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An Invitation | Raising Leaders

*I’ve been writing about our homeschooling journey. Follow along here.

It’s 10:47pm and my house is quiet. I just got off a video conference with a good friend of mine. We’ve been friends for three years and she started homeschooling last year. (I think it was last year…) We spent some time talking about Thomas Jefferson Education (TJEd). She really likes the idea of it, but is struggling with giving up the conveyor belt and figuring out what TJEd is supposed to look like. How do you do it? It’s a questions I think a lot of families have.

So I was thinking… does anyone else want to do a video conference? I’m going to keep blogging about our journey and honestly – the DeMilles have a TON of resources and much more experience teaching about it, but perhaps it would be good for you to hear me talk about what TJEd is and how it looks in our home. I don’t know. I’m just throwing that out there. If you would be interested, drop me a comment. Or send me a text. We all know if you call I’m not answering, so probably don’t call. Anyway, maybe we could get a little group together and we could talk about TJEd.

And then maybe that little group could meet together monthly (via internet) to inspire each other. We could read a book (remember Key #7? You. Not them.) and then discuss it. I think it would be fun. And it’s always nice to have a friend to talk education with. BFF Kim has been my saving grace more than once (more than 1000 times actually). Though one of the requirements would be you have to sign up for Oliver and Rachel DeMille’s Mentoring in the Classics. It’s on sale for $10 a month until the end of the month. (I get no kind of kickback for you signing up.)

Here’s how their Mentoring in the Classics works. Each month you are assigned a classic work to read. Then on the first of the month an audio download shows up in your email. It’s a recording of Oliver (Do you think it’s okay if I call him Oliver. Not Oliver DeMille? I’ve met him a couple times, but I’m sure he has no idea who I am. But I feel like I know him. If we were neighbors we would be friends. So I feel like it’s okay if I call him Oliver. I don’t think he’d mind.) introducing the book you’re going to be reading. Then you read the book. Then at the end of the month another audio download shows up in your email. It’s a recording of Oliver leading a book discussion on the book you just read! It’s brilliant. I’ve been doing it since the first of the year and it has been the most amazing experience.

So I’m just putting it out there. Are you interested in learning more about TJEd? Let’s have a video conference – I’ll tell you more about it. Still interested in using the principles in your homeschool? Then let’s work on ourselves and our education. Let’s read some books and discuss them. Let’s support each other. It will be awesome.

September 17, 2014 - 10:57 am

Courtney Dickerson - I’m in!!

September 17, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Frances Balistrieri - I would love to learn more about this way of schooling. I am in the research gathering phase and it would be amazing to hear how it’s done by a real mom :)

September 18, 2014 - 5:07 am

Nickie Teegarden Mullin - I would like to learn more.

September 18, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Tara Norris - We are totally in…i just bought the subscription. :-)

September 18, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Kristin Brandenberger - I’d like to learn more! Is it ok of we aren’t homeschooling now tho…? We are considering it for next year… :)

November 3, 2014 - 10:06 am

Christine - You have great kids and a very loving family. I’ve been following you since you were over on 3inspiringsons. I wanted to get your opinion on a couple child-rearing questions though. Do you believe in spanking? Do you have a routine you use when you have to implement it? How often do you have to use it for each of your kids? Feel free to email me instead if you think the topic will be too controversial here. bviously you have raised wonderful kids so whatever you’re doing, keep it up! Love the blog.

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