Outline of Session
Use this outline to follow along with Dr. Perrin and Sarah Mackenzie’s conversation on scholé or to return to a particular section at a later time:
(2:48) Sarah Mackenzie’s journey to writing her book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace.
(5:00) Dr. Perrin asks, “What were your new practices to begin teaching from a state of rest?”
- To do less or take on less at a time
- Approach education as an integration of subjects (Latin, for example, covers several subjects)
(8:20) How to resist defaulting to the ways you were taught; cultivate scholé as a parent!
(10:00) Philosophy of Scholé or Restful Learning: Delight in learning is key!
- For Sarah, scholé is “Education based on loving what is lovely.”
(11:26) Read Josef Pieper’s Leisure: The Basis of Culture to recover restful learning.
(12:50) Etymology of Scholé: a Greek word meaning “school”
(14:28) Dr. Perrin on the modern/progressive education model: “Cram, test, forget, repeat.”
(15:10) Teachers who embody scholé
(18:20) About Sarah’s book, Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace
(21:14) All About Curriculum
- Sarah’s chapter: “Curriculum is not something you buy”
- Let go of the idea that finishing the curriculum makes an education.
- Dr. Perrin: Curriculum is Latin for “race” or “course of a race,” and it is something we run, not something we buy!
(25:40) Embodying love for the subjects and art that we teach—renew and rejuvenate your own scholé alongside what you teach!
(29:40) Delight in your own hobbies; cultivate a spirit of scholé in yourself as an example for your children and students.
(30:52) All about Scholé Sisters (Homeschooling moms who gather together to pursue the true, good, and beautiful for their own growth and delight!)
(34:50) Question: How do you balance studying the true, good, and beautiful with state requirements for university?
(42:00) Question: How do we create an environment in which [mathematics, or another subject] is truly encountered and enjoyed by our children?
(43:28) Question: What is [Sarah’s] list of daily subjects? Dr. Perrin weighs in as well.
(47:21) Question: What do we do when we ask our students to study something that they do not yet love?
- Dr. Perrin: Once children love [what they study], they become true students, for “student” means one who loves what he learns. It is a process and a journey.
(52:18) Question: How do homeschooling parents work through subjects that they do not love? (Sarah discusses co-op teaching!)
(55:40) Question: What does Sarah’s typical homeschooling day look like?
- Morning Time, or Circle Time–creating a family culture of the true, good, and beautiful
- Dr. Perrin discusses “Deep Dive Mondays” (a Scholé Sisters idea)
- Ordering the day around the true, good, and beautiful
(58:38) Teaching a special-needs child in the classical tradition or in scholé; see Memoria Press’s “Simply Classical Curriculum for Special Needs”