Welcome to the home of Timeline of Classics!
I’m Gail Ledbetter, a self-proclaimed do-it-yourself-er raised on a dairy by ultimate DIYers!
So, have you ever REALLY needed something, but couldn’t find the thing that would make your life easier or solve your problem? I’ve been there.
That’s the whole reason for my website! I was that homeschooling mom with four little kids who really needed to figure out how I was going to use real literature to teach history.
Earning a B.S. in Bible and Elementary Education from Columbia International University was a good start. Spending six years as a public school teacher was a great experience. But homeschooling our four kids for over twenty years is the best thing I’ve ever done to fill the gaps in my own education!
During our years of homeschooling, I quickly found my weaknesses as a teacher. (More on that here.) Because I loved history and literature, and desperately wanted my kids to see the connection between them, we developed a resource called: Timeline of Classics: Historical Context for the Good and Great Books.
I’ve learned a thing or two in all those years. I’d like to share a little of that resourcefulness with you! The purpose of my website is to help classical educators (and moms like me!) learn to: enjoy literature, connect with history, and think deeply about the good and great books.
Did I mention that I hated reading as a kid? It’s not that I hated reading, it’s just that there was so much more interesting stuff going on outside with tractors, trucks, cats, dogs, chickens, cows, and people!
How did I overcome my fear and dislike of reading, writing, and literature? By reading out loud to my kids, I learned to love books. By teaching writing and literary analysis for many years in my home, in local co-op classes, and online, I learned to not be scared of the classics.
Now I coach families in the same areas that once gave me the most trouble. Thank you, Excellence in Writing! It is my joy to serve IEW as a Certified online instructor, author, and exhibitor.
My husband and I are nearing the end of our home school journey. Our third child is in college now and the youngest will finish high school in another year.
I’ve come a long way as a classical educator since my early days on my grandparents’ dairy. Truth be told, I’d still rather be working on just about any project or task to be done outside. But now, I am just as likely to be found curled up with a truly fine piece of classic literature and a steaming cup of coffee.
Welcome to my online home, timelineofclassics.com!
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