A Line in the Sand and a Knife in the Back: A Response to Michael Farris

| August 30, 2014

I am a second generation homeschooler. I was homeschooled beginning in the mid-80s when it was still a new frontier. We were the third family in the state of California to register as a private/home school. Shortly thereafter we moved to Alaska where I grew up in a strong homeschool community. As the oldest child […]

Charlotte Mason

| August 29, 2011

From Practical Pages a plethora of information on Charlotte Mason’s philosphies in one convenient spot!: I often refer to Charlotte Mason’s principles and philosophies in our homeschooling and so I gathered together all my Charlotte Mason posts and links for you. I trust this page inspires all new homeschool moms to incorporate Charlotte Mason in their […]

Homeschooling Wisdom from Ann Voskamp

| August 25, 2011

Here are three wonderful-packed-with-wisdom-articles on Home Education by Ann Voskamp: A Day in the Life of Homeschooling: 7 Rungs  (Note: One of my very favorite articles and one I reread when I need fresh inspiration: Habits into hours, decisions into days, lists into a life. The way in which we live our moments, our choices […]

Not Back to School (Series)

| August 25, 2011

Helpful insight from Hannah over at Cultivating Home  (Don’t miss the whole series!): As Christian parents, we ask ourselves a few things.   1. What is my duty before God regarding my child’s education?2. How does this child learn best? 3. How can we best incorporate our goals as a family into our children’s education? […]

Operation Conversation: Missing Ingredient to a Great Education

| August 24, 2011

An important reminder from Kelly Crawford: Conversation is the “skeleton” onto which an education can grow flesh. It’s where the rote information comes alive. Without it, much of our efforts are wasted. From the time our children are little, our conversations teach them. (The question, “when does she start school” really reveals our misunderstanding about […]

Why Charlotte Mason?

| August 24, 2011

From CharlotteMasonHelp.com: I am persuaded that I am most happy when I recognize and savor the magnificence of God in every sphere of life, and I mean EVERY sphere of life; and when I am finding my happiness in God, then I am glorifying Him. This is why I breathe — and this is why […]

The Trivium In A Capsule

| August 24, 2011

An excellent and simple explanation of the three stages of learning from the Bluedorns: Children are continually developing in Knowledge, Understanding, and Wisdom. Though these three capacities are mutually dependent upon each other, and the capacities are developing in the child from before birth, nevertheless, children pass through several developmental stages, or levels of learning, […]

Organizing Head & Heart to Homeschool

| August 19, 2011

I love this reminder from Ann Voskamp: Education is the atmosphere we breathe, the envelope of wonder that surrounds us, held by the gravity of our daily habits. Sometimes an atmosphere can grow dangerously thin and lungs can gasp. So I want it right there on my wall — “The Lord is strength of my […]

What is the Charlotte Mason Method?

| August 18, 2011

From Simply Charlotte Mason: Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her method, the Charlotte Mason method, is centered around the idea that education is three-pronged: Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life. By “Atmosphere,” Charlotte meant the surroundings in which the child grows up. A […]

Yesterday’s Classics Ebook Package Sale!!!

| August 18, 2011

Yesterday’s Classics is a company that  republishes classic books for children from the golden age of children’s literature, the era from 1880 to 1920. Many of the titles they offer have been out of print for decades and so have been hard to find until recently. Now they have also made their entire collection of […]