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Two Seasons at Easter

“Our thoughts in this present life should turn on the praise of God, because it is in praising God that we shall rejoice for ever in the life to come; and no one can be ready for the next life unless he trains himself for it now. So we praise God during our earthly life,  Read more

April 16, 2014

Rhetoric Quest: We agree on freedom

In classical Christian education, the art of rhetoric is about communicating truth persuasively. Everyone uses tools of persuasion, so we must learn to recognize, practice, and use them deliberately in the service of truth. Join me every Monday this spring for a new Rhetoric Quest blog post featuring some of the metaphors and other rhetorical devices that  Read more

April 14, 2014

Mandala Fellowship: A Review

If you want to know the most about the Mandala Fellowship, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page. * * * Dear Mandala Fellowship, We have had an incredible 8 months together. All of us have grown in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as well as  Read more

April 11, 2014

A Reminder for Mid-week Chaos

This quote is a good reminder for the times when life or homeschooling feels like overwhelming chaos and struggle:  “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof  Read more

April 9, 2014

Rhetoric Quest: Tick Tock, Tick Tock

In classical Christian education, the art of rhetoric is about communicating truth persuasively. Everyone uses tools of persuasion, so we must learn to recognize, practice, and use them deliberately in the service of truth. Join me every Monday this spring for a new Rhetoric Quest blog post featuring some of the metaphors and other rhetorical  Read more

April 7, 2014

What does Latin produce at harvest time?

I listened to an interview this week. The subject, Ashton, began studying Latin when she was in the fourth grade. After seven years of Latin studies—the equivalent of two years in Foundations/Essentials plus Challenges A, B, I, II, and III—she received the National Latin Award in August 2010. (Click here to listen to the interview.)  Read more

April 4, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 N2K Champion!

Thank you to everyone who helped us make the first National Number Knockout a success! Last week was a busy one for the team, as we prepared for the competition, drove down to Orlando, and hosted the competition. We are so proud of the 2014 N2K champion, Aaron Slack (age 13 from Alabama). Aaron is  Read more

April 2, 2014

Rhetoric Quest: Noah’s New Beginnings

In classical Christian education, the art of rhetoric is about communicating truth persuasively. Everyone uses tools of persuasion, so we must learn to recognize, practice, and use them deliberately in the service of truth. Join me every Monday this spring for a new Rhetoric Quest blog post featuring some of the metaphors and other rhetorical  Read more

March 31, 2014

It’s Here! N2K arrives in Orlando

The big weekend has arrived and the Mandala Fellows are taking Orlando by storm! For all the updates, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our YouTube channel for more exclusives. The team hopes to offer a live stream of the National Competition on Friday, March 28th, on our N2K YouTube channel. Follow us  Read more

March 28, 2014

Thoughts on “The Overprotected Kid”

What happens when wise caution turns into a life governed by unwise fear? Read this article from The Atlantic, “The Overprotected Kid,” by Hanna Rosin, to start the conversation. It’s long, but worth the time. It reminds me of Anthony Esolen’s book Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child. “At the core of  Read more

March 26, 2014

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