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Surround Them With Beauty

This is part 3 of a 4 part series on Creating An Environment of Learning. The start of the series, along with links to parts 1 and 2 can be found here. It may surprise you that I have included ‘beauty’ as a cornerstone for learning. I hope you will soon agree that it is […] Read more…

Surround Them With Mentors

Learning to knit from a great mentor, my mother-in-law This is the first part of a four part series on Creating an Environment of Learning for your children.  Read the introduction here.    I read a book recently,   A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Van DeMille, which I will refer to as TJED,  that […] Read more…

Room Makeover: from Garage to Schoolroom

When I decided to homeschool, I knew right away where the homeschool room would be;  the GARAGE!  I had already,  four years earlier, painted the floor and the walls and converted it into a playroom, so the transition to ‘schoolroom’ was inevitable.   I bought bookshelves and the most darling sofa EVER from IKEA and […] Read more…

Curriculum List and Review

We follow a classical program called The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.  It is history and literature based and  there is a lot of freedom to fill in the ‘specifics’ for each individual subject;  Susan makes recommendations and then you must figure out what works best for your family.  We have just finished our […] Read more…

Exhibit A: Honor’s Day

It’s a curious thing, this homeschooling. There are so many things I love about it. The closeness (can’t peel them off me–EVER) with the children, the control over their environment, the classical training, the ability to impart Lutheran doctrine and practice, and even learning to be IN my house 24/7, are all reasons I’m beginning […] Read more…

Tales from a Homeschool Conference

As many of you know, Steve and I took the ‘little’ girls with us to Cincinnati last weekend for the Midwest Homeschool Conference. Because this is our first year homeschooling and our first conference to attend, we were a little afraid at what we might find. Since we’re only taking two of our children, will […] Read more…

Grace and Parenting

Gracie and I–7 years ago One of the speakers at the homeschool conference had a session titled ‘The Education of a Child–the Wisdom of Fenelon.  I was intrigued–so I ordered the book on Amazon before the trip and read it on the way.   Francois Fenelon was an archbishop in the Catholic church in France […] Read more…