The Harvey Center online study group offers courses and workshops in a variety of subjects, including Latin, logic, history, rhetoric, literature, composition, and studio art. These are all led by experienced and knowledgeable tutors — including current and former homeschool parents (and grandparents retired from their specialties) — who are passionate about their subjects. As a liaison of tutors, we offer an online courses to support homeschooling families in the teaching of their children. But this is not our only raison d’etre.
We believe that learning is for life, not only for college. As homeschoolers, we intuitively discover this. Somewhere along our educational journey, we realize that if we are committed to a true education — cultivating the mind rather than the transcript — it will require a radical and creative new place. So, here at the Harvey Center, we seek to cultivate the mind in all of us: parents, teachers, and students.
We hope you find classes here that will help you as homeschooling parents to educate your children. But we also hope you will consider auditing these courses yourself. We encourage you and other members of your family to study along with your students. To this end, we also provide workshops in the subjects of the “trivium,” book and “great issues” discussion groups, and more. As we join the "great conversation" we can inspire each other in our learning for life.
Over our collective years of experience in “reinventing a form of classical education,” we have recognized that the primary element in mentoring the minds of our young people is an atmosphere of learning in humility before God. This manner of learning is modeled and passed on with love and care, and is best cultivated in a place like a family or a small school, where the student is known and loved as a whole person. Our tutors are dedicated to getting to know their students, helping them identify strengths and weaknesses, and sharing with them the joy of learning.
"Diliges Dominum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo, et in tota anima tua, et in tota mente tua." Matthew 22: 37
*There is an interesting story behind this famous Latin saying, attributed to Seneca the Younger. He actually said the opposite in his Epistulae Morales 106.12 and over the years colleges adopted the saying, switching the words around. The exact quote is: Non vitae sed scholae discimus. He was pointing out that too often they learned things just for the schoolroom, and not for life--so, even in the classical days they had trouble keeping vigor in the learning!
Conversatio ~ July 23, 8:00 PM
The Conversatio meets online once a month on a Thursday evening to discuss classic literature. This is one of the benefits of Family Membership. Read more here.