Begin at the Beginning: Board Book Delights & Good Book Habits

Do you cherish these board-book-filled days as much as I do?  They’re sweet and tender aren’t they?  We’re all preparing the soil in these delight-filled early years, and it is no less important… Continue reading

My Desk – In a Bag

By now, if you’ve been reading here at all, you know that we’re in the process of really re-thinking our spaces, re-modeling them significantly in order to address our family needs, and so…things… Continue reading

Two Simple Ways to Prepare the Soil for a Classical Education

Preparing the soil.  It’s such an evocative expression, isn’t it?  Most of us are tending our gardens, attempting to coax some semblance of life out of them while the heat and lack of… Continue reading

I’m off to Denver – Catholic Home Educators Conference

I’m so excited and thrilled to be on my way to the Denver Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference again!  I had a fantastic time speaking to all of you wonderful ladies in 2012,… Continue reading

Good To Great: Teaching Literature From Grammar To Rhetoric

Some time ago, the CiRCE Institute shared a 2003 conference talk by Dr. James Taylor on the topic of using the Good Books and the Great Books as part of teaching literature.  It… Continue reading

You asked: What happened to the Learning Room?

I’ve shared with all of you that we are pursuing some remodeling plans. It’s exciting…and daunting. As I planned our booklists this summer, I kept in mind that our year would need to… Continue reading

Revisiting Morning Basket Plans for the New Year

I’m in the midst of planning week here, and I thought I’d take a minute to share the Morning Basket plans for the year and for Term 1! If you’re new here, or… Continue reading

Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesday – See That He Knows – {Bonus: Silent Narrations}

  How injurious then is our habit of depreciating children; we water their books down and drain them of literary flavor, because we wrongly suppose that children cannot understand what we understand ourselves;… Continue reading

A Craft in Honor of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

I’m linking to an older post of mine that has a craft that we enjoyed as part of honoring the Most Sacred Heart. June – Month of the Sacred Heart – A Craft… Continue reading

Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesday – the Common Pursuit of Knowledge

The teaching selection I chose for this week speaks to a key component of a Charlotte Mason education – Atmosphere – and an aid the teacher must make use of to ensure a fresh atmosphere.… Continue reading

Summertide Menus: Chicken and Pepper Jack Fajita

I have been meaning to post some yummy recipes from my menus that we’ve enjoyed lately!  This has been a busy graduation week here – delightful though!  Since the week was busy getting… Continue reading

Morning Basket – Ageless, Inspiring…and Still Standing

As we wrap up our year, I’m looking back at a few plans and books to review and chat about.  Without a doubt, our Morning Basket time continues to serve our growing family.… Continue reading

Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesday – Open Doors To Avenues of Delight

I’m continuing a series that I’m really enjoying and I’m (re)learning so much!  Join me as we discuss Charlotte Mason and her thoughts on our role in teaching.  Today’s lesson:  Open Doors We wish… Continue reading

First Communion Day

I thought I’d share some pictures of my Katie’s First Holy Communion Day.  The day was such a blessing and it is a precious, treasured joy when a child receives Our Lord for… Continue reading

Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesdays – It Begins With Authority

I’m beginning a series of reflections on teaching and teachers based on Charlotte Mason’s writings.  I decided to do this because in recent reading in Charlotte Mason’s volumes, I just kept coming across… Continue reading

The Close of One Discussion – and the Beginning of Another

A few months ago we began a book discussion of The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater.  It’s been delightful digging into some of these ideas with you.  At the author’s request, the book discussion will… Continue reading

A Noble and Worthy Goal: Read Literature to Learn and Love Truth

This journey into home education often causes hand wringing and angst right about now as parents consider what books, what curriculum, what plan to consider for next year.  How to choose? And, unlike… Continue reading

The Feast of the Annunciation

I know it’s late to be posting our simple plans for the Feast day, but I thought I’d list them nonetheless because these ideas are simple and would be easy to follow in your own… Continue reading

Useful and Free Resource: Customize Your Copywork

I have been looking for so long for a program that allows me to customize our copywork.  I used to have a friend in Startwrite, but that was several years ago.  They’ve since… Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Feast Day – Craft

Originally posted on Wildflowers and Marbles:
St. Patrick is such a popular saint. His feast is celebrated on March 17th. Originally born in Scotland as Maewyn Succat, he was kidnapped and brought to…

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