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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!

    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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    Don't Forget to Remember (Memory Work with Maria Bell!!)

    Don't Forget to Remember (Memory Work with Maria Bell!!)

    Our guest today is Maria Bell. Maria educates her children at home in the Charlotte Mason tradition and enjoys studying and sharing with others the biblical roots of Miss Mason’s philosophy. She is a linguist by training and profession, but her heart is for the ministry of motherhood and the pursuit of Truth. She resides in the Washington D.C. metro area with her husband and three children.
    Today’s discussion about memory work and recitation is just delightful. Maria Bell sees these things not as building piles of knowledge, but as nourishing the soul in a way that promotes spiritual growth. Her words are a soothing balm to the soul
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    Preparing for a new school year in January?
    If you need to teach logic this year, consider using the Scholé Sisters Liberty of Logic course. This is a very unique approach. Teacher Steven Rummelsburg will help you go deep into logic as a liberal art and then assist you in teaching your children the art using the class textbook. We cannot recommend this course enough! Click here to learn more.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Let's Get Physical (Gymnastic in a Classical Education)

    Let's Get Physical (Gymnastic in a Classical Education)

    Today’s discussion about physical training in classical education was one Brandy, Mystie, Pam, and Abby got to record when they were all together in Phoenix for the Loving Well retreat. They do get philosophical and discuss why these things are important, but they also get practical and talk about a bunch of ideas that they hope will help us all get started if we’re ready to get physical in our homeschools.
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    Join the Sistership Sophie Level to get Christmas gift access!
    Have you joined the Scholé Sistership yet? If not, you really should since the annual Christmas gift for Sophie level is coming up soon. Santa’s elves have been working away and while Brandy isn't quite ready to tell you what it is, she wants you to know that (1) it’s nothing at all like last year and (2) it’s pretty awesome. Click here to join.
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    East Meets West: Classical Education in China

    East Meets West: Classical Education in China

    Our guest today is Ravi Jain, who is now tied with Cindy Rollins for the Scholé Sisters title for Most Appearances as this is his third time on the show. Ravi Jain has a BA from Davidson College, an M.A. from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He coauthored The Liberal Arts Tradition with Kevin Clark, now translated into Chinese.
    Ravi currently teaches Calculus, AP Calculus, and Physics at the Geneva School in Orlando, Florida. He has given over 150 talks and workshops throughout America, Africa, and China on topics related to education, theology, mathematics, and science. He has served as a deacon in his church and is a founding Alcuin fellow. He enjoys spending time with his two boys, Judah and Xavier, and his wife Kelley Anne, whom he met in Japan.
    Today’s discussion is Brandy's favorite so far from this season because she finally got to ask Ravi Jain about a number of things she's been thinking pondering; his thoughts on things like multiculturalism and Western Imperialism and how they relate to Christian Classical education in general and the Christian classical school movement in China in particular are fascinating.
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    Have you joined the Scholé Sisters Sistership yet? If not, you are missing out on some of the best conversations for classical homeschooling moms on the internet. Mystie is leading a book study for Sophie level members through The Liberal Arts Tradition right now. It’s never too late to join because this study will always be available for Sophies in the form of a study guide. This is just one of the many benefits of a Sophie level Sistership membership. Click here to join!
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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
357 Ratings

357 Ratings

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.

jslm2006 ,

Funny and inspiring

These ladies are amazing and so inspiring, and very funny actually - I find myself laughing during many of their episodes, and laughter is definitely the best medicine. I was pretty intimidated last year when I first heard them - I thought, who are these people who read such archaic books- and wrote them off for a while. But then I gave them another try, and was hooked. My amazon book list is now a mile long at least, thanks to their Scholé everyday. I love this podcast. Wish I could find “my sisters” though. Oh well, at least I have this podcast. And when is Brandy going to add to her Aftercast podcast - I hope soon !;)
Edited to add:
I’ve been listening to this podcast - every one of them - for a while now. I have still enjoyed these ladies, and their reading & thinking challenges, insights and interviews, but have felt for a few months at least that Brandy has developed a bit of a bitter edge. Maybe I am reading this wrong? She had an “edge”before, but it the bitterness like she has a chip on her shoulder wasn’t coming across. Perhaps she has immersed herself in some bitter- inducing media and information sources? I hope she gets back to her roots, and the firm foundations she was building her ideas on previously. The Christmas cast felt very alienating- there was a lack of grace and true kindness and empathy toward those who may not feel so free with the health of their community. Yes, we need community, but we will get back to that. In the meantime, several churches that I am aware of are able to bless their communities WHILE also protecting the health of their communities. What better lesson to teach our children that in the face of disappointment and obstacles (which in our first world nation - given the perspective of the global crisis - is very small) to be and do even better than before. We have made more nature discoveries, slowed down to truly experience scholar, and have been able to take a step back to re evaluate our busy lives, so when we do get back to life without the covid restrictions, it will be better than it was, by God’s good grace. We don’t have to have it exactly the same as it was, desperately trying to do things the same as always, but it can be different and yet still good.

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