Homeschooling during the Tough Times

Because life isn’t always roses and daisies. Illness, pregnancy, hospitalization, and crisis or other difficult times occur and everything looks and is topsy-turvy. This is why I’m writing this today.

If I could go back in time to counsel with my younger self, my early homeschooling, worried self, I would tell myself to stop worrying. All of the advice of the homeschool sages like Oliver DeMille, John Holt, Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, John Taylor Gatto, and Resa Steindel is true and to trust my gut and the process. But, if I didn’t have those worries and go through the difficulties I did, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now writing this article with the wisdom that comes from struggle and experience.

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#caughtwithaclassic

WE WANT TO SEE A CLASSICS REVIVAL and hope to inspire others to grab their books, snap a book-selfie and share it with everyone in their social media world! #caughtwithaclassic is a social media campaign designed to highlight the many ways that classics enrich readers’ lives.

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“Sometimes it would seem that the Greeks believed above all things in reverence, only they had nobody to revere.” The Everlasting Man, GK Chesterton. My breakfast of champions. ‪#‎caughtwithaclassic‬ ‪#‎loveoflearning‬ ‪#‎classicsnotcurriculum‬ ‪#‎education‬ ‪#‎catholic‬ ‪#‎whattjedlookslike‬

Today, social media is awash of food selfies, workout selfies and date night selfies. And, frankly, that’s a cool thing. But, just as we are what we eat… we are what we read! [Continue reading]

Book Bonanza: A Home Culture of Books

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“This book taught me, once and for all, how easily you can escape this world with the help of words! You can find friends between the pages of a book, wonderful friends.” ― Cornelia Funke, Inkspell Books are a gift from God. Let me specify that … [Continue reading]

Teach your Children to Ponder; Teach your Children to Think

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“Search, Ponder and Pray, are the things that I must do…” These are the words to a children’s hymn sung by children in our church. For many people, pondering is not something that comes with birth. Pondering needs to be taught. Thinking is asking … [Continue reading]

Death Comes to Pemberley: A Homeschool Mother’s Review

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As a mother who is a scholar of the gospel and has a passion for looking into the messages that everything brings, I must offer this disclaimer first: I’m not one to watch for the sheer entertainment value as many meanings and messages are always … [Continue reading]

Homeschool Graduation

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Last year, my eldest daughter graduated.  It was a happy day.  We invited all of our new friends to the house and my parents were happily living here in Germany and were able to come as well.  It was amazing.  I just had our new baby and my eldest … [Continue reading]

Happy Ears

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My very first post for this beautiful blog was in August of 2014 and was about how I "read with my ears" thanks to Audible. Since that post I have been asked many times over which audiobooks are family favorites in our home. This post won't … [Continue reading]

Bending Our Brains

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Have you ever seen that mostly family friendly tv series produced by National Geographic called Brain Games? The show, one of few allowances in our family screen viewing, is intriguing, challenging and wonderfully encouraging. We stream the seasons … [Continue reading]

Play: The Highest Form of Research

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Play is education. Play is learning. As Einstein said, “Play is the highest form of research.” When I hear my kids engrossed in play, I don’t disturb them. Chores, work, study, everything else can wait. This is one of the most important aspects of … [Continue reading]

Making Toys New Again and Again

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As homeschoolers, our whole homes are "classrooms". They store art supplies, math books, science experiments, practical life tools, libraries and toys... toys... toys... Setting up a homeschool that nurtures creativity, fosters curiosity and instills … [Continue reading]

What’s so great about The Great Courses?

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Over 25 years ago, Tom Rollins, a Harvard Law student was unprepared for an exam. He found a videotape series that would help him acquire the material efficiently. When he began to watch the video lecture series, he was surprised, impressed and … [Continue reading]

Alright, now what?

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Just about two years ago my little family was trying to find a history curriculum. For religious reasons, we were pretty dissatisfied with many of the popular options and for philosophical reasons we were unimpressed with the options that met our … [Continue reading]

Cranford Colloquium Discussion

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Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskill (where to buy) is a feel good book that is sure to make you laugh and cry. The witty English humor is one of my favorite things about her style of writing. It was a great book for a colloquium. We followed up our … [Continue reading]

Mentoring Lessons from Bambi

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Bambi the Disney movie was the one I avoided when people listed off movies-to-watch. It was too sad and boring to me. It put a bad taste in my mouth and so I had no interest in reading the classic book either. I’m so glad I changed my mind. We just … [Continue reading]

Reading Through The Lists

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Confession: I have less than no interest in New Year's goals. It is not that I think the idea of goal setting to be a bad one - it is just that the idea does not resonate with me. I love goals. I love lists. I just don't have any desire to set upon a … [Continue reading]