Our Guiding Principles
We desire is to give our children a Christ-Centered homeschool education, while infusing a love of learning in a restful learning environment. Teaching them to seek and know the Truth in the world around them through the knowledge of this world and the the wisdom that comes from God.
As a community of homeschooling families we strive to support and learn from each other. Homeschooling can be hard, but in a supportive like-minded community we come together weekly to learn and encourage the students as well as the parents.
Pursuing Wisdom . . . through a Classical Curriculum
Classical education is a long tradition of education that has emphasized seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). Classical education also includes the study of Latin. The study of these subjects in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty teaches students how to learn and how to think, and how to pursue wisdom.
It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years.
We endeavor to renew this classical tradition in our Scholé Group. We do so by focusing on a core curriculum of Latin, writing, logic/rhetoric, arithmetic/mathematics, science, and a study of the great books. Our students study some of these subjects together with tutors during our Campus Days and others at home in their homeschools.
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Discovering Delight—in Restful Learning
As our name implies, we value the concept of “restful learning” that is at the root of the word scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” Scholé is also the basis for our English word “school,” but this modern term has lost the connotation of restfulness. Progressive education often cultivates a learning experience that is frenetic, as students and teachers rush to “cover” required material. As a result, students tend to learn to cram, pass, and forget. Even within the classical tradition, it is easy to find ourselves approaching education from a state of stress, striving anxiously to recover a rich tradition and thus missing the great depth it offers.
We believe excellence in academics need not be frenetic. Instead, allowing the concept of scholé to guide our teaching practices, we pursue restful learning by modeling peace, love of the subject, and unrushed learning. It is important to note that restfulness does not mean idleness. Instead, it means that we pursue depth instead of breadth, valuing contemplation and conversation over merely “covering” a wide range of material. We seek meaningful engagement of fewer books and concepts so that learning becomes enjoyable and memorable. We dig deep into classical subjects so that our students experience refreshment as their studies come alive. Through a scholé pedagogy, our families discover delight in learning.
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Growing Together—as a Community of Learners
We are seeking to recover an approach to education that few—if any—of us experienced ourselves. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see the path ahead of us, and our process is often one of trial and error. Recovering the classical tradition and the scholé approach is only made possible by collaboration, which is why we have formed a Scholé Group community. We are united by our commitment to pursuing restful, classical education for our children, and we gather together to share our gifts, experience, and learned wisdom with one another in pursuit of this goal.
As a Scholé Group, we are also connected to a vibrant community of adult and student learners through the Scholé Groups network. Scholé Groups offers guidance on how to pursue restful, classical education and provides practical resources for actualizing these goals in homeschools and homeschool communities. In addition, the Scholé Groups network functions as a platform for collaboration between Scholé Groups across the globe. Together, we grow toward the ideal of deep, meaningful education.
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Benefits and Services
We provide our members with these benefits and services:
- A vibrant community committed to restful, classical learning
- A meaningful, enriching curriculum featuring the traditional, classical arts of grammar, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, science, and the great books
- Online co-op schedule and calendar
- Easy online access to a list of your student’s weekly assignments
- 20% off all curricula published by Classical Academic Press
- Discounted teacher training from ClassicalU, available to all parents and teachers
- Free access to live training webinars with leaders in the renewal of classical education
- Access to the wider Scholé Groups network, a growing community of like-minded co-ops