The Morning Basket Plans & Printables – 2015

  I’ve been meaning to share a few plans and printables with you for the Morning Basket this year.  This year, I’m working with a 9th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, and 2… Continue reading

Map Dots: Bread Crumbs to a Panorama of Geography

They are very much like little bread crumbs from place to place, book to book, and the more we add, the more my children’s overall relationship with geography places deepens.

Truth & Beauty: Rebuilding Culture By Doing the Next Thing

I’ve been doing some bigger picture thinking – you know the kind I mean?  When you “zoom out” with your vision in light of everything, taking it all in while keeping your own… Continue reading

Charlotte Mason Teaching Tuesdays: The Fine Art of Education

This series is long overdue for a revival!  I enjoyed posting these so much and I learn so much when I dig into the principles Miss Mason sets out for the teacher, so… Continue reading

Our New Learning Room – Reveal

I confess, I’ve had this post in draft for nearly two months now.  In fact, this post is old enough that our learning room looks a little different today than it did when… Continue reading

Erin Condren $100 gift card giveaway

Enter to win a $100 gift card to Erin Condren – choose and customize your own Life Planner! Winner announced on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Erin Condren 2015 Life Planner Review

Hello friends!  How has your week been so far?  Mine seems to move along nicely…until it doesn’t.  ;)  You know that kind of week, don’t you?  The one that involves a day of picking… Continue reading

Our Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Practical and Pretty

It’s taken me a bit of time to find a few minutes here and there to piece this post together.  We’re so blessed and so grateful for the amazing spaces we dreamed about {for… Continue reading

Rose Cakes for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

With our kitchen delightfully humming away, we’re thrilled to be baking with the liturgical year again!  For the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we made some simple rose cakes with a silicone… Continue reading

A Blessed Advent to You!

Hello friends.  :)  I pray that your Advent planning is a little more settled and in place than mine are!  Our home remodel is coming to a close, and we’re just wrapping up… Continue reading

Home Remodel – Before Pictures and Beginnings

How is your autumn so far?  I hope it’s lovely and rich – full of those warm autumn smells of spiced tea simmering away…and roasting veggies…and leaves tumbling everywhere!  We’re enjoying beautiful mild… Continue reading

A Simple Touch to Spruce up your Autumn – Lilla Rose Hair Clips

It’s fall!  Officially!!  Pumpkin spice latte’, corduroy and crisp breezes!  Delish!  And that also means it’s time for that seasonal clothes switcheroo…you know when you go through all the closets and freshen things up… Continue reading

Let Them Wonder

As a classical home educator I sometimes focus on just doing the next thing. I’m living this knees-to-the-ground work; it isn’t a theory, or an article – this is real life.  Babies and teens;… Continue reading

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

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