Cindy Rollins

Cindy Rollins is a homeschooling mom of 9 (8 boys and 1 girl) who attended Stetson University and Toccoa Falls College.She is a freelance writer with monthly columns in the Chattanooga Esprit and Knoxville Smoke Signals. For many years now she has blogged through her efforts to  homeschool under the classical principles of Charlotte Mason at Ordo-Amoris.  She continues to follow her heart's desire to encourage and serve homeschooling moms with a special concern for those raising sons. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband Tim and however many children happen to be home.

Cindy Rollins Jul 3, 2015
Nothing like questions for stimulating thought. My inbox is pretty full after our first Mason Jar podcast. I am always stunned by the burdens homeschool moms carry. I am pretty sure we are not meant to carry such burdens.  In a culture that does not honor the past we have to start all over each generation learning the skills of life.  
Cindy Rollins May 20, 2015

It is printed. The last lesson plan for the last week for the last child in my homeschool.

When my oldest was 5 I filled a notebook with his lessons plans for his entire school career-what we were going to use each year until he graduated. 

Yes, I did that.

Planning is such a wonderful thing unless you put too much stock in it. I planned to homeschool all my children through all their school years. And now suddenly it is finished, a few years short of that lofty goal. Life works like that. Things change. 

Cindy Rollins Mar 30, 2015

This week in our school district, it's spring break. If you watch the news then you might have heard that the college kids take their dorm brothels South during this time, outdoing even their on-campus shenanigans (impossible though that that may seem).

For families things are not so obviously degenerate.

Cindy Rollins Mar 6, 2015

Since the semester started, my sons Alex and Andrew and I have been reading The Odyssey.

I wanted to write something profound about this study but it has turned out to be just Alex and Andrew and I reading The Odyssey

Cindy Rollins Feb 3, 2015

For the first time in perhaps my entire life I sat down and watched the whole Super Bowl. Mostly I just read Twitter comments and watched the commercials. I am still not sure why anyone watches an entire football game when the last few minutes is where all the action happens.  

Cindy Rollins Jan 29, 2015

Did you know that Flannery O’Connor could not spell? Her spelling was notoriously bad.

Cindy Rollins Jan 26, 2015

For Teachers and Parents:

Often after we help our students begin their lifelong pursuit of learning , we find that after high school our options for continuing a classical education are limited. CiRCE has showcased many fine options for student’s graduating from high school including several classical colleges and John Hodges’ delightful gap year program The Center for Western Studies.  

Cindy Rollins Jan 16, 2015
If you have taken my advice you will be deep in the middle of a murder mystery this cold January afternoon. Perhaps I could also interest you in another favorite genre: Southern Literature. I am a southern transplant. I was born in Ohio but at the tender age of 3 my family to Florida. I would say this makes me a true southerner since it means I have been in the South for most of the last 50 years but the truth is it takes more than 50 years to make one a southerner.  
Cindy Rollins Jan 5, 2015

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. 

Yes, you heard me right. It's dark. It's cold. But we have just been reminded that in the fullness of time light came into the world. So keep a couple strands of those twinkle lights plugged in for a few more weeks, grab a cup of coffee, and settle into the season of reading. 

This the month when you can read seed catalogs but you can’t garden. Sure the kids are fighting and you feel fat but for the next 6 weeks you will have one reprieve: a good book or ten.

Cindy Rollins Sep 2, 2014

With the help of Wes Callihan and his Epics series  my sons, Alex and Andrew, and I are reading The Iliad this term. I have read The Iliad before, honest injun, but for most of my children I have just assigned it as reading during their year in King’s Meadow Antiquities. I thought I would enjoy reading The Iliad out loud with these, my last two boys, and learning along with them this year.  I fully expect it to inform each of us in different ways.