We're taking a few months to indulge in the lighthearted wisdom of Roald Dahl by exploring four of his classics: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Danny Champion of the World. Don't be fooled by the recommended reading age on these beauties! Dahl's clear insight, crafted for children, may actually be aimed more particularly at adults. Remember to sign up with the new form to receive meeting links even if you’ve attended previous book clubs!
The eternal questions and Great Ideas can seem so theoretical and uninteresting to students. Is there a compelling way to get them engaged in these important conversations? How can we be personally involved in great literature without misusing the text? Join us on March 14th as we discuss these questions and more in Office Hours.
We are now accepting new Online Academy registrations for the second semester! Registrants receive access to all remaining classes for the 2018-2019 academic year, as well as all recordings from the first semester. And as a Pelican you receive a special discount on tuition! Visit the link below to learn more.
It’s finally here! We’ve got a brand new Pelican Forum.
A couple of new things that you’ll notice:
– Your Pelican Society website log in automatically gets you into the forum. No more logging in twice! Just make sure that you do not change your profile information from inside the forum. This will break that link. Only change your username and password from your main account.
– The categories have been reorganized so that it’s easier to find the conversations you’re interested in. Don’t forget that there’s a whole category for the Pelican Book Club! So if you can’t join our meetings live, you can still participate!
Oh man. This is the part of teaching we could do without. Discipline can be particularly challenging in the homeschool where teacher and parent blur together. How do we navigate it?
Join us for our next Office Hours conversation October 25th at 4:00pm Pacific Time!
A new section of The Pelican Society is now open to our annual subscribers! We have begun the process of uploading our online seminar archives, beginning with Adam’s first Teachers in Service course, to this library. Over the coming months, other titles will include Missy’s Making the Leap seminar (a course on transitioning from picture books to some of the tradition’s more challenging works) and our Intensive seminars on titles like The Scarlet Letter and Pride and Prejudice.
Join us as we look into the art of the interpretive question.
Join us for our last discussion of Jane Austen's Persuasion on August 8th! NOTE: If you signed up for All the Light You Cannot See, you will need to sign up again for the new title. Also, you can still sign up if you have not attended the other sessions on this novel!
A new Pelican Question has been posted in the Pelican Forum!
What rituals and traditions does your family observe on the first day of school (even if its not in the fall)? What have you done in the past or plan to do now to set a good tone for the year? What helps you feel prepared for the new academic calendar?
Post in this thread by August 24th for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Coldstone Creamery (or an ice cream shop near you). Be sure to hashtag your post #pelicanquestion – this will make the conversation searchable in the Muut top bar.
Over the last year we have been blessed to see this posse grow a great deal, and now that we have so many voices and perspectives in our group, we would really love the chance to get some good community conversation happening inside the forum. If we've learned anything these past two years, it's that there is no encouragement quite like Pelican encouragement! So to that end, we're going to start implementing the “Pelican Question.” We'll do this about twice a month. We'll post a topic for conversation, and whoever participates in the thread will automatically be entered to win a sweet prize.
Go to the Pelican forum, search "#pelicanquestion," and reply to our newest post to get started!
What is the point of studying literature? Don't we just want our students to enjoy and be moved by the stories? Will studying literature ruin its magic? Come join us on July 12th as we discuss these important questions!
Due to overwhelming popular demand, we've shuffled around the reading assignments for All the Light We Cannot See to get us through the book just a little more quickly. The discussion dates look the same for May and June, but the new readings will allow us to still maintain a slower pace without stretching the novel out past the point of interest. :) And, of course, as an added benefit it will allow us to move on to our next selection sooner, at which point we will be incorporating a bi-weekly discussion (also due to popular Pelican demand).
The Book Club webpage, which you can find by clicking the button below, has been updated to reflect these changes.
Thank you for all of your enthusiasm at our recent discussion meeting! We had such a blast and were completely blown away, and look forward to making these get togethers a more frequent part of our lives!
What are the pros and cons of joining a co-op? How do you find one right for you? And once you're in one, how do you maintain a balance between it and your personal homeschool?
How can you make sure that what you're teaching your students now will prepare them for the future? What if they're not ready? Is it too late?
Here at CenterForLit we talk long and loud about the benefits of using picture books to practice good reading. They're shorter, and the elements of fiction are usually more pronounced – but the ideas can be just as meaty! Now we're putting our money where our mouth is and providing you with a brand new collection, written by Missy Andrews, of teacher guides on four beautiful children's books for your next free selection. Whether you use them to introduce your youngsters to discussing stories or enjoy them as a good reminder with your older students, we hope your family will have fun with these classic picture books!
As a mom of 5, I find it very easy to push my eldest exuberantly forward due to my own enthusiasm and excitement that we finally get to read this book or the other. At the same time, I find myself realizing that the 5 year old and the toddler have actually not heard some of the books we read aloud repeatedly when the older 2 were young. And then, sometimes, I just can't figure out what I've done with the middle child. ;) How can I make sure that 1) We do not exasperate or expect too much too soon of the older children. 2) The younger kids don't "miss out" due to the fact that I forgot that just because I read a title 37 times doesn't mean I read it to them. And 3) I maintain the same level of enthusiasm and passion over the long haul, not fizzling out on the younger children. I want to make sure that the youngest get every bit the same delight and enthusiasm! Thanks! –Amy
For the first time we're releasing the Office Hours schedule for the entire year all at once and giving you the chance to sign up for events in advance! Check out the 2018 list and register for our next meeting on March 22nd:
Classics Club: The Wind in the Willows may be out of stock, but it is now available for streaming as a free, exclusive benefit of your Pelican Society membership!
The Iliad guide is here! Complete your ancient epics teacher guide set with our good friend Sam Johnson's in depth treatment of Homer's classic. This guide will equip you to engage in powerful conversations with your students about Achilleus's rage, Homer's poetics, and human neediness.
Are you ready for the post-holiday slog? Christmas is behind us and spring break seems a million miles away. Meanwhile, unmet goals and unfulfilled expectations threaten to sabotage your classroom even before the tinsel comes down.
Just in time for the "dog days of winter," director Adam Andrews leads another Teachers In Service event for parents and teachers seeking to avoid the winter blues!
Our theme this January is Identity, and we'll be asking and answering questions like Where Does My Identity Come From? Who Are My Students, and Who Says? What Are My Most Important Goals? and What is the Definition of Success as a Teacher? Our goal is to remember who we really are and what we're really striving for, and to build each other up for a 2018 full of rest and peace.
It is not necessary to have attended the August 2017 Teachers in Service seminar to benefit from this one. However, for those who did join us in August, our goal will be to look deeper into our creaturehood as a reinforcement of the definitions of "education," "teacher," and "student" that we developed last time.
Hello Pelican friends! Another six weeks have come and gone, and that means you have a new free teacher guide coming your way soon. So be sure to grab Little Dorrit before it disappears this weekend in exchange for a guide on Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage.
Nothing calls for cuddling up in a blanket on a cool fall day quite like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. A Pelican suggestion, we landed on this title because we think you'll also appreciate the length of this novel during these busy back-to-school days.
But short certainly does not mean shallow. This book is brimming with juicy ideas for us to discuss together. We can't wait to hear your thoughts on the man-made monster and his god-like creator Thursday November 16th at 4:00 pm PST/ 7:00 pm EST!