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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Crafting Classical Unschooling

A memory: my daughter is a toddler. My husband and I are dealing with a discipline issue I can’t remember. She’s our first child and we are plotting with the kind of hope and blind optimism first time parents bring to such things. “We have to be ready for the next time,” my husband reminds … Continue reading “Crafting Classical Unschooling”

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Teaching Children Writing

Next to teaching children to read, perhaps the next task fraught with stress and uncertainty is teaching writing. There are entire courses dedicated to how to write – ones that some homeschoolers swear by. And while my intention is not to deride any of those courses, I want to say that writing isn’t hard. Forget … Continue reading “Teaching Children Writing”

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Why I Am Not a Grammar Nazi (Any More)

There isn’t much that doesn’t offend us these days, it seems. The offence runs the gamut from politics to parenting to – you guessed it – language. And figures of speech and grammar are no exception. In the last day alone, I have noticed four different times people have corrected someone’s spelling or grammar online. … Continue reading “Why I Am Not a Grammar Nazi (Any More)”

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Your Homeschool Needs a Finish Line

Starting lines are important, but so is a strong finish line. Last week was the first time my children heard about summer break. “Really?” my seven year old exclaimed when told that public schools closed for almost three months in the summer. That was the beginning of their dissatisfaction. But it wasn’t just that. We … Continue reading “Your Homeschool Needs a Finish Line”

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Teaching Children to Think

If you have read my book The Classical Unschooler, or if you simply follow the classical system, you know about the logic stage. The Logic Stage The logic stage typically comes after the grammar stage. We spend much time in the grammar stage. We memorize facts and details, partially because my kids love to do so. They … Continue reading “Teaching Children to Think”

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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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