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Scholé Sisters is the podcast for the classical homeschooling mama who seeks to learn and grow while she’s helping her children learn and grow. Scholé Sisters is a casual conversation about topics that matter to those of us in the trenches of classical homeschooling who yearn for something more than just checking boxes and getting it all done. In each episode, we cover our Scholé Everyday (suggestions for inspiration and growth), and a topical discussion relying on principles we find in books by people like David Hicks, James Taylor, and Charlotte Mason. Come and join the Sisterhood of the Podcast!

Scholé Sisters: Camaraderie for the Classical Homeschooling Mama Brandy Vencel with Mystie Winckler and Pam Barnhill

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Scholé Sisters is the podcast for the classical homeschooling mama who seeks to learn and grow while she’s helping her children learn and grow. Scholé Sisters is a casual conversation about topics that matter to those of us in the trenches of classical homeschooling who yearn for something more than just checking boxes and getting it all done. In each episode, we cover our Scholé Everyday (suggestions for inspiration and growth), and a topical discussion relying on principles we find in books by people like David Hicks, James Taylor, and Charlotte Mason. Come and join the Sisterhood of the Podcast!

    How to Contemplate

    How to Contemplate

    In today’s episode, Mystie, Abby, and Brandy discuss their way through the entire Thinking Person’s Checklist at the back of Alan Jacob’s book, How to Think. This was a fun and interesting conversation to have and they think you’re really going to enjoy it!
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    Spring Training is coming up next month!
    Next month — the month of MAY — is our annual Spring Training, as you well know. We are pleased to announce that our coach this year is the one and only Rosaria Butterfield, author of a number of wonderful books, including The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert and The Gospel Comes with a House Key. While registration is not yet open, now is the PERFECT time to go ahead and sign up for your Sophie membership. You’ll get all the normal fabulous benefits of being a Sophie, and as usual the Spring Training sessions are included in your membership at no extra charge. Click here to sign up.
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    What Has Athens to Do With Abuja? (Classical Education in Africa)

    What Has Athens to Do With Abuja? (Classical Education in Africa)

    Today’s guests are Karen Elliott and Erica Robertson from Rafiki Schools. Karen has served with Rafiki since 1990, including twelve years on the mission field, most of that time in Jos, Nigeria. Upon returning to the U.S., she became the Director of Africa Operations for the Rafiki Home Office and was responsible for managing the ChildCare and Education Programs for all ten Rafiki Villages as well as curriculum development. She served at the Home Office for ten years before being named Rafiki's Executive Director in January of 2012. Erica has worked with the Rafiki Foundation since 2010. She was the headmaster of the Rafiki School in Rwanda for three years, and held the same position in Nigeria for five years. She currently serves as the Director for Africa Operations at the Rafiki Home Office in Florida.
    Today’s episode is our way of remembering that Christian classical education isn’t just about America or the West – it’s an attempt to raise up well-educated and faithful Christians around the whole globe. What does it look like to pursue this Christian heritage in Africa? Today you’ll get a very exciting glimpse!
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    Are you thinking about summer reading for your kids or maybe even pulling together your book lists for next year?
    How do you know what books will be best for you and your family? How do you know which book lists to pay attention to and which to ignore? Can you defend your choices when people cast doubts on them? On March 27, at 9:30 am Pacific, Steven Rummelsburg will be teaching a workshop on How to Choose Good Books followed by a 45 minute Q&A session. By the end of the class, we will understand what makes a classic a true classic and why we should seek out and study the classics. Come get your bookish priorities reinforced and reinvigorated at Steven's How to Choose Good Books workshop. Click here to register.
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    Beyond Restful Learning

    Beyond Restful Learning

    Today’s episode is our attempt to answer the question of what is scholé? And how do I know if I’m doing it right? Is scholé just restful learning? Or is there more to it than that? These are interesting questions to tackle!
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    So what is scholé anyway? What gives with using such a weird Greek word? Scholé Sisters has a short, free guide to understanding what scholé is and how to get some in your life and homeschool. We want to make scholé approachable and practical. Scholé is more than reading and more than restful learning. It's an approach and an attitude. Our Beginner’s Guide to Scholé will help you jumpstart your own schole practices. Click here to find it right on the front page of our website - for free.
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    Passport to Foreign Language (with Amber Johnston!!)

    Passport to Foreign Language (with Amber Johnston!!)

    Our guest today is Amber Johnston. Amber lives in Georgia nestled among pine trees, hammocks and ziplines with her husband and their four children. Her happy place is the back porch on a rainy day, preferably with a giant mug of hot tea and a good book. When they have the chance, her family enjoys extended worldschooling trips to immerse themselves in other cultures. Amber blogs about adding mirrors and windows to a traditional Charlotte Mason education at HeritageMom.com and you can also find her on Instagram as @heritagemomblog.
    Today’s episode is all about tackling a foreign language. Amber is not just wonderful about telling you HOW to go about foreign language; she also gives you a big WHY. Let’s face it: foreign language can be intimidating and so we put it off until the kids are older. If we are going to get brave start ‘em young, we need a really big WHY.
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    Ready for the Commonplace Workshop?
    Are you intimidated by commonplacing? Not sure if you're doing it right? Uncertain how to get started? You're not the only one. So, on February 20th at 9:30 am Pacific, join us for a LIVE Commonplace Workshop where we will break down the process of getting started and keeping up with commonplacing. It doesn't need to be complicated and you don't need to make it a keepsake. At the Commonplace Workshop we'll each share our own commonplace practices and real life examples, helping you see how doable and unfancy - and how beneficial! - commonplacing can be. Click here to register.
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    The Uncommon Commonplace

    The Uncommon Commonplace

    Do you keep a commonplace book (or wish you did)?
    Today’s episode is serves as a first half for our upcoming Commonplace Workshop. Pam, Mystie, Abby, and Brandy discuss what a commonplace book even is and why anyone would want to keep one. It’s a great discussion you don't want to miss and will get you ready for the Workshop, which is happening this month!
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    Ready for the Commonplace Workshop?
    Are you intimidated by commonplacing? Not sure if you're doing it right? Uncertain how to get started? You're not the only one. So, on February 20th at 9:30 am Pacific, join us for a LIVE Commonplace Workshop where we will break down the process of getting started and keeping up with commonplacing. It doesn't need to be complicated and you don't need to make it a keepsake. At the Commonplace Workshop we'll each share our own commonplace practices and real life examples, helping you see how doable and unfancy - and how beneficial! - commonplacing can be. Click here to register.
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    • 57 min
    You Can't Cancel Christmas

    You Can't Cancel Christmas

    The death of culture and festivity is not a less important death than bodily. No matter what government officials say, Christmas is coming and must be honored with festive celebration – piety requires it.
    In this episode, Brandy Vencel, Pam Barnhill, Mystie Winckler, and Abby Wahl discuss how festivity and scholé fits into the curricular framework found in Kevin Clark & Ravi Jain’s PGMAPT formulation in The Liberal Arts Tradition. With occasional timely musings about how festivity is different and difficult this season, they return to our responsibility to keep up the cheer – because we do have a hope that extends beyond the grave, a true reason to truly celebrate with as many of our number as we can.
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    Have you joined the Scholé Sistership yet? If not, you really should since the annual Christmas gift for Sophie level is so close to ready that it’ll be out by the time you listen to this. Santa’s elves have been working away for months on an amazing printable 5x5 Challenge Journal that is FREE for all of our Sophie members in December and January! Click here to join.
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

Little house in the 'burbs ,

Delightful

Sisters, what a fun surprise to stumble across your podcast tonight! I laughed out loud as I vacuumed baking soda off of my carpet, trying to remove some of the remnants of the army of stinky boys who had battled outside all afternoon in bare feet. :) My eldest is only 6, so I’m new in my motherhood and homeschooling journey, but this resonates so deeply. I’d never heard the word schole when I decided to return to good literature a couple of years ago, for the sake of a mom’s brain that felt like it was atrophying for lack of use. This defines so well what my soul instinctively knew it lacked in this season...the water, the food, that would make this woman truly flourish.

Thanks for the vomit hilarity (you know now to which episode I refer!) and the insight. Carry on, and God bless!

Laurasis ,

Deeply valuable and challenging

These women bring well thought and articulate convictions to the home school conversation. I love the varied background of the hosts!!! Want to get uncomfortable with your homeschool status quo? They will help you anchor the “how” and “what” into the intelligent, humble “why.”

goldencottage ,

Host lacks critical thinking skills

I was a long time listener to this podcast, I even hosted events for their retreats. Then Brandy Vencel started flooding Instagram with crackpot QAnon theories and anti-mask rhetoric during a pandemic. Anyone with such proclivities ought not be lecturing people on how to teach critical thinking or Christian charity to their kids. I’ve stopped listening and stopped recommending this podcast to friends. Such a shame, because I really appreciated Mystie and Pam’s insights.

Edited to add: Brandy’s dissemination of conspiracy theories and lies about the election is the exact behavior that resulted in the attempted coup at the Capitol. Five people, including 2 police officers, are dead at the hands of people who spread the same lies as Brandy. As far as I’m concerned, she has blood on her hands for spreading the propaganda of a domestic terrorist group. Shame on you, Brandy. Shame.

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