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SO068: Realistic Ways to Rest for Moms with Virginia Lee

Season 12: Finding Rest as a Homeschool Mom This season of the Simplified Organization Audio Blog is excerpts from an hour-long live chat all about resting as a homeschool mom. Find the link below to access the replay in its entirety!     Mystie: Alright, I’m so excited to kick off this season of the Simplified Organization podcast with Virginia Lee, who helps me with customer service emails. Hi, Virginia Lee. Virginia Lee: Hi, everyone. Mystie: So this season is … Read More

The Pros & Cons of Schedules, Routines, and Winging It

We’re all starting back to regular routines right about now, and trying to gear ourselves up to stick with the plan as best we can. We’ve probably all tried all three of the options before – schedules, routines, and winging it – and found none of them satisfactory. What should we try next? So often, those first days back, when our good intentions are so strong, something happens: kids get sick, someone breaks an arm, the baby gives up on … Read More

Becoming a lifelong learner.

This started off as an introduction to my talk at the Learning Well retreat, but grew too unwieldily. It got the ax in my presentation, but now finds a home here. Learn more about the upcoming retreat at the end of the post! So. When my oldest child was 5 years old – 10 years ago now! – I was twenty-six years old. I had read stacks of books about homeschooling because I was about to embark on the project … Read More

Homeschool High School, 10th Grade Plans | 2018-2019 School Year

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Here we go: Homeschool High School, year 2! First, let me say: If you have a seventh grader (i.e. a 12-year-old) and you’re despairing that he (usually he) will ever be independent or motivated or trustworthy, let me tell you: hang in there, stick it out, hold the line – it will happen. Don’t give up. It will pay off. Usually I post these plans for the year before we begin, but this year that didn’t happen. Instead, we’re in … Read More

Classical Education’s Map (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 2 I)

Part of an ongoing, slow series through David Hick’s Norms and Nobility. Previous: Classical Education: Dialogue Next: Chapter 2, section 2 planned for August 21 In the first section of chapter two, Hicks introduces us to another productive paradox of values in classical education: mythos and logos. However, most of this section reminds us why mythos – the part we as moderns are most likely to ignore and dismiss – is essential to having a culture at all. The logos … Read More

5 Things I Learned in July

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So I’m going to take a page from Anne Bogel and sharing 7 5 things I learned last month as a way to work in a personal, chatty post every so often (well, every month is the plan). Plus – watch for it – I plan to do Quick Lit also and post about July in Books tomorrow. For now, though, here are 7 things I learned in July (because we should, you know, always be learning and growing): #1 … Read More

July in Books

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We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too! My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;) Books I Finished Well, this is a poor way to start. Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July. Was it July when I finished Deep … Read More

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

Does your homeschool plan take each child’s personality into account (and yours too)? Build a better homeschool plan when you understand personality typing. When my homeschool plan met multiple personalities There was a time where every single one of our homeschool days began with tears. If it wasn’t tears, it was a fight. Why, I wanted to know, was my usually cheerful, obedient, good-natured son breaking down every morning? It made no sense to me, which made me more irritated. … Read More

2018-2019 School Year Plans: 8th Grade Plans for the 13-year-old

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My second son is entering 8th grade. Technically, he has entered it because we began last week. Usually I have all my decisions made by June and all I need to do in the summer is pull the materials and plans together for execution. That was not true this year. We had one piece still under discussion and only received the information we needed to make a decision last week: Our older two boys, 13 & 15, will join NCFCA. … Read More

Classical Education’s Dialogue (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 1 IV)

The slow series through Norms and Nobility, section by section. Previous: Classical Education’s Demands, chapter 1, section 3 Next: chapter 2, section 1 planned for July 23 Section 4 of chapter 1 explains that within the classical tradition, there have always been two different types of teachers, two different approaches. Hicks calls them the rhetorician and the philosopher. Both schools agreed that virtue must be taught, that teaching virtue was the aim of education. It was in how to do … Read More

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