Memorization Makes It Harder For You To Be Manipulated

I have mentioned memorization as an indispensable tool we use in our homeschool in my book The Classical Unschooler. I know memorization is usually a sticky point with a lot of people today. After all, the argument goes, we can always look something up. Why bother memorizing dates and details? Isn’t that a little dry? … Continue reading “Memorization Makes It Harder For You To Be Manipulated”

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The Uses of Memorization

I just finished listening to a podcast by Tim Ferriss about memorization with Ed Cooke, Grandmaster of Memory. You can find it here if you’re interested in listening to it. I have written about memorization work in the past on this blog. My children love memorizing and I have found that I often  have to … Continue reading “The Uses of Memorization”

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Poetry Memorization in the Homeschool

Having come over to a slightly more classical side of education from the relatively scary (I kid, I kid!) unschooling side of things, we have lately been doing a lot more memorization work in our homeschool. We memorize poetry, Scripture, basic catechism questions and even some historical and scientific facts from the lessons we cover … Continue reading “Poetry Memorization in the Homeschool”

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Choose Conversation – Not Curriculum

The best thing about homeschooling is not being around my children all day, although that’s one of the very good things. The best thing about homeschooling is the conversation – the unique perspective I get from them and what I’m able to give them. Homeschooling is nothing if not conversations. A Random Important Conversation Consider … Continue reading “Choose Conversation – Not Curriculum”

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Top Five Apps for Kids (Teach by NOT Teaching)

We love our electronics in this house. I have mentioned that before. We play video games, we have Kindle Fire and family movie nights. Given a choice between television and video games or apps, I will always choose the latter. More than anything else that appeals to me about tablets is their ability to teach … Continue reading “Top Five Apps for Kids (Teach by NOT Teaching)”

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On Studying History & Fake News

I’m not one of those people bothered by what is currently referred to as “fake news.” I am not currently wringing my hands wondering what kind of a world my children will inherit and how they will ever make sense of it. That is because I love history and am deeply passionate about it. Allow … Continue reading “On Studying History & Fake News”

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Unschooling Made Me See The Real Reason For Mandatory Public School

Contrary to popular opinion, I wasn’t born with a silver curriculum in my mouth. My first words were not, “I’m going to grow up, have children and unschool them.” (In fact – hold the rotten tomatoes while I duck – I distinctly remember wondering what the earliest age for starting preschool would be.) When the … Continue reading “Unschooling Made Me See The Real Reason For Mandatory Public School”

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Reading Zakaria’s “In Defense of a Liberal Education”

I recently came across Fareed Zakaria’s book In Defense of a Liberal Education and picked it up. Literature after all is close to my heart. And my daughter is beginning to develop an interest in writing. I myself have a degree in literature and a terminal degree in Creative Writing. So this book seemed like something I should … Continue reading “Reading Zakaria’s “In Defense of a Liberal Education””

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Why Memorize

I have written before about why we memorize, what we memorize and also that I have thought long and hard about if memorization has any use outside of learning things by rote themselves. Here’s another quote I found in Mihály Csíkszentmihályi‘s Flow which is a fantastic book to read if you haven’t already done so. Besides dealing … Continue reading “Why Memorize”

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Did Your Idol Disappoint You? You’re Reading The Wrong Books

Here’s a confession – I read my children’s books. And I actually do enjoy some of them. Their books are colorful, they’re full of interesting facts and details – and they’re just plain fun. Good books versus bad books I find that good children’s books are a lot like good books for grown ups. They’re … Continue reading “Did Your Idol Disappoint You? You’re Reading The Wrong Books”

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