7 Benefits of Reading Classics

Finish Well Radio Badge, Podcast #060, 7 Benefits of Reading ClassicsIn “7 Benefits of Reading Classics” Episode #060, Meredith Curtis inspires you to read classics by explaining how enjoying great literature and living books will benefit your heart, mind, and life. She will give you tips on how to choose great books to pull off the shelf and treasure for a lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes:

Why I Urge You to Read

I grew up surrounded by “bookophiles.”

I loved to read! In high school, I made a list of classics to read. When I was experiencing pregnancy sickness I finally read the Russians. (tip for Russian literature—list names on a notecard.)

Read the books the historians write about and talk about. E.G. Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Why Should Your Read Old Books instead of Just Books Written in the late 20th and 21st Century?

Books have been dumbed down.

Many adults would have trouble reading children’s books written in 1800s and early 1900s.

7 Benefits of Reading Classics

  1. Reading classics will make you smarter and strengthen your ability to think and make logical conclusions. A brain workout, flex your brain muscles. Improve your comprehension.
  2. Reading classics will improve your vocabulary. It will expose you to a richer, more intellectual vocabulary. In addition, there is more description, conversation, and character development.
  3. Reading classics will increase your attention span. Blogs are shorter. Commercials are shorter. Movie scenes are shorter. Trains our brain to focus for long periods of time.
  4. Reading classic books will help you understand literary references that used to go over your head. “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”
  5. Reading classics will have a deeper understanding of history with its culture, cultural context, beliefs, and values. Even historical fiction often puts values of today into the story set in yesterday.
  6. Reading classic books will develop your character and compassion. Times may change, but human nature and the problems people face don’t change. There is nothing new under the sun. Identifying with people from different times and places will stretch your heart.
  7. Reading classics will bring joy to your life. Everyone loves a good story. Everyone loves an intellectual challenge. Whether you are reading literature or living books, there is nothing like the pleasure of a good book.

Where Can I find classics to read?

Boy do I have reading lists for you! Check our reading lists for every age imaginable: http://www.joyfulandsuccessfulhomeschooling.com/books/reading-lists/

What if Classics are too Hard?

You may have to build up to reading some of the classics because the reading level of modern books is so low. Start with some children’s classics like Little Women or Hans Brinker.

 

Reading Lists & Places to Get Classic Books

Reading Lists

Free Classic Books

Our Book Reviews

Gutenberg: Free Classic E-books to download

Library of Congress Free Books to Read Online

Free Classic Books for Your Kindle

Planet E-book Free E-books to Download

Free E-books for your Nook Reader

Curriculum with Classic Books

American Literature & Research

British Literature

Communication 101: Oral & Written

Who Dun It: Murder Mystery Literature & Writing

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Link Between Literature & Political Freedom

 

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A Day at Home with Roadschool Moms

What does a typical homeschool day look like with the Roadschool Moms team? Hit the replay from Episode #167 Roadschool Moms Radio to find out!

Mary Beth begins the broadcast with tales from her recent visit to The City Museum. She reveals this monstrosity of a museum is one of the most engaging, fabulous attractions visited by her family in their 7 years as a fulltime family on the road.  The biggest tip from this segment of Roadschool Moms Radio is the 6 Must Have Things to take on your own roadschool adventure to this everchanging playground for all ages. (Note: this attraction sells knee pads in their gift shop. What?)

This episode provides listeners with a look at a Day at Home with the Roadschool Moms co-hosts.  Listening to the roadschooling duo chit chat about their week gives a snapshot of how each pairs this learning style with the adventure that can be found in a normal homeschool routine. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from wherever in the world they are. Holly broadcasts from her back porch in Central Florida. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from behind the wheel from a lesser known Crossroads of America in west central Indiana. These two are on a mission to encourage and inspire Roadschool Moms everywhere to receive each day as a gift; and, to keep eyes peeled for the next turn where education meets adventure. Hit the replay to hear more about this idea that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Roadschool from the Back Porch

Holly shares her love for nature from every facet of The Giles Frontier. She talks about a roadschool adventure not so long ago with the manatee in her homestate. Pictured left is a shot of her homeschool pack on a visit to Crystal River Preserve.  This week’s show intro is followed with Holly’s personal experience of how she began homeschooling. She reveals the challenges her family faced when oldest son Grayson had a stroke early in his life. What unfolds next is what led to the family’s homeschool journey.  This homeschool veteran gives many examples of how easy it is to embark on a learning lifestyle revival. Looking for more direction from Holly? Check out the many Adventure Classes directed by this backyard naturalist this spring! Hit the replay to hear more of Holly’s inspiration and encouragement.

Roadschool from Behind the Wheel

Mary Beth reflects how the Road Trip Teacher was formed from her early homeschooling experiences on the road. She admits that mistakes were made by the dozen in her first years of school at home, an example she vehemently discourages against.  This homeschool mama reminds her homeschooling sisters to stay in their own lane. She encourages others to take a year or even two to find your groove. Stay out of your own way! That’s a sentiment that both Roadschool Moms wildly agree on. The team also touches on the labels of unchooling and eclectic learning styles. A brief talk about curriculum also is discussed.

Finally, each of these moms talk about a typical homeschool week from the back porch and behind the wheel. The Road Trip Teacher talks specifics about days of the week and how roadschool unfolds during different seasons of the family travel schedule. She gives examples of her kid’s resources including how Notgrass History is being used to gain four full credit for her high schooler. Holly elaborates on a week with her crew that includes the family lawn business, chores, and homeschool fundamentals.

Roadschool Moms Chit-Chat-o’Meter – Fast forward to listen:

  • 8:10  How we started homeschooling
  • 18:10 Labeling your homeschool
  • 29:35 Curriculum talk
  • 37:05 A view of our week

Prairie Life book club.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 165 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


 


Roadschool: No RV Needed!

The Roadschool Moms team hits the ground running in episode #166. Roadschooling with no RV needed? You bet! Mary Beth begins the broadcast with news that after 165 hours of Roadschool Mom fun & fellowship, KT is stepping away from the podcast. Kimberly and her family are being led on a new adventure in full-time ministry. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontier, has joined the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and will fill the shoes with her own sweet and sassy style.

The subject of this podcast scheduled a few months ago couldn’t have been any better. It is the perfect time to explore roadschool adventure from the back porch and behind the wheel! The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from wherever in the world they are. Holly broadcasts from her back porch in Central Florida. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Trail Area near Vandalia, IL. The dynamic duo are on a mission to encourage and inspire Roadschool Moms everywhere to use each day as a gift in the next roadschool adventure. Hit the replay to hear more about this idea that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.

Roadschool from the Back Porch

Holly shares her love for nature and the desire to bring other homeschoolers to the outdoor learning lab found in so many places all around us. It’s obvious she thrives on the the works of Mother Nature and is quick to point out the many learning opportunities that anyone can pursue from wherever in the world you are. As a matter of fact, that revelation proves that anyone can be a roadschooler! This backyard naturalist gives many examples of how easy it is to embark on a learning lifestyle revival. Looking for more direction? Check out the many Adventure Classes held by The Giles Frontier this spring! Hit the replay to hear more of Holly’s inspiration and encouragement.

 

Roadschool from Behind the Wheel

Mary Beth reflects on the past few years and the projects that Holly has already been an instrumental part of. She reminds listeners of the Blaze New Trails episode as well as the Morning Time by Nature show, both featuring Holly and The Giles Frontier. Last summer, MB took her roadschool crew on a quest to visit many of the Laura Ingalls Wilder historic sites in the Midwest in cooperation with Holly’s Prairie Life book club. The new RSM team is in agreement, God had a plan all along. He is never late, He is never early. God is always right on time.

Later in the episode, Mary Beth talks about her middle schooler’s recent educational detour. While her focus for this year’s rolling homeschool is on Notgrass History resources, the Road Trip Teacher admits that her 8th grader is on a wild ride learning adventure like no other. After a seemingly ordinary family fun day at Six Flags, her roadschooler is on a quest to learn anything and everything about roller coasters. Sound crazy? Listen for the details to see how this plays out.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 165 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. But these roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


 


When Does Homeschool Begin?

When does Homeschooling Begin?  With Dr. Jan Bedell, the Brain Coach!Most people don’t think about educating their children until pre-school age. In this episode, the Brain Coach lets you in on some tips that will save you hours of effort in later years.  When children go through ALL the developmental steps that God intended, the foundation for successful education is laid.  Children will then be ready for more formal education.  It is our belief that these steps are so strategic that learning challenges and even labels like ADD, ADHD and reading difficulties can be avoided when the developmental foundation is fully functional.

Between birth and two years of age, a child’s brain grows at explosive rates.  Learning to “input” information in the form of sensory involvement (auditory, visual, tactile, smells and tastes) can accelerate brain growth. This causes the development/formation of proper neurological pathways, which resemble super highways.  When the networks of super highways exist, the brain is able to take the most efficient route in accomplishing a task.  You will learn to use those strategic moments in your day to help your infant be “home schooled” from birth.

The attached handout will help guide you through this episode and give you links to pertinent information and discounts. Click to download here!

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Educate – FREEDOM Tools part 2 – FAH episode 15

Educate

In the previous episode, we began talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools for making the most of our time so that we can live balanced, peaceful lives. These are the tools:

  • Focus
  • Reflect
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Discipline
  • Organize
  • Multitask

Today we’ll look at the third tool: Educate.

It’s easy for homeschooling moms to get so caught up in educating our children that we forget about educating ourselves! We can get caught up in curriculum, lesson plans, and goals for our children that we completely neglect our own personal growth.

But the truth is that we ALL need to expose ourselves to new ideas and new strategies on a regular basis for all three major life areas: personal, family, and business. You need to sharpen your own skills and broaden your mind, learn new ideas and methods for training and educating your children and running your household, and discover new ways to build your business, if you have one.

In addition, if you want your children to value reading and learning, they need to see YOU reading–for pleasure as well as for learning.

In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, you’ll learn a variety of ways to make the most of your reading, such as keeping a reading journal, writing in your books, and keeping a record of your reading.

Maybe you’re thinking, “Sure, I’d like to read more, but I don’t know how I can possibly fit it into my life. I already have too much to do without adding one more thing!” You’ll also discover practical tips for fitting learning into your life, such as taking advantage of the wide variety of formats available now, using audiobooks to multitask, using family time for independent reading as well as reading aloud, and the always-popular reading at bedtime.

Join us for encouragement and practical tips to keep learning and growing throughout your entire life!

Encouragement from an Expert

learning in spite of labels

 

 

Joyce Herzog (teacher/author/consultant/speaker) has been a friend to homeschooling families for over 20 years.  Listen to this interview and be encouraged to help your children learn in spite of labels, or in spite of curriculum that does not seem to be working, or in spite of the naysayers!!  Curriculum is to be a guide, not a god!  Joyce offers all kinds of great advice and she shares a few secrets that teachers never tell!

 

 

Destination:Inspiration Podcast Episode # 009- Learning with LEGO robotics

Jen Reyneri speaks with Stacy Jones on this episode about First Lego League Robotics, which serves to teach children about building and designing robotics. Hear about this innovative activity and what it takes to put a team together. Kids learn how to design, build and have fun competing with custom-designed Legos. Through sharing, learning and teamwork, homeschoolers benefit and kids learn a valuable skill. Visit more of Jen’s adventure community at Word Traveling.

LEGO Robotics POdcast

Enjoy the video my awesome winning Lego robotics team, the Technados created this year !

 

Episode #001 Destination: Inspiration with Jen Reyneri

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