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.
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!
Join us as we look into the art of the interpretive question.
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!
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?
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:
Whether it's journaling, commonplacing, or copybooks, keeping notes on what you read can be a great way engage with the material and make sure it stays with you after you turn the last page. It can most certainly offer a more human alternative to the worksheet or comprehension question for a student.
But why is that true? What is the purpose of a reading journal, and what kinds of things should we encourage our students to journal about? How do we make sure that even in our journaling we are not "using" literature or disrespecting the author? And where do we start?
Join us on Thursday November 2nd at 1:00 pm PST / 4:00 pm EST for a conversation on this very issue!
We've all been there before. We begin the year with such enthusiasm, but just a few weeks (days?) in finds us behind schedule, overbooked, and overwhelmed. And yes, we know that grace is sufficient and our identity is not hanging on our failure or success...but still, some things would certainly be a lot easier if we could cultivate a little diligence in our classroom.
How can we do that? Where does diligence come from and how can we ensure its survival? Join us September 21 at 1:00 Pacific Time / 4:00 Eastern Time to wrestle with this age-old issue.
Summer is here! And while you are hauling out the pool toys and planning your family's next great adventure, somewhere in the back of your mind you know that fall will be here sooner than you would like. You're exhausted and ready to burn the homeschooling books, but you're also a little afraid of entering the upcoming academic year unprepared. How can we both get the rest we need and ready ourselves for the next go around? Are you allowed to take a little "me" time, or is there no rest for the weary? Grab your ice tea and join the Pelicans for a little strategy session on this subject Thursday July 13 at 1:00pm PST/ 4:00pm EST.
You know you need one. That's why you set out to give it to your students in the first place. But the goal of "education" can be vague and daunting if you don't quite know what it is you're after and you only have 12 years to figure it out. What is the purpose of an education and why should we seek after it? Is it training for real life? Is it mastery? Is it for virtue? And once you know what it is, what tools do you need for the journey? It's a big, juicy topic, and we think the great Western literary heritage has some good perspective to offer. We're excited to talk about this one with you June 1 at 1:00PST/ 4:00 EST.
As busy parents and teachers, any opportunity we can find to combine subjects and "kill two birds with one stone" is a boone and a blessing. And it isn't a stretch to say that literature and history are a natural pairing. History is itself a narrative of the past, and literature in the same way is a product of its historical context. But what are the differences between these two studies? And what do we do when we encounter the marriage of these studies in a work of historical fiction? How do we receive from historical fiction without doing violence to either the art of literature or the art of history? You've been asking for this one, and we just happen to have a history Ph.D. candidate on staff to help us think through these issues! Let's get together on Thursday April 27 at 1:00 Pacific Time/ 4:00 Eastern to hash out all the benefits and drawbacks of combining literature with history.
Here at CenterForLit, we are historically known for not being huge fans of the worksheet. We want to listen quietly to what the author has to say instead of using their work in a way they did not intend. However it is true that our students need to develop their vocabulary and grammar skills, and like it or not this is usually one of the main goals of a literature workbook. What, then, are we to do?? There's no denying that the arts of vocabulary and grammar are strongly related, and even necessary predecessors, to the art of literature. So how do we make sure all of these areas get covered without sacrificing our literary philosophy? After all, as much as we'd like to, we can't add more hours to the day.
Join us Thursday March 23 at 1:00 PST/ 4:00 EST to discuss the relationship between vocab, grammar, and literature with your fellow Pelicans!