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The Classical Homeschool

At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom.

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#16: On Teaching Great Books: An Interview with Angelina Stanford

A discussion on the great books with Angelina Stanford. Known for her ability to be both scholarly and entertaining, Angelina has presented papers at the College English Association Conference, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, the Circe National Conference, and the Kindred Conference.  She also brings her unique combination of scholarship, humor, and fun to the popular weekly Book Club podcast, Close Reads. Angelina has written for numerous publications and she blogs at circeinstitute.org. She is currently writing a book about her great passion--how to understand every story. Find out more about Angelina and subscribe to her mailing list at angelinastanford.com.

1hr 38mins

7 Apr 2017

Rank #1

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#03: Ancient Liturgies for the Modern Homeschool

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. In this episode, we tackle the differences between ancient man and modern man. If you have David Hicks' book, Norms and Nobility, we are talking about passages on the bottom of page 5 and the top of page 6. What are the differences? How do those differences affect our lives? Our homeschools? Our souls? Why do we align ourselves with the ancient man in classical education? As we further examine the attitude of the ancient man and the transformative power of education, we identify how important normative questions are to building the moral foundations of a man as well as the experiences of knowledge that lead man to have relationships with the knowledge. With that relationship in mind, Jennifer and Ashley connect the importance of liturgy for aligning and ordering man to harmony of the created universe. What man does and how man does those things is integral in making the whole man. Lastly, Jennifer and Ashley talk about concrete examples in their homeschools and how to evaluate where liturgies are necessary in our daily lives as well as connecting the natural rhythms God has given man to how man is to experience and participate in His love and generosity. Enjoy the show!

53mins

5 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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#30: John Henry Newman and the Quest for Knowledge

Welcome to Season 3 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition.

1hr 13mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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#27: Cicero and the Great Tradition

If you're looking for some inspiration for your Black Friday, look no further! Cicero and the Great Tradition are here to save the day! Slow down and treat yourself to a conversation about reading good books, living in community, and how self-knowledge can be a necessary part of growing towards God. 

43mins

24 Nov 2017

Rank #4

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#12: Grammar: the liberal art of remembering

In this episode, we explore the liberal art of Grammar. We explore how memory, naming, and reading are interwoven into this liberal art.  We prepared a worksheet for you to print out, download, and read over that will hopefully bless you on your journey through classical education.

1hr 19mins

3 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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#21: Our Journey in Books: The Literature Edition

This episode focuses on Jennifer and I's journey with literature. This list is not exhaustive or indicative of any one way to enter into the habit of reading. The books mentioned in the episode have inspired us over time and threw our souls into the perception of Truth.

1hr 38mins

7 Jul 2017

Rank #6

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Isocrates: Teaching the Man inside the Boy

Exploring the idea of knowing the Truth and doing the Good, we focus this episode on the great rhetorician, Isocrates. Isocrates frames the student/teacher relationship in terms of forming an adult. We also talk about the differences in approaches between Plato and Isocrates and why they are both valuable.

1hr 1min

13 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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#23: Awakening Virtue: Plato and the Great Tradition

This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition. The name of Plato and Socrates are linked not only to one another but to the classical tradition. In this episode, we explore how virtue is awakened in the soul while comparing and contrasting the primary source (The Great Tradition) and the references (Norms and Nobility).  The name of Plato and Socrates are linked not only to one another but to the classical tradition. In this episode, we explore how virtue is awakened in the soul while comparing and contrasting the primary source (The Great Tradition) and the references (Norms and Nobility). 

1hr 19mins

22 Sep 2017

Rank #8

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#05: The Homeschool as a Great Story

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. In our last episode of the week, Jennifer shares her educational metaphor, the homeschool as a great story. This fun conversation not only gives the personal metaphor of Jennifer but also how she formed her course, The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling.

51mins

7 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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#06 : Elevating the Student

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. Join us this week for a discussion on how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates the student to the whole man through the development of cosmic obligation, moral imagination, and the cultivation of truth perception. Jennifer and Ashley discuss how man is created in the Divine Image and the responsibilities that that Image lays upon us as followers of Christ. This episode is a wrestling of what it means to do what one ought to do for the love of Christ and what one wants to do for the love of himself. Enjoy the show!

55mins

14 Oct 2016

Rank #10

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#15: Rhetoric: the liberal art of living in community

We start this episode with a discussion about the larger picture of what rhetoric means to the person as a whole and in context with the other liberal arts of the Trivium. We move onto how to hone the skills and knowledge of the art of rhetoric in community. As a fun note, we talk about how scholé and lectio divina fit into the art of rhetoric. In this episode, we wanted you all to be refreshed in your search for the Truth, goodness, and beauty before we move onto the Quadrivium.

1hr 8mins

24 Mar 2017

Rank #11

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#10: Our Journey in Books: The Classical Education Edition

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. First of all, thank you dear listeners for an amazing first season of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. Jennifer and I appreciate the comments, the questions, the reviews, and most of all the love received. In this season finale episode, we talk about the books that have been the most influential in our journey in the Classical Tradition.

1hr 9mins

29 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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#14: Interview with Paul Kortepeter

Welcome back! On this episode of The Classical Homeschool Podcast, we are interviewing Paul Kortepeter, the author of Classical Academic Press' Writing and Rhetoric Program. Grab a cup or mug of your favorite beverage, and enjoy the discussion.

53mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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A Canon of Humanity

Taking a side street off of the topic of moral imagination, we are discussing Ashley's thesis concerning the idea of a canon of humanity. In the current Classical homeschooling climate, the focus has been on the advancement of Western Culture. However, Classical Education is not tied to an earthly structure but is based on more lofty ideals. Join us while we explore the topic! 

1hr 27mins

10 May 2019

Rank #14

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#08: Elevating the Teacher

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. On this episode, Jennifer and Ashley continue to expand on how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates our homeschools from the purely utilitarian to the pursuit of wisdom and integration. As a homeschool mother it can be confusing to live out our roles as a mother and a teacher. Are those two roles separate? How are they connected? From whom does our authority come? How do we build trust and piety in our homeschools? Jennifer and Ashley work to stress that teacher, even the homeschool mom, is a rhetorician. Meaning that as mothers, we are the introductions to the Truth for our children. Jennifer gives a fabulous example of how to engage with your students and children by asking Ashley some impromptu questions about Anna Karenina. Hopefully, this episode will bless you with some answers or inspirations to cultivate the attitude of scholarly stewardship in your life. Enjoy the show!

55mins

28 Oct 2016

Rank #15

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#18: Geometry: The Liberal Art of Continuous Quantity

The liberal art of geometry is more than angles, shapes, and high school classrooms. In this episode, we are discussing the importance of deductive thinking and how they prepare the student for the more abstract studies of the liberal arts of harmony and astronomy.

55mins

19 May 2017

Rank #16

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#09: Elevating the Assessment

This week, the topic of assessment and how it fits into classical education and our homeschools. In this episode, the homeschooling mom can find what is assessment and how we can assess our students. Assessment is more than a simple exam; it is a discernment of where our students are in the growth of virtue and the liberal arts. Assessment is a positive experience for our students it allows them to learn how to discern and self-edit. Hopefully, this episode will offer you a perspective of assessment that blesses you and your homeschool.

1hr 5mins

12 Nov 2016

Rank #17

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#11: Interview with David Diener

Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. Welcome back! The Classical Homeschool Podcast is starting off season 2 with a bang. Jennifer and Ashley had the opportunity to sit down with series editor, David Diener, for Classical Academic Press' Giants in the History of Education. Mr. Diener introduces Plato, his principles, his biography, and his importance in this episode.

1hr

13 Jan 2017

Rank #18

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#28: Considering Plutarch with Karen Glass

Karen Glass is part of the Advisory of AmblesideOnline. She has four children, ages 13 to 27, who have been homeschooled using Charlotte Mason’s methods from beginning to end. She has been studying and writing about Charlotte Mason and Classical Education for over twenty years, and has written Consider This to share the most important things she has discovered about the connection between them.

1hr 2mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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#22: The Great Tradition: An Interview with Richard Gamble

Welcome to Season 3 of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom. This season we are cross referencing Norms and Nobility (by David Hicks) with The Great Tradition (by Richard Gamble). Hopefully, this journey will be fruitful in understanding the references made by Hicks bringing all of us deeper into the Classical Tradition. Richard M. Gamble is Professor of History and Anna Margaret Ross Alexander Professor of History and Politics at Hillsdale College. In addition to The Great Tradition, his publications focus on American religion, war, and culture. He serves on the editorial boards of Modern Age, Humanitas, and the American Conservative. You can learn more about Richard Gamble and his works on is Amazon author page and his Hillsdale College page.

1hr 14mins

8 Sep 2017

Rank #20