You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Homeschool Mom
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You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Homeschool Mom

Hints for Homeschool Moms There is a popular series of history and science books with titles that begin with You Wouldn’t Want to… Here is a homeschool mom version of You Wouldn’t Want to… Please note that this is a satire from a Christian perspective. If you don’t like satire or don’t maintain a Christian worldview, you will not enjoy this. You can still learn some hints if you want to stick around! The year is 2020. Your name is Lisa Clark, and you are the mother of three children under five. You have been thinking about options for your…

Edgar Degas Biography for Kids
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Edgar Degas Biography for Kids

Edgar Degas Biography for Kids Bon jour! This is the Edgar Degas biography for kids. I am Edgar Degas from France in the 1900s. Yes, France in the 1900s, the time of the Impressionist Movement. The movement so named when a critic called our works “impressionism” because he thought our art works seemed more like sketches than finished paintings. The movement of “in plain air” or natural light. I suppose I am part of this movement but I differ from my colleagues in that I like classical themes and realism. Please call me a Realist! I mostly taught myself to…

Thomas Gainsborough Biography for Kids
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Thomas Gainsborough Biography for Kids

Thomas Gainsborough Biography for Kids Good afternoon. I am Thomas Gainsborough. Would you like a spot of tea? No? Oh, you’re here to learn about me and my art. This is the Thomas Gainsborough biography for kids! Indeed, I was born in 1727 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England and I taught myself art at first. At age 13, I moved to London to study art. There I met my wife, Margaret, and together we had two daughters. I made a modest living from my painting at first, and when we moved to Bath, I studied the portraits of Antoon van Dyck….

The Best Resources for Learning about the Orchestra and Composers
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The Best Resources for Learning about the Orchestra and Composers

There are many fun resources for learning about the orchestra and composers. (This post contains affiliate links.) Here are my top choices. Jus’ Classical is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. The Composer Detective At Jus’ Classical, we have our own course to lead you through learning about the orchestra and composers because we believe that learning about the orchestra and classical music should be a fun and engaging experience! In The Composer Detective, a music…

Memorization: Why It Is Important and How It Is Mentally Liberating
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Memorization: Why It Is Important and How It Is Mentally Liberating

Memorization gets a bad name these days in educational circles (especially those related to the government schools.)  Certainly, rote memorization may not make sense if we think that the information will not be used later on, but what is the brain for? To think! In order to think, one must memorize, review, and build on that information to create a foundation of knowledge in the long-term memory! An athlete practices drills and physical movements over and over and a musician rehearses a musical phrase repeatedly so that fine motor skills become gross motor skills and the actions become easy and…

The Purpose of Christian Classical Education
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The Purpose of Christian Classical Education

The Purpose of Christian Classical Education What is the purpose of classical education? I will suggest several goals. First, as the Westminster Catechism states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” With this in mind, classical education should be pursued with a Christian focus; it should be Christian classical education. God’s character and work can and should be identified and highlighted throughout all the disciplines of study. For example, in math, one learns process and order, and thus, children see that God is a God of order, not confusion. It is up to God to…

Why Participate in Classical Conversations
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Why Participate in Classical Conversations

I discovered Classical Conversations (CC)  when my friend’s daughter sang a few skip counting and history songs to me.  “Where can I find those great skip counting songs?” I asked. As I looked into Classical Conversations, I loved that you can find a song to learn anything and actually memorize meaningful information! But it is the depth of the program that has kept me participating and growing along with my children. Why Participate in Classical Conversations Classical Conversations because it is a Christian homeschool community which utilizes the classical model. Their byline is classical Christian community: classical means how we…

The Power of Christian Classical Education
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The Power of Christian Classical Education

I first heard of classical education from an eighty-year-old former teacher, whom I had over for tea. She shared her concerns about the current public school system and government-funded homeschool programs and advocated for a Christian classical education. To learn about classical education, I dived into the book The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer, and then a friend told me of a program her children participated in one day a week called Classical Conversations, a Christian classical education program. When I heard of the foundation of knowledge her daughter was learning, I looked into Classical Conversations myself. Within a week,…

14 Reasons To Homeschool
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14 Reasons To Homeschool

With COVID-19, we’ve all gotten a little taste of homeschooling. You may have been given distance learning options and a curriculum to follow, but maybe you had to come up with curriculum on your own. Either way, it has probably been frustrating since you were suddenly pushed into it. But many of us come to homeschooling with time to think about it, and there are good reasons to homeschool our children. Maybe you too should consider homeschooling full time, even when the crisis is past. It’s not so bad if you have time to mentally prepare, research curriculum, and make…

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