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Classical Education is a podcast perfect for learning about the tradition of a liberal arts education. We invite you to join us on a journey in pursuit of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful as we participate in the great conversation and listen to the many voices coming from the world of classical education.

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Classical Education is a podcast perfect for learning about the tradition of a liberal arts education. We invite you to join us on a journey in pursuit of the True, the Good, and the Beautiful as we participate in the great conversation and listen to the many voices coming from the world of classical education.

    Phonics Part 2: Access Literacy Team Interview with Melody Furno & Dorothy Kardatzke

    Phonics Part 2: Access Literacy Team Interview with Melody Furno & Dorothy Kardatzke

    About The Guests
    ACCESS LITERACY TEAMDorothy KardatzkeI live with my husband in Columbus, Ohio. I taught for more than 25 years in both general education classrooms and in classrooms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Since 1997, when I was first trained in the English code, all my literacy instruction has been delivered using programs that are Orton-based. I left the classroom in 2018 to create space to write curriculum, and train/coach teachers. However, I will always be a teacher. It is who I am! I tutor little folks and big folks in literacy whenever I have the chance.

    I had a rather circuitous educational journey which offered me the opportunity to embark on what I do presently. I completed a double major in Elementary Education and Deaf Education from Augustana College. I later completed post-graduate work in Linguistics and Language Development at the University of South Dakota and Neuroanatomy  at The Ohio State University.

    During leisure time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping and cross-country skiing.
    Melody FurnoMy husband and I live in Columbus, Ohio where I taught an Orton-based Method for literacy in Kindergarten and first grade classrooms for 19 years. Encountering struggling readers in the classroom motivated me to enroll in coursework and to research current information on reading disabilities and dyslexia to set up interventions in the classroom.

    Since leaving the classroom, I have used an Orton-based Method to train and consult teachers in literacy across the country and tutor struggling readers in 4th and 5th grades for Columbus Public Schools. 

    I enjoy nature, fishing, hiking and biking. My special interest is to encourage faith-based ministries to play a part in addressing youth and adult illiteracy.   
    Show NotesPhonics programs are an important foundation for teaching students how to read. There are many programs and they differ widely. Learn about the unique features of this program. Discover what is important when looking for a phonics curriculum for your students. 
    Dorothy Kardatzke  and Melanie Furno are the founders of Access Literacy.  Their phonics curriculum,  Literacy Essentials: Journey from Spelling to Reading is commonly used in classical schools.  In this interview, they articulate the details that explain what a good phonic-based program looks like and why it matters. The Access Literacy program supports the road to integrating the components of writing, thinking well, and reading well. _____________________________________________Note: Adrienne does not recieve compensation for recommending any curriculum on her podcast. The purpose of presenting curriculum on the podcast is to help parents and school leadership make well-informed decisions on curriculum that is most aligned to the classical tradition. _____________________________________________ 
    ResourcesLink to their Home page: https://www.accessliteracy.com/
    Parent page including phonogram videos: https://www.accessliteracy.com/parents
    Link for ordering teaching materials through Hillsdale: https://www.accessliteracy.com/projects-2
    Link for ordering the Student Orthography Notebook: https://www.accessliteracy.com/projects-2
    Books mentionedWhy Our Children Can’t Read, and What You Can Do About It by Diane McGuinness
    Author in the Science of Reading field — Dr. Louisa Moats
    The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton- PorterHow to Read a Book by Mortimer AdlerHow To Read a Difficult Book (free link to one page essay) by Mortimer Adler________________________________________________________This podcast is produced by Beautiful Teaching, LLC.Support this podcast:
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    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian

    • 58 min
    Phonics Part 1: An Interview with Spell to Write and Read Trainers

    Phonics Part 1: An Interview with Spell to Write and Read Trainers

    GuestsRhonda Bedee is an instructor endorsed by SWR author Wanda Sanseri for Spell to Write and Read seminars. My specialty is finding solutions for individual spelling needs via spelling coaching, Mom & Dad encouragement, accountability, and assessments. Experience comes from four decades of home education, public schools, private classical academies, homeschool co-ops, tutoring, English language ESL learners, and teaching special ability students.
    Credentials: B.S. Secondary Education, Lamar University-Beaumont, Texas; extensive all-level SWR classes & mentoring under Wanda Sanseri.Rhonda's Training Site
    Niki WiseAlthough Niki Wise currently resides in Georgia, her BASIC Seminars are offered both in Zoom & in person beyond her borders. She began using Spell to Write and Read back in the 1990s when it was Teaching Reading at Home and School. Not only using this program during her homeschool years, Niki also shared this program with many friends, & even introduced her oldest grandson to spelling & reading with Mrs. Sanseri's proven program. When she is not offering a BASIC seminar, she can be found playing with her 6 grandkids, teaching at Colquitt Christian Academy, & planning road trips with her husband.Contact Niki: crosswiseswr@gmail.comShow NotesThis interview with Rhonda Bedee and Niki Wise is part 1 of a 2 part series on phonics. Part 2 (the next episode) will feature the creators of Literacy Essentials: The Journey from Spelling to Reading. You will learn a lot of great information about both programs to help you make your decision on which program best suits your needs. 
    Historical efforts to teach reading, writing, and spelling have been developed, applied and studied for centuries. Integrating  lessons from “sound to symbol” equips students with the ability to work through the process of learning to read. The unique features and history of Spell to Write and Read is explained in this episode. We discuss not only why it works, but also how it can (in many cases) help prevent the need for future reading remedies.
    _____________________________________________Note: Adrienne does not recieve compensation for recommending any curriculum on her podcast. The purpose of presenting curriculum on the podcast is to help parents and school leadership make well-informed decisions on curriculum that is most aligned to the classical tradition. _____________________________________________ 
    ResourcesSpell to Write and Read Forum (free or for more resources there is a small membership fee)Free Blank Book Template
    Where to buy:  https://swrforum.com/where-to-buy/
    Articles & Podcasts Mentioned
    NY Times Article: In the Fight Over How to Teach Reading, This Guru Makes a Major Retreat
    PODCAST Episode that Rhonda Mentions:  Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong
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    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Knowledge, Genius, and Heart: Character Mapping at Northern Schoolhouse

    Knowledge, Genius, and Heart: Character Mapping at Northern Schoolhouse

    Guests
    Michael Fitzgerald (Principal)
    Michael is an experienced educator with an M.S. in Brain-Based Education. After a decade teaching in a variety of school models, he is using his knowledge of classical education to lead Northern Schoolhouse, all while pursuing his doctorate in education.
    A dabbler in logic, philosophy, hiking, archery, chess, music, and handiwork, he brings his deep interest in the great minds of history to our Schoolhouse culture.
    Katherine Fitzgerald (Instructional Coordinator & Music Teacher)Katie has nearly two decades’ experience with children in education and humanitarian work. Her studies in educational history, methodology, curriculum, and child psychology form the basis of the programs developed for Northern Schoolhouse.
    Music, math, baking, knitting, drawing, and gardening are among her many interests, and she shares her passion for doing and making with our Schoolhouse community.
    Show NotesThe Fitzgeralds have built their whole model around what they call the Three Paths of Attention: Knowledge, Genius, & Heart. Through these pillars, they have developed their assessments and cultivated a culture of students who care.  By attending to Knowledge, they steadily progress in their academic studies. By attending to Genius, they strengthen their ability to think and create. By attending to Heart, they become kind people who contribute to their families and communities.
    Katherine and Michael Fitzgerald offer frontline practical details about daily routines and expectations they’re experiencing in Northern Schoolhouse. In this episode, the Fitzgeralds provide information about the classical culture of Northern Schoolhouse. They merge beautiful principles that operate under the three pillars of Classics, Nature, and Arts. 
    They share stories about how student invest in their own work and greatly enjoy opportunities to grow; there is an essence of excitement about doing well. Most of all, the students care about their scholarly projects and they love working on them. Rather than testing, they use assessments, character maps, and are mindful about the regard for virtues and habits. These, and complementary ideas are outlined in practical ways. 
    Resources mentioned
    Plato
    Socrates
    Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
    Charlotte Mason
    Confucius 
    Dr. W. Edwards Deming
    Aeneid 
    Odyssey
    The Bible"The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher" by John Taylor Gatto (from Dumbing us Down)
    Zhuan Falun by Hongzhi Li
    Podcast Episode on Motivation and Praise: How to Encourge Intrinsinc Motivation

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    ANNOUNCING A NEW PROGYMNASMATA CURRICULUMBenjamin Lyda in partnership with Adrienne is launching a pilot for Scriptorium: Writing with the Progymnasmata for grades 3-8. For more information about participating in this pilot, visit the website: https://www.beautifulteaching.com/pilotANNOUNCING OUR FIRST CLASSICAL EDUCATION ONLINE CONFERENCE!11 speakers, 2 days, online and recorded if you cannot attend all of the sessions! Early bird pricing only $69 though April 1. Visit our website for more information.
    Beautiful Teaching Conference Details.
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    Credits:
    Sound Engineer: Andrew Helsel
    Logo Art: Anastasiya CF
    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Art Appreciation with Rebecca, Founder of A Humble Place

    Art Appreciation with Rebecca, Founder of A Humble Place

    SPONSOREighth Day Books is sponsoring our upcoming online conference AND this podcast episode. They are offering FREE standard shipping between March 8 and March 31, 2024 for our listeners. Coupon code: BEAUTIFUL (at the checkout, choose the "standard shipping rate." $4.95 will automatically be deducted from the total order.Click here For Adrienne's Booklist
    Click here for the YOUTUBE link if you want to watch this episdoe.
    About the GuestRebecca was first introduced to Charlotte Mason in 2013 when her oldest child was 3. After exploring other educational methods, she felt she had finally found a philosophy that made sense. Every aspect of Ms. Mason’s ideas, from reading living books to the importance of being immersed in the natural world, appealed to her on many levels. With a degree in art history, she especially appreciated Ms. Mason’s emphasis on exposing children to fine art. Rebecca enjoys the freedom found in a Charlotte Mason education and the fact that it not only nourishes the minds, hearts, and souls of her children but hers as well. She lives in Colorado with her husband, their two children, three cats, two salamanders, and whatever bug pets her kids have adopted. She also writes at her website, a humble place.

    Show NotesPicture study is an enjoyable activity that cultivates the habit of attention and shapes the affections for beauty. On this episode, Rebecca from A Humble Place walks Adrienne through a picture study demonstration. This episode is with video on our YouTube channel too.
    Art Mentioned 
    Picture Study Demonstration: The favourites of Emperor Honorius by John Williams WaterhouseJohn William Waterhouse picture study packet from A Humble PlaceArtist: Alphonse MuchaArtist: Vincent van Goch picture study packet from A Humble PlaceThe Night Watch FlashmobThe Night Watch High Resolution image from the Riijks MuseumThe Primavera by BotticelliThe Mona Lisa by DavinciMemory Game with Art
    BOOKS Mentioned (We encourage you to visit our sponsor, Eighth Day Books for books mentioned on our show. They are offering FREE standard shipping between March 8 and March 31, 2024 for our listeners.Coupon code: BEAUTIFUL )
    Thoms Bulfinch's Medieval Mythology (note: Age of Fable is another Bulfinch book that you can request from Eighth Day Books)Katie and the Mona Lisa by James MayhewFor the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer MacaulayParent's Review articlesCelebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Fost (Call Eighth Day Books to order your copy. 316-683-9446. Be sure to use the free shipping discount code through the end of March.)ANNOUNCING A NEW PROGYMNASMATA CURRICULUMBenjamin Lyda in partnership with Adrienne is launching a pilot for Scriptorium: Writing with the Progymnasmata for grades 3-8. For more information about participating in this pilot, visit the website: https://www.beautifulteaching.com/pilotANNOUNCING OUR FIRST CLASSICAL EDUCATION ONLINE CONFERENCE! 11 speakers, 2 days, online and recorded if you cannot attend all of the sessions! Early bird pricing only $69 though April 1. Visit our website for more information.

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    Credits:
    Sound Engineer: Andrew Helsel
    Logo Art: Anastasiya CF
    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic
     
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    • 44 min
    The Progymnasmata: Classical Writing with Benjamin Lyda

    The Progymnasmata: Classical Writing with Benjamin Lyda

    About the GuestBenjamin Lyda has been head of a classical charter high school and founder of a Charlotte Mason inspired K-12 school.  His more than 20 years of teaching experience is wide and varied including teaching in urban and suburban settings.  In addition Benjamin regularly works with both advanced and struggling students in public, private, and homeschool settings.  He founded and ran The Children’s Shakespeare Academy, directing full productions of the bard’s plays for homeschool children 9-18.  He holds a Master of Humanities degree from The University of Dallas and is certified by the state of Texas to teach 6-12 grade literature, history, speech communication, special education, and debate. He is the author of Scriptorium: Writing with the Progymnasmata, a 3rd-8th grade curriculum.  He is married to his high school sweetheart and together they are bringing up six children.
    Show NotesBenjamin explains the ways in which modern approaches to writing hinder students from experiencing the joy and art of becoming a good writer. He shares his experience as a writing instructor and how the progymnasmata shines as a really great method for truly helping students learn and enjoy the craft of virtue-based writing.
    He was a previous podcast guest with his daughter, Eden. Children Delighting in Shakespeare aired in season 1.
    ANNOUNCING A NEW PROGYMNASMATA CURRICULUMBenjamin Lyda in partnership with Adrienne is launching a pilot for Scriptorium: Writing with the Progymnasmata for grades 3-8. For more information about participating in this pilot, visit the website: https://www.beautifulteaching.com/pilot
    Books & Ideas MentionedThe Four Men by Hilaire Belloc
    The Rhetorical Exercises of Nikephoros BasilakesThe Foundacion of Rhetorike by: Richard Reynolds Institutio Oratoria: Quintilian
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    Beautiful Teaching is hosting its first Summer Online Classical Conference! We have 11 presenters. The early bird discount is only $69 till April 1 and then it goes up to $89 per person. 
    For conference Information visit: https://www.beautifulteaching.com/conference
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    Credits:
    Sound Engineer: Andrew Helsel
    Logo Art: Anastasiya CF
    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic
     
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    • 37 min
    Beautiful Math: An Interview with RightStart Math

    Beautiful Math: An Interview with RightStart Math

    About the Guests
    Kathleen Cotter Clayton is the daughter of Dr. Joan A. Cotter, author and developer of the RightStart™ Mathematics program. Kathleen is involved with curriculum development and has written or co-authored 17 manuals. She travels, teaches online middle-school classes, and speaks across the US and Canada, sharing the mission to help children understand, apply, and enjoy mathematics. Kathleen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has two Masters Degrees from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. In her spare time, Kathleen designs and creates mathematical quilts and loves to travel all around the world. Teresa Foltin is the School Liaison with RightStart Math. She has a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Previously the Director of Student Activities at an American university in Germany, she is now a homeschooling mom of five. Teresa travels across the US talking to parents and teachers, calming, encouraging, and exciting them about math education. She is interested in adoption, travel, horses, gardening, and reading. The Foltin family lives in Colorado on a small homestead with a menagerie of critters.Contact RightStart Math: Mention that you heard about them from The Classical Education Podcast. Sign up for help & more info: https://rightstartclassroom.com/Website: https://rightstartmath.com/
    Show NotesUplifting describes this conversation about Mathematics with guests, Cathleen Cotter Clayton, and Theresa Fulton of RightStart Math. When games are involved, everyone wants to participate. When a math program is written and approved by an electrical engineer and a physicist, as an excellent and intuitive way to teach math, why not share it!  Forget the tears, and fears about fractions. Find out the stories behind it’s success and the how and why this math program fits within the Classical Tradition of education for grades Kindergarten through eighth grade.
    Some Ideas Discussed:
    Success in Homeschool and School ProgramsA fearless experience with fractionsHistory of Right Start Math and the Research behind itAdrienne’s homeschool story “Enjoying Math!”How RightStart Math fits into the Classical model and similarities with the medieval time period (Treviso Arithmetic)The importance of place valueGeometry and the QuadriviumRight Start Math TutoringRight Start Support and Presentations for SchoolsBooks & Ideas Mentioned
    Casting Out Nines ( RightStart calls in "check numbers". This is a video explanation)Treviso Arithmetic InformationTreviso Arithmetic PDF (Explains place value and casting out nines and other interesting ways of teaching math the medieval way)The Robe by Lloyd C. DouglasThe Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. DouglasComing soon to be published: a new book by Dr. CotterAfter the recording, Adrienne found an interesting public domain book on Gutenburg called A Scrap-Book of Elementary Mathematics. It has interesting and old tricks for teaching arithmetic that seems to align nicely with this way of teaching math. 
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    Society for Classical Learning Winter Workshops, 2024 (scroll to read more about Adrienne's Narration Intensive)Snapshot Series Courses by Beautiful Teaching Master TeachersSign up for Beautiful Teaching Monthly Newsletter by visiting the website! Let us help you discover what a beautiful education should look like. 
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    Sound Engineer: Andrew Helsel
    Logo Art: Anastasiya CF
    Music: Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins in B flat major, RV529 : Lana Trotovsek, violin Sreten Krstic, violin with Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Ph

    • 1 hr 9 min

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