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 Dec 1, 2011
Cindy Rollins Nov 21, 2011
Sometimes life offers up delightful surprises. I remember the first time I met Dorothy Sayers's detective Lord Peter Wimsey, the first time I heard Dr George Grant speak of education as wonder, my first Circe conference in Memphis, the first season of LOST, my introduction to iambic pentameter via The Taming of the Shrew.  While not the bigger moments of my, life such as meeting my husband or seeing my own grandchild smile at me, they are delightful all the same.
Cindy Rollins Nov 14, 2011
If we decide to take classical education as our model of teaching does that mean that some modern teaching ideas and methods are anathema to us?  Yes.  I thought it would be interesting to explore some of these negative methods in the next few weeks.
Cindy Rollins Nov 7, 2011
Since finishing The Bible and the Task of Teaching (a book I can no longer link to in good conscience as the price is now ridiculous) I have been thinking about the power of metaphor. We often hear how our ‘worldview’ affects our thoughts and actions. Our ‘worldview’ is in a sense our picture or metaphor of the world. But in teaching and raising children we also have a picture within which we operate. Therefore it is important that we are operating within the right picture.
Cindy Rollins Oct 31, 2011
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in the truth." 3 John 1:4 In a few weeks I will be graduating my 6th son from our homeschool which means I have reached a stage of life which I feared would never come; I am beginning to reap. Reaping is fun especially when the sowing came with tears. "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalm 126:6 There were many years when this seemed more like a pipe dream than a promise.
Cindy Rollins Oct 24, 2011
When I read a great book the first thing I want to do is share it with someone who will appreciate it. Sometimes I even buy the book as a gift. Then I can enjoy watching the giftee stare blankly at me as they compute whether they are actually going to have to read the book. I don’t blame them; I do the same thing when presented with a book because the pile of books beside my bed threatens to kill me in my sleep and when someone tells me I must read another one, I rebel. If the book has been given to me by my mother I am in even bigger trouble.
Cindy Rollins Oct 14, 2011
Growing up I went to a church with the word ‘missionary’ in its name. Somehow this translated out in practice to the idea that everyone should be a foreign missionary. If you were a nice girl and wanted all the little old ladies to pat you on the head and smile then it was best to always answer the question, “What do you want be when you grow up?” with “missionary.”   It was no surprise  in my public school 2nd grade class this was my answer to that question. I am sure I must have felt a bit baffled when I was not immediately showered with approval.
Cindy Rollins Oct 10, 2011
Some of you may remember my story of how our family came to enjoy reading Shakespeare together. It was a heart’s desire that became a reality over time. Not so with Plutarch and his Lives. When I first read how some Charlotte Mason Cottage Schools (PNEU) in Britain read Plutarch’s Lives in class I barely gave it a thought. One reason was my own dismal education. Plutarch who? It took many years of hearing the name and the book mentioned before I had the faintest stirring in that direction. To tell the truth I wasn’t ready to appreciate the author at all.
Cindy Rollins Sep 23, 2011
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Cindy Rollins Feb 4, 2011
Since you are reading this article there is a good chance you love and teach children.  It is probable that you appreciate Andrew Kern’s definition of classical education as “the cultivation of wisdom and virtue by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty by means of the seven liberal arts and the four sciences."