I gently lay a cloth over the table and set out the tea things. On the wall, our back-to-school banner hangs above the plate rack. The sideboard proudly sports a display of Eastern European-flavoured objects: matryoshka dolls, an accordian, brightly embroidered clothing, little felt and cardboard figurines that I picked up on a trip out … Continue reading The Week in Review
It's our last weekend of Christmas break! Have you enjoyed your holidays? We sure have! It has been a lovely few weeks of relaxation that has left all of us feeling so refreshed. I love Christmas break. I also love the fresh, unspoiled canvas of a new year. Do you have any exciting plans as … Continue reading The Week in Review
The decorations are down and Christmas is over, but I wanted to take some time to share a little bit about our Victorian Christmas. When I planned out our modern history studies for the year, I was excited to see that our unit on the Victorian era fell near Christmastime. Many of our modern-day Christmas … Continue reading History Adventures: A Victorian Christmas
I just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope you have a lovely week celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and friends. I'll be taking a break from blogging until January, so Happy New Year as well. Enjoy your holidays! ~Mary-Ann This Week on TGFL It's … Continue reading The Week in Review
She settles into my arms, her eyes closed and her little body radiating heat. I read stories and teach lessons from the couch, holding her. "I want Momma!" she protests each time I need to get up. I hold her as much as I can, in between making meals, doing dishes, cleaning and lessons. She'll … Continue reading The Week in Review
It's messy. Even on the best days, homeschooling is messy. I'm not just talking about the books strewn across the table, the toys strewn across the living room and the dirt, grass, leaves and shoes strewn across the front entryway. It's the conflict that can arise when four people are together—all day, every day. Yes, … Continue reading Why Did We Choose Home Education?
Welcome to our weekend feature! It's all my favourite things in one giant end-of-the-week roundup: books, blog posts, homeschooling, nature and wonderful things from around the web. I hope you enjoy!
Last Tuesday was curriculum share night at our homeschool parent support group. It's basically adult show-and-tell, and it's the best thing ever. I learn more from these nights—from thirty women taking two minutes each to talk about their favourite teaching tools—than from any conference or workshop or talk that I have ever attended. I always … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Inspired Homeschool Curriculum Switch Up: Math, Grammar, Art and More
Marhaba! We picked the perfect week to learn and dream about the Middle East. It has been cold in Southern Ontario! It was the kind of week where I was half-tempted to just pack up and move to the desert to live with the Bedouin. It was the perfect week to learn about Jordan. All I have to … Continue reading Geography Adventures: Jordan
Originally, I hadn't actually planned on studying India this year. We've done a lot of really great country studies and I thought that it was nearing time to move on to some different kinds of thematic units. But then my daughter drew this picture for one of our pastors: My heart melted. She knows nothing … Continue reading Geography Adventures: India