Dragon Warriors in the Library

Deep in the heart of Germany, on the top floor of an apartment building, lived the ten Baker children. Each day, they entered the library in the back of the house, and gathered around their mother to begin adventures all over the world in the land of stories. [Continue reading]

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Give Yourself Permission

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How many times do we become overwhelmed because we aren’t doing all that we think and feel we should? How many times do you feel paralyzed by your imperfections and weaknesses? Contrast that with how often you give yourself permission.

As we embark on the halfway mark of the year 2014, I feel like I’m just barely emerging from a cocoon. This year has been a year of growth and change. I gave birth to our tenth baby, Courtney Adele, April 3rd. In January, we moved to Stuttgart, Germany, lived in a hotel for three months and then set up our home and a month later, I went into labor. [Continue reading]

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12 Math Ipad Apps for Love of Learning Phase


I'm certainly appreciative of all the extra educational help I can get for my kiddos.  We have a couple of family rules with the ipad.  1. You have a timer set and have to surrender the ipad set after the timer goes off.  2. Only educational stuff … [Continue reading]

Family Library: the Inspiration that Exploded Reading in our Family


We have various ideas that worked for our children to inspire a love of reading (see this article), but the one that had the biggest impact on our whole family was when we decided to run a family library. We loan out books to friends and family … [Continue reading]

Ways We’ve Inspired Reading


As no child or youth is the same, these are simply ways we have inspired our children to love or at the very least want to read. If you are feeling a little blank on finding another way to reach your child, I hope you can find something in these … [Continue reading]

Five Things I’ve Learned with the Great Teaching Key: Mentors Not Professors


“Someone who approaches twenty students with identical curriculum, methodology, goals and plans is not acting as a mentor. The mentor helps each student identify where he or she is, and then says, "Okay, let's develop a program for you. What do you … [Continue reading]

Utilizing Every Opportunity

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There have been friends and a family member in my life who recently passed away. My mom was completely insane and had crossed the line of reality by the time I was 15 years old. She homeschooled me and spent a lot of time teaching me and my sisters … [Continue reading]

The Liberal Arts and How they Bless My Life

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The Latin roots of the word Liberal means "noble, gracious, munificent, generous," literally "of freedom, pertaining to or befitting a free man," from liber "free, unrestricted, unimpeded; unbridled, unchecked, licentious." (Online Etymology … [Continue reading]

Five Ways to Keep Inspiration Going for Your Learners

Its not easy to change a whole mentality from what the world, school, and most likely our parents required of us growing up. You are the chain breaker. More and more challenging and head strong children are being born today than ever before. I believe it is because of their important missions on earth. I see how important it is now more than ever to change the way things are done to a more positive way. Here are five ways to keep in mind to keep inspiration burning in your learner's hearts.

Its not easy to change a whole mentality from what the world, school, and most likely our parents required of us growing up.  You are the chain breaker.  More and more challenging and head strong children are being born today than ever before.  I … [Continue reading]

Using Goodreads as Homeschoolers

Using Goodreads as Homeschoolers

We’ve used Goodreads since 2008 and I really appreciate the handiness of this tool.  I’ve found hundreds of books I wouldn’t have found otherwise.  I enjoy seeing what my other homeschool friends are reading and especially what they thought of each … [Continue reading]

Weekly Mentor Meetings & What Our Scholars Do


  Everyone needs a little motivation.  Especially your youth.   One of the ingredients of Leadership Education that I’ve been consistent in applying in our homeschool with great success is the weekly mentor meetings.  If your youth is not … [Continue reading]

The Anti-Roll Over Effect


  Truthfully, this is a totally made up effect, but it does happen in real life.  When we first started our detox from public schools years ago, my eldest kids were 9, 8, and 6...I had three others that were younger but they weren't … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Pallet Bookshelf


It’s chic.  It’s country.  It’s sturdy and gorgeous.  I love, love, love my pallet backed bookshelf.   What you need:   2 pallets (18-20 slats needed) 1 piece of pallet for the top front, if you desire (ours is 2 inches ) 1 … [Continue reading]

Ipad Apps for Scholar Phase


  We are blessed to live in a time where technology at our fingertips can enhance our lives and enrich our learning. Sometimes it is helpful to know what the best options are knowing another person has tried it and likes it. I love that we … [Continue reading]

Our Mid October Book List


It's a while since I've share what we're reading.  I've been asking people on Facebook for their book lists and I thought it helpful to share what we're doing.  Enjoy Cailynn: My 17 year old Uncle Tom's Cabin Portrait of a Lady Aristotle for … [Continue reading]