The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education, by Kevin Clark and Ravi Jain
This book introduces readers to a paradigm for understanding classical education that transcends the familiar three-stage pattern of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Instead, this book describes the liberal arts as a central part of a larger and more robust paradigm of classical education that should consist of piety, gymnastic, music, liberal arts, philosophy, and theology. The book also recovers the means by which classical educators developed more than just intellectual virtue (by means of the seven liberal arts) but holistically cultivated the mind, body, will, and affections. A must-read for educators wanting to take a second big step toward recovering the tradition of classical education.
Leisure, The Basis of Culture, by Joseph Pieper
One of the most important philosophy titles published in the twentieth century, Josef Pieper’s Leisure, the Basis of Culture is more significant, even more crucial, today than it was when it first appeared more than fifty years ago. This edition also includes his work The Philosophical Act. Leisure is an attitude of the mind and a condition of the soul that fosters a capacity to perceive the reality of the world. Pieper shows that the Greeks and medieval Europeans, understood the great value and importance of leisure. He also points out that religion can be born only in leisure — a leisure that allows time for the contemplation of the nature of God. Leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture. Pieper maintains that our bourgeois world of total labor has vanquished leisure, and issues a startling warning: Unless we regain the art of silence and insight, the ability for non-activity, unless we substitute true leisure for our hectic amusements, we will destroy our culture — and ourselves.
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation (Cultural Liturgies), by James K. A. Smith
Desiring the Kingdom focuses education around the themes of liturgy, formation, and desire. The author contends—as did Augustine—that human beings are “desiring agents”; in other words, we are what we love. Postmodern culture, far from being “secular,” is saturated with liturgy, but in places such as malls, stadiums, and universities. While these structures influence us, they do not point us to the best of ends. Smith aims to move beyond a focus on “worldview” to see Christian education as a counter-formation to these secular liturgies. His ultimate purpose is to re-vision Christian education as a formative process that redirects our desire toward God’s kingdom and its vision of flourishing. In the same way, Smith re-visions Christian worship as a pedagogical practice that trains our love. Desiring the Kingdom will reach a wide audience; professors and students in courses on theology, culture, philosophy, and worldview will welcome this contribution. Pastors, ministers, worship leaders, and other church leaders will appreciate this book as well.
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace Printed Book, by Sarah Mackenzie
Classical Academic Press is excited to partner with Sarah Mackenzie from Amongst Lovely Things to bring you the first printed copy of her eBook, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace with foreword by Dr. Christopher Perrin. This new and revised edition contains 35% new content.
Those who have made the decision to homeschool their children have done so out of great love for their children and a desire to provide them an excellent education in the context of a warm, enriching home. Yet so many parents (mainly mothers) who have taken up this challenge find the enterprise often full of stress, worry, and anxiety. In this practical, faith-based, and inspirational book, Sarah Mackenzie addresses these questions directly, appealing to her own study of restful learning (scholé) and her struggle to bring restful learning to her children.
“The slightest knowledge of a great book is better than the greatest knowledge of a slight book.” — Paraphrase of Aquinas in the Summa Theologicae: Part 1, Question 1, Article 5
When you are choosing what books your children or students will read, the stakes are especially high. That is why we have put years of research into The Classical Reader and this companion website, collecting and analyzing the K–12 reading recommendations of classical educators from around the country and seeking those readings that have been important and pleasurable to generations of students. It is an invaluable resource for every school and homeschool family for everything from book reports to reading for pleasure.
Give it a try—start sorting and filtering to see the veritable cave of dragon loot, the embarrassment of riches that will provide years of instruction and delight and help to instill a lifelong love of reading.
As students are learning Latin, logic, and other classical subjects, they often don’t get enough opportunities outside the classroom to put their skills to use. With a creative, engaging environment such as Headventure Land, we believe that students will enjoy practicing and strengthening their skills without the need for prompting. To ensure that environment, we have designed Headventure Land with many features, including games, videos, readers, downloads, unlocking content, scores, grades, and more!
HeadventureLand.com offers two types of zones: Lite Zones and Full Zones. Lite Zones are offered in a variety of subjects and levels, and these are available to anyone who signs up for a free account at HeadventureLand.com. Full Zones include much more extensive content and have a cost associated with them. Enjoy Full Zones for Song School Latin 1, Latin for Children: Primer A, and Latin for Children: Primer B.
“School as Scholé”
The maxim “Festina Lente” (meaning “make haste slowly”) discussed by Dr. Perrin.
The maxim “Multum non Multa” (meaning “much not many”) discussed by Dr. Perrin.
Presentation by Jenny Rallens
Sola Gratia Mom, by Colleen Leonard. Colleen is one of our own—the director of Sola Gratia Scholé of Cary—and is blogging her way through the pilot year of their Scholé Group. Follow their journey!
Living and Learning at Home, by Amy Maze. Amy is the director of the Scholé Homeschool Group of Rochester Hills. Her blog has grown into a classical homeschooling blog, providing encouragement, inspiration, and resources for other classical homeschoolers.
Ed Snapshots, by Pam Barnhill. Pam, director of the Scholé Group of Dothan, offers help and information about homeschooling, resources for teaching, technology, the occasional easy recipe — anything you need to make you more confident as a homeschool mom. Anything you need to make your difficult day in the trenches just a bit easier.
Expanding Wisdom, by Jennifer Dow. Jennifer is the director of Paideia Fellowship: A Scholé Community. Her blog includes sections “Getting Started,” “What to Teach,” “How to Teach,” and “Making it Happen.”
Amongst Lovely Things, by Sarah MacKenzie. Sarah is a homeschooling mom, the author of Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace, and the host of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.
Simply Convivial, by Mystie Winckler. Her blog is about marrying the vision to the mundane, about working toward the mission with clarity and purpose while staying honest and humble and humorous about what that really looks like in a real house full of real individuals and real life.
To the Moon and Back, by Dusty Shell. On her blog, Dusty shares both practical information like recipes, crafts, and homeschooling tidbits and also pieces of her own personal journey.
The Sunny Patch, by Tonia Lyons. Tonia shares weekly wrap-ups, free lesson plans & ideas, thoughts on Classical education, product review, and more!
Only Passionate Curiosity, by Heather Aliano. On Heather’s blog you can find resources for lesson planning, organization, booklists, easy crafts, virtual field trips, and more!
Afterthoughts, by Brandy Vencel. Brandy’s blog got its name from what it does, which is to attempt to think through the thoughts of God and man…So what does she think about? Good books. Charlotte Mason. Educational philosophy. News. My rambunctious youngest child. Messy homeschooling days.
Scholé Parent Education Communities
Pursuing restful or scholé learning can be a difficult task to tackle alone. Parents around the country are joining small communities in which they can share the joys and burdens of their journeys as homeschool parents. Many groups consciously meet in relaxed, beautiful settings for conversation, reading, good food and drink, and fellowship. In short, these groups provide opportunities for like-minded educators to engage in scholé themselves—so that they are strengthened, refreshed, and able to provide restful learning to their children. We encourage you to join or start a parent community in your area!