Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weekly Reflections - Week Twenty-Seven...

At Home

I believe I mentioned Wikki Stix in my preschool post a few weeks back. They've been a fun edition to our homeschool. Levi has been quite create with them. I love the glasses he made in the photo above!

We welcomed wi-fi into our home recently. After buying a Kindle and not being able to use it without wi-fi, I finally bit the bullet last week and made the switch. So far, I'm loving it! You will notice a boat load of podcasts linked below as I'm now able to listen while I work :)

Around the Web

This week, I listened to A Delectable Education, podcasts 54, 55, 56, 57, which are all about math. My favorites were 56 and 57, in which Liz interviewed Richele Baburina about middle and high school math. I could listen to Richele talk all day about math. She's so knowledgeable and humble. It's clear she's really taken time to study, understand, and implement Charlotte Mason's methods in her homeschool.

At CiRCE, I listened to Brian Phillips in The Commons #1: Alfred the Great (Featuring Dr. Ben Merkle) and The Commons #2: J.S. Bach (featuring Greg Wilbur), both of which were fascinating historically. It got me thinking how much time one must spend studying the life and times in order to write a biography. I was prompted to locate a copy of The White Horse King  through inter library loan to see if it would be a possibility for Riley in the fall when we move to the middle ages.

I also listened to The Mason Jar Q&A: LIVE from the 2016 CiRCE Conference...twice! I was intrigued hearing Karen Glass speak about Charlotte Mason. It's apparent, Karen is very well read. I also loved what Cindy said about how silly it is for people to talk about classical education or a Charlotte Mason education. I agree about the need to stop driving a wedge.

I'm looking forward to reading Part 3 of The Benedict Option or the Constantine Project. This is an interesting concept that actually came up a few months back at one of our CM Study Group meetings. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Lastly, I listened to Schole Sisters Podcast #15, Thankfully Classical, in which Brandy and Mystie spoke about thankfulness in their homeschools. Here are my responses to the "Thankful Prompts"....

A person (dead or alive) who provides classical inspiration...Andrew Kern

A book that changed your life...Charlotte Mason's Vol. 6, A Philosophy of Education

A practice that saved your homeschool...Narration

A principle that revolutionized your lessons or thinking or was otherwise life-altering...looking at the why instead of how when it comes to educational practices of the past in order to decide whether or not my motivation is utilitarian 

A curriculum you love...Beautiful Feet

An organization you’re indebted to...CiRCE Institute 


  1. I just finished reading Dreher's Benedict Option--it was very thought provoking.

  2. Hey Ivy Mae,

    A friend brought the book to our CM Study Friday evening. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Did you read the blog posts at the CiRCE Institute or the other book mentioned there?

  3. I haven't yet, but I'll report back when I do! I think it's an important discussion.

  4. I didn't realize Richele Baburina had been on ADE. I could listen to her talk all day, too! She is so delightful! ♥