“CIRCE” is an acronym for “Consulting and Integrated Resources in Classical Education.”
The CiRCE Institute is a leading provider of inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada via an annual conference, an online classical academy, in-house teacher training, Lost Tools of Writing™ Workshops and materials, consulting on board development, school leadership, and school start-up, as well as a content-laden website and blog.
The CiRCE Institute first began in 1996 as Circe Ministries, a research and tutoring service formed by Andrew Kern for the purpose of writing a book, Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America (now in its second edition), and teaching high school aged home school students in a university style great books class.
Over the years, a rapidly growing number of schools and organizations asked Mr. Kern to speak at their conferences, to help them develop curricula, and to train their teachers. To facilitate this work, CiRCE began its annual conference in the summer of 2002.
That year, CiRCE Ministries became the non-profit 501(C)3 corporation you see here: CiRCE Institute.
Since then, continued growth has led to the addition of a board of directors; a fleet of experienced, expert consultants; The CiRCE Papers – our bi-weekley e-newsletter; a regularly updated and informative blog; and a product line that includes The Lost Tools of Writing™, Next Step Teacher Training™, audio recordings, books, and other valuable resources for classical schools and homes.
The CiRCE Institute is called to promote, model, and support classical education in the school, within itself, and in the home. Our clients consider the CiRCE Institute the cutting-edge organization in the Christian classical renewal because of our unique ability to identify the ancient principles of learning, to communicate them enthusiastically, and to apply them vigorously in todays educational settings.
The CiRCE Institute is committed to the Christianity expressed in the historical creeds of the church, especially the Nicene Creed. CS Lewis’s phrase “Mere Christian” describes our aspiration.
Memoria Press’ educational philosophy can be best described as classical Christian education. Classical Christian education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through meditation on the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This is accomplished in two ways: first, through training in the liberal arts; and secondly, through a familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition.
The liberal arts are the general linguistic and mathematical skills that enable a person to excel in every academic area—as well as in the practical activities of life. In classical and medieval times, there were thought to be seven of these arts or skills: grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the “trivium”), as well as arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music (the “quadrivium”). The first three were linguistic arts, and the last four were mathematical. We would probably say today that there are more than just the four mathematics skills worthy of mastery, but the liberal arts remain the greatest summary of the skills a person should be expected to know in order to be accounted an educated person.
Through the study of the greatest that has been thought and said by Western writers and thinkers, we pass our cultural heritage on to our children. Western civilization is made up of three elements: the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews—and the coalescing of these three cultures into what later became known as Christendom, the Christian civilization that remained the dominant cultural force in the West until the early twentieth century. A familiarity with the Greeks, the Romans, and, most importantly, the Christian Bible is essential to understanding our culture.
The liberal arts are the “how” of education, and the study of Western culture is the “what.” A mastery of both of these is the best way to prepare a child, not only for college, but for life.
Story, (n): The theme of God’s grand tale, his good plan at work in the universe. The method by which we best internalize truth, beauty, and goodness.
Warren, (n): A network of interconnecting rabbit burrows. Speaks of communication, support, and community.
Who are we?
Your Allies in Imagination.
What’s our purpose?
Story Warren exists to serve you as you foster holy imagination in the children you love.
We hope God will use us to Kindle Imagination for Kingdom Anticipation.
Dedicated to providing the best tools for educating your children . . . One Young Heart and Mind at a Time!
The heart of our mission…
From the moment we were introduced to classical Christian education, we knew that we had discovered a better way—arguably the best way—to educate our children. We also realized that there was a lack of curriculum and tools to teach in a classical Christian way. That’s why we began creating curriculum. As our own children, and those in the schools we helped start, experienced success using our materials, we began to look for ways to share them with other, like-minded parents.
We believe that classical Christian education is the best way to have children reach their full, God-given potential! That’s a very big claim, but we believe the facts support it. Click HERE to find out more about classical Christian education and view a video that will help you learn more so you can better consider a classical Christian education for your children.
We are constantly thinking, observing the marketplace, and talking to others to determine whether there is a way to improve the curricular options available. Over the years, through the “working laboratory” of our own children, schools, and homeschoolers, we’ve observed many needs and have worked to fill those needs.
Since our beginning, technology has opened up many doors for education. Maybe the most notable is the opportunity and growth of online education. Like any popular idea, many get involved quickly and sometimes not so thoughtfully. We have grave concerns for much online education simply because it frequently isn’t what it needs to be. Certain types of online classes can be a way for a student to skate through without really learning the material. Accountability is paramount. As we have developed an ever increasing collection of online classes, one thing remains front and center—that the student really masters the material. Many parents have chosen to provide a classical Christian education for their children, yet prefer to do so at home. In order to help them in this process, our online solutions through Veritas Press Scholars Academy have proven to be a great answer. Whether you choose to have an expert teacher instruct your student in more rigorous subject matter like Latin, Rhetoric, or Omnibus, or you prefer the benefits of our fully accredited Diploma Program, Veritas Press Scholars Academy has solutions to meet your unique needs.