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homeschooling

What do iced sugar cookies, knitting and G.K. Chesterton have in common?

Here at our homeschool, we’re following a strict curriculum.  Today’s goal:  Bake Grandma Evadne’s sugar cookie recipe in the shape of stars….and ice them.  Recite G.K. Chesterton’s A Christmas Carol.  Make snowflakes while dancing to “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause”. Punishment awaits those who do not fully participate!   You must try this recipe. […] Read more…

Typical Homeschool Day….a very detailed account…..consider yourself warned…..

I took the new printer plunge……and love it already…..the Epson Artisan 800.  Now we can have school again.  Below is an hour by hour account of our day.  I read countless of these from different blogs in preparation for homeschooling  and LOVE to read them.  So post one if you homeschool.  And if you’ve been […] Read more…

What brand of whine/wine do you prefer?

Our day began like this……writing sentences about not whining……all the while whining about it…Writing is good practice…..and any writing that gets us the chance of less whining is worth a try…….And because I’m such a good teacher,  I demonstrated for the class by writing some sentences of my own……without whining,  of course.   There’s only […] Read more…

What does homeschooling have to do with chocolate chip cookies, anyway?

This is our 5th week of homeschooling!   I can’t believe it.   We’ve learned so much,  had so much fun,  strengthened our mother-daughter bonds and I’ve had one tiny break-down.   I’d call that a success.   We’re following Susan Wise Bauer’s book “The Well-Trained Mind”  which is a classical method for homeschooling.   […] Read more…

Why we memorize…………

The following excerpt is taken from a paper by Andrew Pudewa called “Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization”.  This part of our homeschool day where we memorize poems, scripture, catechisms, etc.  is one of my favorites.   It simply amazes me how much kids excel at memory work.   I’ve included a video of my girls […] Read more…

Fall Decorating 101…….

Start by baking some pumpkin bread (use your favorite pumpkin bread recipe) and then add one cup of butterscotch chips per loaf of bread.  It’s to die for….and then your house smells nice and ‘fall-like’ while you decorate……Recruit your small children to paint pumpkins for you using apples…..and flour sacks and plenty of creativity……Jazz up […] Read more…