How We Homeschool Latin

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Because we are following the classical model of education in our homeschool, we have added Latin to our average days. I have zero background in Latin and only 2 barely-passed years of Spanish under my belt. Yet, I agreed with the principles of classical education so much that I decided we’d take the practice of Latin on trust and see what happened. There are generally three reasons given for studying Latin: It helps with vocabulary and thus with high test … Read More

You are in charge of your choices.

I recently finished Sally Clarkson’s new book, Own Your Life. The Clarksons are authors of one of my favorite homeschooling books, especially for starting out with young kids: Educating the Whole-Hearted Child. Owning your life is hard work and there are no easy answers. Sally Clarkson writes about how to be in charge of your life – not in a way that is controlling and self-seeking or self-aggrandizing, but in a way that sees that choices have consequences. We are … Read More

The Quality of Contentment

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I’m almost finished reading The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment – though I did count it in my 2014 total and included in my top five favorite books. Burroughs, a seventeenth century Puritan, develops multiple avenues for developing contentment. After expounding on his specific and deep definition of what contentment is, he then moves on to develop ways we can grow in contentment during our lifetimes – because growing in contentment is part of growing in maturity and grace in … Read More

3 Components of Classical Education That Won’t Show Up on a Transcript

A book review of Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition by Karen Glass. I loved Karen Glass’ book, Consider This: Charlotte Mason and the Classical Tradition. It truly is the bridge into classical principles for those not ready to undertake Norms and Nobility or Poetic Knowledge. Those are daunting, heady books that will take most of us to the limits of our brain power, especially since our energies are and must be spread around to keep life humming … Read More

My Favorite Homeschooling Books

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As of 2014 Our full month of homeschooling lists is nearing an end. I can hardly believe it. I’m joining up with The Nester’s 31 Days series and sharing 31 homeschool lists with you! Everything from sanity strategies to book lists to managing life details: I’ve got a list and I’m sharing it. Homeschooling Lists Galore Index: Get Organized with Homeschool Lists Previous: Essential Pantry List for Simple Meals Next: Student Checklists Just as I decided to make the tough … Read More

Review Required: Evening

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The habit of an evening review wraps up your day and brings peace. We often spend a lot of upfront time making a plan, getting it just right, getting the ready for it. And then, when the time comes to put it into place we start strong but quickly fizzle out. It’s easy to think that the problem was a bad plan. But often it’s bad habits, not bad planning. If we want to consistently work our plans, we have … Read More

Weekend Reads: – Simply Convivial

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I have my school planning tables made, but haven’t been hit with inspiration yet to start filling them in. Then I remembered there were a couple books I still wanted to read before selecting what we’d focus on in the coming year, so rather than carving out planning time, I need to carve out some real reading time! Amazon links are affiliate links and help pay for site costs & my book addiction. Thanks! Books Read at Our House This … Read More

The Living Page: Living a Liturgy

I recently finished Laurie Bestvater’s The Living Page: Keeping Notebooks with Charlotte Mason, and I loved it. I bought it based on Brandy’s reviews, and I’m glad I made the leap-of-faith, even though I am only a Charlotte Mason admirer and not a strict adherer. I think this book, with the history behind commonplace books and Mason’s implementation of it, demonstrates more clearly than ever that Charlotte Mason was not an innovator, but was making methods and practices based soundly … Read More

Favorite Tool: Cast Iron Griddle

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When we purchased our current home nearly five years ago, the kitchen had already been remodeled into a cook’s dream. In addition to the copper sink and double wall ovens, it has a large gas cooktop. Gas has taken awhile to get used to, but I do love cooking with a gas range. This particular gas range came with a cast-iron griddle that fits on top of two of the gas elements. Our family had already blown through two or … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung – Simply Convivial

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Ok, so I’m on a Kevin DeYoung kick. Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book on a Really Big Problem is another short 5-star offering from the Reformed Michigan pastor. The Terror of Total Obligation: Calming the Crazy Man Inside That is the chapter title and subheading from which I am about to quote. We all have a cross to carry. But it’s a cross that kills our sins, smashes our idols, and teaches us the folly of self-reliance. It’s a … Read More

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