Wednesday, April 28, 2010

End of BlogTalk season

Thanks for sharing in another great season of BlogTalkRadio shows this spring!

Since we're entering the travel and practicum season, the show is going off the air for the year, but keep your ears tuned for news about the 2011 season, which will bring more challenging conversations, exciting guests, and chances to share your thoughts with a broader community of like-minded individuals.

As a reminder, archived recordings of all previous shows are available at This season, we had a great lineup of speakers and guests:
Thanks for all of your chats, questions, comments, and calls this spring. I hope you'll keep the conversations going, and I look forward to seeing some of you this summer!

Love, Leigh

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Core - spread the news!

It's getting closer! The June 2010 release of my newest book, The Core, is just over a month away. If Classical Conversations and the model of classical education has been a valuable part of your home school, you can help spread the word.

The link below is for a flyer you can download and print to share with your church, your home school community, or friends who are frustrated with the low standards and lack of vision and purpose they encounter in the public schools.

The Core - Coming June 2010

Thanks for your help!

Pre-order the book now!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On the Road this Summer

It's getting close to that time of year again: the speaking and tour season.

Although it means a busier and more unpredictable schedule, it also means the chance to talk to many courageous, excited, terrified, and joy-filled parents ... parents just like you, who are working hard to resound God's glory with their families.

I'll post more detailed information as it's available, but here are a few dates to get you started.
June 7-9 | Lees Summit, MO |
CC Parent Practicum – Thinking Beyond a Book

July 14–17 | Arlington, Texas |
CiRCE 2010 Conference: A Contemplation of Liberty

July 19-21 | Chattanooga, TN |
CC Parent Practicum – Thinking Beyond a Book

See you on the road!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Blog Talk Off the Air 4/14/10

Sorry for the last minute change, but this week's BlogTalk show with CC Grads has been canceled due to schedule conflicts. Thanks to all my faithful listeners this spring; let's keep the conversations going strong!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Confusing Money and Education...

... is funny, but not as amusing when you think about the real implications.

Today, let's thank the Lord that vibrant, engaged learning is not reliant on the newest technology or the financial state of the nation. Remember, you can teach your children using only a slate and a piece of chalk, a stick and a patch of sand, or a conversation across the dinner table.

Monday, April 12, 2010

CC graduates on Leigh at Lunch

It's back!! Join me Wednesdays at 12 noon EST for my Blog Talk Radio show, Leigh at Lunch.

This Wednesday, April 14 at noon, I'll be talking to some of our CC graduates, who have gone on to excel in college and beyond. Details TBA.

Call or chat in with questions for these smart graduates about applying and transitioning to college, life skills, looking back on a classical education, and more.

To listen , visit An archive of the show will be available approximately 20 minutes after the show ends.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

FYI from Leigh at Lunch 4/7/10

If you are interested in topics that came up during this week's show, here are a few links and tips from Leigh at Lunch on Blog Talk Radio 4/7/10, "Leigh at Lunch with Adam Andrews." (Click on the title to listen to the show archive now).

Coming soon from 1 Smart Mama
  • Tune in next Wednesday, April 14, at 12 noon EST to join the conversation with Leigh and several graduates of Classical Conversations. Bring your questions about college, life skills, and more!

  • Ongoing events

  • Leigh's newest book, The Core, will be released in June! Pre-order it on Amazon. In late May, look for emails about a "buy The Core" event to maximize the book's visibility.
  • Find out more about CC's summer student camps and *free* Parent Practicums on the CC website. Register today!

  • Notes from today's show
  • To purchase your own copy of Teaching the Classics, visit the CC Bookstore.
  • The Center for Literary Education provides curriculum materials to parents and teachers, enabling them to discuss big ideas with their children through literature.
  • Hillsdale College, which Adam attended, is an independent liberal arts college in Michigan that accepts no government funding.
  • Adam recommends starting a high school literature course with a children's book like A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban; then, after developing the tools to read well, move on to longer classics like Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
  • All stories have 5 structural elements: setting, characters, conflict, plot, and theme.
  • Click here for a diagram of Freytag's Pyramid, or the elements of plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement).
  • Monday, April 5, 2010

    Adam Andrews on Leigh at Lunch

    It's back!! Join me Wednesdays at 12 noon EST for my Blog Talk Radio show, Leigh at Lunch.

    Adam AndrewsThis Wednesday, April 7 at noon, I'll be talking to Adam Andrews.

    Adam is the director of the Center for Literary Education and a home schooling father of six. Since 2003, he has traveled throughout the United States and Canada presenting an innovative method for teaching the crucial skills of literary analysis and interpretation.

    Adam’s dynamic presentations have enabled many students to enjoy great literature as never before, while his fresh insights have inspired parents and teachers with new vision for their task as educators.

    Adam earned his B.A. from Hillsdale College in southern Michigan and his M.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. He is a Henry Salvatori Fellow of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a founding board member of Westover Academy in Colville, Washington.

    He and his wife Missy, a Hillsdale graduate and accomplished educator in her own right, currently teach all six of their children at home in Rice, Washington.

    To listen , visit or click here to go directly to the show. An archive of the show will be available approximately 20 minutes after the show ends.

    Sunday, April 4, 2010

    The Door of the Sepulchre

    And when the sabbath was past, Mary Mag'dalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salo'me, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

    And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

    And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

    And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

    And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.

    And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

    But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

    And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.
    -Mark 16:1-8

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    From the Sixth Hour...

    And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, E'lo-i, E'lo-i, lama sabach'thani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [Ps. 22.1]

    And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Eli'jah.

    And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, [Ps. 69.21] saying, Let alone; let us see whether Eli'jah will come to take him down.

    And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

    And the veil [Ex. 26.31-33] of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

    And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

    -Mark 15: 33-39, KJV
    Readings on Easter

    Cal Thomas: Commentary
    R.C. Sproul: The Passion of Christ
    Peter J. Leithart: Tomb and Tomb

    Classic Easter Poetry

    John Updike: Seven Stanzas at Easter
    Edmund Spenser: Easter
    George Herbert: Easter Wings