September 23, 2020
AMDG. Feeling the shine (or enormity) of a new school year wearing off and a sense of "why haven’t we figured this out yet?” setting in? You’re not alone. On Episode 10 of the Kolbecast, Jordan, Bonnie, and Hope talk about how getting into a routine can be elusive but how building the habit of finishing strong is always on the curriculum around here, the concept and execution of mastery as opposed to mechanistic schooling, students’ responsibility to actively participate in acquiring knowledge, what exercises are “essential” versus actually essential, and the importance of not taking things too seriously.
“As you know, the task of a teacher is not simply to impart information or to provide training in skills intended to deliver some economic benefit to society; education is not and must never be considered as purely utilitarian. It is about forming the human person, equipping him or her to live life to the full – in short it is about imparting wisdom. And true wisdom is inseparable from knowledge of the Creator, for ‘both we and our words are in his hand, as are all understanding and skill in crafts.’ (Wis 7:16).” Pope Benedict XVI’s 2010 Address to Teachers and Religious.
Jordan’s blog post on ship building - https://blog.kolbe.org/roles-and-models-in-education/
Jordan’s blog post on educating at home, especially in these times
Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich on Goodreads and Bookshop.org
September 16, 2020
AMDG. In Episode 9, we visit with 2019 Kolbe alumna Monnica Prudlo. She regales us with her recollection of writing her student graduation address for the 2019 Kolbe graduation ceremony and reminisces about her Kolbe experience, including how she cultivated friendships by participating in the clubs and talent show, and how her Kolbe formation has helped prepare her for her university studies. Monnica is studying abroad this semester, so we hear about the preparations she’s made for that in light of the pandemic along with what she’s looking forward to while in Rome. She has some words of wisdom for current Kolbe students as well.
(Hope would like it noted that she misspoke and meant Razumikhin, the noble best friend, instead of Raskolnikov, the nihilistic main character, when she referenced Crime and Punishment).
August 26, 2020
AMDG. As the school year kicks into gear, the day-to-day of homeschooling is the topic of the day. Bonnie and Hope offer a range of suggestions free for the taking or leaving about daily rhythms or practices, walking through school days, navigating when someone hits a figurative wall, regrouping when the wheels fall off an entire day, managing sick days, reframing the sometimes-daunting idea of being a “teacher” to the monikers of being a facilitator or air traffic controller (among others), trusting the Kolbe structure and process, and a few other big-picture thoughts.
Circadian rhythm article: https://hbr.org/2015/01/the-ideal-work-schedule-as-determined-by-circadian-rhythms
Sheet pan pancakes recipe: https://www.thekitchn.com/sheet-pan-pancakes-recipe-23059380
I (Bonnie) use 2 ¼ cups AP flour and don’t stir in anything that would provide texture such as fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips. I also preheat the pan while mixing together the ingredients. When the ingredients are ready to be baked, I remove the pan from the oven and line it with parchment paper that I then brush with melted butter before pouring in the batter. Last time we made this recipe, we did without the powdered sugar topping. No one missed it. For festive occasions we serve bacon and scrambled eggs with the sheet pan pancake.
One Pan Wonders cookbook: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/guides/one-pan-wonders
Morning offering coffee mug: https://roseharrington.com/products/morning-offering-mug-bright-white-14-oz
Morning offering static cling: https://www.studiosenn.com/product-page/morning-offering-static-cling
One example of a family litany: https://www.etsy.com/listing/775792338/family-litany-of-saints-family-prayer?ref=shop_home_active_11&pro=1&frs=1
St. Maximilian Kolbe coffee mug: https://beaheart.com/collections/lifestyle/products/maximilian-kolbe-16oz-travel-mug
St. Thomas Aquinas’s prayer for students: https://aleteia.org/2017/11/21/a-students-prayer-by-st-thomas-aquinas/
St. John XXIII’s bedtime prayer: https://aleteia.org/2019/03/31/when-falling-asleep-pray-this-prayer-to-rest-in-peace/
August 21, 2020
AMDG. Developing a family and homeschool calendar can be daunting, but Bonnie and Hope break it down this episode of the Kolbecast. They talk about the pros and cons of paper planners and online calendars, the Schoology online platform’s various options, keeping family members up to date on meal plans and commitments, and how fostering use of a planner can be a prayerful act of both responsibility and surrender.
Bonnie’s simple planner: this cover design but 8.5” x 11”
Hope’s hourly and to-list planner: Simplified daily edition
Completely customizable build-a-planner option
August 20, 2020
AMDG. Developing a workspace for homeschooling is one of those things that is specific and personal, and yet it’s almost impossible to get a foothold without knowing what works for other people. In this episode, Bonnie and Hope discuss their own homeschooling workspaces, things that worked and didn’t work for them in putting those workspaces together, how paperwork organization fits into their space, and the flexibility of being able to take schoolwork on the go.
Letter tray organizer: https://www.amazon.com/SimpleHouseware-Desktop-Document-Letter-Organizer/dp/B01K07MYA6/
August 19, 2020
AMDG. The dramatic arts are a profound combination of the spoken word and the human person, where actors embody fundamental ideas of creation along with significant literary and production components. In this episode, Kolbe Online teacher (and alumna!) Dolores Ann Mihaliak visits with Bonnie and Hope about these ideas and Kolbe’s new Drama Portfolio and Advanced Dramatic Arts classes, including how Kolbe’s curriculum addresses questions of humanity and relationships in context and the Zoom theater online creative endeavor developing in quarantine.
Dolores’s upcoming online production of As You Like It: https://www.richmondcatholictheatre.com/
@TheInitiativeTheater on Facebook and Instagram
August 10, 2020
In this episode, Jordan, Bonnie and Hope talk about their experiences with Kolbe Academy and give a preview of future episodes.
Bonnie and her family are starting their fourth year of homeschooling with Kolbe. She's a liturgical musician, podcast fanatic, and heavy library user, as well as a Kolbe Parent Ambassador.
Hope studied communication theory and philosophy in college, then went to law school. Now she's a complex litigation attorney, an avid home cook, and the fun aunt to Bonnie’s kids.
Bonnie and Hope are sisters whose perspectives complement each other: Bonnie is living out the day-to-day homeschooling reality with four bairns in grades between fifth and tenth, while Hope is relying on her Kolbe formation in a phase of life after being a student and before being a parent.