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TLC 005: FAQ – How Do I Get My Kids to Read?

TLC 005: FAQ – How Do I Get My Kids to Read?

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Why is it that getting kids to read can be a little bit like pulling teeth? That was certainly the case for me when I was young. As I think back, this could have been so easily avoided! Here's a whole episode dedicated to helping you take away the struggle. In Episode 005, you'll learn... how to give kids a love for great books how to form the habit of reading aloud (kids and adults) why you should be a model reader how to strengthen comprehension how audio books can help why "insomniac reading disorder" isn't such a bad thing Helpful resources from today's episode: Institute for Excellence in Writing Teaching Writing: Structure and Style - Andrew Pudewa The Timeline of Classics Podcast library app (check with your local library)…
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How Books Prepare Our Kids for Crisis

How Books Prepare Our Kids for Crisis

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Prepare for the Crisis Before It Happens Rarely do we see an EF-2 tornado roar through our part of North Carolina. This week in mid-April was different! Late last Sunday afternoon, my family gathered keys, wallets, shoes, and important papers. My husband had ordered us to the basement. When they were young, we had taught our kids how to prepare for severe weather. On this particular day, our actions were second nature. He cracked the door once and heard a different sound than we're used to. (We've all heard stories of the approaching sound of a freight train...) Take cover...it's coming! Local weather stations had given ample warnings of severe weather to come. While we did our best, I don't think anything quite prepared us for this. (Photos Courtesy: Guilford…
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TLC 001a – Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 1 of 2

TLC 001a – Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 1 of 2

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If you teach classic literature, you may need some fresh ideas on how to improve comprehension and help your students fall head over heels in love with books. Whether you teach in a traditional classroom, school at home, or snuggle with toddlers on the sofa, this message is for you! In Episode 001 you'll learn... how two classical educators use classic literature in their homes and in their classrooms the power of literature how historical context can be formed from classic literature Helpful resources from today's episode:   Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) - Andrew Pudewa Classical Conversations (CC) Robinson Crusoe The Witch of Blackbird Pond Read-Aloud Revival with Sarah Mackenzie Timeline of Classics: Historical Context for the Good and Great Books - Gail Ledbetter Five-in-a-Row Sonlight Dr. Beechick's HOMESCHOOL Answer Book…
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Wild and Dangerous. Beautiful and Strong

Wild and Dangerous. Beautiful and Strong

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During my high school and college years, I spent many summers as a camp counselor in the strong and beautiful mountains of North Carolina. In those days, the property where we took campers for overnight campouts was wild and dangerous. Roughing It At that time there was nothing there but a few logging roads. No electricity. No running water. No "facilities" other than the hole we dug in the ground. (Elementary kids thought this was hilarious!) We got our drinking water from a rock in the side of the mountain. I got my first (and only) rapelling lesson from a Marine who walked down a seventy-foot rock cliff...face first! We picked up black snakes. We brushed our teeth by skinning the bark off a twig and then chewing up the end so it…
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TLC 004:  How to Achieve a Literary Education with Adam and Missy Andrews

TLC 004: How to Achieve a Literary Education with Adam and Missy Andrews

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Top Posts
In this episode, I am pleased to introduce Adam and Missy Andrews, the authors of Teaching the Classics! Highlights from this episode: how to confidently begin a literary education the definition of a classic why children's picture books are the best place to start how anyone can teach literature a flexible method for reading and understanding any work of literature how the Socratic method works why YOU are the most qualified for this job Resources: Note: some of the resources below may contain affiliate links, meaning I get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase. Teaching the Classics Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Timeline of Classics: Historical Context for the Good and Great Books centerforlit.com      …
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IEW virtual winter retreat

IEW virtual winter retreat

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Literary Analysis, Read Aloud
You're gonna wanna save the date! If you've ever started into the holidays wishing for a little more wind in your sails, then you're gonna love IEW's Virtual Winter Retreat! Have you ever wondered how to equip yourself to teach literature or writing? Or how to choose the best books to read with your kids? Or how to reach struggling learners? IEW's 2017 Virtual Winter Retreat features: Robert Bortins (Classical Conversations) Adam Andrews (Center for Lit) Sarah Mackenzie (Read-Aloud Revival)  Linda Mikottis (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Without leaving the comfort of your home, enjoy this rare opportunity to participate in a full day of FREE workshops! In all honesty, my life as a teacher would not look the same were it not…
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Lessons from Scrooge on Keeping Christmas Well

Lessons from Scrooge on Keeping Christmas Well

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Read Aloud
"Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail...even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral..." I am an incurable Charles Dickens fan! It is common for me to watch the same movie over and over during the holiday season. This is my favorite way to get my chores done AND enjoy a classic.  (I once heard that you should never do this because there could be psychological consequences.) Well, I'm guilty! Maybe that's why my family says, "Mama, you ain't right!" Not only did I watch It's a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra's classic tale) at least three times, but I watched A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens' timeless allegory) in as many…
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TLC 003 : Strange Name for an Awesome Resource – The Great American Bathroom Book

TLC 003 : Strange Name for an Awesome Resource – The Great American Bathroom Book

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Read Aloud
TLC 003: Strange Name for an Awesome Resource - The Great American Bathroom Book Learn how you can broaden your personal knowledge of an enormous collection of classics and topics. This three-volume set is one of my favorite power tools! On Episode 003 of the Timeline of Classics podcast, we'll feature The Great American Bathroom Book: Single Sitting Summaries of All-time Great Books (originally titled: Compact Classics) We've all been there... Help! I need a quick reminder of the characters, setting, or plot of a Shakespeare play. It's been way too long since I studied this in my high school English class. I've got to teach this book tomorrow. There's a literary goldmine inside each volume! In Episode 003 you'll learn... how The Great American Bathroom Book (GABB) can introduce a…
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TLC 002 : Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 2 of 2

TLC 002 : Teaching Literature in the Classroom with Donna Seidman – Part 2 of 2

Classical Education, History through Literature, Literary Analysis, Podcast, Read Aloud, Reader-Response Journaling, Top Posts
Whether you teach in a traditional classroom, school at home, or snuggle with toddlers on the sofa, this message is for you! Listen as Donna and I finish our conversation... In Episode 002, you'll learn: how Timeline of Classics can benefit classical educators how to study a period of history with multiple students of differing ages the nuts and bolts of reader-response journaling how reader-response journaling improves comprehension and thinking skills how reader-response journaling sharpens vocabulary study and summarizing skills literary analysis through Socratic discussion how reader-response journaling cultivates wisdom, discernment, and thinking Helpful resources from this episode: Jim Weiss - Greathall Productions Jim Hodges - Jim Hodges Audio Books The Great American Bathroom Book (aka - Compact Classics) Teaching the Classics - Adam & Missy Andrews Episode 36: Some…
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6 Ways to Keep a Clean and Orderly Home with Kids

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Does anyone else struggle with keeping things clean & orderly at home? The answer must be YES since there is no lack of books, blogs, coaches, and resources to help us clean and organize our homes and offices. 1 - Teaching little kids how to be clean and orderly Before they learned to read, I hung a pocket chart in the kitchen. I bought a really cute set of cards for organizing and training very young children to help with chores. The simple pictures on the cards made it easy for my kids to see what their jobs were. My favorite one says Help Mom. With a little guidance from mom, chores got done! As jobs were completed, the card got moved from the "to do" side of the chart…
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