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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

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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Book Lovers: Why Children are Naturals

Book Lovers: Why Children are Naturals

Classical Education, Literary Analysis, Read Aloud
Do you want your children to grow up loving books? Would you like more than anything for them to have a well-rounded, literary education? If your answer is "yes," then you have to take some simple steps to nurture the book lovers in your home. [caption id="attachment_502" align="aligncenter" width="560"] A library provides a feast for the imagination. For children, this is amplified![/caption] Few things in life bring as much delight for a child as a trip to the library! What’s not to love? Kids, who are natural born book lovers, are drawn like magnets to the children’s section of a library. From pint-sized furniture to animal prints, pirate ships, and reading nooks with secret passages, a library provides a place of wonder and discovery for young imaginations. Nurture the Book…
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Recharge for a New School Year – Part 2

Recharge for a New School Year – Part 2

Classical Education
In the last post we considered a few ways to rejuvenate yourself for a new school year. Since I am a teacher, I dearly love the summer break! But since the ideas I share will work for anyone in any season of life, let's continue my "re-" list of ways to recharge your battery. Picking up where we left off... Reset creativity - Walk the dog, go for a run, take a shower, do chores, play a game, or, my favorite: take a nap! Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, played the violin to restore clarity and inspiration. Need to get unstuck? Reset your creativity. Retire your phone for the night - I once heard wise advice: charge your cell phone in the car. Relinquish your grasp…
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Recharge for a New School Year – Part 1

Recharge for a New School Year – Part 1

Classical Education, Read Aloud
Soon after the 2015-2016 school year ended, I was given an unexpected gift: a day at home all alone. It was glorious! (I took three naps.) Once I wiped away the sleep from my eyes, I was shocked at how tired I really was. Truthfully, a teacher's work is never done and plans for a new school year are always on the brain. With a new school year just around the corner, teachers look forward to the summer months to recharge their batteries. Perhaps sharing these refreshing ideas with you will encourage both of us to take better care of ourselves! Rest your body - You may not realize how worn out you probably are! Stress is a normal part of life, but it can have nasty consequences on your…
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Podcast Featuring TLC – An Interview with Sarah Mackenzie (Read-Aloud-Revival)

Podcast Featuring TLC – An Interview with Sarah Mackenzie (Read-Aloud-Revival)

Classic Literature, History through Literature, Podcast, Read Aloud, Top Posts
I love Sarah Mackenzie! If I could pick my neighbors, the Mackenzies would live in my neighborhood. But, since I'm on the east coast, and Sarah on the west, we'll just be thankful for wifi, headsets, and plenty of laughter! After meeting her for the first time last Fall at an IEW Exhibitor's Retreat, I learned that we had many things in common: a house full of kids an insatiable love for great books a great desire to give our families a literary education a sincere wish to face the library without fear We've bumped into one another since then at a home school convention and had a recent conversation, which is now a podcast for you to enjoy! There's so much more I could say, but that will have…
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