Ten Things I Am Learning After Ten Years of Homeschooling

As we begin Trinity’s tenth year, I am reflecting on some things that I have learned, and actually continue to learn every school year. I wish I could check these off the list like fact drills, but the truth is I am still learning the implications of each of the points below on a daily basis. In no particular order… …

When in Rome…

artwork by: Jessica Adams I do not know that I have ever waited for something for so long and with such anticipation. Last February, I travelled to Rome, Italy as a part of Trinity’s junior trip. Beforehand, people all around cautioned me, fearing that my enthusiasm was too idealistic and that I would be disappointed, but Rome fulfilled and exceeded my …

A Dorothy L. Sayers Primer: The Woman Behind the Essay

If you have read, or at least heard of “The Lost Tools of Learning” then you likely know the name Dorothy L. Sayers.  Her essay describes the foundations of classical education and the benefits it offers to learning; however, there is much more to Dorothy L. Sayers and her writings.  Our own Dr. Lindsey Scholl wrote an article for the …

Life Training

The act of running has given us many and different analogies for as long as running has been around. It makes sense. Running has been a part of nearly every culture. Many lessons have been taught and sermons have been preached using varying aspects of a race or the act of running to bolster a point. So, being the cross-country …

The Power In Poetry

A poem is just a poem, nothing special. It’s a bunch of words grouped together in a certain way, sometimes in meter and rhyme, sometimes not. It doesn’t have any power over the human mind and emotions. There’s nothing threatening about a poem. Or is there? The truth is, poetry is one of the most powerful weapons humans can use. …

Medieval Fan Fiction?

My Kindly master then began by saying. . . ‘That shade is Homer, the consummate poet; The other one is Horace, satirist; The third is Ovid, and the last is Lucan.’ . . . And so I saw that splendid school assembled, Led by the lord of song incomparable, Who like an eagle soars above the rest.       …

Creating Lasting Change

What are your new year’s resolutions? I confess that I didn’t give it much thought until Sunday night at 11:58 p.m. But as I watched replays of various countries’ celebrations on TV, it struck me how communal is the celebration of the new year, yet how personal are new year’s resolutions. We bring in the new year with family, friends, …

Christmas Eve

As the Primer School Director, I am surrounded by families in the phase of life that just ended for me. Toddlers and babies, strollers and sippy cups, diapers and diaper rashes used to be the norm for me. I am in a new phase of life. My children can set alarms, dress themselves, make lunches. They need my practical help …

Affection for Paradise Lost

Our juniors are wandering the 17th century, drinking deeply from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. A couple of weeks ago, we were having a particularly good day. We had outlined the book’s tri-partite map on the whiteboard—Hell, Heaven, and Earth*—scrawled our theories about Milton’s vision of Satan, God, and Adam, and noted a few of his successes and failures, when one …

Blessed Are the Trees

All the attention on Psalm 1 this first quarter pushes my thoughts towards trees. I love trees. They are one of my first neighborhood prerequisites before choosing where to live. I lived in a treeless neighborhood once and it was terrible. To make up for it we basically moved into a forest with our next home purchase. We named the …