Morning Time Mottos for Moms & Kids
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We recite mottos during our Morning Time. I think the first place I encountered the idea was when listening to ACCS teacher training audio (back before there were CiRCE conferences or podcasts). The elementary classes of Logos School, at least back in the old days, had mottos they recited daily that then the teacher could call to mind when they were relevant. As a family, we already had a few little sayings – ways to keep a frequent command familiar, … Read More

Memory Work for Summer Term 2016
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A new year, a new term means new memory work content. Each term we change out our new material to repeat daily for six weeks, whether we have it all word-for-word at 4 weeks or not yet by the end of six weeks. To me, it’s less about word-perfect memorization (which is, let’s face it, fleeting) and more about daily exposure and repetition. Exposure breeds taste. So daily we return to hymns, to Scripture, to poetry, to poetry in Scripture, … Read More

Morning Time Plans | 2016-2017 School Year Planning
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Time for planning another school year! And we all know planning is the best part. Eventually we have to get down to business and work the plan, but this is the time of year we get to dream and imagine a school day where no one argues, where everyone starts their letters from the top, and where naps are regular. Ha. OK, so, then we have to come back to reality and recognize that our plans are only going to … Read More

Circle Time Moments
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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there are five children spanning 8 years to coordinate. Well, no. I’m on my fifth two-year-old, I know better: Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there’s a two-year-old in the house. Yes. Yes, I believe that’s the truth. Two-year-olds bring life to the house, giggles to the family, and attention to the present moment. Because if … Read More

Advent Term Plans 2013
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Advent begins December 1st this year, and I want to be ready. Last year, I was still recovering from an unexpected C-section, and so my notes consist of two-year-old jottings and last year’s half-baked and undone ideas. During the month of December, I plan to ease off our normal schedule, do more fun things, do more free reading and free playing, bundle up against the cold and the gray, and drink more hot chocolate. Of course, my goal is to … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Circle Time Binders
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Having an organized homeschool means knowing where you should put things away, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever have to put things away again. Sad, but true. Here are the little ways I’ve made putting things away easier at my home, and I hope they will inspire you to find unique solutions in your own home! Our Circle Time Binders Simply Charlotte Mason’s Scripture memory system is a popular resource for a reason. It’s a great way to organize your … Read More