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New Thoughts on Skincare (for me, at least!)

New Thoughts on Skincare (for me, at least!)

I have been blessed with good skin, and as a result, was always pretty lazy in taking care of it. It wasn’t until I reached my forties that I began to sit up and worry about what to do. I also had my first, and then a second, favorite moisturizer get discontinued and reformulated into … more

Minimalist Curriculum

Minimalist Curriculum

Does this sound nice to you? It does to me, especially right now. I’ll explain in a moment. I really think there is a need today for a minimalist curriculum with a Charlotte-Mason flavor. Something that contains the basics with her language methods, and a handful of excellent books. Today is a day of information … more

French Yogurt Cake

French Yogurt Cake

Happy New Year! Here’s a simple recipe to brighten your winter or make with the kids. 1-1/2 c. flour 2 t. baking powder 3/4 t. salt 1 c. sugar zest of 1 lemon 3/4 c. whole yogurt, lemon or plain 1/2 c. olive oil 2 eggs 1 t. vanilla Combine and spread in an oiled … more

Journey: an Education for Life Retreat

If you are in western Wisconsin or eastern Minnesota, you may be interested in this one-day retreat featuring Charlotte-Mason, Classical, and Christian education on October 19th, 2019. There will be sessions on high school, music, art, and Mother Culture. Lunch is provided and used books will be for sale. Registration and details found at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/journey-an-education-for-life-tickets-67936121769?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Curriculum Plans for 2019/2020

Curriculum Plans for 2019/2020

Dusty – the Graduate Remember what I said about staying nimble with your teens?! Dusty has put his entrance into ANG on pause as he looks into a new flight school option. Stay tuned. . . *** Duncan – 7th Grade Systematic Mathematics 7 – I have written a bit on this favorite curriculum for … more

Curriculum Review 2018/2019

Curriculum Review 2018/2019

It was an interesting year! Our only one with all four kids in school, and the first containing a high school graduation. Here’s the curriculum recap: 12th Grade Community College Classes (Math, English, Science) – This was a big win, but I think a lot of it was that our student was prepared. Dusty had … more

Cotz FACE

Cotz FACE

This is one of my favorite things. A year or so ago, I decided it was time start researching anti-aging skincare. One of the first things I realized was that I needed a facial sunscreen, since sun exposure is a significant factor in how skin ages. Up til that point, I had only worn sunscreen … more

Reflections on High School

Reflections on High School

Happy Summer, everyone. I’m still here. Late winter and spring were busy with travel and graduating our 18yo. Things have slowed down and I thought it might be good to post a few reflections on our first trip through the high school years–while it is all fresh on my mind. Our high school was pretty … more

Why We Don’t Do “History Cycles” in our Homeschool

Why We Don't Do "History Cycles" in our Homeschool

One of the books that helped launch the modern classical homeschool movement was The Well Trained Mind. Among other suggestions, TWTM made a careful case for covering world history in a four-year cycle, doing it three times over the course of the twelve grades. One year for ancient history, one for medieval, one for early … more