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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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

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  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

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  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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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

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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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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

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

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

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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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