Matthew 22:37 has been my greatest inspiration for teaching classically: Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Isaiah 28:9-10 showed me that God had designed us to learn following an orderly
progression, which the trivium defines: Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will
He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the
breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon
line, here a little, there a little. The Biblical examples of Daniel,
Joseph, and Paul were an inspiration that a man can be well-versed in VAST areas of
knowledge and still be godly.
The Elijah Co. catalog helped me immensely by
telling me what to teach and when to teach it. Greenleaf
Press and Great Christian Books catalogs were also good. The Veritas Press catalog does the same
The CE Loop
What could be better than asking a question about Latin pronunciation, an ancient
Greek resource, or a forgotten Bible verse, and having your question answered within hours
by seven different people?!! Support for Classical Educators lists
the many classical e-lists and their subscription information currently taking new members which are now available to homeschoolers.
The Death of Christian Culture by John Senior
The Reading and Literature page is based on the 1000 Good Books / 100 Great Books
theory of John Senior, introduced in this book. John Senior helps us understand what we
have lost, and shows us how we can reclaim it. He follows up this gem with The Restoration of Christian Culture.
Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum by Laura Berquist
This resource provided excellent practical help. After my curriculum was planned for
the year, I checked mine against Lauras to see if I had forgotten anything.
The PHS boards (now the COHS boards) on AOL answered homeschooling questions that I
didnt even know I had! There are several boards available for discussing
classical education, all listed at Support for Classical Educators.
For the Childrens Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaualey
This book gave me the courage to take off the textbook training wheels, and begin to
include living books and real literature in our curriculum. It has been
wonderful for our homeschool.
Good & Great Books
All the beautiful and thought-provoking poetry, literature, and great books I have
had the privilege to read since beginning, especially, classical education, have
introduced me to beauty of language and thought that is not commonly found in modern
reading material. (See The 1000 Good Books List and The 100 Great Books List for suggestions of good and great books.)
The Home Schooling Series by Charlotte Mason
These books invited me to keep my standards high, and provided motivation,
inspiration, and love for the Lord and my children when the going got rough. She helped me
to use real books instead of only textbooks, and began our homeschool method of
reading and writing back. This series continues to be a blessing.
Honey for a Childs Heart by Gladys Hunt
I was raised a reader and loved books, but in the first church we went to after my
husband and I were married, anything secular was looked on as dangerous. I
never realized how deeply this philosophy had been ingrained in us until I read Mrs.
Hunts book. This book set me free from that bondage. I am reminded again of the
beautiful quote from C.S. Lewis, about the heart of praise finding what is worthwhile,
while others merely lengthen the list of books to be banned. Amen to that.
How Should We Then Live? by Francis Schaeffer
This and other theological works by Francis Schaeffer showed me that philosophy
could be explained in a Christian framework.
Invitation to the Classics by Louise Cowen & Os Guiness
This book has certainly provided the catalyst for my own continued reading.
The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers
This essay has been the number one influencer for me in understanding and
implementing classical theory. The speech can be found online at The Lost Tools of Learning.
Marva Collins Way by Marva Collins and Civia Tamarkin
This book was an inspiration for teaching classics even in difficult situations.
Hers was the first reading list I collected.
The Narrated Bible
This chronological Bible helped me to begin teaching history in a chronological
Poetry As a Means of Grace by Charles Osgood
This book showed me the connection between beautiful literature and the Lord.
Practical Homeschooling, The Way Home by Mary Pride
Mary Pride is a pioneer, and her books and magazines shared much wisdom with
Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton
Michael Hortons works helped me to put my focus on the Lord and off of me in my
life and homeschool.
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Doug Wilson
This book provided the initial motivation to a passion for excellence in education
in our home and grew within me a curiosity as to *how* it could be accomplished.
Why Johnny Cant Read by Rudolf Flesch
This book explained the theory and practical wisdom of a true systematic phonics
method, and was all I really needed to teach my sons to read.
You Can Teach Your Child Successfully by Ruth Beechick
Ruth Beechick tears down the veil that separates us parents from the educational
establishments holy of holies, and explains the mystery of education so that us
regular joes can tackle it. Full of common sense, this book gave me the courage I needed
to continue homeschooling, something I knew God was asking of us, when the world was
saying, But you arent qualified!