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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, Top Posts
In this episode, I am pleased to introduce an award-winning professional storyteller. My family refers to him as the man with the golden voice. Others know him as Jim Weiss, the voice behind The Story of the World. Jim and his wife, Randy, have spent nearly thirty years doing what they dearly love: traveling 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: 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…
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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, Top Posts
In this episode, I am pleased to introduce an award-winning professional storyteller. My family refers to him as the man with the golden voice. Others know him as Jim Weiss, the voice behind The Story of the World. Jim and his wife, Randy, have spent nearly thirty years doing what they dearly love: traveling 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 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…
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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
  In part two of my interview with Andrew Pudewa, we 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 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 Fairy Book -…
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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
  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 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. Institute…
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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?

Podcast
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

Read Aloud
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

Podcast
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

Read Aloud, Top Posts
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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