Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Join the Great Conversation - Scholé Everyday

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Thanks for coming back to day three of our month of Scholé Everyday!   If you missed the first post which explains what's going on, take a minute to read it.  Remember, these are just going to be short posts with an idea to encourage you in the way of restful learning.

Have you asked a friend to join you in your month of restful learning yet?  Did you start your day with classical music?  If not, no problem, tomorrow is another day!  I did greet my children with classical music this morning, but haven't called a friend yet.  I've still got time, right ;)

Today my encouragement to you is to:

Join the Great Conversation

In classical education, we often talk about the Great Conversation.  If you are unfamiliar with that term, what it is talking about is that vast array of books written over the past many centuries and how they connect to one another and how the later ones reference prior ones.  For the reader, it is like entering a conversation between people who have never met and who even lived in very different times and places.

What I want you to do is to enter into this great conversation!  Pick a book and start to read.  Give yourself a half hour to enjoy a restful time of reading.  Depending on your pick, maybe you could read it aloud to your children.  Or maybe you could have a family reading hour where everyone sits in the family room and reads their own book.  Whatever works in your situation!

Maybe you can even see if the friend you are doing this with wants to read the same book as you, so that you can discuss it as you go!

Do you need some suggestions for what to read?  I know I love going to libraries and bookstores, but can often become overwhelmed, not knowing where to start =)  Here are a few things that might help you pick:

  •  The Well-Educated Mind - This book breaks down different types of reading, gives book synopsizes, and suggests reading order.  
  • Wisdom and Righteousness - Encourages mom to read the Classical Conversations Challenge level books.  She gives a great list for you to check out!

Once you pick a book, let me know!  I'd love to hear what you choose to read!

If you are purposing to incorporate scholé into your home this year, I'd love to hear from you!  Share with me what you are doing or how these ideas have impacted your homeschool and I can compile your stories in to a post.  I'd love to even have some guest bloggers if you'd like to write a whole post about how you are using scholé in your homeschool this year!  Contact me and let me know how you are doing!

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  1. This year we're studying American history, so right now I'm reading A Patriot's History of the US (it's also a Challenge book) and A Basic History of the US for my history lessons. Then for Greek and Latin, Climbing Parnassus (excellent! makes me rethink many things, especially toys). And I read over the summer From Homer to Harry Potter, and How to Read a Book. I've really been enjoying learning and stretching, and I love that it's making me more confident in my teaching. I'm much more willing to step away from the scripted curriculum and learn for myself in order to teach them. It's freeing really, to not have to wonder if what I'm teaching them is good, beautiful, and true.

    1. It's funny that I'm reading your comment right now. My husband just put on the the audio book of A Patriot's History of the US and it's on in the background as I'm typing =)

      I've heard Climbing Parnassus recommended many times. I will definitely have to read it at some point!

      It sounds like you are on the right track. Good for you!

  2. Setting aside time for my own personal reading is something I'm trying to do on a daily basis as consistently as possible. I have the Well-Educated Mind and have read almost half of it. I have several fiction books I have started such as Emma and Watership Down. I want to finish these. I don't always get in my reading time every single day though. But I'm working towards that goal. :)

    1. Honestly I don't read every day either, but I strive to get better at that! I've mostly been reading books about education, which is great, but I really want to get into some classic books soon too!


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