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    April 3, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

    :: 1 ::

    Is it just me, or does quarantine mean I work more rather than less? Wow, I feel like it’s been a lot lately!

    Obviously, the solution is to order books from Amazon. My sense of urgency doubled when I realized books aren’t “essential” (proving government bureaucrats are Ignorant About Things) and take longer to ship! Here’s what I ordered:

    The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

    I sent an email to Susan Wise Bauer just this week asking her to be on the Scholé Sisters podcast in the fall. Start praying she says yes!

    How to Think by Alan Jacobs

    Also for a fall episode of Scholé Sisters, this book was one Abby recommended to me during a recent recording.

    What are you reading right now?

    :: 2 ::

    Speaking of Scholé Sisters, we’ve got a new episode up for you today! ♥

    :: 3 ::

    Here are a couple quotes from Ourselves on courage for you to chew on this weekend:

    Fear, with his kin, Panic and Anxiety, is on the watch for those moments when Courage sleeps, lulled by security.

    p. 113

    No one escapes the call for Fortitude, if it be only in the dentist’s chair. It is well to be sure of ourselves, to know for certain that we have Courage for everything that may come, not because we are more plucky than others, but because all persons are born with this Lord and Captain of the Heart. Assured of our Courage, we must not let this courage sleep and allow ourselves to be betrayed into panic by a carriage accident or a wasp or a rat. It is unseemly, unbecoming, for any of us, even the youngest, to lose our presence of mind when we are hurt or in danger. We not only lose the chance of being of use to others, but we make ourselves a burden and a spectacle.

    pp. 113-114

    :: 4 ::

    This month in 2018:

    It can be discouraging when children act like they don’t like a book you chose (for their schooling, as a read aloud — doesn’t matter). This is why I don’t worry about it.

    :: 5 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    :: 6 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    • Deaths Delayed from First Things
      • “As Philip Rieff once commented, in past times people did not go to church to be made happy; they went to have their misery explained to them.”
    • The Long Lent and the History of Quarantine from A Clerk of Oxford (HT: Kelly Cumbee)
      • This was FASCINATING.
      • “Some of the earliest appearances of the word quarantine refer to legal customs which stipulated a fixed forty-day period within which a particular thing had to be done. For instance, there was a law that a woman whose husband had just died was allowed a quarantine: she had the right to continue living in her late husband’s house for forty days, unmolested, while her share of the estate was decided. This right to a ‘widow’s quarantine’ was included in Magna Carta.”
    • WaPo Op-Ed: ‘Homeschooling’ During Coronavirus Crisis ‘Damaging’ to Children from Breitbart
      • A rebuttal to summer slide I never thought of before: “‘Real learning cannot be so easily lost,’ she observed.” So all those fears about “lost learning” are perhaps evidence real learning hasn’t taken place?
      • I’ll keep my kids unfactsinated, thanks.

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  • Reply Rahime April 4, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Sooooo much more work!

  • Reply Sarah April 4, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I love the Breitbart article – thank you for posting it. I have been a bit troubled over the term “homeschooling” being misapplied to what is actually “crisi-schooling.” The two are very different. I worry that politicians may use test scores they receive after re-testing all of these children in September, and deciding that “homeschooling” failed them, instead of separating the results of those who are homeschooling through choice and lifestyle from those whose children are home because of school buildings shutting down.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 5, 2020 at 9:50 am

      Good point! Well — and even some of the homeschooled children may have been through a trauma. Some of them will have been sick and/or lost family members by then. 🙁

  • Reply Michelle April 3, 2020 at 9:33 am

    We too bought books! SD Smith has his Green Ember series on sale at the moment, so we purchased the collection for our library. I also picked up a read aloud for the Depression (perfectly timed I think) and a mother culture book: Intuitive Eating, which may be harder to do during this quarantine!

    I found this funny in the article “Years of research shows that online schooling is ineffective…”
    We homeschoolers are aware of this, which is why most of us (at least the CM type) do not allow hours of computer work. This is such a misleading article because these kids are NOT ‘Homeschooling’ proper, they are just logging into their teacher once daily and completing the busy work provided for them.

    I too will keep my kids unfactsinated. 😉

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 3, 2020 at 11:43 am

      Well and even computer work (my kids take an online CM Latin class, for example), they are required to narrate and do other things that make sure learning is internalized. SUCH a good point that most of this is NOT what real homeschoolers do. (We read books with pages. 😉 )

      Green Ember books are favorites with my kids. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa A April 3, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Oh I hope Susan Wise Bauer says yes! Well Educated Mind prompted me to start reading classics with my brother. I copied out my own list based on her suggestions and started plugging away, bringing him right along with me. I think (if I’m getting my own timeline right!) that this was also how I discovered How to Read a Book.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel April 3, 2020 at 11:41 am

      I knew you read with your brother, but didn’t know this book was the impetus! Lovely! ♥

  • Reply Jami April 3, 2020 at 7:55 am

    “unfacscinated” Love it!

    Your week’s link collection looks like the open tabs on my phone. Might be time to catch up on a few of these.

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