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Classical Education

“Classical education is like a very large museum with many beautiful, wonder-filled rooms that could be studied over a lifetime. It is a long tradition of education that has emphasized the seeking after of truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books.”
Dr. Christopher Perrin, Classical Academic Press

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Education in an Hour: Teaching Life’s Most Crucial Lesson in One Sitting

If you had only one hour in which to give your student a complete education, could you do it? If you accepted the challenge, what lesson would you teach? Adam Andrews argues that a complete and profound education can be acquired in one lesson—and then sets out to prove this audacious claim in an eye-opening,…

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“Witches and Wizards and Wands, Oh My!”: A Parent’s Guide to Fantasy, Fiction and Faith

As fantasy grows ever more popular in our culture, books and movies teem with elements that many Christian parents find objectionable. How can we equip our children to engage and influence their culture while protecting them from its evils? Adam makes a case for a type of reading that can accomplish both of these goals,…

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Teaching the Classics from Seuss to Socrates: Literary Analysis for Everyone

Does the subject of literature seem like a mystery? Are you a loss about how to understand it yourself, much less teach it to your kids? This inspiring lecture demonstrates that everything you need to know about understanding and teaching literature is present in your second grader’s bedtime story. Adam reads a classics children’s story…

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Attention: Why It Comes First and How to Cultivate It

Our culture and the environment we have created relentlessly assaults our children’s senses and their minds. The result is nothing less than a cultural attention deficit. This workshop claims that what we pay attention to and how we pay attention to it are the most formative (and therefore important) thing about us. Why so important?…

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Why Memory and Imitation Are a Student’s Most Important Skills

The great Roman educator Quintilian argued that the first two things a child needs to succeed are a good memory and the ability to imitate. These are, in fact, the raw God-given skills that underlie all learning, in academics and in life, even spiritual life. Our culture seems to devalue both, so they have been…

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Truth and Harmony: The Goals of a Christian Education

Our Lord Jesus calls Himself “the Truth” and Paul the apostle asserted that “He might gather together all things in Christ.” John added that Christ is “The Word.” Yet we still tend to teach a fragmented curriculum oriented not toward truth but toward worldly success. Is that our best option? This workshop strives for a…

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Beauty over Decadence: Winning the Battle against Pop Culture

Many of today’s educators have abandoned the centuries-old quest for beauty in order to pursue superficial trends. The knowledge of true beauty provides the best defense against cultural decadence. Tools for cultivating this knowledge are closer and easier to implement than you might think.

Learning from Rest: Cultivating Your Student’s Habits and Virtues to Become Lifelong Learners

For a few years now, many have been thinking about the importance of teaching from rest. This seminar is based on Dr. Perrin’s forthcoming book, Learning from Rest, and will explore the ways we can help our students to learn from rest. What does it look like when a student can restfully engage in learning…

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The Tradition of Scholé: How Christians Pursued Restful Learning Through the Ages and How to Recover It

Today in a frenetic, anxious world, how do we recover a truly restful approach to educating our children? The good news is that we don’t have to figure this out on our own. There is a long, rich tradition of scholé, or restful learning, that has informed education from the ancient period through most of…

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Why Children Must Play to Learn

We can all plainly see that children love to play. If you are honest with yourself, don’t you like to play too? In previous centuries, parents were content to let their children romp and play for hours every day, and no doubt some of the most deeply-retained lessons of life were derived from play, adventure,…

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The Lighter Side of Education: How to Relax, Enjoy, and Laugh, and Still Be an Educator

In this seminar, Dr. Perrin seeks to work out the maxim given to us by G.K. Chesterton: “A man should take his mission but not himself seriously.” He encourages teachers to see and cultivate the joy, humor, laughter, and peace that should characterize our teaching of and relationships with our students and colleagues. Dr. Perrin…

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How to Teach History to Different Ages and Levels at the Same Time

John De Gree and his wife of 23 years are raising seven children and have been home schooling for over 13 years. When they teach history, they have learned that it is much easier and educational when they have the entire family learning one history time period during the school year. In this talk, veteran teacher…

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How to Teach (History) with Games

John De Gree and his wife of 23 years are raising seven children and have been home schooling for over 13 years. When they teach, they have learned that games are an excellent way to teach students of all ages. This informative and very practical talk will give the home school teacher many easy-to-use and free…

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How to Teach the Socratic Discussion in History in Five Steps

John De Gree is a homeschooling dad of seven children and for 24 years he has been teaching history to a wide variety of students, in both Europe and the United States. In this informative and practical talk, John will show you how to teach the Socratic discussion in history in five easy steps. These…

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How to Teach History in a Co-op Setting

John De Gree is a homeschooling dad of seven children and for 24 years he has been teaching history to a wide variety of students, in both Europe and the United States. In this informative and practical talk, John will show you how to teach history in a co-op setting, with practical ideas for teachers…

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Restful Teaching, Restful Learning: Unshakable Peace for the Homeschooling Mom

Get clear on where you’re headed, create a vision for your family culture, and pare back and do less (but better). Most importantly, turn the whole operation over to One who can—and will—turn water into wine. In this session, Sarah Mackenzie will walk you through the fundamental principles of teaching from rest and homeschooling with…

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From Critic to Curator or Creator: How to Stop Noticing Everything That’s Wrong & Start Making or Supporting Something Good

Is your first instinct to evaluate and critique? Do you find yourself ferreting out flaws in stories, sermons, and people? The ancient Christian virtues of truth, beauty, and goodness are best sung in harmony. An over-emphasis on any one, combined with a neglect of the others, is a recipe for a warped cultural posture. There is…

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Rabbits With Words: Hot Tips on Writing from S. D. Smith, Author of The Green Ember’s #RabbitsWithSwords

This talk is a highly-practical focus on the vocation of writing, with reflections on the nature of this calling for Christians. In it, best-selling author S. D. Smith walks through tips and tricks for writing stories that are hospitable. Hospitality, Smith argues, is a key foundation for authors who follow Christ. “Writing stories, for children…

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Living Like a Character in a Story: Becoming the Characters We Love

Our favorite characters in stories call us to virtues we sometimes see as unreachable in our own lives. In this talk, we will explore the connection between our favorite stories and the story we are living. We will identify what makes a great character compelling, and work to bring those characteristics into the arena of…

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