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TLC 012 : Why You Should Never Stop Giving and Collecting Books

TLC 012 : Why You Should Never Stop Giving and Collecting Books

Podcast, Stories for Children, Top Posts
Books provide deep emotional connections! In this episode, we'll sort through some of the emotional connections that can be made only through real books. It's not surprising that rare books are at the top of the list for collectors, young and old. There's something regal about having an impressive library! So, the next time you need a gift idea...consider giving a book. It just may turn out to be a beloved keepsake. Highlights from this episode on books: why used book sales and used book shops draw people and capture heartswhy words on real paper are far superiorthe artifactual value of bookswhy books are a priceless and timeless giftthe tangible connection between author and readerthe next generation of readers Book Resources Mentioned: McKay Used Books & CDsMemoria PressWords on Paper…
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TLC 011 : Small Things to Do with Your Kids That Impact History in a Big Way

TLC 011 : Small Things to Do with Your Kids That Impact History in a Big Way

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Podcast, Read Aloud, Stories for Children
On April 15, 2019, the world watched in shock as the Notre Dame Cathedral burned. Immediately, historians began to recognize a poignant threat to Western Civilization. In this episode, we're reflecting on 850 years of history that were nearly lost and what we can do in our day to help preserve Western Civilization. Highlights from this episode: the fire at Notre Dame Cathedralits significance in world historyhow reading to your kids can change the worldwhy now is the time to help preserve Western Civilization Resources Mentioned: Timeline of Classics: Historical Context for the Good and Great Books - Gail LedbetterThe Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor HugoInterview featuring William J. BennettThe Moral Compass: Stories for a Life's Journey - William J. BennettThe Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral…
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TLC 010 : On Learning with Stories from History & Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 3 of 3

TLC 010 : On Learning with Stories from History & Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 3 of 3

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Podcast, Read Aloud, Stories for Children, Top Posts
Most people think that stories are only for children. Or worse, that classic literature is only for high school lit class or college English majors. In this episode, I introduce an award-winning professional storyteller who has changed all that! He and his wife travel the world while entertaining and educating audiences (young and old) with beloved stories from history and literature. This is the third of three episodes. Highlights from this episode: how to translate a story for listeners of differing ages tips for creating simple character voices for telling/reading stories Jim demonstrates with "The Tortoise and the Hare" using audio books to preview classics how to discern which titles are appropriate for your children/students how to create valuable learning experiences by discussing stories how students can learn to look…
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26 Things I’ve Never Told You

26 Things I’ve Never Told You

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  Okay, so this post is all about being transparent, reflective, or just plain silly! For me, producing blog posts or podcasts can seem so serious. I realize that I do a lot of talking about things I create to try to make your life easier, but I've really never shared much about me. So, here goes! 26 things about myself that I've never told you: I love the smell of Playdoh! It's one of my favorite things from childhood. Someone should make a candle with that scent. The jelly bean people probably already have one. Do you think it would taste nasty? Probably so. There's a Chief Petty Officer who recently retired from the United States Navy after serving for over twenty years. He served two deployments in Kuwait…
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TLC 009 : On Learning with Stories from History and Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 2 of 3

TLC 009 : On Learning with Stories from History and Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 2 of 3

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Podcast, Stories for Children, Top Posts
Most people think that stories are only for children. Or worse, that classic literature is only for high school lit class or college English majors. In this episode, I introduce an award-winning professional storyteller who has changed all that! He and his wife travel the world while entertaining and educating audiences (young and old) with beloved stories from history and literature. This is the second of three episodes. In case you missed part 1, click here. Highlights from this episode on stories: what to do when you've strained your throat (and you use your voice a lot!) what to do when you're terrible at telling stories (like me :) ) different ways to tell the same story the structure of a story the key to a great story the importance…
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TLC 008 : On Learning with Stories from History and Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 1 of 3

TLC 008 : On Learning with Stories from History and Literature with Jim Weiss – Part 1 of 3

Classic Literature, Classical Education, History through Literature, Podcast, Read Aloud, Stories for Children, Top Posts
Most people think that stories are only for children. Or worse, that classic literature is only for high school lit class or college English majors. In this episode, I introduce an award-winning professional storyteller who has changed all that! He and his wife travel the world while entertaining and educating audiences (young and old) with beloved stories from history and literature. Join us for the first of three episodes! Highlights about classic stories from this episode: why you should take the time to dig up true stories from history why original classic stories are superior to Hollywood versions how the entire family (from grandchild to grandparent) can enjoy the world's greatest stories...together how to coordinate the study of history and literature (and why chronological is a good option) how to…
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TLC 007: How to Cultivate Moral Imagination with Andrew Pudewa – Part 2 of 2

TLC 007: How to Cultivate Moral Imagination with Andrew Pudewa – Part 2 of 2

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Podcast, Read Aloud, Top Posts
  This is part two of my interview with Andrew Pudewa! We'll consider how children's stories and fairy tales can teach virtue and truth. Highlights from this episode: truths learned from fairy tales how truths are communicated through literature how stories teach virtue why wonder and imagination are important for children and adults how to navigate through a sometimes-scary library Fairy Tale Resources Mentioned: 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. Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination The Yellow Fairy Book - edited by Andrew Lang The Red Fairy Book - edited by Andrew Lang The Blue Fairy Book - edited by Andrew Lang The Green…
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TLC 006: How to Cultivate Moral Imagination with Andrew Pudewa – Part 1 of 2

TLC 006: How to Cultivate Moral Imagination with Andrew Pudewa – Part 1 of 2

Classic Literature, Classical Education, Podcast, Read Aloud, Top Posts
  I had never heard of cultivating moral imagination until I sat through a live presentation by today's guest. Thankfully, this essential life-giving trait is simple to accomplish with children. In this episode, I am pleased to introduce the one person whose wit, wisdom, words, and resources have encouraged my family and me on our homeschool journey more than anyone else. He is the director of The Institute for Excellence in Writing, Andrew Pudewa! Highlights from this episode: a brief history of IEW the impact of literature (good and bad) the importance of literature in passing on the essential elements of Christian culture how stories form moral imagination in children and adults the number one, MOST important thing parents can do educationally for their child Resources for How to Cultivate…
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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?

Classic Literature, Podcast, Read Aloud, Stories for Children
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 for getting kids to read: Institute for Excellence in Writing Teaching Writing: Structure and Style - Andrew Pudewa The Timeline of Classics Podcast library app (check with your…
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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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