House of Literature Bookmobile

This is the place I share book (movie) selections and reviews I have found worth mentioning. I'll also share gleanings of family life, faith, home education, and ongoing writing projects. Book selections will include children's books, books on home education, Catholic books, classics, series, raising children, and books that are made for reading under a shady oak tree with lemonade, in a bubble bath with a latte', or next to a snuggly fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa. Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Classical Education Prep School

An online friend wrote this and gave me permission to publish it here. I thought it original and delightful. She wrote it in answer to someone's question concerning how we prepared ourselves for teaching our children ala the classical education method; also, what we had read regarding classical education and what knowledge we gained from those works.

Though her name is Mandy, she writes:
"It doesn't belong to me - it belongs to our wonderful Creator who has made this a very memorable day!"

Thank you, Mandy, for sharing your inspiration!

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Classical Education Prep School

We are all in the same seminary - God is our divine instructor and we are here to learn from Him.

Try taking all of your prerequisites early on, such as "Life for Christians 101" or "Childbearing V". I'm not sure the instructor passed out the syllabus on the first day so the course title may have changed but it is usually called something similar to that.

We all have some electives to take - there is Parenting 300 (it's a 300 level class because the Father, Son and Holy Spirit teach it) or sometimes they offer a few select students, "Day and the Life in Celibacy" or "Marriage to Christ".

Be thoughtful in which one you sign up for but make sure you take at least one.

This seminary is old-fashioned and does not offer such classes as "Contraception is for Dummies" or "Homosexual for the New Millennium".

Sorry, the Chancellor is very strict. We tend to loose a few students there but "NFP" is offered as an alternative credit hour. Those class times are generally listed in your parish bulletin.

Federal Pell grants, Stafford Loans and scholarships are not available because God freely gives his time to all of those who seek Him.

If you need an extension on your coursework, please report to the Departmental Head at Divine Mercy Chaplet. He is in his office at 3 pm everyday.

Welcome and good luck on your coarse work! We are all enrolled but some of us are part-time students to other extra-curricular activities. That's okay because we are all here for the same reason.

Graduation requirements are simple: You must complete the B.I.B.L.E. Work Competencies (Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth).

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Teaching the Trivium by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn
The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer / Jessie Wise
The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer
Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson
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Which books have I forgotten? Please let us know in the comments section so everyone can update their lists.


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