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If Teaching is the Art of Being Imitated, I Really Shouldn’t Teach

If Teaching is the Art of Being Imitated, I Really Shouldn’t Teach

This is part of the series: Classical Homeschooling.

Let’s just be honest for a minute. I yell at my kids. I get angry sometimes.

Okay, often.

When for the billionth time I ask one of them to do something, or pick something up, or put something down, or not hit their sister with something.

There are a lot of somethings going on my house. And it’s all very loud.

So I yell.

But I also am trying to be a classical homeschooler, which means I’m aiming at teaching my kids to love truth, goodness, and beauty. This is a LOFTY goal when they all have food on their faces from breakfast…which was six hours ago.

We often have days that span the whole spectrum: we’ll read a hilarious passage from Shakespeare together during Morning Time. “It shall be called Bottom’s Dream because it hath no bottom!” <–This, giggled out by an 8-year-old is just about the best thing in life.  But then an hour later we have kids fighting over a toy and have to have our hundredth remedial lesson in sharing.

My kids are selfish, cranky, and mean sometimes. Also, they yell. I wonder where they learned that.

In other words, they’re sinners just like their mom and dad.

So if teaching is the art of being imitated, you could say I’m a successful teacher.

The fact that they imitate all the worst, most shameful ways I interact with others just makes the Shakespeare more necessary. Because we’re a family full of selfish, cranky, mean sinners–we need this thing called classical homeschooling even more. What with all its poetry, Scripture, and repentance, we might just make it through to tomorrow.

Rhiannon Kutzer

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  • Charleigh Wolfe October 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    I needed this today. I love you, my brilliant friend.

    • Rhiannon October 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      I love you back! And brilliant? Dunno about that, but real? Yep, I try for that.

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    I’m Rhiannon.

    You can call me Rhi for short (as in “rejoice”). I’m a fiercely independent homeschooling mom of five, a Navy wife of 13 years, and a creator of various things: articles, a semi-regular newsletter, quilts, furniture, and the occasional knitted scarf. This is the site where I write about our homeschool journey and news and happenings in the homeschool world. more about me.

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    • Morning Time Details! E. (12), S. (almost 8), and L. (6). Our Morning Time morphs as the kids grow and change. It usually includes a combination of memory work and reading aloud. We try to cover a WHOLE LOT of things: Shakespeare, Bible, poetry, catechism, hymns, timeline, art study, composer study, and Ambleside selections for nature study, tales, and church history. This term I’m adding Plutarch.
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The hard part is figuring out where I want to aim, with the 5-year gap between E. and S., and then L. being a newbie to full-on school. Having moved twice in 2019, I nixed MT and just focused on individual work. That came with costs. Shakespeare, Plutarch, art study, and composer study suffered. Memory work barely happened at all. I was BUSY. We missed out on discussing things together. Now that we’re settled, it’s time to restart MT.
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This term I’ve decided to aim Shakespeare and Plutarch at the oldest, while the girls listen in and do handwriting/drawing/fine motor. I won’t ask them for much narration. Our reading schedule for these is AMBITIOUS. Maybe crazy. Then we’ll do all the memory & read aloud stuff that suits everyone. These lessons are SHORT. Then E. will go do his individual work while I read aloud w/ just the girls.
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Also, “Morning Time” is a misnomer, considering we break it up throughout the day. It should really be called Morning/Lunch/Nap Time. I need a new name. Circle Time? Except we don’t sit in a circle. Together school? Except we’re together doing school all day. I don’t think English has the word I’m looking for. Maybe Tertulia or Salon?
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Our actual coursework is: the Scottish Play, Plutarch is Alexander the Great’s life, our artist is Gustave Courbet, composer is Paganini, Bible memory is Psalm 46, Hymn is Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me, read alouds will rotate from Burgess Bird Book, Trial and Triumph, Blue Fairy Book, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Vanderbeekers, & picture books. Timeline is from Classical Conversations. Poems are Charge of the Light Brigade, Winter Night by Teasdale, and The Land of Nod.
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Whew! It’s gonna be a fun term! What do you guys do for Morning Time?
    • #homeschool #family #weekend projects. Oldest got through a CPR course, curtains are hung, first batch ever of hard apple cider is bottled (a big learning experience!), and Morning Time for the next term is planned. 👊🏻 Time to call Dominos so these people can get fed 😂
    • Oh Halloween. That day when I pull costumes out of thin air at T-minus one hour ‘till trick-or-treating. Then one kid melts down in the middle of the fun, and is carried screaming to the car, with me hoping all the while that no one thinks I’m abducting a child. And, my favorite non-PC thought: one kid suggests we should have dressed as hobos, since we’re going around asking people to give us free candy. Phoned it in this year, Kutzers. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ #gladitsover For the record, we had a soccer player, an archer, Spider Girl, a princess, a tiny farmer, a witchy mom (Is that even a costume or just a Thursday?), and Bat Dad.
    • We may not get school started until 8 or 9, but we eat well while we read. “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life.” I think the house smelling like bacon counts as atmosphere. 😂🥰
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#homeschool #charlottemasonirl #homecookedmeals #livingbooks
    • A husband out to sea. A solo drive to and from MT. A freak snowstorm in September. Unpacking, appointments, and homeschooling, cooking and cleaning, laundry and loneliness without my better half and my biggest helper. All so that a grandson can learn from and adventure with his grandpa. I call it a RAGING SUCCESS.💛🥰 #family #navywifelife #homeschool #worldschool #bravewriterlifestyle
    • #pcs day 5 = #HOME (hallelujah!) 😊 and delicious homemade chili from the amazing @mythirdacrelife It was a long 3000 miles, but everyone made it here alive, if a little less sane than when we drove out of CT. #navyfamily #navywife #roadschooling #homeschool

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