Friday Five: with Christmas picture books

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Faithful Follow-through

Follow-through looks different on break weeks – or break months – for sure. This week break week looked like getting back on top of the housework after last week’s big project push (our church fundraiser brought in $9,000 for the local Pregnancy Network!), play days with friends, Lego playing, book reading, doctor & orthodontist checkups, a little snow play, and some cookie decorating.

This week my friend and I were definitely not white witches and were instead Christmas-celebrators, because together we helped our 10 children decorate sugar cookies with frosting, sprinkles, and candy.

Favorite Instagram of the week:

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FAQ: Christmas Books

I’ve received numerous requests asking what Christmas books we have. Our collection is a hodgepodge based on what I’ve picked up used rather than an intentional collection of exactly what I want. :)

If you want a list of the best books to be on the lookout for, you need Sarah’s Read-Aloud Revival Christmas Book List.

But, because you asked, here is our collection:

I usually add 2-3 new books each year, and this was year 6 that I started collecting. Before that, we’d just go pick up a few from the library. I wrap the new books, stack them in the middle of the table, and set the Christmas book basket on top of them so that it’s the waiting for the kids on the first Sunday in Advent.

There have been a few duds, also, in my accumulation – those disappear after the basket is put away in January.

What are your favorites?

Feed for ‘phones

My podcasts and Scholé Sisters are now on break until January! You can check out the podcast pages to find all previous episodes and downloads.


The Hard Truth
by Diana at Taking Joy
Okay, so now. On to The Hard Truth. Are you ready for this? Television / Netflix / YouTube / tablets / Video Games / Video Game Walk-Thrus / will ruin your CM homeschool.
Diana makes the point that our kids get screen time for us - which is why we hesitate to stop the habit. It's our habit, and our desire for calm that brings about the screen-culture. Amber Vanderpol sent this link to those of us in her 20 Principles online study, and I also thought it was a good one to share.
The moral life of the child and how to nurture it. Part 2
by Leila Lawler
A certain amount of actual instruction has to occur. The question of “how to teach religion” or “how to pass on the faith to our children” is more about living than about telling, but telling there must be. Just a little, to rescue their spiritual life from “nothing but mere sentiment” as the quote above has it.
She's spot on about the ten commandments, and also about catechism. You don't have to be Catholic to have a catechism - it was moderns who gave those up, not Protestants. I <3 the Heidelberg Catechism, which does have a section that goes one by one through the Ten Commandments, as does The Catechism for Young Children.
Would an educational philosophy by any other name smell as sweet?
by Brandy Vencel
Do you remember who Charlotte Mason was? This amazing thinker and voracious reader who wasn’t afraid to think for herself — and wasn’t afraid to let others do so, either? And do you remember the Great Recognition? That here we see the breadth of the thoughts of God — that all of the seven liberal arts come from Him and therefore we needn’t be afraid of them being “secular?”
Let’s try to be like Charlotte Mason more than we try to be devotees and fangirls.

Free-Reading Fans

Break weeks are for slow, cuddly reading hours. The kids were caught reading this week:

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