Homeschooling for Sanctification

What do we do with tedious homeschool days? What do we do with turbulent homeschool days? What do we do with terrible homeschool days? They happen. Sometimes they outnumber the terrific homeschool days. Ok, often they do, really. So we’re troubled. But we shouldn’t be. Life isn’t going to be easy. If we smooth out one area of conflict, there will be another to replace it. If we replace one bad habit, we will suddenly unearth another one that needs … Read More

Our job is to feed people.

It’s so easy to feel worn down by our work in the home. The work is always needing to be done again, over and over, day after day. Won’t it ever stop?
 Do you want it to? Of course not. Not really. To wish it all to stop is a death wish – and nowhere is that more clearly seen than in our most basic of tasks – feeding people. What happens when people don’t eat? They die. Feeding people … Read More

Making kids care: ordo amoris in real life

The math page looms. “But I don’t want to,” the child moans. The book awaits. “But I don’t like it,” the child whines. Maybe you start off homeschooling with grand visions and high hopes. Maybe you change your approach and your style and think that will fix the bad days and the bad attitudes. It turns out that even in spite of best laid plans, principles, and practices, we’re teaching real children. They don’t always like what they should. They … Read More

The Key to Homeschooling Consistently

Have you ever started off your day by watching a movie, turning on the television, mindlessly clicking around Facebook, or skimming your online news feed? It happens. Does it affect your mood? We’re fooling ourselves if we say it doesn’t. I know I am tempted – and often give in to the temptation – of checking my email and “catching up” online first thing in the morning. Even if I get up before the kids and take a walk and … Read More

What a Novel Taught Me about Housework

Years ago, when my third born was just a baby, I hated housework. I was torn between wanting to be a good, competent homemaker and thinking that the state of my bedroom or the kitchen wasn’t a big deal. I could get meals on the table, keep things stocked, and complete a project just fine. But the day-in day-out routine tasks were a drag. I’m not going to say that I love those routines now or that I totally rock … Read More

Motivation Monday: Organizing is like a sport

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Awhile back I was listening to NPR in the car, and they were speaking to a dedicated athlete-musician. I can’t find the segment and I don’t remember exactly what she said, but she was talking about her willingness to accept the drudgery of deliberate, painful, boring practice being an essential element to success in both music and sports. To be good at something, you have to work at it even when it is not fun or interesting or exciting. In … Read More

Repetition, The Best Teacher

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Repetitio Mater Memoriae, or Repetition part of the Education Is for Life series This motto is a bonus principle! When I started the Education is for Life series, I said I had five principles, trying to condense Christopher Perrin’s eight. But it turns out I couldn’t leave this one out. With each post, my thoughts kept returning to the idea of repetition. Actually, nearly every day I am confronted with the idea and the reality of repetition. The longer I … Read More