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Brush Up Your Plutarch!




The Girl in the Hammock by Talmage
 Rest is the sweet sauce of labor.   - Plutarch


Summer is finally here in Minnesota.  That is, if you are going by the temperature!  I am working on last minute prep for the events at the Charlotte Mason Institute next week.  I am excited to see dear friends, meet new ones, and to learn and grow with everyone else.  One of the sessions I will be presenting is an immersion class where attendees become the students and I am the teacher.  Of course, Plutarch will be on the time table that morning as a Citizenship lesson.  Because both the material and the method are living, I always love the concentration and reactions of the students who have never tackled Plutarch before. Bright eyes are always a joy to behold!

Just this week I came across this quote about troubleshooting Plutarch in the classroom. Perhaps it will help someone out there who is struggling to make it work.

If in a few schools the children have difficulty in narrating Plutarch’s Lives, it will almost certainly be found that the teacher (as one excellent teacher frankly confesses) does not like the book: he may or may not understand why Plutarch wrote it, why Miss Mason with her wonderful insight adopted it as an inspiration to Citizenship, or indeed why it is one of the world’s great classics. Next to Shakespeare it is probably the book that is most enjoyed by the children, and it is one of the best for narration.
-From Notes for the Conference of July 18th, 1925 on P.N.E.U. Methods

Why not take a little time this summer after the chores and activities to brush up on why Plutarch's Lives is so important in a living education and why Mason chose it to teach Citizenship?  If you struggle to teach Plutarch in your school, here are a few resources that might help you get started in the right direction:

8 comments:

  1. Hmmmm... my oldest is only going into Year 3... wonder if I should take your class?! :D

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  2. Thanks for posting! I will miss seeing you and will pray all will go well!

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    1. You were missed, Bonnie! It really was a great conference, though. Next year!
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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    2. I had tea with Liz yesterday on the phone and so glad it was a great conference! Hope LER goes well... tucked into my prayers. ( my anniversary weekend)

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  3. I hope you have a wonderful conference! I will miss going this year. Blessings and enjoy!

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    1. It was pretty amazing, Jenny. You were missed, too. But now, the Western Conference is coming up! Praying for all of you and your planning.
      Warmly,
      Nancy

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  4. I love your blogs! I know it's stil summer but could you help this mom of 5 with scheduling? I'm trying to fit in everything and math is so hard for my kids. Reading too! So pretty much sums up all of school...I don't know how to keep them at a good level if they are struggling. I do read alouds and narration, well pretty much all of Charlotte mason but i just need help with our daily scheduling. Thanks!

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    1. Dear Happy Mom of 5,
      Thank you! I totally understand how it can be overwhelming to plan for a large family, but it can be done! Have you looked at the original schedules to get an idea of how a PNEU day would go? I realize you are asking about a homeschool, but there are lots of ideas in those schedules. https://www.amblesideonline.org/PR/images/PUSSchedReformat.pdf

      Also, have you read my planning/scheduling posts?

      http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com/2013/09/our-schedule-our-atmosphere.html
      (Follow the links and read the comments, too!)

      Does that help?

      Warmly,
      Nancy

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