Question: What area of your classical homeschool do you have the most trouble trying to make things happen?
I am sure there would be several answers if we sat together and discussed them over coffee or tea. While there are hundreds of particulars, I have found that all administrative and general overseeing tasks fit into four main areas for the homeschool: planning, scheduling, organization, and record-keeping. The classical solutions to these are found by considering the idea of liturgy and the nature of logistics. The important thing with talking about all of this is to remember that our logistics must serve the goal. In fact, if we have not begun by considering our goals, purposes, etc. We will always find ourselves thinking we are not doing enough and second guessing our choices every few months. You can read more about the purpose and goals of a classical education here.
Even still, at some point we have to dive into the nitty gritty particulars of schedules and planning. After all, a theory that does not work in real life, is not a good theory. So, below I have listed links and resources I have found incredibly helpful in learning about the ideas and particulars of liturgy and logistics from a classical perspective including: favorite books, courses, and articles.
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Book: The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, by Clark & Jain
E-Book & Planning Kit: Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose & Peace by Pam Barnhill
Book: Leigh Bortins’ The Core (has excellent summaries of classical objectives for several subjects.)
Online Course: Modules 2, 3, 4, and 5 ‘The Elements of ‘The Course of Study’, ‘Classical Teaching’, ‘Liturgy & Logistics’, and ‘The Teacher’ from the course ‘The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling‘ by Jennifer Dow
Book: Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie
Book: Managers of their Home by Steven & Terri Maxwell
Blog Articles: Afterthoughts blog on Charlotte Mason & Scheduling
Online Course: Module 2 and 4 ‘The Elements of ‘The Course of Study’ and ‘Liturgy & Logistics’ from the course ‘The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling‘ by Jennifer Dow
Online Course: Simplified Organization: The Course by Mystie Winckler
Book: Getting Things Done by David Allen
E-Book: Paperless Organization by Mystie Winckler
E-Book(s): Simplified Meals by Mystie Winckler
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Book: Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High School Paper Work, by Janice Campbell
Online Course: Module 4 ‘The Element of Liturgy & Logistics’ from the course ‘The 5 Elements of Classical Homeschooling‘ by Jennifer Dow
So, there is my list. What is yours? What resources, books, articles, podcasts, and the like have helped you do better at aligning your planning and scheduling with the classical tradition? Join the conversation in the comments section below.
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