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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 Feb 20, 2012
Herodotus and Thucydides

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Cindy Rollins Feb 2, 2012
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Cindy Rollins Jan 27, 2012
You know about The Great Books and even the best books, but what about plain old good books? These books are the meat and potatoes of a child’s reading life especially those children who read constantly. My son James read The Hobbit in one day. I don’t recommend that but it happens. My oldest son, Timothy, and I spent all evening quizzing James on minute details from the book to refute his claim but he had indeed read it all.
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Cindy Rollins Jan 20, 2012
It may be bleak and cold outside but it won't  be long until July rolls around and the Circe Conference is upon us. This year's Paideia prize winner is author, agrarian and philosopher Wendell Berry. Berry is a prolific writer. An Amazon search for his name yields pages and pages of Berry's individual titles, including compilations, essays, novels, short stories, poetry and even children's literature.
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Cindy Rollins Jan 10, 2012

In 2006 I attended my first Circe Conference in Memphis, TN. It was called A Contemplation of Knowledge. I expected the conference to inspire me to work harder and to rebuke me for not trying hard enough, as most conferences do. I knew I was failing as a homeschool mom and I just needed a bit of turbo boost to fail harder. You see, for the 20 years prior to the conference I had educated my children using ideas I read in Susan Schaeffer Macaulay’s For the Children's Sake and The Original Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Series.

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Cindy Rollins Jan 9, 2012
Christmas has officially ended. I know this because after 3 months of pushing feast-foods, chocolate, and cookies on me, Walmart is now not so subtly hinting that I need to go on a diet. Time to pay the piper. This irritates me every year for different reasons. I tend to be rebellious, which makes it hard for me to diet in January and easy for me to mutter my way through the grocery aisles. But buried in this yearly dance is a truth. Pleasure has a price.
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Cindy Rollins Dec 30, 2011
I always try to carefully choose the last book I read each year.  Often it also becomes the first book of the new year. This year I have decided to read The Iliad again. My favorite translation of the first line of the poem is:” Sing, O, Muse…”   It is as if the whole story immediately plays before our eyes in the pathos of the desperate desire for remembrance captured in those first tiny words.  The muse sings and we listen and we do remember.  For 2500 years we have played her song over and over again. Why?
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Cindy Rollins Dec 6, 2011
Recently I blogged about the mistake of always trying to make learning fun. But since I generally ride a horse by falling off first one side and then the other, I am reminded that the opposite of always trying to make learning fun is thinking that it must always be as dry as dust. What we are talking about here is facts! Or maybe some might phrase it as "back to basics." Charles Dickens immortalized this attitude in Hard Times with his Gradgrind character:
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