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    What MP videos or articles would you recommend for a new MP parent getting ready to start MP3 this fall? New to MP, but not homeschooling. Thanks so much!

    Can you give us some hints about what you're looking for? Do you need inspiration? encouragement? how to?

    When I came to MP, I was so frustrated by the path we had followed up to that point. We had done so much curriculum hopping that I needed someone to tell me the whys more than the hows. I needed a rationale for their approach. I wanted to understand the MP approach and Classical education. For this, I recommend the plenaries, particularly Leigh Lowe's talk from the 2019 Sodalitas on The Content and Culture of a Memoria Press Education. I got to meet Leigh Lowe at a teacher training seminar the winter prior, and she is as wonderful in person as she appears on camera. She is humble, thoughtful, and a joy to hear. I also love any dialogue between Martin Cothran and Andrew Pudewa. So often home education is dominated by the female voice, and it is refreshing to hear from our men in the trenches.

    As I sunk my teeth into the curriculum, and the year waxed on, I needed encouragement. Wittingly or not, I always find the articles from The Classical Teacher to be timely. The fall issues offer encouragement and a kick start to the year. Winter issues tell us how to stay strong. (I love this article on gravitas). Spring issues get our juices flowing for the year ahead, going deeply into content and philosophy of Classical education. Pick a back issue for whatever needs speaking to and enjoy!
    Mama to 2

    MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
    SY 20/21


      Are you doing Latina Christina or Prima?

      DD1 8/23/09 - SC5/6
      DS2 9/1/11 - SC3,4, 5/6 combo
      DD3 2/9/13 -SC2 to start, MP1 second semester

      Previous Years
      DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4’
      DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2)
      DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK)


        Hi lilamom, and welcome to the Memoria Press forum. I'm glad you ended up choosing Memoria Press for your curriculum. From one of your descriptions in your recent post, I remember talking with you at the Sodalitas Teacher Training conference a few weeks back about curriculum choices for your third grader.

        enbateau has really made a lot of great suggestions. Definitely Leigh Lowe's talk in 2019, definitely The Classical Teacher articles, definitely Martin Cothran and Andrew Pudewa discussions/banter.

        If you haven't read Martin Cothran's "What is a Classical Education" (, that would be a really helpful place to start. Perusing through the old videos from previous Sodalitas and Teacher Training sessions would be a great idea too (see here - a lot of great material there.
        2020/2021 - 3rd MP Year
        S - 6, rising 1st Grader @ home and HLN
        D - 4, rising Junior Kindergartener @ home
        S - 3, the master of disasters


          One of these days I will stop misplacing modifiers. Ahhh.

          Wittingly or not, Memoria Press always manages to release timely articles in The Classical Teacher.

          MP needs to bring back the edit button.
          Mama to 2

          MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
          SY 20/21


            This is a favorite of mine:

            Welcome to you!
            Festina lentē,
            Jessica P

            11th year HSing · 9th year MP
            @ Home, HLN, & Latin online
            11th, 9th, 6th, 3rd

            Highlands Latin Nashville Cottage School


              Hi there! Welcome to MP!

              This isn't exactly what you're asking for, but the best prep I do is going through each book, workbook, and teacher's guide and understanding the big picture of the subject.

              I go through (mostly) every week of the lesson plans and then see what exactly my children are learning for most weeks. It helps me wrap my brain around what the daily activities will look like.

              I don't do this all in one sitting - just chip away at it through the end of the school year and through the summer.

              The other articles and ideas linked are incredibly helpful for understanding the MP/classical way.
              Mama to 5 Sweet Ones

              10th grade DS: Mix of MP materials, MPOA, and local classes
              8th grade DD: 8M and 3rd Form with MPOA
              6th grade DD: Mostly 6M
              4th Grade DD: Mostly 4NU
              3.5 yo DS: Copious amounts of time outside beating on things with sticks; MP Preschool and Mom Extras 2-3 days a week


                Hi ladies! Thank you so much for all this great feedback!

                I'm going to jump off social media until Sept. 1, but if you want to reach out, I'd love to hear from you at

                Thanks again!!