Course Content

  • 01

    Orientation for this Course

    • Welcome to Mentoring in the Classics!

    • Helps

    • The Discussion

    • Navigating the Index & Implementation Plan

  • 02

    1.1: DeMille, A Thomas Jefferson Education

    • Video Mentoring: 3 Things for Now

    • INTRO AUDIO: Foundations of a Great Education

    • Mentor Prompt: A Thomas Jefferson Education

    • STUDY GUIDE: A Thomas Jefferson Education

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The 7 Keys of Great Teaching and the Phases of Learning

    • Optional Workshop

    • One more thought

  • 03

    1.2: Fisher, Understood Betsy

    • Video Mentoring: The Hotter/Colder Game

    • INTRO AUDIO: Understood Betsy

    • Mentor Prompt: Understood Betsy

    • STUDY GUIDE: Understood Betsy

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Understood Betsy

    • Bonus Article: The 6-Point Plan for Newbies, and Families Needing a Reset

    • One More Thought

  • 04

    1.3: Gatto, Dumbing Us Down

    • Video Mentoring: Your "Why?"

    • INTRO AUDIO: Dumbing Us Down

    • STUDY GUIDE: Dumbing Us Down

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Dumbing Us Down

    • Bonus Article: Homeschooling Insights: A Thomas Jefferson Cultivation

    • One More Thought

  • 05

    1.4: Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

    • Video Mentoring: The Universe Shifts

    • INTRO AUDIO: Gift from the Sea

    • STUDY GUIDE: Gift from the Sea

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Gift from the Sea

    • One More Thought


  • 06

    1.5: DeMille, What's So Great About the Classics?

    • Video Mentoring: What is Yours to Do

    • INTRO AUDIO: TJEd for Dads

    • STUDY GUIDE: What's So Great About the Classics

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Education in the Age of Globalism

    • One More Thought

  • 07

    Mentoring in the Classics + TJEd Implementation, SEASON 2: Mastering the Phases

    • Season 2 Overview and Texts

  • 08

    2.6: Moody, Little Britches

    • Video Mentoring: Test, Trials and Traps

    • INTRO AUDIO: Little Britches

    • STUDY GUIDE: Little Britches

    • BONUS AUDIO: Little Britches

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Little Britches

    • One More Thought

  • 09

    2.7 : DeMille & DeMille, The Phases of Learning

    • Video Mentoring: Seasons

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Phases of Learning

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Phases of Learning

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Phases of Learning

    • BONUS AUDIO: Does TJEd Really Work?

    • One More Thought

  • 10

    2.8: Latham, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    • Video Mentoring: The Power of the Hungry Mentored Student

    • INTRO AUDIO: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    • STUDY GUIDE: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    • One More Thought


  • 11

    2.9: DeMille & Brooks, Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

    • Video Mentoring: Re-reading

    • INTRO AUDIO: Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

    • STUDY GUIDE: Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens

    • BONUS AUDIO: The Bridge

    • One More Thought

  • 12

    Mentoring in the Classics + TJEd Implementation, SEASON 3: Cultural Foundations

    • Season 3 Overview and Texts

  • 13

    3.10 Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    • Video Mentoring: The 5 Steps of Scholar Phase

    • INTRO AUDIO: Pride and Prejudice

    • STUDY GUIDE I: Pride and Prejudice

    • DEBRIEFING BONUS AUDIO & STUDY QUESTIONS: Pride and Prejudice on Freedom

    • DEBRIEFING GROUP AUDIO: Pride and Prejudice

    • One More Thought

  • 14

    3.11: Lowell, The Present Crisis

    • Mentoring Video: Get the Book Through You


    • #1) Mentoring Session I - INTRO AUDIO: The Present Crisis

    • #2) Mentoring Session I - RECITAL AUDIO: Dramatized Reading by Rachel DeMille

    • #3) Mentoring Session I - RECITAL AUDIO: Poetic Reading by Rachel DeMille

    • #4) STUDY GUIDE I

    • #5) Mentoring Session II - TUTORING AUDIO: Poetry Analysis Group Mentoring

    • #6) Mentoring Session III - BONUS MENTORING AUDIO & STUDY GUIDE: How to do Level 3 Analysis

    • #7) Mentoring Session III - DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Present Crisis

    • One More Thought

  • 15

    3.12: Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona

    • Video Mentoring: Compound Interest

    • INTRO AUDIO: Two Gentlemen of Verona

    • STUDY GUIDE: Two Gentlemen of Verona

    • ***BONUS AUDIO: The 7 Lessons of Depth Phase

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Two Gentlemen of Verona

    • One More Thought

  • 16

    3.13: Potok, The Chosen

    • Video Mentoring: The 5 Environments of Mentoring

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Chosen

    • STUDY GUIDE I: The Chosen

    • BONUS AUDIO: The 5 Environments of Mentoring


    • One More Thought


  • 17

    3.14: The Declaration of Independence

    • Video Mentoring: Seasons, II

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Declaration of Independence

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Declaration of Independence

    • BONUS AUDIO: The 1-Step Guide to Mentoring

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Declaration of Independence

    • One More Thought

  • 18

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 4

    • Season 4 Overview and Texts

  • 19

    4.15: Hugo, Les Miserables

    • Video Mentoring: Kiss it Better

    • INTRO AUDIO: Les Miserables

    • STUDY GUIDE: Les Miserables

    • MIDMONTH AUDIO: Les Miserables

    • DEBRIEFING: Les Miserables

    • BONUS AUDIO: Les Miserables as a Freedom Classic

    • One More Thought

  • 20

    4.16: Lewis, The Inner Ring

    • Video Mentoring: Your Key Action

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Inner Ring

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Inner Ring

    • BONUS AUDIO: 8 Kinds of Learning

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Inner Ring

    • One More Thought

  • 21

    4.17: Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

    • Video Mentoring: No Lecture-Test-Repeat.

    • INTRO AUDIO: A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

    • STUDY GUIDE: A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO & UPDATED STUDY GUIDE: A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

    • One More Thought

  • 22

    4.18: Bronte, Jane Eyre

    • Video Mentoring: The 4 Kinds of Stories

    • INTRO AUDIO: Jane Eyre

    • STUDY GUIDE: Jane Eyre


    • One More Thought


  • 23

    4.19: Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

    • Video Mentoring: Momschools and Personalization

    • INTRO AUDIO: Little House in the Big Woods

    • STUDY GUIDE: Little House in the Big Woods

    • BONUS AUDIO: How to take your homeschool from ordinary to extraordinary

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Little House in the Big Woods

    • One More Thought

  • 24

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 5

    • Season 5 Overview and Texts

  • 25

    5.20: Turn the Page: How to Read Like a Top Leader

    • Video Mentoring: The Library

    • INTRO AUDIO: Turn the Page

    • STUDY GUIDE: Turn the Page

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Turn the Page

    • One More Thought

  • 26

    5.21: ten Boom, The Hiding Place

    • Video Mentoring: The Ant and the Elephant

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Hiding Place

    • BONUS AUDIO: The Power of Literature

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Hiding Place

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Hiding Place

    • BRIEF EPILOGUE: The Hiding Place

    • One More Thought

  • 27

    5.22: Austen, Sense and Sensibility

    • Video Mentoring: Filling in the Gaps

    • INTRO AUDIO: Sense and Sensibility

    • STUDY GUIDE: Sense and Sensibility

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Sense and Sensibility

    • One More Thought

  • 28

    5.23: Strauss and Howe, The Fourth Turning

    • Video Mentoring: Inspiring Vocabulary

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Fourth Turning

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Fourth Turning

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO Session 1: The Fourth Turning

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO Session 2: The Fourth Turning

    • One More Thought

  • 29

    5.24: Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

    • Video Mentoring: Interviews

    • INTRO AUDIO: Anne of Green Gables

    • STUDY GUIDE: Anne of Green Gables

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Anne of Green Gables

    • One More Thought


  • 30

    5.25: L'Amour, Bendigo Shafter

    • Video Mentoring: Are you Fragile or Anti-Fragile?

    • INTRO AUDIO: Bendigo Shafter

    • STUDY GUIDE: Bendigo Shafter

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Bendigo Shafter

    • One More Thought

  • 31

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 6

    • Season 6 Overview and Texts

  • 32

    6.26: Freedom Matters

    • Video Mentoring: Let's Get Real

    • INTRO AUDIO: Freedom Matters

    • STUDY GUIDE: Freedom Matters

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Freedom Matters

    • One More Thought

  • 33

    6.27: Alcott, Little Men

    • Video Mentoring: Closing the Generation Gap

    • INTRO AUDIO: Little Men

    • STUDY GUIDE: Little Men

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Little Men

    • One More Thought

  • 34

    6.28: Mentoring Matters

    • Video Mentoring: Are you a drag?

    • INTRO AUDIO: Mentoring Matters

    • STUDY GUIDE: Mentoring Matters

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Mentoring Matters

    • One More Thought

  • 35

    6.29: Stratton-Porter, Laddie

    • Video Mentoring: The Power of Simplicity

    • INTRO AUDIO: Laddie

    • STUDY GUIDE: Laddie


    • One More Thought

  • 36

    6.30: Shakespeare, Hamlet

    • Video Mentoring: Getting Physical

    • INTRO AUDIO: Hamlet

    • STUDY GUIDE: Hamlet


    • One More Thought


  • 37

    6.31: Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

    • Video Mentoring: Sooner isn't always Better

    • INTRO AUDIO: Where the Red Fern Grows

    • STUDY GUIDE: Where the Red Fern Grows

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Where the Red Fern Grows

    • BONUS AUDIO: Where the Red Fern Grows

    • One More Thought

  • 38

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 7

    • Season 7 Overview and Texts

  • 39

    7.32: Shakespeare, Sonnets

    • Video Mentoring: Revisiting the Blank Page Brainstorm

    • INTRO AUDIO: Sonnets and Poetry

    • STUDY GUIDE: Sonnets, Poetry and Word Love

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Sonnets, Poetry and Word Love

    • BONUS AUDIO: L'Amour Poetry

    • One More Thought

  • 40

    7.33: Lewis, Abolition of Man

    • Video Mentoring: Freak Conveyor Belt Accident

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Abolition of Man

    • BONUS AUDIO: Guided Reading, The Abolition of Man

    • STUDY GUIDE: Abolition of Man

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Abolition of Man

    • One More Thought

  • 41

    7.34: Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

    • Video Mentoring: How to Teach How to Read

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Phantom Tollbooth

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Phantom Tollbooth

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Phantom Tollbooth

    • One More Thought

  • 42

    7.35: Austen: Emma

    • Video Mentoring: Reading Celebrations

    • INTRO AUDIO: Emma

    • STUDY GUIDE: Emma


    • One More Thought

  • 43

    7.36: L'Amour, The Lonesome Gods

    • Video Mentoring: Whose Job Is It?

    • INTRO: The Lonesome Gods

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Lonesome Gods

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Lonesome Gods

    • One More Thought


  • 44

    7.37: Orwell, Animal Farm

    • Video Mentoring: Your Vision Quest

    • INTRO AUDIO: Animal Farm

    • STUDY GUIDE: Animal Farm

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Animal Farm

    • One More Thought

  • 45

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 8

    • Season 8 Overview and Texts

  • 46

    8.38: Frank, Alas Babylon

    • Video Mentoring: Sleeping Dragons

    • INTRO AUDIO: Alas, Babylon

    • STUDY GUIDE: Alas, Babylon

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Alas, Babylon

    • One More Thought

  • 47

    8.39: Solzhenitsyn, A World Split Apart

    • Video Mentoring: Finding Your Mission

    • INTRO AUDIO: A World Split Apart

    • STUDY GUIDE: A World Split Apart

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: A World Split Apart

    • One More Thought

  • 48

    8.40: Spyri, Heidi

    • Video Mentoring: Are you a Good-Finder?

    • INTRO AUDIO: Heidi

    • STUDY GUIDE: Heidi


    • One More Thought

  • 49

    8.41: Austen, Persuasion

    • Video Mentoring: Love Languages

    • INTRO AUDIO: Persuasion

    • STUDY GUIDE: Persuasion

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Persuasion

    • One More Thought

  • 50

    8.42: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    • Video Mentoring: Environment + Example = Education

    • INTRO AUDIO: Romeo and Juliet

    • STUDY GUIDE: Romeo and Juliet

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Romeo and Juliet

    • One More Thought


  • 51

    8.43: Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

    • Video Mentoring: When Dad Won't Step Up (The Tevye Principle)

    • INTRO AUDIO: A Tale of Two Cities

    • STUDY GUIDE: A Tale of Two Cities

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: A Tale of Two Cities

    • One More Thought

  • 52

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 9

    • Season 9 Overview and Texts

  • 53

    9.44: Paradigm Shift

    • Video Mentoring: Time Management Templates

    • INTRO AUDIO: Paradigm Shift

    • STUDY GUIDE: Paradigm Shift

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Paradigm Shift

    • One More Thought

  • 54

    9.45: Wyss: Swiss Family Robinson

    • Video Mentoring: FEC

    • INTRO AUDIO: Swiss Family Robinson

    • STUDY GUIDE: Swiss Family Robinson

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Swiss Family Robinson

    • One More Thought

  • 55

    9.46: Hamilton, Mythology

    • Video Mentoring: Levels of Classics

    • INTRO AUDIO: Mythology

    • STUDY GUIDE: Mythology

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Mythology

    • BONUS AUDIO: Hamilton's Mythology

    • One More Thought

  • 56

    9.47: Woodward & DeMille, LeaderShift (and Plutarch's Lives)

    • Video Mentoring: The 4 Reasons

    • INTRO AUDIO: LeaderShift

    • BONUS AUDIO: Plutarch's Lives

    • STUDY GUIDE: LeaderShift & Plutarch

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: LeaderShift

    • One More Thought


  • 57

    9.48: Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    • Video Mentoring: When Your Child Doesn't Fit In

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    • One More Thought

  • 58

    Mentoring in the Classics, SEASON 10

    • Season 10 Overview and Texts

  • 59

    10.49: Twain, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

    • Video Mentoring: The Dip

    • INTRO AUDIO: Joan of Arc

    • STUDY GUIDE: Joan of Arc

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Joan of Arc

    • One More Thought

  • 60

    10.50: Hawking, Brief History of Time

    • Video Mentoring: Being a Great Mentee

    • INTRO AUDIO: A Brief History of Time

    • STUDY GUIDE: A Brief History of Time

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: A Brief History of Time

    • One More Thought

  • 61

    10.51: Porter, Pollyanna

    • Video Mentoring: Winning at the Bean Counter Game

    • INTRO AUDIO: Pollyanna

    • STUDY GUIDE: Pollyanna

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Pollyanna

    • One More Thought

  • 62

    10.52: DeMille, Hero Education

    • Video Mentoring: Initiative vs. Submission

    • INTRO AUDIO: Hero Education

    • STUDY GUIDE: Hero Education

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Hero Education

    • One More Thought

  • 63

    10.53: Austen, Mansfield Park

    • Video Mentoring: Reset the Reset

    • INTRO AUDIO: Mansfield Park

    • STUDY GUIDE: Mansfield Park

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Mansfield Park

    • One More Thought


  • 64

    10.54: Shakespeare, The Tempest

    • Video Mentoring: The Genius in Audio Learning

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Tempest

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Tempest

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Tempest

    • One More Thought

  • 65

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 11

    • Season 11 Overview and Texts

  • 66

    11.55: Orczy: The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • One More Thought

  • 67

    11.56: L'Amour, The Walking Drum

    • Video Mentoring: Getting Wrong Right

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Walking Drum

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Walking Drum

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Walking Drum

    • One More Thought

  • 68

    11.57: Lossing: The Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Lives of the Signers

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Lives of the Signers

    • One More Thought

  • 69

    11.58: Collins, The Hunger Games

    • INTRO AUDIO: The Hunger Games

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Hunger Games

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: The Hunger Games


  • 70

    11.59: Two Essays - Adler & Emerson

    • AUDIO: Intro to Two Essays - Adler & Emerson

    • STUDY GUIDE: Essays by Adler & Emerson

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Two Essays - Adler & Emerson

    • One More Thought

  • 71

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 12

    • Season 12 Overview and Texts

  • 72

    12.60: Dickens, Great Expectations

    • Video Mentoring: Teaching Writing through the Phases

    • AUDIO INTRO: Great Expectations

    • STUDY GUIDE: Great Expectations

    • DEBRIEFING AUDIO: Great Expectations

    • One More Thought

  • 73

    12.61: Sophocles, Antigone

    • AUDIO INTRO: Antigone

    • STUDY GUIDE: Antigone

    • AUDIO DEBRIEFING: Antigone

    • One More Thought

  • 74

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 13

    • Season 13 Overview and Texts

  • 75

    13.64: Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

    • STUDY GUIDE: The Closing of the American Mind

  • 76

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 14

    • Season 14 Overview and Texts

  • 77

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 15

    • xSeason 14 Overview and Texts

  • 78

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 16

    • ?Season 14 Overview and Texts

  • 79

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 18

    • Season 18 Overview and Texts

  • 80

    Mentoring in the Classics: SEASON 19

    • Season 19 Overview and Texts

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Mentoring in the Classics 
Oliver & Rachel DeMille!

If you want to lead out, establish a family culture of excellence and learning, experience the mentoring of youth through family discussions, find the treasures and transformation by coming face-to-face with greatness - then Mentoring in the Classics is the answer for you. This multi-award-winning subscription series is ideal for adults, youth, parents, book groups, Commonwealths, teacher training – anyone who’s ready to experience the classics with master mentors Oliver and Rachel DeMille as your guides!

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If TJEd is calling to you, I would not recommend “winging” it. We're here to help! Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. Do your homework. This course is designed specifically to help you:

  • Become an effective self-guided learner
  • Design your ideal family education culture
  • Inspire your kids as enthusiastic, life-long learners
  • Empower your kids to develop solid character and achieve excellence in their ideal time and way, in any subject
  • Become conversant in the language of the classics
  • Really *own* the principles of Leadership Education so you can act with confidence, vision and purpose.

Experience this step-by-step process, utilizing videos, audios, study guides, workshops, quizzes, discussions and more! This course comes ready-made, with a mentor and community that will leave you empowered to lead out--not only in your own education, but in the education of your family and your communities.

Welcome to TJEd!

Course Description  

How does it work?

Each month, mentoring will focus on one title from the schedule (see below). At the beginning of the month you will receive:
  • Video mentoring tips by Rachel DeMille
  • Introduction to the work in a downloadable mp3 audio by Oliver DeMille
  • A PDF downloadable Study Guide with recommended resources, additional readings, discussion questions, etc.
Toward the end of the month you will receive:
  • Downloadable mp3 audio debriefing after the discussion (including answers to questions from the online discussion) by Oliver DeMille (you can listen to these audios at your convenience)
  • A Bonus Article that anchors the principles learned
  • An online discussion board in our dedicated learning environment, where you can interact with our TJEd mentors and other MIC+ participants

What does it cost?

Our pricing of $15/month is way, way below what it would typically cost for this service. We want to make it so that finances are not an issue, and hope to make it easy for all families and teachers who want Mentoring in the Classics with Oliver DeMille! Pricing for book discussion groups (up to 10 participants) is $125/month. (For other pricing questions, please contact us here.)

About the Book Selections

The titles chosen for the Mentoring in the Classics Series are designed to be progressive in nature. Seasons 1 - 3 are meant specifically to help you:
  • become a self-guided learner
  • design your ideal family education culture
  • become conversant in the language of the classics
  • really *own* the principles of Leadership Education
  • ... so you can be your own expert
Subsequent seasons build on this foundation to help you:
  • gain greater depth in your own education
  • act effectively mentor others
  • apply your education to your personal mission

Season 1

TJEd Implementation Plan: Mentoring Success in TJEd & Mentoring in the Classics

  • MONTH 1: A Thomas Jefferson Education 
    Oliver DeMille's underground bestseller is the catalyst for a movement that enshrines classics, mentors, and developmentally-leveled learning environments, with parents leading out and inspiring their children to get "An Education to Match Their Mission." The perfect foundation for the MIC experience.
  • MONTH 2: Understood Betsy 
    Fisher's Understood Betsy is a beloved classic that illustrates the transformation that occurs in the life of a young girl who is stunted in her personal, emotional and intellectual growth when she is given the opportunity for a fresh start in a healthy, supportive and principled environment where she can thrive. Excellent for those wanting to internalize the skills of change and the vision of educational ideals!
  • MONTH 3: Gatto's Dumbing us Down 
    Dumbing us Down has stood as a witness from one with a unique and authoritative perspective that today's mainstream educational system does not nurture or reward individual genius, creativity or innovation. It stands as a challenge and an invitation to define our own educational ideals, describing in uncompromising terms the need for the type of education we'll pursue in this series.
  • MONTH 4: Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea simply cannot be read incorrectly; it is all about pondering, applying it to your life, thinking creatively, intuitively, authentically. Careful thought has gone into the succession from Gatto to Lindbergh - the former being an exposition of what is wrong, the latter, a "healing" book; first the "tell", then the "show." The Audio Mentoring and Study Guide for Lindbergh are important, as they establish the unique and effective methodology by which this course will progress.
  • MONTH 5: What's So Great About the Classics is a treatise that speaks to the challenges and opportunities in today's educational environment, be prepared for higher education, and prepare successfully for the coming economy, while raising a great soul (plus other goals and values common to conscientious parents in our day and age) - by mentoring through the classics, using the principles and practices of Leadership Education.

Season 2

The TJEd Implementation Plan: Mastering the Phases and Mentoring in the Classics

  • MONTH 6: Moody, Little Britches - This autobiographical classic shows a family facing the challenges of a life in flux, with priceless models of parent mentoring by both mother and father illuminated in a story that delights boys and girls (and parents) of all ages
  • MONTH 7: DeMille & DeMille,The Phases of Learning Starting out with a survey of educational and developmental scientists who describe healthy phases and transitions, and then proceeding through life phases covering infancy through grandparenting, The Phases of Learning has been hailed as the DeMille's greatest work thus far on education, and stands as a nuts-and-bolts guidebook for successful family life and learning.  
  • MONTH 8: Latham, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - The true story of Nathanael Bowditch includes adventure, romance, hardship and triumph - with a backdrop of an education through the phases of learning that illustrate a successful life and mission, based on effective study with mentors and classics.   
  • MONTH 9: DeMille & Brooks, Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens - Many have protested that Thomas Jefferson Education for Teens was misnamed, as it serves as an inspiration not only for youth, but for adults who wish to recapture the educational experiences and lessons that they wish they had gained in youth. This book helps young and old to get in touch with their purpose and mission, and includes a 5-year reading plan to help them achieve their educational goals.  

Season 3

The TJEd Implementation Plan: Cultural Foundations & Mentoring in the Classics

  • MONTH 10: Since Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a longer work, the months previous and following are less time-consuming. It's a favorite - both familiar, and worthy of repeat reads. Is there a book out there that Hollywood has adapted more times? There must be a story there, LOL. You'll have time to get into this lengthier title early, as TJEd for Teens is actually quite concise, and serves as a great backdrop for this insightful and witty work.
  • MONTH 11: Lowell "The Present Crisis" (link downloads PDF) by James Russell Lowell is a profoundly beautiful (and short!) work, which Oliver will give a line-by-line treatment - thus reinforcing the participants' ability to appreciate and comprehend the language of the classics. This provides a great segue-way to next month's Shakespeare, which some have avoided because of the unfamiliar language, and which is so beloved by readers and theater-goers for generations.
  • MONTHS 12 - 13: Shakespeare & Potok The progression from Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Shakespeare play on homeschooling) and Potok's The Chosen is especially poignant, as they have similar plot elements. Both address the power of education, especially Scholar Phase education; both consider the effect of education and upbringing on the individual outcomes in adulthood.
  • MONTH 14: The Declaration This month's selection, The Declaration of Independence, (link downloads PDF) is a freedom classic that articulated for the world, then and now, the nobility of the human soul, and the inestimable worth of liberty. As this is a shorter title, you'll have time to get started early on next month's reading!

Season 4 

Mentoring in the Classics

  • MONTH 15: Hugo After over a year of MIC, you're ready for some deep and moving stuff! In our original rotation, this was our August selection - a month when many gear up for school again - and yet straddles the "summer/fall" line. Les Miserables does double duty as a great beach read and a serious scholarly challenge. Life changing! If you've read it before, you know; if you haven't, you know you've been meaning to....
  • MONTH 16: Lewis Again, the selection preceding the monumental Hugo is short, as is its follow-up, this month's: Lewis' "The Inner Ring." This one is perfect to help define Why We Do What We Do. Originally our September 2014 reading, it is timely, as the advent of fall and "serious" school often puts our goals and methods under the scrutiny of measuring up to others' expectations, and demands that we have clarity of vision and purpose, to follow our inspired--and inspiring--path.
  • MONTH 17: Schneider Our October 2014 content first debuted in the season when many of our participants are in the thick of home or classroom studies, and so we introduce our first math classic (if you don't count The Chosen - and you really should!). Schneider's A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe is an easy read and tends to turn math haters into math lovers, and math lovers into serious math students.
  • MONTH 18: Bronte This month brings another perennial favorite: the courageous Jane Eyre. Bronte's beleaguered and faithful heroine always inspires such meaningful discussions. The Debriefing Audio for this title featured more than one serious about-face from our participants with regard to their love or hate of this book. Lively and penetrating, you're sure to enjoy this one!
  • MONTH 19: Wilder Our December 2014 reading highlighted a time when many of our participants suspend their normal routine to focus on family, traditions, worship and celebrations. In this spirit, we have chosen a great family read: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you find this a strange choice, trust us. It's chock-full of amazing content - especially on the topics of family culture, education and community. Oh--and it's not a "girl" book. Seriously. There are bears, whittlin', and all sorts of manly fare.

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Mentoring in the Classics

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Mentoring in the Classics

Season 7 

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 8

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 9

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 10

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 11

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 12

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 13

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 14

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 15

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 16

Mentoring in the Classics

Season 15

Mentoring in the Classics

Going Forward

We will periodically update the reading schedule so that you're kept informed of the coming books that are not yet listed. We're delighted to have you join us for Mentoring in the Classics. Please join the conversation on our Facebook Discussion Group! [click here to join >>] Warmly, Rachel DeMille, "An Education to Match Your Mission"  

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Praise for Mentoring in the Classics

"I can't tell you how much the audios mean to me. It is so eye opening to finally understand what discussing the classics can do. The years of experience that you and your family has with this type of discussion is revealing so much more about the books than I would ever discover on my own or with other novices at true discussion. I don't know if you realize how rare all of your insights are. There is no way with my limited experience at truly great discussion that I would ever come up with most of what you all pick up seemingly so easy. One of my biggest goals now is that within 10 years I may be able to see into the classics as well as you and your family does. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."



"Through [Mentoring in the Classics] I have learned so much about homeschooling my children. Our world and our minds are literally expanding as a family thanks to the enlightenment received from these downloads. I have personally learned so much about freedom and although I've lived in America all my life and have enjoyed the freedom offered in this country, my eyes are being opened to how we sometimes try to limit or repress each others' freedoms in our daily interactions with one another. I have learned so much!

"Thanks for all the enlightenment!!"

~C. B.


"I have always been an avid reader, and have read many books I really loved or liked. But I have never felt such passion for books until I joined this class and started studying them in depth and for personal purposes. It is a new dimension of reading for me that is exactly like my feelings for the scriptures. I am enjoying this so much and love the DeMille's enthusiasm on the audios. Amazing and fun."



"I just want to thank you for creating the Mentoring in the Classics series. I had forgotten how much I love learning. My late husband used to joke that I would be 70 and sitting in a classroom learning something new. When he died I lost that motivation. This course has given me back that spark and I must say that I really missed it. I really appreciate all the hard work you and Oliver do to contribute to the community!"



"I've been finding more ways to read history. It's been such a great experience reading "The Present Crisis", by James Russell Lowell with Mentoring in the Classics with Oliver & Rachel DeMille and being mentored by them and their family! Check it out at Thank you Oliver DeMille, Rachel DeMille, Vernie Lynn DeMille and all others!"



"Thanks again DeMille family! WOW! These recordings are truly helping me understand and "witness" what a real education looks like. Reading the TJEd books are one thing but hearing your dialogue has been so eye opening to me. I feel like a kindergartner in my education journey and that's okay! I'm taking my time soaking it all in and pondering so many aspects of my life much deeper than ever before. I genuinely appreciate this opportunity to be mentored in a way I've never experienced before. Keep up the great work!!"



"The audio recordings we listen to by Oliver and others are good examples of lecture done well. I think one of the keys to great lectures is the mentor's ability to keep the learner interested. Speaking with passion, giving examples, sharing personal insights, quoting other authorities on the subject."



"TJEd isn't for sissies! Great education is worth the price, time, and sacrifice! Love Mentoring in the Classics class. So fun and inspiring. Thank you Oliver and Rachel DeMille and family:)"



I just listened to Oliver's debriefing on Pride and Prejudice and had to tell you right away YOU ROCK! I've been milling around in the classics and a classical curriculum for about 12 years feeling like I was missing something. I originally joined Mentoring the Classics because Les Mis is on the list and my husband and two oldest sons have read it and discussed it to death but I never thought I could handle the sadness. I thought it would be a good example in overcoming a hurdle, and I really wanted some help in this desire of mine to grow in the classics. I am so glad I did. It has brought joy and enthusiasm and direction to my self-education and has already improved my mentoring; the boys occasionally ask me ,"Do you think you're ready?" Thank you for these gifts.



"LOVED the debriefing audio and bonus audio for Pride and Prejudice! Once again, I want to read it again right away after hearing all the great commentary and insights. Another freedom classic! I never saw it before. I'm am so grateful for your persuasion to do this Mentoring in the classics course, Rachel. I have to keep reminding myself that you guys have been doing this for a LONG time and my day will come when I will be able to pull these nuggets of genius out of classics myself. THANK YOU!!"



 "I love MIC. I am excited to feel that I am growing in my ability to mentor my family. It is hard for me to "let go" of the kids more and allow my education to take a front seat, but it is strange that by doing so, my kids' education is actually improving. (It's an "I told you so!" moment for you. Hehe) Even with Kidschool, I am doing things with them that I want to learn, or learn better. This puts me more hands-on with them and they love that. They love what I love and they love doing it with me. It's not teaching, it's just exploring. But that truly is education, and I'm having the Core & LOL phases that I missed (and didn't even know it). The knowledge of TJEd is easily lost in us as products of the public education model. It's very difficult to keep that public education model from creeping in and then taking over...time and time again. Keeping myself immersed with MIC allows me to recognize when I'm becoming too conveyor belt with my children. I can feel the richness of my learning through the model your family uses to mentor me; therefore, I am continually inspired to utilize that with my children. And, I am developing the skills to do so. I hope that MIC never goes away. I look forward to each month and love the diversity of subject matter. It's filling in the gaps for me and that's huge! This whole MIC idea- it's just genius!!"



"Loved the audio!! Its so filled with excitement and energy, that's exactly what happens when I get to talking about things I'm passionate about. I'm so glad you are involved with this one Rachel bring excitement and another perspective to the table. Loving it!!!!



"The audio itself was perfect for my husband and I. We both came away very inspired to reread Gatto's book. My favorite part of the audio was 'are we dumbing down passion in the name of conformity to make it easier on us as teachers?' Wow! Now I need to read the book with Oliver's suggestion to look in the mirror. What am I doing right or wrong? How can avoid teaching the way I was taught? Needing the inspiration to get off the conveyor belt once again. Thank you!!!"