You are free, my friend!

I am in love with the curriculums put together by My Father’s World, Heart of Dakota, and Sonlight as I have purchased several volumes of all three, and although I was at one time a slave to them, I am a slave no longer. I still enjoy these programs and plan to use them through our elementary, […]

Nature Journals and Boys

Beginning to delve into the world of Nature Study can be scary, but worth the “jump”. When my oldest boy was about 5, we purchased a very old version of KONOS, a big yellow book of hands on activities meant to supplement a textbook/workbook curriculum. I once heard Jessica Hulcy, the creator of KONOS explain that she […]

Using our Words

Everytime I see a movie or someone I know sees a movie that was based on a book they read, we agree that the book was better than the movie. Oh, a movie can entertain and bring tears to my eyes, or make me laugh uncontrollably, but when it comes to knowing the characters intimately, that takes words and vocabulary, […]

Homeschool concerns? Ask Ruth Beechick anything…

And that’s just what Debbie Strayer did. Ruth Beechick has been a teacher since 1977 when she finished her master’s degree in special education, and a homeschooler since 1988 when her son became a kindergartner. She is a highly respected author and speaker in the world of homeschooling and I obtained a book-long interview in where she […]

Giving kids gifts of appreciation

Children are born with natural curiosity for the world around them as they grow and desire to feed themselves with all they can see, taste, hear, smell and touch. When does it turn into the compulsion to seek entertainment in artificial ways? Why is it that so many, including myself, have lost their excitement for the great outdoors? Was […]

Parenting with Grace

We recently watched the Lion King. What a great movie! Last year our group, an organic church, had a meeting and we shared the ways we saw the Lord in movies. The Lion King came up and from there I have not been able to stop thinking about all the pictures of Christ’s design in […]

Homeschooling through Bad Mom Syndrome

The education of our children is the most important part of our homeschool. Yes, we are Christians, but that is more of a heart matter, not an education matter so I’m not going to write about that part of it so much. I learned something recently that I wanted to share with you all. Right […]

One Room Schoolhouse

Becoming a one room schoolhouse, is it possible to accomplish this in a modern-day family living room? In my fascination with Charlotte Mason and the Montessori schools of the early 1900’s I began to read the CM volumes. They’re a little pricey. To get all six at once is almost fifty bucks, so I get them one […]

New Start

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the needs of my son, who is somewhere on the autism spectrum. Today I hid myself away in a bathroom and let the emotions come and be felt because I had pain and anguish in realizing where he’s at… locked in his mind. Since my mom had taken my other two […]