SS #19: The Intersection of Effortlessness and Hard Work (with Dr. Christopher Perrin!)

Our guest on today’s show is none other than Dr. Christopher Perrin from Classical Academic Press! Dr. Perrin is an author, consultant and speaker, who specializes in classical education. He is committed to the national renewal of the liberal arts tradition. Dr. Perrin serves as a consultant to charter, public, private, and Christian schools across the country and he has published numerous articles and lectures that are widely used throughout the United States and the English-speaking world. In today’s episode, … Read More

SS #18: The Low-Down on Narration

In today’s episode, Brandy, Mystie, and Pam have a conversation that gives you the low-down on narration. It’s not so much about the how as it is about the why. With that said, we ask for your patience with the sound. We had some trouble with Mystie’s microphone, and we couldn’t get rid of all the static in the editing process. We hope the fun and good ideas in this episode will help you forgive us for the momentary decline … Read More

SS #17: Give Your Homeschool a Personality Check

We’re back!!!! That’s right! Today we’re kicking off Season 3. You really want to take Mystie up on her offer below — the 1-page reference on MBTI cognitive functions — because cognitive functions are exactly what we’re talking about today. What if knowing your child’s cognitive functions could help you foster an atmosphere that allows your child exactly what he needs in order for what he’s learning to connect up in his brain? That’s the theory that we’re batting around today, … Read More

SS #16: Don’t Be the White Witch

In spite of empty platitudes and trite sayings, we get — philosophically speaking — to the bottom of Christmas, after all. How does all the work of making Christmas happen correspond to our search for scholé? Can we simplify Christmas? Should we? And what has that to do with our faith? We talk about all this and more in today’s episode. Thank you to our sponsor: This episode is sponsored by The Art of Homeschooling. It’s the truth: The perfect plan … Read More

SS #15: Thankfully Classical

Today’s show is all about thankfulness and Brandy is extremely thankful for Mystie. You see, we had recorded a different episode, but the recording had technical difficulties, and we weren’t able to use it. Mystie was willing to do a special recording, and we are all THANKFUL for her and that she was willing to do this so last minute! In this episode, Mystie and Brandy first discuss the philosophy of thankfulness and the connections between gratitude and scholé. After … Read More

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

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