Hi!

The podcast is in summer vacation mode and I hope you are, too! For me, a chunk of summer vacation involves homeschool planning, which is fine because I love that stage of the homeschool year the most. 🙂 Similarly, the podcast sisterhood is in planning mode and recording for the next season starts tomorrow! We’re working on episodes on personality, literature, learning styles, and a few pesky conundrums we classical Charlotte Mason moms face as we learn more and try to apply it to our homeschools.

Episode 9 will be released on August 26 – it’ll be worth the wait, we promise!


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Planning for Scholé

by Pam Barnhill

At first thought it might seem that the ideas of planning and scholé are contradictory. How are we learning to be “restful” and contemplative if we are creating a lesson plan or checklist to accompany it? The truth is that planning is necessary if we are to implement scholé in our homes. Scholé is so unknown to us as modern people. It is contrary to the way many of us were raised and the culture we live in. This is why in order to successfully create an atmosphere of scholé we need to be intentional. Being intentional is where the planning comes in.

In Desiring the Kingdom, James KA Smith tells us “our hearts are constantly being formed by others and most often by the cultural institutions we create.” Our minds, loves, and hearts are shaped by what is around us — the books we read, shows we watch, activities we do — whether we think about it or not. That is why in order to do something different than the societal norm — be counter-cultural if you will — then we have to intentionally plan to make this happen.

Fortunately this does not all have to be done at one time. Small, simple practices can make a big difference in turning our homeschools from an institutional model or stress-driven box-checking to a more contemplative style driven by aiming our children’s hearts towards the true, good, and beautiful. Here are a few foundational steps in planning that can help lead us in this direction:

  1. Start your homeschool planning first by creating a vision for your homeschool. It is only by knowing the kind of education we want to give our children, the virtues we want to instill, that we are able to make plans to accomplish this.
  2. Simplify your schedule and the number of subjects you study at any given time by using block scheduling or reduce your stress by using loop scheduling and eliminate assigning coursework to specific days.
  3. Start your day with Morning Time, which is often the easiest way to set aside a period of scholé in the homeschooling.

It is through intentional planning of these practices that we can begin to turn our homes to a more restful style of learning for mom and children. To help get you started pick up a pack of free planning forms at freehomeschoolplanner.com.

10 Steps to the Perfect Homeschool Plan

By Pam Barnhill

“The perfect homeschool plan is not elusive. In fact it is easy to create the perfect plan for your family if you begin by considering the needs of your family, considering your limitations as a homeschool teacher, and avoiding common pitfalls.

Planning means following a series of prescribed steps that will ensure that you have a plan that is going to work.”


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from the archives

Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Three Secrets about Schedules


In Praise of the Morning Walk

at Snowfall Academy


around the ‘net:

through your earbuds:

in the forum:

“Oh and one other thought…I don’t think we as parents can order our children’s loves. That is something that they need to develop in their own spirit, as God lives and works in them. Even the “ordering of loves” can become a sort of legalism if we are just imposing our own lists on them all the time. It’s a fine line, because we definitely want to introduce them to the true, good, and beautiful, but not force it down their throat.”

  • In the “June Commonplace Favorites” thread, Lisa Amer shared this quote from The Little Prince: “The only things you learn are the things you tame.”

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