#03: Ancient Liturgies for the Modern Homeschool

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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.

In this episode, we tackle the differences between ancient man and modern man. If you have David Hicks’ book, Norms and Nobility, we are talking about passages on the bottom of page 5 and the top of page 6. What are the differences? How do those differences affect our lives? Our homeschools? Our souls? Why do we align ourselves with the ancient man in classical education?

As we further examine the attitude of the ancient man and the transformative power of education, we identify how important normative questions are to building the moral foundations of a man as well as the experiences of knowledge that lead man to have relationships with the knowledge.

With that relationship in mind, Jennifer and Ashley connect the importance of liturgy for aligning and ordering man to harmony of the created universe. What man does and how man does those things is integral in making the whole man.

Lastly, Jennifer and Ashley talk about concrete examples in their homeschools and how to evaluate where liturgies are necessary in our daily lives as well as connecting the natural rhythms God has given man to how man is to experience and participate in His love and generosity. 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


Stratford Caldecott: Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education

Rod Dreher: How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem

Jenny Rallens: The Liturgical Classroom and Virtue Formation

C. S. Lewis: The Abolition of Man

James K. A. Smith: Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation

Ashley Woleben: Between the Linens

Jennifer Dow: Expanding Wisdom

Pam Barnhill: Your Morning Basket

Cindy Rollins: Morning Time Moms

Charlotte Mason Nature Study: Nature Study: Handmaiden of Natural Philosophy by Brandy Vencel

Dante: Divine Comedy

Homer: Odyssey


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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.



3 thoughts on “#03: Ancient Liturgies for the Modern Homeschool”

  1. I cannot tell you how precious these recordings are to me. God’s timing is perfect and I am mostly ready to hear and wrestle with what the two of you are saying. My theme word for this year of homeschool is “humbleness” with resonates with Ashley’s state of repentance.

    Humbleness has led me to start Morning time and after one of Pam Barnhill’s guests I tried to apply my understanding of Liturgy to it.

    I am only homeschooling one child, she is in middle school, and we have only been homeschooling 2.25 years. Your practical ideas are invaluable to me as I feel the clock ticking with her (which does not put me in a restful nor humble state– just urgent pride which is quite unproductive).

    I have always believed that the key to relationships is to be present… fully present. Thank you for urging me to evaluate when I am not fully present!

  2. I just think it’s so interesting–the contrast between the Classical notion of “aligning” yourself to nature and natural law and striving toward virtue, and the way that the New Age/Moralistic therapeutic deism of the modern age, when it acknowledges the idea of the sacred intangible, is all about *pretending* that “natural” is wholesome, while actually insisting that your personal thoughts and attitudes can physically realign nature through your own will.

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