Saturday Morning Thought

After reading through a brief history of the first half of the twentieth century, it is abundantly clear that the past century was characterized (at times) by rampant lies. From Nazism to Communism (and even in the responses to both), truth was in short supply. Looking back, of course, it is much easier to sortContinue reading “Saturday Morning Thought”

Phonics and the Classical Tradition

I wasn’t looking forward to teaching phonics. I figured just about every other area of the Year One/Two curriculum I could pick up quickly, if I didn’t have a teaching knowledge of it already. Phonics, however, is a different animal. In math, you begin with basic skills like adding and subtracting, and even if youContinue reading “Phonics and the Classical Tradition”

An Extended Quote

For a change, below is something that I did not write. However, I heard about the ideas mentioned in this speech about a year ago, and they have been bouncing around in my head ever since. As Western Civilization throws itself with a religious fervor into insanity and misery, I find these words are timelyContinue reading “An Extended Quote”

Three Weeks In

After delays, isolation, and visas, we were, three weeks ago, finally able to set foot in our classrooms for the first time. We hit the ground running. We thought the learning curve would be steep, and then God had plans to throw us in on the deep end. After just three days at full staff,Continue reading “Three Weeks In”

An Outside Article

After a long week of teaching (and yes, we are finally teaching), I am ready to rest: not write. Let me leave it at “It’s going well, but we have much to do” and instead link to something else I wrote a month ago. If you know me, you have probably already read it. However,Continue reading “An Outside Article”

Somerset/Devon/Cornwall

Right before Jessica and I jetted off to the States for our visas (and I took a hiatus from writing updates), we took an excellent, week-long vacation to the south-west of England. We drove down from Wombourne to take a long and winding journey down to the south coast and then up the north ofContinue reading “Somerset/Devon/Cornwall”