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Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

Nature Study for the Very Young {Plus Birds of Northeast Printable}

I wanted to share a few thoughts on Nature Study for the very young. This fall, I’ll start integrating “Little B” (3 years old) into our homeschooling day. Of course, nothing will be formal because at this age play is the best tool for learning […]

What 20 years of homeschooling has taught me

What 20 years of homeschooling has taught me

This summer I find myself re-reading some of the earliest books I ever read on home education. Turning the pages of these old friends makes me nostalgic.  My level of ignorance in the homeschooling department was matched only by my fear of pursing it in […]

20 Homeschooling Articles to Help New Homeschooling Moms

20 Homeschooling Articles to Help New Homeschooling Moms

Several of you asked that I post all of my homeschooling articles in one place. Here you are. Happy Homeschooling!   Five Questions Every Homeschooling Mom Should Ask Before Choosing Curriculum Favorite Homeschool Resources/Tools Series :Part I, Part II, Part III Good Advice On Home Education […]

Thoughts on being scared to death of homeschooling, and thoughts on the thoroughly educated child

Thoughts on being scared to death of homeschooling, and thoughts on the thoroughly educated child

I’m entering my 17th year of homeschooling. If you’ve read here for more than two minutes you know I favor the Charlotte Mason method, have an artsy/crafty bent, emphasize music and poetry, read a lot, and tend to be rather eclectic. What you might not […]

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

It’s that time of year. We began our homeschool year this week and as I evaluate where each child is, the old tendency to compare surprises my heart yet again. Comparison is always a cruel tormentor: Maybe we should have done that curriculum all along. […]

In Praise of the Pensive Child

In Praise of the Pensive Child

One of the best ways to validate your children is to accept them for who they are. There is a huge tendency to push our kids into what we love or what is currently pushed by society. Peter has often said that “what you praise, […]

Grace For The Homeschool Mom

Grace For The Homeschool Mom

I’m a homeschooling mom of nearly 20 years and I’m weary. This post is to help you, the weary, burnt-out homeschooing mom, embrace a word that we seem to ignore: enough. Homeschooling moms have many wonderful qualities to be sure, but I’m not sure that […]

Thoughts on the Doug Phillips Resignation

Thoughts on the Doug Phillips Resignation

No Christian should rejoice when another Christian falls into sin and it should be troubling whenever the name of God is dragged through the mud due to high profile ministry leader’s hypocrisy and corruption. Sadly, I’m too old to be shocked anymore by ministry men […]