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.
In our last episode of the week, Jennifer shares her educational metaphor, the homeschool as a great story. This fun conversation not only gives the personal metaphor of Jennifer but also how she formed her course, The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling.
The first element she talks about is the course of study which focuses on the seven liberal arts (grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, harmony, and astronomy), the four sciences, (natural science, moral philosophy, metaphysics, and theology), fine arts, and the servile arts.
Secondly, Jennifer expands her element of classical teaching with an explanation of the three different modes of teaching: presenting, coaching, and co-inquiry.
The third element liturgy and logistics brings the answer to how we form our days and routines with a discernment focused on the ebb and flow of the natural liturgies present in our world.
Fourthly, Jennifer talks about the element of the teacher and the importance of community. The teacher is transformed by the participation in the world of great books and their real world communities that shape their understandings with love.
Lastly, Jennifer talks about the element of the classical narrative. The classical narrative is the theme that is woven throughout the daily life of the homeschool mom like the world view, the view of man, and the perspective of the long term goal, creating the whole man.
Enjoy the show, and hopefully, you will share your educational metaphor here in the comments, on our Facebook page, The Classical Homeschool, and with your friends!
“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
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This episode is sponsored by Expanding Wisdom and The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling Course. Have you heard about classical homeschooling and want to learn more? Or have you been homeschooling in a classical way but want to go deeper without feeling overwhelmed? What if all the questions we ask — or should be asking — about classical homeschooling could be summed up in five simple questions? And what if we knew exactly where to go to find those answers? Expanding Wisdom, a blog that helps homeschool moms with this very thing, has put together a free guide just for you. The Official Short & Sweet Guide to Classical Homeschooling also includes a Classical Curriculum year at a glance chart for 1st – 12th grades. Click here to download your free guide.