111 episodes

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, Abby Wahl, and Pam Barnhill

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 410 Ratings

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!

    Aristotle vs. The Behaviorists (The Habits Episode!)

    Aristotle vs. The Behaviorists (The Habits Episode!)

    In today’s episode, Mystie, Abby, and Brandy discuss the new retreat format and why we love it, what’s different compared to last year, and also take a deep dive into this year’s theme, habits, by discussing what Aristotle had to say about habit in Nichomachean Ethics. We hope you’re ready to geek out about habits with us because that’s what today is all about!
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    Are you interested in hosting one of our annual online local retreats?? We are SO EXCITED about this year’s plan! Mystie has gone above and beyond to make hosting dreamy for you. The real – yes: delivered in your mail – hostess kit has exclusive swag for you and your guests, plus all the papers and supplies to make it fun and simple. It’s the perfect thing for the homeschool mom group, even if not all your members are classical or Charlotte Mason. This year at the retreat, we’ll be talking all things habits and habit training. To register to be a hostess or just to attend, head over to scholesisters.com/habit and sign up!
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    • 46 min
    Hostess with the Mostess: It's Retreat Time (with Danielle Cyrus!)

    Hostess with the Mostess: It's Retreat Time (with Danielle Cyrus!)

    Our special guest today is Danielle Cyrus. Danielle was a pre-law student when God disrupted her plans and led her to education. She has 4 children and has been married to Grant for 20 years. She began homeschooling as her oldest reached school age and has been neck deep in books ever since. Danielle is a tutor in the Classical Conversations Essentials program and has led various home-education support groups and retreats on Classical and Charlotte Mason philosophies. She is passionate about fostering supportive community for home-educating parents.
    Danielle has been hosting a local Scholé Sisters retreat for years so Abby and Brandy thought it’d be great to get together with her for a bit and discuss the ins and outs of of hosting a local retreat, and get her to explain why she loves retreats so much. Danielle gives plenty of helpful tips along the way so listen up!
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    • 32 min
    Building a Community (with Melissa Cummings!!)

    Building a Community (with Melissa Cummings!!)

    Our special guest this week is Melissa Cummings. Melissa and her husband Steven are second generation Christian homeschooling parents of five. She directs a Classical Christian homeschool co-op in her rural community, and also manages to pull off the annual Paideia Northwest conference for mamas raising kids for Christ. You can find her at JoyfulDomesticity.com.
    In today’s episode, Mystie and Brandy talk with Melissa about creating and nurturing community. Trust us, Melissa knows how it’s done! She built a thriving homeschool community in her own backyard! Building a homeschool community takes time and energy, which is why we don’t just ask Melissa about building community – we ask her how to know if it’s worth the sacrifice.
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    This summer, Scholé Sisters will be hosting some workshops led by Melissa who plans to walk us through what it takes to build a community, whether it be large or small. These workshops will be FREE for Sistership Sophie members! Just go to scholesisters.com/sisters to sign up.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Stop Looking for Hacks (You Need a Philosophy)

    Stop Looking for Hacks (You Need a Philosophy)

    So many people are turning to homeschooling these days, and the first question they usually ask is about curriculum – what should they use and how should they use it. In today’s episode, Mystie and Brandy discuss why it’s useful to back up and talk about why everyone needs a philosophy and how to go about building one.
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    Earlier this week on Tuesday, Scholé Sisters hosted our annual Spring Training. Our coach this year was Dr. Carl Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies from Grove City College. He gave us an amazing history lesson on Marx and Marxism and answered a lot of great questions at the end. Replays are available, and if you sign up shortly after this episode comes out, you’ll still have time to register and attend our live debriefing session with Mystie, Abby, and Brandy on May 10th. Just go to scholesisters.com/true to register.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    You're Not the Boss of Me, Now (A Discussion About Authority)

    You're Not the Boss of Me, Now (A Discussion About Authority)

    To prepare for today’s episode, Abby, Mystie, and Brandy read the first two chapters of Charlotte Mason’s third volume, School Education, which is all about authority. Our conversation centers on trying to grasp exactly what is unhealthy authority, what is healthy authority, and then how do we fight the anti-authority culture we live in? It was s a great discussion!
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    Are you ready for this year’s Spring Training? In seeking to understand the times we are in, we have hired as this year’s coach Dr. Carl Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies from Grove City College. Dr. Trueman is the author of the remarkable book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. Understanding the times helps us prepare our children, yes, but also prepares US to live counterculturally with confidence. Dr. Trueman is the perfect coach to help us understand how to navigate these strange cultural waters. Just go to scholesisters.com/true to register.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Political Rehab (with Brett Stroud!!)

    Political Rehab (with Brett Stroud!!)

    Our guest today is Brett Stroud. Brett is the President of Providence Classical Academy in Bakersfield, California. He is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute, a great books program at Biola University, and of the Pepperdine University School of Law. The mission of Providence Classical Academy is “To provide the children entrusted to its care with a liberal education grounded in the Christian scriptures and the Western tradition, with the goal of forming godly, virtuous, self-governing men and women.”
    Today’s episode is something of an intervention. It looked like Abby was going to abandon politics altogether and so, naturally, Brandy got a lawyer and came to the rescue. You will love not just that is worked … but HOW it worked!
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    Are you ready for this year’s Spring Training? We are SO excited to invite you to join us LIVE for the Excellent Marxmanship Spring Training. This year’s coach is the one and only Dr. Carl Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies from Grove City College. Dr. Trueman is the author of the remarkable book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. We need to understand the times so we can prepare our children, yes, but also so that we can be prepared to live counter-culturally with confidence. Dr. Trueman is the perfect coach to help us understand how to navigate these strange cultural waters. Just go to scholesisters.com/true to register.
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
410 Ratings

410 Ratings

stingray678 ,

Love it!

I love this podcast. I thought I hated podcasts, because they are usually wordy and boring. This is the first that I actually bother to listen to, and I love it and learn so much that I actually take notes. I am thrilled that I found the Scholé Sisters!

karischilee ,

Entertaining, enlightening, affirming

This show and these moms are perfectly accomplishing their stated goal - to provide encouragement and support to classically homeschooling moms, but I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a thoughtful discussion. This podcast broadens my mind and feeds my soul. Thank you!

New math teacher ,

Can I call this a *living* podcast?

I just found this podcast about 2 weeks ago and I think I’ve listened to every episode. I feel like I have found my people! The conversations have pushed me to grow in my own education and completely won me over to Charlotte Mason. Thanks for being so wonderful and enjoyable ☺️

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