I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my daily digest via email or RSS feed. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why I Don't Give My Kids Tests

It's difficult for most homeschooling skeptics to think outside the traditional classroom box. Unconventional methods frighten them. That's understandable, I suppose. A person can't truly comprehend that which he has never experienced. So, many regular folks assume that homeschool is suppose to look like school...only at home. Sadly, many homeschoolers think that too.

But, you can't just replace desks with dining room tables and expect the end result to be dramatically different.

No. Homeschooling is not school at home. It is an entirely different animal altogether and should therefore look vastly different. In its daily liturgy. In its focus. In its very DNA.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dear Homeschool Mom, Enjoy Every Minute

Dear Homeschool Mom, Enjoy Every Minute

Written by Jessica.

I was in the third trimester of my first pregnancy at the end of a school year and had put in my resignation from teaching a couple months prior. Since my position now needed to be filled, that news was shared with all the students and families in our school. The school had excellent parental involvement, and since I had taught there for many years I had gotten to know the families well and had even taught siblings from the same families. During those last several weeks of the school year, I was inundated with congratulations, well wishes, and advice not only from my colleagues, but also from parents of current and former students.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sneaky Learning Ideas for Summer Road Trips

Sneaky Learning Ideas for Summer Road Trips- 1980s style car ride fun SANS screens

What do you get when you combine seven people, one dog, a very small space, and eight to ten hours a day of unstructured togetherness?

Well, it depends on the season. 

Should all of that be tossed together in the dead of a tundra-like midwestern winter, I'd say you have a recipe for cabin fever with a side of seasonal neurosis.

But, should you be stirring that pot in the sunshine of summer, I'd assume you're cooking up road trip bliss.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum

Great tips for buying and selling at a used curriculum sale.

Written by Tammy Sorenson

What does a homeschool Mom love more than the smell of coffee, clean laundry, and clean children? I would venture to say it might be the smell of books and curriculum at discounted prices.

Many homeschool groups get together throughout the year to have used curriculum sales. These swap-and-shop gatherings are a great way to add books and curriculum to your homeschool without having to spend a ton of money, which makes most homeschool moms do a little happy dance.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sabbath Schooling: The Simple Schedule to Save Your Sanity

Sabbath Schooling: The Simple Schedule to Save Your Sanity-tips for how and why to schedule the homeschool year using a sabbath calendar

Time. T.I.M.E. Four little letters that hold our entire lives. Time is a leveler, you know. It makes us all equal. There’s no other commodity in life that doesn’t care about status or title or bank account. Time is no respecter of persons. We’re all the same when time is handed out each day. The rich and the poor, the famous and the ordinary, the brilliant and the average…all have the same number of moments in a day. Barring God takes us home to eternity, we’ll all wake up tomorrow morning and be gifted the same 24 hours. Once a moment is spent, that’s it. It’s gone. You can’t win it back. You can't earn it back. You can't buy it back. Time is the currency of life. And I don’t know about you, but I want to spend it well. Especially when it comes to the time I have with my children.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What We're Reading in June 2017

What We're Reading in June-book selections of a homeschooling family of 7

"If you build it, they will come." 

That's not just some 1980s movie banter. There's truth in those words. Almost two years ago, my husband built me an attic library. He, along with my sons, spent several weeks creating a space dedicated to all of my children's books. I craved a place that would be an OPEN YES for my kids -- a library where every single book was appropriate to read -- a room that would provide easy access to a good story whenever the reading mood hit -- an inviting space that beckoned my kids inside. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gentle Schooling for Summer 2017

Gentle Schooling for Summer- How we'll be incorporating homeschool into our summer days

Our summers are usually defined by family bike rides to the neighborhood ice cream shop. So, I guess it's safe to say that we've officially kicked off summer!

Gentle Schooling for Summer- How we'll be incorporating homeschool into our summer days

We've closed the grammar books, packed away the math CDs, and have already forgotten what the spelling tiles even look like. I'm not a we've-got-to-finish-these-workbooks-or-else kind of momma. Plodding through worksheets all the way through the summer in order to get to the last page of a curriculum is a sure-fire way to ruin your homeschool, in my opinion. So when it comes to finishing grammar books and math programs, I just don't. When the calendar announces June, I announce, "School's out!" And we pack away all the traditional curriculum.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Raising a Knight in a Decaying Culture

Ideas for Raising Knights in a Decaying Culture plus a great resource to help you

Four weeks ago, my son along with all the other boys in his boys' club at church, was presented with a wooden sword. It had his name and the words of I Timothy 4:12 painted on the blade.

It was given to him as a symbol. It's a call for him to be a modern day knight -- to show mercy, humility, honor, fear of God, faithfulness, courage, sacrifice, and respect -- all the qualities of the knights of old. It's to remind him of Proverbs 27:17 -- that iron sharpens iron and that by surrounding himself with other Godly young men, he will be drawn towards Godliness. And it's to be a picture of the very Word of God, the sword of the Spirit.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reading Comprehension the Charlotte Mason Way

Reading Comprehension the Charlotte Mason Way- How it works in my Homeschool

The dreaded book report. 
It's a black-and-white inquisition designed to prove whether or not a child read a book and actually understood what he read. 

I remember loathing the weekly book reports assigned to me in Mrs. Hurst's second grade class. Each week, I'd pick up a new-to-me book and be transported to meet far out people in far off places. I'd get lost in the language of literature only to be dragged back to reality when Mrs. H handed out those hateful book report forms. She meant well. It was her simple way of being able to assess the comprehension and completion of 35 students. To her credit, she added cute little clip art and awarded scratch-n-sniff stickers whenever appropriate (Scratch-n-sniff stickers were like childhood gold on the 1980s playground. There was a whole underground market for them by the swing set every afternoon. Don't tell my mom.) But in the end, her little memiographed report forms were nothing but joy killers making an entire class of reading hopefuls disdain the very idea of reading. For every book we read, we had to complete a lengthy fill-in-the-blank style report. 

Reading became work, so I didn't want to do it anymore.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fostering Weather Curiosity {with FREE Printables}

Fostering Weather Curiosity in Homeschool

Written by Krista Smith.

My kids weren’t really interested in the weather. In fact, I don’t think they even noticed the weather for years. It could be -15 degrees outside and they would be playing (bundled to the nines, of course) as though it were springtime in the meadow. And heat? Totally impervious.

As a child I was always fascinated by the weather. I perpetually (and ill-advisedly) sat on the porch watching thunderstorms roll through. I incessantly asked my mom to re-tell the harrowing stories of her family hunkering down for yet another hurricane. For a few years, I wanted to be a meteorologist when I grew up and I knew the movie “Twister” forward and back.


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