Being a mom is a pretty big job. And being a homeschool mom? It's tough too. There are days when you have nothing more to give but still must give more. On those days, there's nothing sweeter than to carve out a few moments to curl up with a life-giving book. A book written by … Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas: Five Inspiring Books for the Homeschool Mom
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?
When I first started teaching geography, it was through country studies. We read beautiful, living books. We invited people into our home to teach us about places they lived or ministered in. We sampled food from around the world, coloured flags, dressed up and did some pretty cool crafts and activities. But my children needed … Continue reading Product Review: Daily Geography Practice
The daily gathering. It's the part of a new homeschool year that we're looking forward to the most. I wrote all about it here in my article, "The Quiet Art of Morning Time." I wrote about how we gather around a table laden with food. We read scripture and pray. We get lost in stories and … Continue reading Resources for Rich and Beautiful Morning Times
"Children should have the joy of living in far lands, in other persons, in other times - a delightful double existence; and this joy they will find, for the most part, in their story books. Their lessons, too, history and geography, should cultivate their conceptive powers. If the children do not live in the times … Continue reading Modern History: A Living Book List
I can hardly believe it. We're finishing up our third year. Three years of this crazy experiment that was only supposed to last for one. Three years of doing the most amazing—the most challenging—thing I have ever done in my life. Three years of homeschooling. Officially, anyway. Some days crawl by. And yet the weeks … Continue reading Reflections on Three Years of Homeschooling and Togetherness
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