MIC Archive Subscription
Since January 2014 we have been delivering our Award-Winning Mentoring in the Classics series. We’ve got 24 months (and counting) of mentoring content under our belts!
Since some have come later to the party, and especially since the series was designed to be progressive–to build on past months’ commentaries–we are now delighted to offer a “new” subscription product: The Mentoring in the Classics Archive!
This will follow the same format as the regular MIC, but it will start at the beginning – no matter when you subscribe. In other words, in your first month you receive the content that our MIC subscribers received in January 2014. In your second month, you’ll get the February 2014 content. Third month = March 2014, and so on going forward.
How does it work?
1. At the beginning of each month, based on the date your start your subscription*, you will receive an email containing links to download the audio Introduction (mp3) and Study Guide (pdf). The Study Guide will include suggested topics for writing and/or discussion, resources for further study, recommendations for other titles of interest, etc.
2. Toward the end of the month (again, based on the date you subscribed)*, you will receive an additional email containing a link to download the audio Summary and Debriefing (mp3). While there is a schedule for when we send these audios out, there is no requirement on when you review them. To ensure that you have access on demand, we do strongly recommend you save the audios to your computer or device immediately, and them review them at your convenience.
3. Online discussions will be hosted on a dedicated Facebook group >>, and will be moderated by our TJEd mentors. Each book in the schedule will have a searchable discussion thread, and there is no limit to the duration of each discussion online.
4. Select comments and questions from the online discussions may be addressed in the monthly audio Debriefing by Oliver DeMille.
About the Book Selections
The titles chosen for the MIC Archive Series are designed to be progressive in nature.
MONTH 1: Introduction
Gatto’s Dumbing us Down is a fitting introduction, describing in uncompromising terms the need for the type of education we’ll pursue in this series.
MONTH 2: Orientation
Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea simply cannot be read incorrectly; it is all about pondering, applying it to your life, thinking creatively, intuitively, authentically. Careful thought has gone into the succession from Gatto to Lindbergh – the former being an exposition of what is wrong, the latter, a “healing” book; first the “tell”, then the “show.”
The Audio Mentoring and Study Guide for Lindbergh are important, as they establish the unique and effective methodology by which this course will progress.
Please take special care to familiarize yourself with the 5 Levels of Engagement with the Classics outlined in the audio mentoring and the Study Guide. This will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the rest of the titles we cover, and help you to glean and apply from them in meaningful ways.
MONTH 3: Austen
As Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a longer work, the months previous and following are less time-consuming. It’s a favorite – both familiar, and worthy of repeat reads. Is there a book out there that Hollywood has adapted more times? There must be a story there, LOL. You’ll have time to get into this lengthier title early, as Lindbergh is sweet, profound and actually quite concise, and a great backdrop for this insightful and witty work.
MONTH 4: Lowell
“The Present Crisis” (link downloads PDF) by James Russell Lowell is a profoundly beautiful (and short!) work, which Oliver will give a line-by-line treatment – thus reinforcing the participants’ ability to appreciate and comprehend the language of the classics. This provides a great segue-way to next month’s Shakespeare, which some have avoided because of the unfamiliar language, and which is so beloved by readers and theater-goers for generations.
MONTHS 5 – 6: Shakespeare & Potok
The progression from Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Shakespeare play on homeschooling) and Potok’s The Chosen is especially poignant, as they have similar plot elements. Both address the power of education, especially Scholar Phase education; both consider the affect of education and upbringing on the individual outcomes in adulthood.
MONTH 7: The Declaration
This month’s selection, The Declaration of Independence, (link downloads PDF) is a freedom classic that articulated for the world, then and now, the nobility of the human soul, and the inestimable worth of liberty. As this is a shorter title, you’ll have time to get started early on next month’s reading!
MONTH 8: Hugo
After 6 months of MIC, you’re ready for some deep and moving stuff! In our original rotation, this was our August selection – a month when many gear up for school again – and yet straddles the “summer/fall” line. Les Miserables does double duty as a great beach read and a serious scholarly challenge. Life changing! If you’ve read it before, you know; if you haven’t, you know you’ve been meaning to….
MONTH 9: Lewis
Again, the selection preceding the monumental Hugo is short, as is this month’s: Lewis’ “The Inner Ring.” This one is perfect to help define Why We Do What We Do. Originally our September 2014 reading, it is timely, as the advent of fall and “serious” school often puts our goals and methods under the scrutiny of measuring up to others’ expectations, and demands that we have clarity of vision and purpose, to follow our inspired–and inspiring–path.
MONTH 10: Schneider
Our October 2014 content first debuted in the season when many of our participants are in the thick of home or classroom studies, and so we introduce our first math classic (if you don’t count The Chosen – and maybe we should!). Schneider’s A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe is an easy read and tends to turn math haters into math lovers, and math lovers into serious math students.
MONTH 11: Bronte
This month brings another perennial favorite: the courageous Jane Eyre. Bronte’s beleaguered and faithful heroine always inspires such meaningful discussions. The Debriefing Audio for this title featured more than one serious about-face from our participants with regard to their love or hate of this book. Lively and penetrating, you’re sure to enjoy this one!
MONTH 12: Wilder
Our December 2014 reading highlighted a time when many of our participants suspend their normal routine to focus on family, traditions, worship and celebrations. In this spirit, we have chosen a great family read: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you find this a strange choice, trust us. It’s chock-full of amazing content – especially on the topics of family culture, education and community. Oh–and it’s not a “girl” book. Seriously. There are bears, whittlin’, and all sorts of manly fare.
And that wraps up our first year with Mentoring in the Classics!
If you want to look ahead to the upcoming titles, here you go:
Year II Schedule:
- Year II, Month 1: Leadership Essentials Series, Turn the Page
- II-2: ten Boom, The Hiding Place
- II-3: Austen, Sense and Sensibility
- II-4: Strauss and Howe, The Fourth Turning
- II-5: Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
- II-6: L’Amour, Bendigo Shafter
- II-7: DeMille, Freedom Matters
- II-8: Alcott, Little Men
- II-9: Leadership Essentials Series, Mentoring Matters
- II-10: Stratton-Porter, Laddie
- II-11: Shakespeare, Hamlet
- II-12: Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
Year III Schedule:
- III-1: Moody, Little Britches
- III-2: Shakespeare, Sonnets
- III-3: Lewis, Abolition of Man
- III-4: Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
- III-5: Austen, Emma
- III-6: L’Amour, The Lonesome Gods
- III-7: Orwell, Animal Farm
- III-8: Frank, Alas, Babylon
- III-9: DeMille & Brooks, Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens – and Every Adult Who Wants to Change the World
- III-10: Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart (link downloads pdf)
- III-11: Spyri, Heidi
- III-12: Latham, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
We will periodically update the reading schedule so that you’re kept informed of the coming books that are not yet listed.
We’re delighted to have you join us for Mentoring in the Classics. Please join the conversation on our Facebook Discussion Group! [click here to join >>]
Rachel DeMille, TJEd.org
“An Education to Match Your Mission”
* For example: If you start your subscription on the 7th of the month, your first-of-the-month email will come on or near the 7th of each successive month, and your end-of-month content will come about 3 weeks later, several days before the next subscription month begins on the following 7th. Make sense?