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Homeschooling

The Payoff is Coming!

My wife and I started homeschooling in earnest twenty years ago this month. Our fourth, and last, child graduated from Challenge IV in May. Classical Conversations didn’t come to our area until our oldest two children were already graduated; fortunately, they enjoyed a similar classical seminar program for their last few years of high school—similar in that it taught the classics, logic, philosophy, theology, and rhetoric; taught them to think deeply and ask good questions.

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Transforming Self-Talk

Parents, be careful what you say to your children because your consistent words will become their self-talk. Our minds are always working, talking, thinking. This is our self-talk. What we say to ourselves may be the most important aspect of our mental health and our trajectory in life.

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Investing for Maximum Return

Do you know the difference between spending money and investing money? Turns out my Challenge I students needed some clarity at the end of this semester. While exploring the “lessons learned” during our Stock Market Project, one student emphatically declared, “I would NEVER spend real money on stocks!” My husband (an econ major) overheard, and quickly interjected. “You are missing the point! Buying stocks is not about spending money; it is about investing money.”

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Integration for Life

You know what's beautiful? When you suddenly "get it" that classical-minded integration isn't just for school subjects. We talk all day long about how Latin can help you with science, literature can help you with history, and math can help you with art, but it never occurred to me that maybe Job 1 (full-time editor) could help me with Job 2 (part-time dance teacher) or Job 3 (newly contracted Challenge B director).

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Why You Shouldn't Just Ditch Latin

This missive is inspired by things I see on the Facebook groups to which I belong. The temptation to give up on Latin seems to fester around this time of year (coincidentally at the same time I personally get tired? I think not). Homeschool mamas and papas and grandparents get tired, and we want to take something off our plates. I get that.

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