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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 […]

Homeschooling {or not} During Times of Crisis

Homeschooling {or not} During Times of Crisis

Wednesday morning, all was normal. I was sitting behind an observation window, chatting and drinking iced coffee with my sister Hannah while our girls tumbled and jumped at their gymnastics lesson. I received a startling phone call that Peter’s mom had several strokes that morning […]

Diet, A Few Recipes and What’s New

Diet, A Few Recipes and What’s New

  Just an update on what we are up to lately, besides getting over the flu. 1. Diet Details and a Recipe. Many of you have asked about the details of my new diet. I am the last one to be giving diet advice since […]

Charlotte Mason on Taking Kids Outdoors

Charlotte Mason on Taking Kids Outdoors

This week I have been re-reading Home Education  by Charlotte Mason to my great delight. I am gearing up for the fast approaching school year. Charlotte Mason encouraged mothers to take their children outside for walks and to observe the nature that is all around […]

Our Favorite Homeschool Tools: {Pt. 2. History}

Our Favorite Homeschool Tools: {Pt. 2. History}

This is part two of our Favorite Curriculum series and today I am sharing what worked for us for History. If you missed part one, read here for our favorite Homeschool picks for Math and Language Arts. When our children were young, we used several […]

Our Favorite Homeschool Resources (Pt.1. Math and Language Arts.) Share Yours, Please!

Our Favorite Homeschool Resources (Pt.1. Math and Language Arts.) Share Yours, Please!

I have received several requests for me to share what homeschool tools I use to educate my children, so this week I will be sharing what we use. BUT, I feel funny telling you what works for my family, because any homeschooler worth their salt […]