Rank #1: CH061: Classical Education Demands Habit Training
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Certainly we are to watch and train the habits of our children and our household, but that is not all the work to be done. The confirmation of the habit into a character is work done by the person himself when he is independent. The test of character comes when each person is an adult – will he confirm the habits he was brought up to? Will he practice what he has … Read More
Apr 04 2018
Rank #2: CH067: Thoughts on Jayber Crow and Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
Season 11 : Good Books to Read Somehow, Berry makes you feel affection for all mankind, even those who aren’t likable and maybe even those who are wicked but especially for those who are foolish — which is each one of us. “Membership” with one another is the underlying thread in them both, and these novels have given that word much more depth and richness than I had ever seen in it. Read the original post: Jayber Crow by Wendell … Read More
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Jun 06 2018
Rank #3: CH058: A Teacher’s Goals
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Mothers must be both teachers and learners. As mothers home with our children all day every day, we are their primary influence, especially in the younger years. We can’t just wing it and expect great results or satisfaction. If we can be always learning, always growing, always stretching, we will be happier and we will be modeling for our children the life we’re asking them to embrace. Education is about how we … Read More
Mar 15 2018
Rank #4: CH063: Thoughts on Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins
Season 11 : Good Books to Read If you are starting out homeschooling with a bright-eyed little 5-year-old – a toddler tagging along and another on the way – you eat up the stories of those ahead of you on the journey. When I was in that spot 8 years ago, I had my mom who had homeschooled 7. I also had other local older moms who let me browse their bookshelves and ask them questions. And then on my … Read More
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May 02 2018
Rank #5: SC014: Personality Typing
Season 3: Personality Matters Don’t miss the free homeschool personalities reference page! If you all clamor for the in-depth justification of why I think it’s ok to use and recommend the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), even though it was based on Jung’s theory (and Jung was messed up) and even though each person is a beautiful unique snowflake, I can do that as the last post to this theory. But to kick this off, I’ll simply say that typing people … Read More
Jan 05 2017
Rank #6: CH050: Keeping Track of the Day’s Work (with Virginia Lee)
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips Listen: Mystie: Alright, so in this episode we’re going to talk about keeping track of what needs to be done. If you have multiple children and multiple subjects to teach (and that’s pretty much all of us) then we have a lot to keep track of and a lot to make happen. So, I thought that we’d talk about different methods and strategies for keeping track of all that stuff. So, how do you … Read More
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Jan 10 2018
Rank #7: SO024: Write it down, right away.
Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue You won’t remember – don’t try. When does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone. Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture. Ubiquitous capture is a term from David Allen’s Getting Things Done that basically means you should always have a way … Read More
Mar 20 2017
Rank #8: SO025: A Brain Dump Strategy for Moms
Season 4: Brain Dump to the Rescue Brain dumping is such a helpful strategy, especially for moms at home. When we start holding a lot of things in our heads, trying to remember them is going to stress us out. It might just be a low-level stress we don’t even recognize, but when we get the details out onto paper, we will recognize the relief. So then, when you have that Brain Dump, especially that first BIG crazy spill onto … Read More
Mar 27 2017
Rank #9: SC024: What is Education?
Season 4: Classical Education Basics So, what is education? What is it this task that I have signed up for? I’ve been collecting quotes on the topic for several years; when viewed together they paint an inspiring yet daunting picture. Here’s one of the quotes I’ve found. EDUCATION – Noah Webster’s Dictionary The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct … Read More
Mar 23 2017
Rank #10: SC039: Choose Conviviality
Season 7: Mom As Atmosphere Is happiness an emotion reserved for those who have an easy life? Right now I have a child who thinks happiness is a life without math fact drill pages. And, he’s onto something that misery is dragging one’s feet and taking three hours to do what should take one three minutes. However, cause and effect might be different than his perception. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but liking what … Read More
Sep 05 2017
Rank #11: SO050: Brain Dump Tips (with Virginia Lee)
Season 9: Quick Ways to Organize Your Attitude This episode is a conversation between Mystie and Virginia Lee Rogers, who helps with member support. Mystie: So, welcome to the first episode of 2018. So, we’re going to be kicking off the season again with a conversation about brain dumps with Simplified Organization’s Customer Support Assistant, Virginia Lee Rogers. Thanks for joining me, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, Mystie, hi everyone. Mystie: Do you want to start with a brief introduction … Read More
Jan 08 2018
Rank #12: 113. Tips for using checklists with Stefani Mons
A procedure checklist is simply a list of specific, small actions to take in a clear and logical order. Instead of doing what feels best in the moment, we take the time to think it through, make it clear, and so save ourselves not only time but also willpower points. Because making decisions takes energy and willpower, having the checklist to work from keeps us on track more consistently. A procedure checklist is the best tactic for overwhelmed moms at … Read More
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Oct 23 2019
Rank #13: SC004: Seeking or Seeming?
Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! esse quam videri, or Virtue Season 1: Education is For Life Would we rather look good than be good, than do what is right? What if we prioritized being and doing good over looking … Read More
Sep 14 2016
Rank #14: CH064: Thoughts on Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung & Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney
Season 11 : Good Books to Read But their actual point is quite biblical, and part of it is that God isn’t calling you to “do it all” in the world’s sense or even in our own personal mile-long to-do-list sense. The book constitutes a redefinition of “doing it all.” Every day presents us with countless options for how to spend our time. However, only some are truly great deals. Only a few things are really important. […] It’s frequently … Read More
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May 08 2018
Rank #15: CH054: Homeschooling with lots of littles (with Celeste Cruz)
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt from a video workshop Mystie recorded with Celeste Cruz in 2016. You can register for the entire replay, with bonus support material, by clicking the button below. Listen: Mystie, homeschooling mother of 5, loves to take big ideas and grand visions and make them practicable in real life. So she blogs about organizing attitudes & systems at Simplified Organization and about classical homeschooling at Simply Convivial. Celeste is a … Read More
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Feb 09 2018
Rank #16: SO011: Be a happy homemaker.
Welcome to The Simplified Organization Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Mondays, this podcast gives you short and punchy action items and mindset resets. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! Season 2: Motivation to Clean How strict should our standards for cleanliness be? Our homes are tools to be made use of, not display pieces to handle gingerly. Tools get dirty. Tools have to be taken care of. The point is to keep them useful … Read More
Nov 14 2016
Rank #17: CH062: Book Recommendations with Virginia Lee
Season 11 : Good Books to Read Listen: Mystie: Alright, well, welcome to the first episode of season 11. This season I’m going to be recording some past book review posts from Simply Convivial, so I thought it’d be fun for Virginia Lee and I to do some quick book recommendations for the first episode. Hey, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hey, Mystie. Good morning. Mystie: So, we both brought two books to recommend and not necessarily very favorites, but just … Read More
Apr 25 2018
Rank #18: CH051: Planning with a Large Homeschool Family (with Amy Roberts)
Season 9: Real Life Homeschooling Tips This episode is an excerpt of an hour-long live video chat between Amy Roberts and Mystie Winckler in 2016. Amy Roberts is the mother of 10, who has children from 20 to 2 years old. She and her husband have homeschooled from the beginning and shares what she’s learned and how she does it. Amy’s blog, Raising Arrows Amy’s Instagram, Amy Raising Arrows Large Family Homeschooling eBook It’s Not a Season I’m In Table … Read More
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Jan 17 2018
Rank #19: SC001: The Simple Life
Welcome to The Simply Convivial Audio Blog! Releasing weekly on Wednesdays, this podcast brings you short & meaty focus sessions to help you keep your head in the game as a classical homeschool mom. Check out the podcast page here and please leave a review. Thanks! multum non multa, or Simplicity Season 1: Education is For Life The principles that we base our education upon are the same principles we can base our home routines, our activity choices, and our … Read More
Sep 05 2016
Rank #20: CH059: Where Education Begins & Ends
Season 10: Classical Thoughts on Why We Teach Education in the broad, unspecialized sense is summed up as how to obey and how to rule. One who rules without obeying is a tyrant, one who obeys without ruling is a slave. And both truly all begins when young children learn to obey, because that requires the beginnings of learning self-control. Sometimes it’s easy to sigh on a Tuesday morning and think, “What am I doing? What is the point anyway?” … Read More
Mar 21 2018