Welcome to CenterForLit – an online community for Lit lovers and their students. It’s our goal to bring readers face to face with the world’s best books so they can know themselves more fully as God’s creatures. Along the way, we share a simple, inspiring method for understanding literature that can revolutionize your reading – and your teaching, too!
If you’re a Lit lover yourself, you are among friends! We hope you’ll find a home here with readers from all around the world.
If you’re hard at work making Lit lovers out of your students – and we know exactly how hard that work can be – we hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration at CenterForLit that gives you strength to keep on going.
If you’re a math-science person, welcome aboard! We look forward to exchanging ideas with you and hearing news from the other side of the brain. We think our materials and methods can empower you to understand and teach literature as never before – even if it’s not your top priority!
WHAT IS CENTER FOR LIT?
In 2003, Missy Andrews took a dare. A friend challenged her to show the parents in their homeschool co-op how to teach literature without a college degree, and she accepted. The method she devised became famous as Teaching the Classics, the teacher- training seminar that now equips parents and teachers all over the world to pass on the art of reading to their students.
Missy and her husband Adam founded CenterForLit shortly thereafter and began sharing the simple principles of Teaching the Classics with parents and teachers at conventions and speaking engagements nationwide. CenterForLit now offers curriculum materials, online classes, live teacher-training, and parent-teacher support networks, all dedicated to helping readers understand and revel in the beauty of classic books.
The world’s great literature contains the wisdom of the ages – a treasure worth seeking. To readers who lack the proper tools, however, that treasure often remains locked away and hidden from sight.
Our mission is to supply you, the treasure seeker, with the right maps and keys.
WHO ARE WE?
The Andrews family. Adam and Missy graduated from Hillsdale College in the spring of 1991 and married a few days later. Missy has worked tirelessly to homeschool all of her six rambunctious, opinionated, wonderful children, and now only has two high-schoolers left at home. The four oldest all went on to study at Hillsdale College. Ian, the oldest, graduated with his BA in 2014, and Megan will graduate in 2016.
While at Hillsdale Ian met Emily, who conveniently also studied English Literature at Hillsdale. Ian and Emily married in the autumn following their graduation, and now run the administration of CenterForLit from their home in Michigan.
The kids are grown up, but we all still love to sit around the dinner table during holidays and breaks and loudly debate about everything, from football to Great Ideas.
The Andrews home perches on the heights of the Huckleberry Mountains in eastern Washington state. We hunt and snowboard and generally pretend at being rugged and athletic, but the truth is that most of us would much rather curl up with a mug of tea and a good book.
We're glad you stopped by! If you have questions or comments for any of us, please let us know!