#08: Elevating the Teacher

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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.

On this episode, Jennifer and Ashley continue to expand on how the Christian Classical Tradition elevates our homeschools from the purely utilitarian to the pursuit of wisdom and integration. As a homeschool mother it can be confusing to live out our roles as a mother and a teacher. Are those two roles separate? How are they connected? From whom does our authority come? How do we build trust and piety in our homeschools?

Jennifer and Ashley work to stress that teacher, even the homeschool mom, is a rhetorician. Meaning that as mothers, we are the introductions to the Truth for our children. Jennifer gives a fabulous example of how to engage with your students and children by asking Ashley some impromptu questions about Anna Karenina. Hopefully, this episode will bless you with some answers or inspirations to cultivate the attitude of scholarly stewardship in your life. Enjoy the show!



“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

David Hicks: Norms and Nobility

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

Andrew Kern: 

Ravi Jain and Kevin Clark: The Liberal Arts Tradition

Virgil: Aeneid

Circe National Conference

Jenny Rallens

Homer: Odysseus

Ana Smiljanic: Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

Scott F. Crider: Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay

Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

Louise Cowan and Os Guinness: Invitation to the Classics: A Guide to Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read

C. S. Lewis: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Anthony Bloom: Beginning to Pray



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One thought on “#08: Elevating the Teacher”

  1. Thank you for this podcast; I absolutely love it! I wanted to leave a helpful tip I’ve adopted as far as trying not to abuse my authority. I think it was from a Focus on the Family podcast but I don’t remember who they were speaking to, but he said to ask yourself this question (of your husband in a marriage): Is is a sin or is it a preference? That thing your husband or child is doing that is bothering you…are they committing a sin, or is it just something that you would rather have them do differently? This question has helped me change the way I relate to my husband and my boys and has renewed my relationships with them. I thought it may be helpful for others as well!

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