Scholé is the latest lingo being bantered about the classical homeschool community, but what does it mean? Well, it’s from an ancient Greek word meaning leisure and school.
What a second? Leisure and school? I don’t know about you, but leisure and school don’t equate in my mind. School is hard work. School means studying and diligence. School requires discipline!
Scholé Means School and Leisure?
But the ability to engage in education, in school, requires a certain amount of leisure.
- If we’re out hunting mammoths, we don’t have time to spend contemplating the atom.
- If we’re desperately fighting for our lives and our country as our grandparents did during World War 2, we don’t have time to ponder what beauty truly is.
- If we’re frantically trying to pay bills and put food on the table, we don’t have time to read through the great books.
School requires leisure… Not a leisure of plopping down on the sofa to watch TV or hours mindlessly playing video games. It’s a leisure of quality pursuits. Pursuits aimed to fulfill our minds and souls.
Scholé means taking time to educate ourselves. Not in a frantic, we must finish this textbook next week, type of way. But in a relaxed, contemplative manner where we spend time enjoying poetry, reading great books, and contemplating the nature of beauty.
When we homeschool using scholé as our backbone, we are intentional about the subjects we cover in the homeschool and why. We don’t just add and add and add until the children are hiding under their covers shivering.
We thoughtfully consider what subjects are needed by each child. Which subjects are vital to our goals as classical educators. What do children need to develop not just their body and minds, but their souls as well.
Scholé is to be intentional about our homeschool and the education we give our children.
How do you apply scholé to your homeschool?