.

That's not entirely true. M-girl is participating in a First Lego League team (with some of the Mahers from MHA)  Their competition is tomorrow.  All day tomorrow.

Also, we've had piano and organ practices and lessons  Sunday we have recitals for both, so we really need to practice well!

Yesterday, we had our Art with Friends group Christmas Party.  We made Birdseed Ornaments and Light Bulb Chalk Drawings (both Pinterest ideas on my Hits! board).  The children had a blast! We're going to give the ornaments to our Music and Sunday School Teachers.  One thing done.

The wreath was too heavy, did not work

We had an opportunity to serve our community with Victory Ministries this week. We need to do a lot more of this kind of thing.

Tonight we're headed to do kids Christmas shopping at Five Below.  My parents help me; I walk all the kids through the store pointing out different ideas and encourage them to think about what their siblings would like.  Then, my parents take two children away, I help one shop, and we get through all three kids relatively quickly ... and they have gifts for one another.

We are also attending a local Habitat for Humanity fundraiser. Three local churches and their choirs work together to host a Progressive Concert. Good cause, good music, beautiful church buildings.  It's all good.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

School Disguised as Gifts: Wrap-up

 One last idea, one of my favorite received gifts, then some links.

Last year I was gifted a card table with the legs cut off.  We use it all the time: games, folding laundry, doing puzzles, making posters, eating lunch in front of a video.  It can easily go away and it holds a lot of stuff.  No chairs are necessary, and it makes sitting on the floor for games so much better.

It's an old-style card table, so it has a hard top which I find a benefit, but might be more difficult to find.

I know lots of bloggers do gift guides this time of year, but, if you're like me, you've procrastinated and haven't really started shopping yet (yipes!). So here are some of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy clicking through them!

More gift list ideas

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesdays with Words: Not Because it is Old

Well, I owe many of you an apology.  I didn't make it to any of your posts in the last week and this week has rolled around again.  I know that was one of the best things Cindy did when she began and hosted WwW; comments and consideration of your ideas all around.  I will be going back to last week's posts and catching up.  I apologize for the tardiness.

I also hope to get back to posting these earlier in the day.  I know others have enjoyed following your links!

Anna, at Mahers Hill Academy, very kindly shared her hard copy of Karen Glass' new Consider This (which I assume many of you have read).  I have barely started it, finishing the wonderful introduction by David Hicks and there are ideas there to ponder.  I have been pondering our school for next Academic Year (a little) and some major changes I'm thinking of making.  This book looks like it will be quite integral to those changes should Hicks' outline of what Glass has to say bear fruition.

I love history and tradition.  I love historical and tradtional things.  A lot of the time that's part of why I think I chose Classical Education as a framework for our homeschool.  (That and I loved the academicalness of it).  Hicks challenges that idea on page x:

The classical tradition as it informs teaching is good not because it is old or "classical," but because it works; and what works, whether old or new, is best.
I have wanted to hang onto a lot of ideas from The Well Trained Mind and have fought and fought against giving up and changing to a more truly Charlotte Mason inspired education, but I suppose if Hicks is right and

Glass shows, irrefutably it seems to me, how the trivium, properly understood, is applied in every teaching moment at every stage of our learning and growth ... (pg xi) 

that I will be doing some horse changing midstream.  I'm uncomfortable with that idea and hope you will bear with me as I change.

Wordless Wednesday: Three for chess?