The Reading Mother On Scholé Groups Blog – High School Humanities

My blog post this week at Scholé Groups details how we at Providence Prep seek to aim our students and teachers alike toward a life well read.

Our Humanities II pedagogy at Providence Prep is summed up in the words of another master teacher, Francis Bacon: “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” The primary assignment for students and teachers alike is to read, and after reading, to write. Finally, in class each week we gather to confer (discuss). As we read, write, and discuss, we seek “wisdom and delight.” We look for threads of the Great Conversation which naturally rise out of these Great Books, as great minds in each age respond and refer to the thoughts of the great minds of previous ages, transcending the boundaries of time and place.

Toward a Life Well Read

Head over to the Scholé Groups blog to read the rest. And while you are over there, check out the wonderful vision and opportunities at Scholé Groups. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, and there may well be a Scholé Group in your community. If not, visit the facebook page and see if you can find like-minded home educators in your area who would like to start one!

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20 thoughts on “The Reading Mother On Scholé Groups Blog – High School Humanities

  1. Hello, I’ve been reading your blog since it began–it’s one of my favorites! I also use several of your writing products with my children. I wanted to ask, if I may, about your homeschooling work, whether you follow/ed a certain curriculum publisher’s program or designed your own over the years. I guess I am hinting that someday down the road I would love to see full classical curriculum packages from Cottage Press and in the meantime I am wondering if you’d mind sharing a little about the resources you have used in teaching your own children.

    I hope it is OK to ask this here! I’ve been wanting to ask for some time and finally decided to take the plunge.


    Lisa Cornish, mom of 10 (and always looking for ideas & inspiration)

    1. Hi Lisa! I’m glad to answer your questions, and appreciate your kind words. We have used a variety of things through the years; mostly real books, but also some packaged curriculum. I do plan to share more of what we have done over the years in future blogs. And I have toyed with the idea of publishing some additional curriculum when I get the language arts courses done. Thanks for the encouragement!

      As a quick overview, the majority of our curriculum is just real books. Lots and lots of reading aloud in the younger years, and we continue to this day. All of our kids have also done a four-year Great Books program in high school. We have absolutely loved Wes Callihan’s tutorials online (now Roman Roads Old Western Culture), and Dr. George Grant’s King’s Meadow history lectures. Over the past few years, we have delighted in our small local liberal arts co-op (which I wrote about in this post). Classical Academic Press and Artesian Wells both have wonderful online Latin classes. For science, we used Apologia, and for math, we’ve used a combination of Math-U-See and Teaching Textbooks. Still keeping on; my youngest is only a sophomore. 😀

      I’d be happy to share more if you have specific questions.

      Grace and peace,

      1. Thank you so much for your reply! I know in my heart I should keep doing what I’ve been doing, fitting books & schedules to my kids, rather than the other way around, but I always seem to want a set schedule to follow, some program that is someone else’s work, so that I can feel like I have every base covered. My older children all did very well in college, they all love real books, music, & art…they come home to visit and read Shakespeare together and are much more “cultured” than I am, LOL… I feel good about everything we did way back when, but now that I’m so much older (50’s) with several still-young kiddos (one who hasn’t even started school yet), I would like the security of not having to think about or plan much for school anymore.

        Anyway, I love all your work, including your lit selections for your primers…you’ve given me lots of good ideas and I wanted to let you know how helpful it is. I also see lots of discussion about Cottage Press around the web, on homeschool boards & blogs. I hope it will continue to grow & grow!

        1. Sorry, just wanted to clarify, I still love working with my kids day to day, that has never changed, it’s just the planning aspect that I enjoy less at this point. I’ve never been able to make Ambleside work for us, as written, or fit all my kids into a Memoria Press curriculum package (although MP does work very well for my just-the-facts-ma’am 13 yo girl). I long for a perfect package that would fit each & every child and I’d never have to research or plan again! 🙂

          1. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply, Lisa. My website was hacked, and I’m still recovering from the hours it cost me (not even to mention the $$). And the repercussions continue. Alas.

            I totally understand! I’m 50 (late) something as well; so I am in the same boat, except without the young ones on a day to day basis. I have young grandchildren, though, so I have a pretty good idea of what that means in terms of energy and exhaustion. Are you anywhere near Purcellville, VA? Providence Prep would probably be a great fit . . .

            Thanks for your kind words and encouragement regarding Cottage Press. It is a labor of love!

            Grace and peace,

  2. I am so sorry that happened! That must be incredibly frustrating! I once worked as a volunteer on a large family website and I remember the issues and problems were mind-boggling on a near daily basis. The poor woman who owned it was up to her eyeballs in stuff and could barely take care of her own family!

    Anyway… I am in MD, so close enough to VA, but not quite that part of VA, lol. But it is obvious your work is a labor of love, as you say, and we will continue using your products. I have been following you for a long time, going back to when you worked with the Classical Writing curriculum and was so excited when you began Cottage Press! I sincerely look forward to your future endeavors. My youngest children, in particular, have loved the Primers…they are very impressive when completed and will be a key part of my yearly evaluation next week!



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