SS #14: Reading Pagan Literature with Highly Resistant Children (with Wes Callihan)

Brandy’s guest today is the one and only Wes Callihan and she is thrilled! If you can believe it, she got through the entire interview without acting like a total fan girl. Wes and Brandy discuss why some children (the hypothetical Boy A and Girl B) are resistant to pagan literature and what to do about it. Two types of resistance prove we need two types of responses! We also get to find out what Wes is reading in his free time, and what advice … Read More

SS #13: Learning Styles Are Bunk

On today’s show, Pam and Brandy discuss learning styles and the fact that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to back them up. (Obviously, Pam is trying to get us into trouble.) But REALLY, it was a great discussion, even if somewhat controversial. Also, if you’ve ever wondered how learning styles intersect — or not — with the classical tradition, we manage to Go There. In our Nitty Gritty Question, we also confess our regrets and do over desires in regard … Read More

SS #12: Close Encounters of the Other Kind (with Kathy Wickward)

My guest today is Kathy Wickward, former homeschool mom (she’s graduated, folks!), one of the founders of CM West, and one of the masterminds behind AmblesideOnline‘s living science curriculum. On today’s show, Kathy and I discuss leading our children through encounters with viewpoints with which we don’t agree. Is there ever an age not to do this? And how DO we do this? Kathy shares with us her theory of six degrees of separation from a subject, and more! Thank you … Read More

SS #11: Will the REAL Multum Non Multa Please Stand Up?

On today’s show, Mystie and Brandy discuss the ancient Latin motto multum non multa – meaning, much not many. Applied to education, and somehow misapplied to education, we chat about who used the motto in reference to education, what they meant, and what this has to do with Charlotte Mason and The Latin-Centered Curriculum. We also bring up one of the great unmentionables: the dangers of taking a minimalistic approach to life and homeschooling.   Thank you to our sponsor: This … Read More

SS #10: Which Comes First? The Principles or the Practical?

Today’s show is our version of the which-came-first-the-chicken-or-the-egg dilemma. In this case, though, it’s which comes first – the principles or the practices. And how do we practice when we know that we don’t know all we NEED to know? We go around and around in circles, drawing on folks like James K.A. Smith, Cindy Rollins, Karen, Glass, and MORE. In the end, we made our peace with the issue, and we hope you can, too.     Thank you … Read More

SS #09: Finding the Right Scholé for Your Type

In today’s episode, Mystie and I explore the relationship between personality types and scholé. Mystie draws a distinction I had never thought about before — that some types of scholé are restorative, while others bring about more of a stretching and growing — and different types serve these purposes for different personality types. The bottom line is that if you are in need of some restoration, knowing your personality type and what restores it can be super helpful.   Thank … Read More

SS #08: Making the Most of Summer with Habits and Virtue

In today’s episode, Mystie and Brandy use Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics to discuss the connection between habits and virtue, and then proceed to convince themselves to work on shoring up good habits over the summer to pave the way for a better school year. They talk about different types of habits to build, as well as how to build them. They also discuss a question on assessment sent to us by Amanda Venema from His New Day – and a big shout out to Amanda … Read More

SS #07: Virtual Scholé Sisters Groups and Technology Tools (with Amber Vanderpol)

In today’s episode, Brandy discusses virtual Scholé Sisters groups and technology tools with Amber Vanderpol. What happens when you live in an isolated place? Are you doomed to loneliness? Or are virtual groups a possibility? And, if so, how are they best organized? What technology exists to support them? And how hard is it to learn to use these unfamiliar tools? We talk about all this and more on today’s episode. Thank you to our sponsor: This episode is sponsored by … Read More

SS #06: Poetic Bible Lessons (with Art Middlekauff)

In today’s episode, I interrogate Art Middlekauff! For a long while now, I’ve had some questions about how to do Bible lessons and whether there is a deep, effective, and yet non-analytical way to teach Scripture in the homeschool context. Art has done a lot of thinking on this subject, and he turned out to be the perfect person to talk to. Join us as we discuss what analysis is, compare it to what is sometimes called poetic or synthetic knowledge, … Read More

SS #05: Balancing Work and Wonder (with Ravi Jain)

In today’s episode, Pam and I have a great conversation with Ravi Jain, co-author of The Liberal Arts Tradition, on the subject of balancing work with wonder. How do both of those fit together? What happens when our students seem to have lost the wonder? What if we seem to have lost the wonder? Ravi had some great thoughts on this. We also discussed piety in our Nitty Gritty Homeschool question – in The Liberal Arts Tradition, we’re told that … Read More

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