What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

I asked for a bunch of history books for Christmas (in addition to the world's coolest garden hose) and received quite a haul. My favorite periods of history are the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. I already had the Landmark Thucydides, but wanted the entire collection. So my husband gave me the Landmark Herodotus, Landmark … Continue reading What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

Traditional vs symbolic logic: homeschoolers need them BOTH

When we first started homeschooling our daughter, our affinity toward classical education programs was clear. Choosing a curriculum, however, was less straightforward. The first curriculum provider we chose to work with was Memoria Press. Memoria Press is based out of Louisville, Kentucky, and operates classical schools out of local churches around the country. We ended … Continue reading Traditional vs symbolic logic: homeschoolers need them BOTH

Formal gardens, new mountain bike trails, and a pristine beach

Elise had her weekly riding lesson this morning, in an extraordinarily soggy ring from all of the rain we've been having. Even the pony wanted nothing of it. Afterward, for fun, we decided to load up our bicycles and head to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. The park is located at the former winter home … Continue reading Formal gardens, new mountain bike trails, and a pristine beach

The culture wars of late 18th century America

I rather enjoyed reading about the experiences with students at William & Mary that contributed to Thomas Jefferson taking on the project of education reform (from today's Wall Street Journal): By this time he had lost all patience with the college in Virginia‚Äôs colonial capital, and no wonder. As Mr. Taylor shows in his unsparing … Continue reading The culture wars of late 18th century America

Why South Carolina was the most important theater in the Revolutionary War

A few days ago, I referred readers to Kevin Honold's essay on the rewards of studying history. In that essay, he talks about how reading a biography of the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion as a child kindled his love of history. I had not read much about the famous warrior, so I bought and … Continue reading Why South Carolina was the most important theater in the Revolutionary War