Trivium Pursuit

Ancient History Sale This Week

February 7th, 2016

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Ancient History from Primary Sources: A Literary Timeline by Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn — on sale this week for $16 (normally $28)

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In addition, if you purchase Ancient History from Primary Sources, you will receive free, upon request, Ancient Literature — Significant Excerpts From the Books of Classical Authors Which You Can Use to Supplement Your History Curriculum — All 6 Ebooks (a $25 value)

Be sure to request the free offer during check-out on our shopping cart or email us at bluedorn @ triviumpursuit.com. This sale ends Friday.

 

How can children be self-taught in art?

February 5th, 2016

Question: How can children be self-taught in art?

Answer: It’s in the area of art that homeschooling can show itself to be especially valuable. Here are some of the things we have learned.

Provide children, especially those below age ten, with the space, the tools, and the time for their art work. Don’t load up their schedule with too much academic work and outside activities. They need plenty of time to develop their creativity by experimenting with art and crafts. In the main room of your home where you read to your children and spend the most time, reserve a space where your children can work on their projects. Dedicate a low shelf for your children where they can easily reach their art materials. Keep the shelf well stocked with whatever materials interest your children — good quality colored pencils, crayons, markers, paints, paper, scissors, glue, clay, wallpaper sample books, fabric sample books, matting board scraps, or sewing, knitting, and crocheting supplies. Next to this shelf, maintain a small table with chairs where your children can quietly work on their projects while you read to them. While you’re helping older children with math or science, your younger children can be working on their crafts. Some children could spend one or two hours a day on arts and crafts, while other children won’t be able to give it more than a few minutes of attention, but if you sit down and work beside them, they’ll spend more time.

Provide them with plenty of good examples. Our children primarily learned to draw by copying. They copied famous drawings and paintings, pictures out of old art-literature readers, or the McGuffey Readers, books from Dover Publications, or just anything we had around the house.

One of the most useful things we ever purchased for our girls was a bag of fabric scraps from a lady who did sewing and alterations. The bag cost only five dollars and was filled with scraps of silks, satins, velvets, and wools. The girls were very young at the time, and they had only elementary skills at sewing, but those first few efforts at turning the scraps into doll clothes fed their desire to learn more. They quickly passed mother’s abilities, and eventually taught themselves tailoring and pattern making, such that now they make vintage clothing reproductions, give sewing lessons, and sew for others. This all came out of a bag of scraps. We made sure that they had all of the time and the materials which they needed for their projects, and we provided the place for them to work. The sewing machine, the art shelf, and the tables were always handy and accessible for all of our children. Their projects could be left setting out until finished. Creativity can be easily discouraged by the prospect of having to put away a half finished project, then pulling everything back out and arranging it all over again. Which do you want: your house featured in Better Homes and Gardens, or your children developing skills in arts and crafts? Sure, they should tidy things up now and then — you determine how frequently — but don’t burden them with putting their projects away every day.

Homeschooling allows us the freedom to use our resources to best accommodate the natural development of our children. When we provide them with the right tools, space, time, and structure, they will develop artistic skill and creativity. They may not be another Thomas Cole or Rembrandt — but then again, they might!

Here’s a video our family made long, long ago — it shows daughter Johannah painting.

 

Howard Pyle — Author and Illustrator

February 1st, 2016

Over the years we have read numerous books by Howard Pyle, and I would like to share with you some of our thoughts on these most exciting and interesting volumes. We were first introduced to Pyle by reading Men of Iron (first published in 1891). This book is historical fiction at its finest. The time is 1400, the place is England under King Henry IV. Our children were young when we first read Men of Iron, and we reread it several times. Mr. Pyle writes in an intense, moving style, holding his readers captive with every word. You can find the audiobook here.

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Otto of the Silver Hand (1888) is another of Pyle’s books that deserve mention.

This tale that I am about to tell is of a little boy who lived and suffered in those dark middle ages; of how he saw both the good and the bad of men, and of how, by gentleness and love and not by strife and hatred, he came at last to stand above other men and to be looked up to by all.

The ending of this one is especially exciting, so don’t be tempted to read the ending first! Here is the audiobook.

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The Story of the Champions of the Round Table, The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates, A Modern Aladdin, Pepper and Salt, The Ruby of Kishmoor, Stolen Treasure, and The Wonder Clock are more of Howard Pyle’s works. Most are difficult to find. You will have to resort to old book stores.

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Let me end with two of his books we have most recently read. The Rose of Paradise: Being a detailed account of certain adventures that happened to Captain John Mackra, in connection with the famous pirate, Edward England, in the year 1720, off the island of Juanna in the Mozambique Channel; writ by himself, and now for the first time published (published 1894). It’s a long title that pretty much describes the plot of the book. And lastly, my favorite Howard Pyle book, which we never knew even existed till I saw it at an old book store: Within the Capes (1885). This is the story of Captain Tom Granger, a Quaker, and his adventures in the year 1812. It is a combination of Robinson Crusoe, pirates, romance (Quaker style), and seafaring adventure.

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Homeschooling Without Co-ops, Online Classes or Tutors… Does It Work?

January 30th, 2016

“Recently a friend, who is nearing the end of her homeschooling years, shared that she taught her sons with no co-ops, no lesson plans, and no professional teachers or courses of study. Just three boys and their books doing their daily school work at the kitchen table….” Read the rest of the article here.

 

It is the exercise of the soul under unbelief that shows the existence of spiritual life

January 30th, 2016

A Peculiar People by J.C. Philpot

“…But all God’s family, each according to their measure, have spiritual exercises. Sometimes, for instance, they are powerfully exercised with unbelief; that is, the unbelief of their hearts so powerfully works in their carnal mind, as to obscure every evidence, hide every testimony, and deface every inscription that the Holy Ghost has engraved upon their souls. But it is not the mere existence of unbelief, that manifests a child of God, for unbelief reigns and rules in the hearts of the reprobate; it is the exercise of the soul under unbelief, that shows the existence of spiritual life; it is the conflict, the opposition, the struggle, that is carried on in the bosom; for this implies a counteracting principle, the existence of the company of two armies.

To be shut up in unbelief is no testimony of being a living soul; but to find in our hearts a counteracting principle which discovers unbelief, which fights against unbelief, which groans under unbelief as a burden, which longs to be delivered from the power of unbelief — here we trace the existence of a living principle, by the opposition which that living principle carries on against the unbelief which rises up in the carnal mind….”

Read the rest here.

 

Why “late to read” is not always a problem by Daniel Foucachon

January 25th, 2016

Late to read? Why that’s not always a problem.

BY DANIEL FOUCACHON

“I would like to tell you something about my mother and about me. Homeschooling mothers have to be self-sacrificial, hard-working, and patient. I want to share how these qualities in my mother blessed my life in a particular way. For whatever reason (some people would affix a three or four letter acronym to this), I was just not ready to read when most boys and girls normally learn to read…” Read the rest of the article here.

 

Selling our collection of costume, reenactment and theater apparel

January 25th, 2016

We’re selling the last of our collection of costume, reenactment and theater apparel.

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Vintage 3-piece uniform — it looks like WW2 or Korean Army, coat 38S, pants inseam 29. $50

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Vintage USAAF A-11A Flight Trousers – Intermediate, Flying. Manufactured 1945 by Stagg Garment Company. Size 30 waist. Warm lined. $25

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Vintage women’s 1940’s suit #2. Size small. $20

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Authentic reproduction Civil War men’s black wool civilian suit — coat, vest, tie, shirt (linen), pants. Very nice. Fit someone who was 5’5′ and 140 pounds. $100

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Authentic reproduction Civil War Confederate gray wool uniform, coat (has hidden pocket) and pants, very nice. Fit someone 5’10’ and 150 pounds. $100

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Vintage Pillsbury Military Academy uniform — the school existed from 1877 – 1957, gray wool coat and pants. Small size. $25

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Authentic reproduction Civil War wool vest and linen shirt. $20

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Authentic reproduction 1900’s women’s riding coat, lined with corduroy. Size small. $65

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Authentic reproduction 1900’s women’s riding coat. Size small. $65

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Medieval-style dress. Not authentic (has zipper). Size 8 approx. $30

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A&F High Fashion Arabian men’s outfit with pants. New, never worn. Size medium. $15

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Authentic reproduction drawstring waist hand-made slip #3. $20

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Authentic reproduction slip #4 (hand crocheted and hand made). $40

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Authentic reproduction drawstring waist slip #7 (purchased). $20

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Black boiled wool fabric — 58″ X 27″. $5

Shipping costs are extra, or pick up in New Boston, Illinois. No returns. Call 515-249-3611.

 

Selling last of the costume, reenactment and theater apparel

December 24th, 2015

We’re selling the last of our collection of costume, reenactment and theater apparel.

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Vintage 3-piece uniform — it looks like WW2 or Korean Army, coat 38S, pants inseam 29. $75

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Vintage USAAF A-11A Flight Trousers – Intermediate, Flying. Manufactured 1945 by Stagg Garment Company. Size 30 waist. Warm lined. $30

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SOLD Vintage women’s 1940’s suit #1, lined. Size small. $50

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Vintage women’s 1940’s suit #2. Size small. $45

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Vintage black taffeta skirt. Size small. $25

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SOLD Vintage black taffeta skirt with glitter and netting for underskirt. Notice the faded spots from being folded on a hanger. Size small. $20.

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Authentic reproduction Civil War men’s black wool civilian suit — coat, vest, tie, shirt (linen), pants. Very nice. Fit someone who was 5’5′ and 140 pounds. $195

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Authentic reproduction Civil War Confederate gray wool uniform, coat (has hidden pocket) and pants, very nice. Fit someone 5’10’ and 150 pounds. $195

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Vintage Pillsbury Military Academy uniform — the school existed from 1877 – 1957, gray wool coat and pants. Small size. $45

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Authentic reproduction Civil War wool vest and linen shirt. $40

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Authentic reproduction 1900’s women’s riding coat, lined with corduroy. Size small. $95

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Authentic reproduction 1900’s women’s riding coat. Size small. $95

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Medieval-style dress. Not authentic (has zipper). Size 8 approx. $40

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SOLD Vintage nightgown from 1950. Size medium. $40

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A&F High Fashion Arabian men’s outfit with pants. New, never worn. Size medium. $20.

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SOLD Arabian women’s dress. New, never worn. $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction hand-made slip #1 with lace. $30

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SOLD Authentic reproduction drawstring waist hand-made slip #2. $30

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Authentic reproduction drawstring waist hand-made slip #3. $30

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Authentic reproduction slip #4 (hand crocheted and hand made). $40

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SOLD Authentic reproduction hand-made slip #5. $10

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SOLD Authentic reproduction hand-made slip #6. $10

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Authentic reproduction drawstring waist slip #7 (purchased). $35

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SOLD Authentic reproduction corset (measures 24″ when laced tight). $40

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Civil War era skirt, not authentic reproduction but fits over a hoop shirt. $25

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Black boiled wool fabric — 58″ X 27″. $10

Shipping costs are extra, or pick up in New Boston, Illinois. No returns. Call 515-249-3611.

 

It’s time to sell the costumes

November 10th, 2015

UPDATE: ALL SOLD

We’re selling our collection of costume, reenactment and theater apparel. Most all the items are hand-made, authentic reproductions.

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Victorian riding jacket, size 6-8, hand-made, never worn, good condition, $20

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SOLD Authentic reproduction 1890s dark purple print dress with black hand-crocheted collar, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction 1910 lavender sash, cream-colored print dress, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction cream-colored print 1820s dress with hand-crocheted collar, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War era dress with hand-crocheted collar, size 6-8, hand-made, $15 (stain on bodice) — Photos here are a little off in color. The skirt and bodice are all the same fabric and color.

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SOLD Authentic reproduction men’s Civil War shirt, large, hand-made, good condition, $15

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SOLD Wah Maker Cavalry Bib Shirt, x-large, light tan colored, good condition, $15

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SOLD Authentic reproduction 1940s green print dress, size 6, hand-made, good condition, $15

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SOLD Authentic reproduction 1910 light blue print dress with lace, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War dress with hand-crocheted collar (never worn), size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction 1910 navy blue with white trim sailor dress, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25 — Photos here are a little off in color. The skirt and bodice are all the same navy blue fabric and color.

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Authentic reproduction Austrian Dirndl, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $20

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War dress with hand-crocheted collar and lace overlay, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War dress, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War dress (the colors are a little off in these photos, the skirt color and fabric is the same as the blue ruffle on the bodice), size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD Authentic reproduction Civil War dress (the colors are a little off in these photos, the skirt color and fabric is the same as the blue ruffle on the bodice), size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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Authentic reproduction blouse (could be different time periods), size 6, hand-made, good condition, $8

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Authentic reproduction dark-blue, corduroy Civil War dress with black hand-crocheted collar, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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Authentic reproduction 1900s corduroy riding outfit, size 6-8, hand-made, good condition, $25

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SOLD authentic reproduction Civil War hoop skirt, size 6-8, $8 each

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SOLD 3 petticoats, $3 each

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SOLD Authentic reproduction men’s Civil War suit coat, pants, shirt (has stains), tie, medium, hand-made, $5

Shipping costs are extra, or pick up in New Boston, Illinois. No returns.
515-249-3611

 

Read to your child

November 1st, 2015

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