Hi, my name is Jennifer Dow, creator of The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling Online Course for Moms, author of the Expanding Wisdom blog, Speaker, and founder of The Paideia Fellowship Homeschool Community. I live in North Carolina along with my husband and three children and we like to spend our free time enjoying fairy-tales, great food, art, movies, sports, outdoors, and friends.
I am Orthodox Christian, wife, homeschooling mother, classical teacher, and artist. I have completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE certified Classical Teacher and have been teaching classically since 2009 in a variety of settings, including homeschooling my children, teaching local humanities and art classes throughout the homeschool community, and teaching online writing and literature classes at the CiRCE Academy.
I believe that “Classical Education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts and the four sciences.” (CiRCE Institute’s definition) I love helping moms learn how to teach, study, and pursue wisdom and virtue in their homeschools.
My favorite things to study are literature, church and educational history, Greek philosophy, and the fine arts. If I was forced to choose, my favorite literary works are Beowulf, Tale of Two Cities, and Plato’s Dialogues.
My favorite quote is “A poem cannot be about everything.” by Wendell Berry.
I’m Ashley, a Catholic, a wife, a homeschooling mother, and a lover of wisdom. I grew up here and there eventually settling in Mississippi to finish out my bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. I graduated with a concentration in anthropology and classical studies. I loved academia, and I would have loved to pursue a position in the ranks. However, God had a much different plan. I left a master’s degree and a PHD offer to become a wife and mother. Last year, I was privileged to participate in the Circe Atrium where I was able to dive deeper into the principles of the Christian Classical Tradition.
I believe that classical education is not just for our children. We are the parents and the primary educators of our children. As such, we have to be willing to heal our own organs of truth perception. Some of the ways that I think we can do that are to read, learn, seek out knowledge, commonplace, discuss, and build habits through liturgy.
Murder mysteries, commonplacing, Myers Briggs (I’m an INTJ), red lipstick, cheetah print, food, baking, cooking, reading, classical homeschooling, writing, and listening to podcasts are just a few favorite interests that keep my mind palace decorated.
Choosing a favorite book was a hefty task; however, I think that these four books have been re-read or thought of the most through my life: Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Leisure the Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper, & And Then There Were None By Agatha Christie
A favorite poem is “This is Just to Say” by William Carlos Williams.
“Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means.” – The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
“The essence of virtue consists of the good rather than in the difficult.” – Thomas Aquinas