I’m so excited about this new Guide to Reading, y’all!
If I could pick one institution that has helped me the most as a home school mom and as a human being, it would be the CiRCE Institute. They have consistently provided wonderful tools that encourage learning, both in mothers and in children. Annual and regional conferences, usually held at lovely places, filled with food, laughter and amazing speakers and encouragement, are on my do-not-miss list because they truly fill me to the brim for the year ahead. The Lost Tools of Writing, a very unique reading, writing and thinking program, has turned our whole family into better thinkers and problem solvers. This past year, CiRCE published Mere Motherhood by Cindy Rollins, along with her Guide for Morning time. (Look for me to be a guest speaker next month on her podcast The Mason Jar!) The amazing gifts keep coming, and the newest release has me on pin and needles.
I have long been a fan of Andrew Kern’s essays and teaching. One of my favorites is his article on inspiring children, found here. There are many free webinars on the CiRCE website so that you can get to know Andrew and his love for classical education. I cannot say enough about the encouragement and wisdom that he pours out on mothers. He has both encouraged me in the preschool trenches, and inspired me to work hard to become an excellent teacher of young adults. I have been excitedly awaiting his newly published reading guide, which is due to be on the shelf within the next few weeks.
When asked to describe A Circe Guide to Reading, Andrew says:
” For some years I have practiced a multi-layered and super-flexible approach to reading that avoids the obsessiveness and hyper-analysis of most of what is taught in our schools.
It involves elements of speed-reading, elements of close-reading, and elements of humane-reading.
I’ve taught this approach to students and apprentices over the years so a number of you may have already learned at least pieces of it.
One amazing thing to me about this approach is that I’ve heard from both Oxford scholars and parents of students with learning disabilities how helpful it is. That is because, I believe, it attends not to the thousand differences we all develop in our approaches to reading (most of which are glorious and idiosyncratic) but to the essential things we all do by virtue of the fact that we are humans engaged in the act of reading. “
This very practical yet poetic tool will enable you to:
• LEARN how to experience a question-driven dialogue with a book.
• LEARN how reading in layers provides an appropriate form for perceiving truth.
• LEARN how highlighters and pens aid our reading experience.
• LEARN tools that equip readers to think about & wrestle with a text.
• LEARN how to experience the deep pleasures, riches, & comforts stories offer.
I am thrilled that CiRCE has offered us TWO copies to give away so that some lucky Homegrown families will be among the first to own this amazing book. Just go like follow The Circe Institute on Facebook and Instagram, follow our accounts as well (Facebook and Instagram) and you will be entered to win!