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

SS #04: We Dare You to Read the Classics

Today, Mystie and I are daring you to be brave and read a classic, even if you don’t feel like you’re qualified. We tackle questions like why we feel intimidated by reading classic books, what are strategies for helping ourselves read them, and a whole lot more. In addition, our nitty gritty homeschool question is all about starting Latin, so you won’t want to miss it.   Thank you to our sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Teaching Reading with … Read More

SS #03: The Wonder-Based Classical Co-op

Pam is not only my co-host in this one, but she’s also the guest this time around. That’s because I really wanted to hear more about her classical co-op and all the changes they have made over the years and how those have come about. Since I don’t have a co-op myself, what I really wanted to do was listen and learn — and Pam was full of great lessons, that’s for sure! Get ready to be inspired to continue to learn and grow … Read More

SS #02: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

In today’s episode, Mystie and Brandy have a conversation about the connection between love and learning. Is it important that our students love their subjects? Is it important that WE love the subjects we’re teaching? What do we do if we’re without love? It’s a big topic, and probably one we’ll need to come back to again and again, because it gets to the very heart of what education truly is. Thanks to our sponsor! This episode is sponsored by … Read More

SS #01: Preventing Burnout Through Levity

February is often called “Homeschool Burnout Month” for a reason — because a lot of us are tempted to lose heart during this short but tricky month in which winter has surely overstayed its welcome. The main thing we’re discussing today is the idea that levity — not taking ourselves too seriously — is a key to preventing that dreaded homeschool mom burnout. We make sure to refer to sources like GK Chesterton, Charlotte Mason, Catherine Levison, and Carole Joy Seid … Read More

SS #00: Welcome to Scholé Sisters (Our Introductory Episode!!)

An introductory episode, naturally, needs to cover all the basics. In this episode, we start by introducing ourselves. Then, we discuss the word scholé – how is it pronounced? What does it mean? After that, we discuss Scholé Sisters groups. Pam and Brandy have more formal groups, while Mystie has mastered the fine art of informal scholé with friends. And then, we finish up by explaining the podcast itself – what it’s for, the format of the show, how it’s going to work, that … Read More

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