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Thoughtworthy (Charlotte Mason Homeschool Fall Kickoff, New Podcast Episode, and MORE!)

August 30, 2019 by Brandy Vencel

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Are you ready for a Charlotte Mason homeschool fall kickoff to help you start your school year off right?? This is something I’m really looking forward to. This past year, I reworked my Charlotte Mason in One Hour talk and I’ll be giving it LIVE this Wednesday, September 4th at 6pm Pacific. (But YES: there are replays, so if you want in, but can’t be there live, you’ll still get the goods.)

Here’s the thing with this talk: it’s great for newbies, who need a crash course in the big picture of Charlotte Mason’s philosophy. But it’s also great for seasoned veterans that want some refreshment and encouragement and, again, that big picture reminder. (My theory on when things go wrong is that often over-emphasizing some principles while neglecting others.)

After the talk, I’ll be doing a follow-up Q&A. Some of you have asked how this is going to work. During the live talk, Brittany will be collecting questions as they come in. You’ll also have a chance to email me (I’ll give you a deadline). After we’ve sorted the questions, we’ll choose what we think are the best ones (and as many as we possibly can) and I’ll record a follow-up session within about a week of the event. You’ll be notified when it’s ready.

This is going to be great fun and help you start fresh, so I hope to see you there. ♥

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Scholé Sisters is back! Season 10 starts today. Listen in your favorite podcast player … it’s free! ♥ In this episode, Mystie and I chat with Wendi Capehart about why it’s not whitewashing to present heroes first in our children’s education.

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We’re almost done with A Fever, A Flight, and a Fight for the World, the last of the four Rwendigo Tales books by J.A. Myhre. We have really enjoyed these books. There are some places where the author could have used an editor — a few awkwardly repeated words, for example — but overall the writing is good. The world she’s created is a fascinating mix of real-world Africa (I assume — the author lives there) and fantasy. The Christian overtones are overt but never preachy. The struggles of the characters are good exposure for children living in middle class America, who never worry about clean water, food to eat, or the spread of virulent diseases.

As we were reading this it dawned on me that we’d read books about every continent except Africa. Novels, I mean. I supposed some of my children have read David Livingstone’s writings (and one of them read A Long Walk to Water, borrowed from a friend). But as far as family read alouds go, I think it was good for them to get this exposure.

Beautifully told, compassionate stories — I highly recommend these tales!

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This month in 2014:

I still think about my schedule the way I think about space.

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Our little Charlotte Mason co-op started back up yesterday. It was hot. But it was so good. I always love my Plutarch students, but my two new students this year were so exuberant, volunteering to narrate right away — it was a wonderful beginning. We’re doing Plutarch (Anne White’s Life of Pyrrhus), Shakespeare (King Lear), dry brush (finishing up this from last year first), and we added P.E. (taught by my daughter A-Age-Fourteen who is the oldest student there and really likes to exercise). In all, it was a good day.

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This week’s links collection:

  • How One California Marxist Is Indoctrinating Millions of School Children from The Epoch Times
    • “Under a unanimous decision by the California Board of Education made on July 14, 2016, California students will finally be encouraged to know the history of Latino civil rights leaders like Cesar Chavez …” This comment gets under my skin because I’ve seen how they’re presenting Chavez — as a hero and nothing like the local terrorist he was. I remember the stories told in my childhood of Chavez shooting up farms. This entire side of the story is missing.
    • Notice they’re studying glorified gangsters like Chavez instead of wonderful men like Father Serra, who I’ve rarely seen mentioned.
    • More concerning, though, of course is the influence of one man and one ideology over an entire statewide school system, especially one that stands in opposition to our republican form of government.
  • THE ETHICS OF THE WALVAX-2 CELL STRAIN from The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research
    • If you can stomach it, this is the most concise description of the ethical problems I could find.
  • IG Report on Comey Leak: Violated FBI Policy, But DOJ Passes on Criminal Prosecution from The Stream
    • If he were a nobody, he’d be in jail. But preferential treatment is all the rage, it seems. Sigh. Where is the rule of law? And if laws are not worth enforcing, why are there so many of them?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Abbi August 31, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Brandy, You are right! J.A. Myhre did live in Africa. She was in Uganda for many years as a missionary and doctor and then lived in other countries after that. I had the privilage of meeting her once upon a time at a missions conference. She is fabulous :). She totally sold me on raising my kids in Africa, though we haven’t gotten there yet. I am looking forward to reading her books with my kids as they get older. What do you suppose is a safe “youngest” age? (My oldest is 11, youngest is 5)

    • Reply Brandy Vencel September 10, 2019 at 8:56 am

      You met her? Amazing!

      If you’re going to be raising your children there, you might read them younger than I did. That might make sense. I liked the ages we did it at (10-16) but we could have easily done it a couple years ago without detriment. I feel like, had they been younger than that, they might not have appreciated some of the themes.

  • Reply Rondalyn Ohrenberg August 31, 2019 at 2:31 am

    You are finishing the 4th book in the Rwendigo Tales, and you all have enjoyed them . . . . any other comments? When you started the series, I was hoping you would write a bit more, more of a review. I’ve been waiting to hear what you think and hope that you will post something. But I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I will probably go ahead and jump into the first one on Kindle.

  • Reply Phyllis August 31, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Since your site update your posts are cut off in my reader. I have to click through to read them online. It seems like maybe that happened before, and you fixed it for me back then?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 31, 2019 at 7:54 am

      Yes! Sorry about that Phyllis! We have a list of things to fix and that is definitely on it. ♥

  • Reply Mystie August 30, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    “But preferential treatment is all the rage, it seems. Sigh. Where is the rule of law?” Rule of law without preferential treatment is an ideal, but can you tell me of a time or place it ever actually existed? :/

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 30, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      #cynic 😉

      I don’t think it’s ever existed in the ideal, but I think what we’re seeing now is flouting of the law that is almost a mockery — it makes the law feel like a joke. I don’t *think* the law has always felt like a joke here?

  • Reply the.china.lady August 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    CF Walvax-2. It’s chinese researchers. I question the “electively” aborted babies, b/c in China, they force abortion on women who are pregnant with a 2nd child. And its “elective”. They also will harvest organs from “convicted” criminals. I lived there. I don’t trust them.

    A 4th book in Rwendigo Tales? off to check the library for it!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 30, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Interesting about the “election” component — I hadn’t thought of that! But you make sense.

      Yes! I’m really enjoying this fourth book — the tale is more mature than the others and … different. I feel it’s giving insight into the nature of corruption on personal and governmental scales.

  • Reply Lynette Hughes August 30, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Wednesday, September 21 of which year? 😂 I see there’s one in 2022. 😁 😀

    • Reply Brandy Vencel August 30, 2019 at 12:23 pm

      Oh my word! I changed it. It’s the FOURTH. I have no idea how that happened. I need that head slap emoji!

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