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Posts from July 2011

Modern Pioneers in Classical Education: Susan Wise Bauer

One of the first Classical Pioneers of the 21st Century is an English Professor from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Susan Wise Bauer first entered the homeschooling community as a student. Though homeschooling was mostly unheard-of at that time, her parents not only created a solid educational environment, they followed a neo-classical style of their own design (including teaching Susan Latin at the age of 10). She was a good student, devouring everything that they offered her. Books were the central feature of her education and weekly trips to the library were a special treat. By the time Susan was 17, she had completed her studies at home and was accepted into college as a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Finalist. While in College, Susan earned a B.S. in

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Continuing Education

Even if you already have a college degree, continuing your education is a great way to bolster your teaching skills, and add inspiration to your homeschooling curriculum. Although there are countless resources on the market, I’ll give you a short list of my favorites.

A Well Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer is a book that helps homeschooling parents walk through the process of building their own understanding of classic literature. It’s a wonderful book with plenty of guidance. However, because it included some “assignments” to help sharpen your skills, it is best read within a group setting. If you have a few friends that are interested in studying literature, I would highly recommend this book.

iTunes University offers free seminars on a number of different topics from a variety

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Summer Fun on a Budget

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for adventure, but in this economy it can be tough to find activities that fit a tight budget. When a typical summer camp can run anywhere between $450 and $1000 a week, the cost can quickly become prohibitive. However, there are ways to offer your kids quality activities at a fraction of the cost. You just have to know where to look!

The first place I would recommend is your local church. Whether you are a regular attendee or not, many churches around the country open their doors every summer to offer free day camps for elementary and middle school children. Most churches offer things like crafts, sports, puppet shows, or opportunities to participate in a musical or play that is preformed at the end of camp. My local church offers their summer camp

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