When I published my summer course catalog focused on middle and high school students I had no idea what was coming!
Many adults asked, “What about me?” and “How about my curious elementary-aged student?”
So, by way of clarification and expansion:
Elementary/Grammar Stage Students:
I am happy to adjust (or create) courses for younger children. I homeschool my children ages 5 and 8.
It’s never too early to read poetry together and talk about the images it creates in our mind, how those images affect us, and how poets feel, notice, think, and write. I particularly love Robert Louis Stevenson’s, A Garden of Children’s Verses; it’s even illustrated by the illustrious Tasha Tudor. Of course American history, natural history of the Northwest, creative writing, and drawing all have their place along the trail.
While I appreciate the Trivium, I do not completly agree that children are buckets to be filled with facts during the “Pol Parrot” stage as Dorothy Sayers and other advocate (You know who you are, Susan W-B!).
I strive to offer balanced nutrition to body, soul, and mind especially at this young age because I agree with William Butler Yeats:
Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.
In young students, so eager to soak up the world around them, I find the ideal kindling for starting fires that will last a lifetime.
Middle School/Logic Stage Students:
High School/Rhetoric Stage Students:
Life-long Learners/Adult Students:
- Dedicated time to pursue studies.
- A clear plan of study that’s motivating.
- A safe place to know what you know and learn what you want to learn without self-consciousness.
Working out is easy, all we have to do is walk out the front door and keep going and yet, personal trainers exist because a combination of encouragement, kind instruction, and accountability yeilds greater results for most people than “Just Do It.”
- Do you wish you understood current events, history and geography better?
- Do you miss the fine literature you read in college?
- Do you wish you could capture the moments of your life more beautifully in words or in photographs?
- Do you fear becoming one-dimensional with the focus your work requires?
What would you like to learn?