Scholé and Classical Education
The Vine Christian Homeschool Community
We are a proud Scholé homeschool group.
VCHC is a classical Christian home school community located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. VCHC exists to assist local homeschool families in educating their children through a variety of classically taught academic enrichment courses presented through a Christian worldview. As a Scholé Group, we are a homeschooling community that employs the content of a classical curriculum and the pedagogy of restful learning embodied by the word scholé. The word scholé (pronounced skoh-LAY) comes from a Greek word that means “restful learning,” with the connotation of “contemplation,” “conversation,” and “reflection.” At VCHC, our mission is to pursue deep engagement that results in enjoyable, permanent learning—that is, to bring scholé to our homeschool group.
Pursuing Wisdom . . . through a Classical Curriculum
Classical education is a long tradition of education that has emphasized seeking truth, goodness, and beauty and the study of the liberal arts and the great books. What are the liberal arts? They are grammar, logic, rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium), arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy (the mathematical arts of the quadrivium). Classical education also includes the study of Latin. The study of these subjects in the pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty teaches students how to learn and how to think, and how to pursue wisdom.
It is precisely this kind of education that has produced countless great leaders, inventors, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians, physicians, lawyers, artists, and musicians over the centuries. Classical education never really disappeared, but it did diminish starting around 1900 with the advent of progressive education. In an effort to restore this most proven form of education, the liberal arts tradition has been renewed and expanded again over the last thirty years.
We endeavor to renew this classical tradition in our Scholé Group. We do so by focusing on a core curriculum of Latin, writing, logic/rhetoric, arithmetic/mathematics, science, and a study of the great books. VCHC students study some of these subjects together with tutors during our Campus Days and others at home in their homeschools.
Discovering Delight—in Restful Learning
VCHC delights in the concept of “restful learning” that is at the root of the word scholé. Scholé is also the basis for our English word “school,” but this modern term has lost the connotation of restfulness. Progressive education often cultivates a learning experience that is frenetic, as students and teachers rush to “cover” required material. As a result, students tend to learn to cram, pass, and forget. Even within the classical tradition, it is easy to find ourselves approaching education from a state of stress, striving anxiously to recover a rich tradition and thus missing the great depth it offers.
We believe excellence in academics need not be frenetic. Instead, allowing the concept of scholé to guide our teaching practices, we pursue restful learning by modeling peace, love of the subject, and unrushed learning. It is important to note that restfulness does not mean idleness. Instead, it means that we pursue depth instead of breadth, valuing contemplation and conversation over merely “covering” a wide range of material. We seek meaningful engagement of fewer books and concepts so that learning becomes enjoyable and memorable. We dig deep into classical subjects so that our students experience refreshment as their studies come alive. Through a scholé pedagogy, our VCHC families discover delight in learning.
Growing Together—as a Community of Learners
We are seeking to recover an approach to education that few—if any—of us experienced ourselves. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see the path ahead of us, and our process is often one of trial and error. Recovering the classical tradition and the scholé approach is only made possible by collaboration, which is why we have formed a Scholé Group community. We are united by our commitment to pursuing restful, classical education for our children, and we gather together to share our gifts, experience, and learned wisdom with one another in pursuit of this goal.
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