Stirring the Waters: Refreshment for Your Homeschool

The kids are picking raspberries at our friends’ farm. As I sit in the shade watching, I’ve entered full-on Rest Mode, which has reminded me of how much learning happens when we just let life happen. The change in the seasons is, I think, God’s way of nudging us toward…

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Beauty in the Word – Ch. 1 Child, Person, Teacher

This is part of the ongoing discussion with Cindy at Ordo-Amoris. Stratford Caldecott devotes this chapter to describing the nature of the personhood of the child and how teacher and child interrelate with one another and with God. Child-Centered vs Teacher-Centered Approach to Education Caldecott points out fairly the devastating effects of over-emphasizing…

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Beauty in the Word – Introduction

Stratford Caldecott’s book Beauty in the Word claims to rethink the foundations of education: a lofty goal, and, if successful, an important book. He aims to “make an effort to understand the elements and assumptions that make a good education possible” (7). He begins by preaching to the choir: “The gravest threat…

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Humility is Needed to Cultivate Virtue

How can Christian schools, home schools, churches and parents cultivate virtue among their young students, parishioners, sons and daughters? This question is surfacing more and more in the classical education world these days, but really has been present among Evangelicals for decades. Parents, church leaders and educators see our youth…

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