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44 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 33: Show Your Work
AMDG. Kolbe mathematics chair Kelly Powers joins the conversation today to share the awesomeness of mathematics and the awesomeness of God. On the math side, she talks about how she reassures parents who say they can’t teach math, the tricky middle school years’ developmental stage where students most resist showing their work, and the art of judicious calculator use. On the faith side, she talks about the importance of being around people who lead us to our vocations and how living out your vocation involves passion, love, joy, and the opportunity to lead by example. We also discuss “learning in the extra moments,” the benefits of playing board games, the necessity of strong reading and writing skills for STEM students, and the overarching idea that mistakes make you much stronger if you give yourself the opportunity to grow and build on them. Mrs. Powers brings it home with enthusiasm about all of the coolness that mathematics has to show – it is out there, and if you let it find and amaze you, it’ll win you over. Kelly Powers and Jordan Almanzar discussing distance education “Slow and Steady Wins the Race” by Kelly Powers on the Kolbe blog Mandelbrot set Homeschool math helps: Azul board game Skyjocard game Catan Monopoly Ticket to Ride any game with money Have a question or suggestion for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast player for effortless episode delivery.
52 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 32: Reflections of His Light
AMDG. In this special Vocations Week edition of the Kolbecast, we visit with Sister Margaret Mary and Sister Anne of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. With a sparkle in their tone, the sisters share their homeschooling experiences growing up from daily Mass to drivers’ ed. They also discuss the otherworldly life they now live, including their vocation stories and the ever-ancient, ever-new life of faith. In the end, their reflections come back to the guidance, “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). Kolbecast Episode 30 referencing the Marian Sisters The Sisters will be moving to a new convent soon. Have a question or suggestion for the Kolbecast team? Send it to email@example.com. Subscribe to the Kolbecast in your favorite podcast player for effortless episode delivery.
34 minutes | 19 days ago
Episode 31: Veteran Homeschoolers
AMDG. Jon and Chris Bates join us today to share their experience as a homeschooling military family and the insight they bring to their new roles as Kolbe academic advisors. The group talks about local history and Smithsonian field trips; tailoring curriculum to fit each individual student (including the Bates’ experience with giftedness, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and the autism spectrum); necessary habits for parents to bring themselves consistency and mental clarity in the middle of homeschooling; and the uniqueness of every family. Along with several other Kolbe academic advisors, Jon and Chris appear in A COVID Christmas Story. Have a question or suggestion for the Kolbecast team? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to the Kolbecast in your favorite podcast player for effortless episode delivery.
53 minutes | a month ago
Episode 30: Guiding the Ship
AMDG. Familiar voices Everett Buyarski, Megan Lengyel, and Nicole O’Connor join the crew today for a review of the past year and a preview of the next. They discuss the challenges that came with Summer 2020’s amazing growth in enrollment, as well as the increased service and support infrastructure they’ve developed. They also share exciting developments for 2021-2022, including improvements to the elementary grade scheduling, expanded AP class offerings, Kolbe’s new National Honor Society chapter, and the addition of Homework Hangouts. We bring it home with how the Kolbe team has seen the benefits of the Kolbe Difference in their own homes. Kolbe admissions events, including webinars and shadow week Kolbecast Episode 11 featuring Everett Buyarski discussing Kolbe’s history, mission and philosophy Kolbecast Episode 14 featuring Nicole O’Connor Kolbecast featuring Megan Lengyel Are you (or do you know) a Latin teacher? Kolbe is hiring! Kolbecast Episode 18 Homer and the Hunger Games featuring Charlie Mihaliak Kolbecast Episode 4 Workspaces Have a question or suggestion for the Kolbecast team? Send it to email@example.com. Subscribe to the Kolbecast in your favorite podcast player for effortless episode delivery.
45 minutes | a month ago
Episode 29: The February Staredown
Ep 29 The February Staredown AMDG. The weather’s bad, we’re tired of pushing through, we can’t quite see the end of the year yet, and yet we’re already thinking about next year. Jordan, Bonnie, and Hope muse today on how we can honor the needs for both rest and progress in these winter (or winter-like) conditions. They discuss tangible markers of progress, the idea of learning to rest but not quit, the benefits and differences of internal and external motivation, how they gear up for a new year, and more. We’d love to hear how families stay the course and make the best of a long-haul season. Send your strategies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mentioned in this podcast: Josef Pieper’s book Leisure, the Basis of Culture Kolbecast Ep 17 Secure to Explore Kolbe admissions events Are you (or do you know) a Latin teacher? Kolbe is hiring! Subscribe to the Kolbecast in your favorite podcast player for effortless episode delivery.
45 minutes | a month ago
Episode 28: Pessimist with Hope: A Conversation with Anthony Esolen
AMDG. On this very special episode of the Kolbecast, Dr. Anthony Esolen joins the crew to provide advice to families who are intrigued by but have no idea where to start with classical education. Dr. Esolen begins by explaining how the imagination is the driver of the person. From there, he preaches encouragement—don't be afraid to teach your children!—and describes how formation of the human person through classical education contrasts with the “lackadaisical utilitarianism” prevalent today. We don’t shy away from the big questions, either. Is classical education too rarefied for those on the path toward blue collar jobs, and why or why not? If we’re called to be salt and light, should children instead be evangelizing within public schools around them? And what about the ~socialization question~? Listen in and find out. Content warning: Dr. Esolen’s direct and vivid style includes some analogies and language that, depending on your family, may make this episode most suitable for listening when little ears are not around. John Senior’s book list Horatio Hornblower series Bishop Barron on evangelizing through beauty
33 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 27: An Appreciation of Wonder
AMDG. Today Kolbe alumnus Gregory, a current student at Wyoming Catholic College, reminds us of both the richness of books and the importance of getting outside and reading the book of creation. In conversation with Bonnie and Hope, Gregory reminisces about his favorite Kolbe courses, reflects on lessons he learned through experience with the alluring artifice of procrastination, and recounts with disarming candor his path to college. By his endearing yet understated enthusiasm, Gregory invites us to encounter the world with a sense of wonder and curiosity, attentive to our commission as stewards of nature and open to the path toward holiness. Have a question or suggestion for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 26: Truth in Person
AMDG. Kolbe 2019 graduate Aviva Lund joins us today with insatiable curiosity and infectious enthusiasm. A current neuroscience major and philosophy minor at Notre Dame, Aviva shares stories and insights ranging from an internship at Yale Medical School to her family’s experience with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. She describes the way sciences and humanities interlace and addresses the specifics of interviewing at Ivy League colleges. Ultimately, Aviva’s far-flung adventures come from two foundational ideas. First, a guiding tenet: when you give time to God, he’ll give time to you tenfold. Second, a question: what are you going to do with the present moment? Aviva’s 2019 Kolbe graduation address Ecuadane, Aviva’s family’s shop Homeschooling Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) http://www.guaranteed4.com https://www.ecuadane.com https://medicine.yale.edu/obgyn/discovery/education/internships/hs/
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 25: Backstage
AMDG. On this special edition of the Kolbecast – released during the 12 Days of Christmas and marking our 25th episode since this school year’s relaunch – fix some popcorn (if Bonnie’s picking the snack) or some cheese and crackers (if Hope is) and settle in for a behind-the-scenes tour of the podcast. The team talks about how the idea to collaborate developed, what Jordan’s recent promotion to Director of Public and Alumni Relations entails, how episode titles come about, and more. Listen all the way through for a preview of the spring episodes and a little Christmas gift from us to you: a blooper reel. Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 24: Rise and Shine
AMDG. Last week we talked to Beth Gath, veteran homeschool mom of six and Kolbe parent ambassador. Today we talk to her eldest two children, Anthony (a junior at Ave Maria University) and Clare (a freshman at Wyoming Catholic College). They share their experience being homeschooled, the way they helped younger siblings, and the connections they developed through extracurriculars such as swim team and the Kolbe newsletter, of which Clare was editor-in-chief. Anthony and Clare also reflect on doing class on a cruise ship, their college application process, and the experience of moving geographically far away from home for college. Along the way, topics including the logical similarities between mathematics and the classics, the importance of encountering nature as well as academics, and building rapport with teachers and professors. Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
53 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 23: Family is the Center
AMDG. Veteran homeschool mom of six and Kolbe parent ambassador Beth Gath joins Bonnie and Hope today to discuss her experience with various seasons of homeschooling. From starting first grade with her eldest when she and her husband also had a four-year-old, a two-year-old, and newborn twins to now having multiple college students and high schoolers in the family, Beth discusses what a typical day has looked like at various points; how she’s mixed online, self-paced, and homeschool courses to meet her family’s needs; and the benefits of older children helping younger children. Beth also discusses tailoring homeschooling to fit the needs of her twins, who are dyslexic, such as the reading programs and accommodations she’s used, as well as what their preparation for college looks like. Finally, we talk about the community aspect of Kolbe and what the behind-the-scenes work of supporting and building the Schoology discussion groups looks like. Make sure to tune in next week when we visit with Beth’s eldest two children, Anthony and Clare! https://diannecraft.org/ https://learningally.org/ https://bartonreading.com/ Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 22: Imagine Being Homeschooled
AMDG. So far this season we’ve met instructors and parents, directors and alumni, but today we meet three current Kolbe students. Aidan, Jameson, and Peter are sophomores in high school. After surmounting the learning curve of freshman year, they’re well on their way to building habits of truth, wisdom, and virtue. In the episode, they discuss learning how to manage their own schedules, the adaptability they’re developing as they learn the styles of various online academy teachers, and the trials and triumphs of doing school at home. Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 21: To Live Fully Alive
AMDG. Today’s episode is about life and life in abundance, from the molecular to the cross-county road trip. Science chair Elizabeth Hoxie joins Bonnie and Hope to discuss the foundational needs to live a healthy life—physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual—and how Kolbe’s science curriculum teaches students the Ignatian concept of cura personalis or care of the whole person. Topics also include why all Kolbe science classes use secular textbooks, how Kolbe course plans empower parents to have discussions with their children on topics that can be sensitive or tricky, and how Kolbe students graduate with a profound reverence for their bodies. Content warning: This episode includes a brief discussion of suicide in context of addressing various mental health concerns. Websites: Daughters of St. Paul Souls and Hearts Books The Mindful Catholic Emily Stimpson Chapman’sThese Beautiful Bones Podcasts CFR Poco a Poco Souls and Hearts: Be with the Word Coronavirus Crisis Carpe Diem St. Dymphna’s Playbook Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 20: Head, Heart, and Hands
AMDG. Today’s episode is a crossover between Homecoming and curriculum deep-dives as Kolbe teacher and alumna Rebecca DeVendra describes how she’s lived out the idea that, if you’re challenged by something, it’s probably worth buckling down and learning the self-discipline to pursue. From writing “I hate Latin” in her high school textbook to earning a classics degree and from learning how to properly sharpen a pencil to her work as a representational artist, Mrs. DeVendra discusses both her own experience and how she teaches current Kolbe students. Ultimately, the conversation centers on the idea to never sell students short. By inviting them into discussions of primary sources and surrounding them with artistic mastery, we develop their senses of both curiosity and dignity. Resources discussed: Art Renewal Center Cast Drawing Using the Sight-Size Approach Drawing the Head and Hands Options for prints of Da Vinci’s Last Supper Options for prints of Bouguereau paintings Bouguereau’s The Elder Sister Artists of note (alive and painting today!) trained in Atelier Schools Mrs. DeVendra’s studio Katie G. Whipple Gwyneth Thompson Briggs William Nathans Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 19: Wherever He Wants You to Go
AMDG. Take heart, those with fractious high schoolers! It’s okay to not be okay sometimes. Today, we talk to Fr. Paul Hedman—the Diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s current youngest ordained priest—and his mom Sharon, who used Kolbe to educate Fr. Paul and his three siblings. They describe Fr. Hedman’s early days serving and playing Mass while homeschooled, the friction between parent and child in his high school years, the way marking events of his vocation, and his current ministry both in parish life and in providing Last Rites to those dying in the pandemic. Together with Bonnie and Hope, the Hedmans also discuss the drama of the liturgy, Advent traditions, and social media. Toy Mass kit Anointing Corps ministry article Past Productions by St. Paul Seminary Theater Program and Spotlight Family Theater Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 18: Homer and The Hunger Games
AMDG. Alumnus Charlie Mihaliak, a current University of Dallas junior, joins us today to discuss how he relies on his Kolbe education in pursuing the pragmatic and the creative, the athletic and the artistic, the collective human experience and the unique individual self. Charlie reminisces with Jordan about the powerful experience of meeting friends in person after relationships developed through online classes without physical proximity. He and Hope discuss the strong sense of individuality that comes from balancing friend groups with varying interests rather than associating with one particular identity in high school. And he and Bonnie talk about the catharsis of encountering timeless big questions in drama and literature. Along the way, Charlie describes how the best opportunities to grow in college come when you acknowledge the fact that you have maturing to do, the importance of enhancing reality rather than escaping it, and what he would say to his tenth-grade self. University of Dallas Fall 2020 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost 2018 Graduation recap 2018 Graduation pictures Jordan’s graduation address Charlie’s graduation address Patricia Kolakowski’s graduation address The McCormick family’s graduation reflections Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 17: Secure to Explore
AMDG. Homecoming season continues with alumna and classical violinist Sarah Thomas. On this episode, she visits with Bonnie and Hope about her experience of timelessness in homeschooling, her state’s requirement for homeschooled students of yearly evaluations with a state-certified teacher, and the skill of developing friendships with people of all ages. Sarah discusses how the security she felt being homeschooled was a foundation for her collegiate and post-collegiate travels, such as studying abroad in Austria and walking the Chartres pilgrimage in France. She also describes how her Kolbe education informed her experience working in underprivileged public schools. We wrap it up with some thoughts on the sacramental nature of music and the importance of “feeding your soul” time. Sarah’s website Bowdoin International Music Festival Q&A with Sarah Sarah’s master's degree recital performance of Brahms Sonata No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 Sarah’s bachelor’s degree recital performance of Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 Sarah references Josef Pieper’s book Leisure, the Basis of Culture. Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 16: It's All Greek to Me
AMDG. In this episode, Jordan interviews Magdalen College sophomore and former Kolbe student Sophia Harne. They discuss language acquisition in general and how a strong background in Latin can help one learn any language more easily. As she indicates in the conversation, Sophia has been learning Latin since the time she learned to read English. Now, her linguistic focus is on Greek, a language that has some unique features that can’t be replicated by nor translated exactly into other languages. Underpinning the conversation is a shared journey of linguistic and educational history that began in Germany back in 2014. Enjoy the show! Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. Latin Flashcards. Greek Flashcards. Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at email@example.com.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 15: Asparagus Moments
AMDG. Taking another deep dive into the Kolbe curriculum, we visit with Therese Prudlo, who teaches history and homeroom for Kolbe’s Online Academy. She describes how, by orienting our study of history from the Incarnation, we see evidence of God’s guidance of the universe in its “state of journeying (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it.” (CCC 302). And we discuss how Kolbe’s chosen treasury of primary sources and textbooks with a narrative but rigorously accurate treatment offers Kolbe students a rich and thorough grounding in history with practical applications to everyday life. Therese offers several suggestions for approaching all subjects through the lens of history, including virtual tours, travel, and living history ideas, to underscore the idea that “history is ultimately hope.” Virtual tours: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) The Vatican Museum National Gallery of Art The Louvre Google maps: catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome Chartres restoration; article on New Liturgical Movement Catechism of the Catholic Church #302 Creation has its own goodness and proper perfection, but it did not spring forth complete from the hands of the Creator. The universe was created "in a state of journeying" (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it. We call "divine providence" the dispositions by which God guides his creation toward this perfection: By his providence God protects and governs all things which he has made, "reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and ordering all things well". For "all are open and laid bare to his eyes", even those things which are yet to come into existence through the free action of creatures.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 14: We Don’t Think Those Words Mean What You Think They Mean
AMDG. In this episode we visit with Nicole O’Connor, veteran Kolbe Academy online instructor of classical subjects, about her experience teaching logic and rhetoric. While the term “rhetoric” can have an untrustworthy connotation in common parlance, Nicole deftly describes how it is a powerful and positive thing when rightly ordered. Similarly, logic is an integral area for both formation of the individual and participation in society—all the way from coherent discussion to computer coding. As two of the three parts of the Trivium (and courses in the Kolbe high school English curriculum), both logic and rhetoric are forces for good that help us relate to each other and convey truth. What could be more noble? Have a question for the Kolbecast team? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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