#10: Our Journey in Books: The Classical Education Edition

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Welcome to The Classical Homeschool Podcast. At the Classical Homeschool Podcast, our heart is to take on the work of wrestling through the, sometimes difficult and philosophical, ideas presented throughout the classical education movement and bring them down to earth, specifically and practically for the classical homeschooling mom.

First of all, thank you dear listeners for an amazing first season of The Classical Homeschool Podcast. Jennifer and I appreciate the comments, the questions, the reviews, and most of all the love received. In this season finale episode, we talk about the books that have been the most influential in our journey in the Classical Tradition.

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV



Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Shared Books:

David Hicks: Norms and Nobility

Steven Turley: Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness & Beauty

Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark: The Liberal Arts Tradition

Leigh A. Bortins: The Core

C. S. Lewis: The Abolition of Man

Jennifer’s List:

Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities

Mortimer Adler: The Paideia Proposal

Karen Glass: Consider This

Wendell Berry: Standing By Words

Shakespeare: Hamlet

Dorothy L. Sayers: The Mind of the Maker

Scott Crider: The Office of Assertion

Leigh A. Bortins: Echo in Celebration (available  for free at the link posted)

Susan Wise Bauer: The Well-Trained Mind

Ashley’s List:

Mortimer Adler: How to Read a Book

Laura Berquist: Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum

Josef Pieper: Leisure the Basis of Culture

James K. A. Smith: Desiring the Kingdom

Vigen Guroian: Rallying the Really Human Things

Anthony Esolen: 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination

Stratford Caldecott: Beauty in the Word

 Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian: The Mysteries of Life in Children’s Literature

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6 thoughts on “#10: Our Journey in Books: The Classical Education Edition”

  1. Loved this episode. We share a great many books as foundational, but Mine also includes Charlotte Mason’s volumes, Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination by Guroian, and Elizabeth Foss’s Real Learning. Your list also had some additions for my Amazon wish list. What a great way to end the year and share some good reads for those cold winter evenings!

  2. I really appreciated your comment about thinking that one way is the only one. Ever since my son was 4 I am immersed myself first in books about the Charlotte Mason philosophy and then two of her books (Volume 1 and 6). This year I put her philosophy into full practice for Form 1b, but honestly I am seeing some things that aren’t sitting well with me or that I just feel may not work for our family. I ordered the Latin Centered Curriculum and then started researching more about Classical Education and found this podcast. I am already thinking and planning as far as what I will do next year and what I will change. I was so sold on the fact that Charlotte Mason was the only way, but now I am starting to question a few things.

    1. Also I put Teaching from Rest and Leisure the Basis of Culture on my Christmas list. I am currently reading Desiring the Kingdom; a suggestion from my husband. It was nice to see you mention those books.

  3. Gah I can completely relate Jennifer! As an ENFP whenever I encounter a new idea I am ALL IN. If that’s not bad enough, I try to convince everyone else how “right” it is. I think I’ve gotten better, but I still have a long way to go. The beauty of classical homeschooling is that the more you dig into it the more you realize that you need to learn. I’m just catching up on your podcasts. They are deeper than I’m used to, but I’m enjoying them.

    1. Touche Angela! I am glad you can relate! Feel free to reach out with any questions! I am honored you are listening! -Jennifer

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