1. Mentoring in the Classics + TJEd Implementation

1. Mentoring in the Classics + TJEd Implementation


If TJEd is calling to you, don’t resort to “winging” it. Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. We’re here to help!

The first month’s content includes a free bonus section with the following samples from the MIC series:

  • Beginning of the month coaching video, “What is Yours to Do” by Rachel DeMille from Season 1
  • Intro Audio for Dumbing Us Down from Season 1
  • Study Guide for Anne of Green Gables from Season 5
  • Debriefing Audio for Anne of Green Gables from Season 5
  • Bonus Audio for Little Britches from Season 2
  • End of the month coaching video by Emma Cox from Season 7

In addition, the mentoring content for A Thomas Jefferson Education is yours to download and keep, even if you choose not to remain with us!

$35.00 / month
$385.00 / year
$70.00 / month
$770.00 / year
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If TJEd is calling to you, don’t resort to “winging” it. Don’t just copy a friend, or browse and guess. We’re here to help! 


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


Mentoring in the Classics!

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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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

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
  • effectively mentor others
  • apply your education to your personal mission

Here is a sample of how this course will unfold: 

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 affect 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