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Mentoring in the Classics


TJEd sounds good to me… But how to you actually do it????


Mentoring in the Classics 
Oliver 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 mentor Oliver DeMille as your guide!

Click here to read our participant’s glowing, unsolicited praise for MIC >>

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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:

  • 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)


  • Moderated online support and discussion
  • Support for local discussion groups in your area

Other details:

  • On months when there is a longer/weightier title on the schedule, the preceding and following titles will be less demanding – to ensure that you have time to experience it well.
  • Titles are selected from multiple genres to help give you exposure to and experience with a variety of “types” of classic works – to expand your repertoire and your facility with the language of the classics.
  • If you’ve already “done” a title on the schedule – Good! You’ll get even more out of it with multiple times through; that’s the best part of learning from the classics!

What does it cost?

*Our pricing of $20/month [$10/mo till 10/31/16!]* 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 $100/month [$50/month till 10/31/16!]**. (For other pricing questions, please contact us by responding to us here.)

*Just $1 for the first month and $10/month thereafter, if you subscribe by October 31st!

**Just $1 for the first month and $50/month thereafter, if you subscribe by October 31st!

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About the Book Selections

The titles chosen for the Mentoring in the Classics Series are designed to be progressive in nature.

MONTH 1: Introduction

Gatto’s Dumbing us Down is a fitting introduction, describing in uncompromising terms the need for the type of education we’ll pursue in this series.

MONTH 2: Orientation

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.

Please take special care to familiarize yourself with the 5 Levels of Engagement with the Classics outlined in the audio mentoring and the Study Guide. This will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the rest of the titles we cover, and help you to glean and apply from them in meaningful ways.

MONTH 3: Austen

As 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 Lindbergh is sweet, profound and actually quite concise, and a great backdrop for this insightful and witty work.

MONTH 4: 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 5 – 6: 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 affect of education and upbringing on the individual outcomes in adulthood.

MONTH 7: 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!

MONTH 8: Hugo

After 6 months 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 9: Lewis

Again, the selection preceding the monumental Hugo is short, as is 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 10: 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 maybe we 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 11: 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 12: 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.

And that wraps up our first year with Mentoring in the Classics!

If you want to look ahead to the upcoming titles, here you go:

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Year II Schedule:

Year III Schedule:

Year IV Schedule:

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 >>]


Rachel DeMille, TJEd.org
“An Education to Match Your Mission”

* For example: If you start your subscription on the 7th of the month, your first-of-the-month email will come on or near the 7th of each successive month, and your end-of-month content will come about 3 weeks later, several days before the next subscription month begins on the following 7th. Make sense?

*This is the schedule on which the content is delivered – but you don’t have to keep up with our timetable unless it suits you! Just save the content to your computer for future use, and it’s yours forever!


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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 www.tjed.org/mic 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 DeMille…you 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!!!”



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