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Living Education is a Charlotte Mason co-op that meets in Flower Mound.
Fine arts co-op families meet biweekly for nature study, art, poetry, handicrafts, artist & picture study, composer study, hymns & folksongs, literature and Shakespeare. 

Drop-off high school classes meet weekly.
2021-2022 class listings will be added below.

To request membership for fine arts co-op, or to pre-register for drop-off classes, please email [email protected]


2021-2022 Classes

History & Humanities: Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation

Grades: 8th-12th
Time: Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Optional 4-day group tutoring available with Ambleside School of DFW
Location: Flower Mound
Instructor: Valerie Bishop
Grader, Assistant, curriculum co-creator: Jenna Elsenbrock
Cost: $450


Description: Building on the foundation of this year's study of the ancients, our journey continues into the medieval world of thought, through the Renaissance and Reformation. We will befriend Boethius, Dante, Aquinas, Erasmus, Petrarch, Bacon, Chaucer, Calvin, Luther, Machiavelli, Shakespeare and more. We will journey with knights and vikings, kings and popes, saints and martyrs, poets and artists. History, literature, philosophy, theology, church history and art come together for a delightful feast of western civilization. "A pageant of history..." ~ C.M.

Inspired by Charlotte Mason, our curriculum was custom created for this class, by the instructor and the grader, who is a CM grad. It brings together living books, poetry, source documents, treaties and writings, with picture study woven throughout. Daily written narrations solidify learning and keep writing skills fresh. Weekly dictation quizzes from challenging passages advance grammar, spelling and vocabulary skills. Writing and composition skills are reviewed and sharpened with research papers and essays. Artist and picture study complete our class time each Friday. The habit of attention is practiced by spreading out readings, and breaking up class time into short lessons, punctuated by oral narrations. 

Homework expectations: 1.5-2 hours daily: Readings, written narrations, timeline entries in book of centuries, dictation quiz review. Rounding out at-home work are writing papers, preparing for oral narrations, speeches and spring debate. Exams are given quarterly. Middle schoolers' expectations and grading are individually customized.

Books ($150-200):
How Should We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer
A History of England, Arnold-Forster
Saints and Heroes, Vol I & II
Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
Joan of Arc, Mark Twain
Beowulf, Seamus Heaney
Age of Chivalry, Thomas Bulfinch
Essays of Francis Bacon
In Freedom's Cause, G.A. Henty
Book of Centuries, Katherine Weitz
History Reader: Excerpts from Story of Europe, English Literature for Boys and Girls, Dante's Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradise, Canterbury Tales, Summa Theologica, Utopia, Everyman, Legends of Roland, The Prince, The Art of War, Shakespeare's sonnets and bios of Renaissance figures.
Student Notebook & Syllabus

Recommended credits:
English/Composition: 1/2
History: British 1/2
History: World 1/2
Literature: Medieval 1
Philosophy/Theology 1/2
Humanities: 1/4


Living Education is partnering with Ambleside School of DFW to offer an optional four-day group tutoring environment with our class assistant. Email [email protected] for more information.

Shakespeare

Grades: 4th-12th
Time: Biweekly Fridays 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Flower Mound
Cost: $30 plus costume rental

Instructor: Valerie Bishop
Curriculum: Shakespeare

Description: During Fall semester, students will read aloud through an entire play, immersing themselves in the rich language, and discussing characters and themes. In the Spring, it's stage time! Students will work together as a team rehearsing, memorizing, and learning theater skills. Rehearsals will increase from biweekly to nightly in May, with costumes and props. Students will perform a 45 minute play at the Family Showcase.

Great care is taken to make this timeless literature accessible and enjoyable to younger audiences. We are passionate about minimizing mature references, while preserving the beauty, depth and playful humor of the Bard. The spirit of the classroom also reflects this balance, with instructors keeping discussion pointed towards the good and the beautiful.

Homework expectation: Fall: none. Spring: 1 hour a week. Two weeks in May prior to production: daily or nightly dress rehearsals.


Art

Grades: 4th-12th
Time: Biweekly Fridays 1:15-2:00 p.m.
Location: Flower Mound
Cost: $30

Instructor: TBD
Curriculum: John Muir Laws, various

Homework expectation: occasional; optional

Description: A variety of techniques and mediums will be covered this year. Sketching techniques, still life drawings, dry brush, oil and pastel paintings and watercolor will be explored. 

Students' work will be displayed at the end of year Family Showcase.