#05: The Homeschool as a Great Story

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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 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




Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Jennifer Dow: The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling

Adam Andrews: Teaching the Classics

Jennifer Dow: Contemplating the Liberal Arts series

Andrew Kern: The Christ Centered Curriculum conference talk

David Hicks: Norms and Nobility

Jacob Abbot: History of Julius Caesar

Jenny Rallens: The Liturgical Classroom and Virtue Formation

Circe: Mimetic/ Socratic Teaching

Mortimer Adler: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Simply Charlotte Mason: 5 Steps to a Successful Narration

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

Andrew Kern: A Contemplation of Nature

Andrew Kern: Singing in Harmony: The Six Dimensions of School Life 

Ravi Scott Jain and Kevin Clark: The Liberal Art Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education

Classical U from Classical Academic Press

Circe Apprenticeship

Jennifer Dow: Teaching Library

Sarah Mackenzie: Teaching from Rest

James K. A. Smith: Desiring the Kingdom

Josef Pieper: Leisure: The Basis of Culture

Scholé Group from Classical Academic Press

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Today’s Sponsor

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.


One thought on “#05: The Homeschool as a Great Story”

  1. I have to tell you when I was listening to this, I had never heard of the literary Dido before, and kept humming the song by the musician Dido…”best day of my life…” 🙂

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