I am currently reading The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski). About a third through, I get introduced to Owen Barfield who is a … Continue reading
Category Archives: Classical Education
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I want to share some thoughts about classical education, the idea of a classical education, its origins, and why this type of education seems to deliver the sort of rigor and mastery we wish our students to have. This summer, … Continue reading
Because Classical Writing is BIG TIME into imitation, paraphrasing, and copybook, we often get asked where the line is between imitation and plagiarism. It is a valid question, one I have answered on the message boards and in blogs before, … Continue reading
Is there such a thing as Christian literature? Well, we know there is literature out there. We know there are Christians who write literature, and we know that there is literature that has Christian themes – but is there such … Continue reading
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Fall is just around the corner. Some schools have aleady started up again. Others of us are waiting till after Labor Day. I was getting rather nostalgic when planning for this fall. It was 20 years ago that I began … Continue reading
I recently had a student in one of my classes, who on an online exam problem that asked her to ‘explain in her own words’, had copied and pasted two paragraphs from a web site into her exam. Her copy-and-paste … Continue reading
I recently read a book called Being Bread. In one of the early chapters, the author describes a morning commuter scene, parents rushing through the subway with their children to get to their morning destinations on time. In the middle … Continue reading
For the past couple of weeks my thoughts have been shattered by the news that one of my very dearest friends has only a short time left on this earth. This friend is twenty years my senior, and very much … Continue reading
Summer School or Not The endless debate I heard between homeschoolers on issues of summer was 1. Yes, we go all summer, the kids get bored and on each other’s nerves otherwise 2. No, we stop in the summer, mom … Continue reading
Does Classical Writing teach spelling? We are often asked that question. Spelling Instruction Everything we do we do in light of the weekly stories the kids analyze and write about, including spelling. Do I have to have a separate spelling … Continue reading