A Simple Wardrobe

A Simple Wardrobe

No, not a capsule wardrobe, although I do like that concept too. But something smaller and simpler and higher quality than a typical American closet stuffed with polyester. I had to laugh when I found a post describing someone’s “accidental capsule wardrobe,” forced upon them through the constant figure changes of several pregnancies. That’s pretty … more

Our Favorite Grammar

Our Favorite Grammar

I don’t think I’ve done any curriculum reviews yet, but this is a good one to start with. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this book with Dusty, and now I’m wrapping up another successful foray with Duncan. Introducing The Sentence Family. I started out all gung-ho on grammar instruction for young children, but Charlotte Mason … more

Starting Up a New School Year

Starting Up a New School Year

The day after Labor Day is kind of like a second New Year’s Day for me. I try to get my life reorganized for this big day. The schedule is reset. Chore lists are up on the wall, goal and curriculum lists in a binder. The Mason jar is filled with new colored pencils. It … more

Mastery Learning and a change to the Plans

Mastery Learning and a change to the Plans

One of the principles that we attempt to run our homeschool on is that of mastery. Mastery learning is a simple concept that is not common in our fast-paced society. Put simply, it is staying with a concept until mastery is achieved. You don’t move on if your understanding is below an A level. Obviously, this … more

Curriculum for 2016/2017

Curriculum for 2016/2017

In the plans for the coming year: Dusty/10th Grade Jacobs Geometry – After many months of researching geometry, we have settled on the second edition of this popular-among-homeschoolers textbook. I like to use older math books in general, but was finding difficult or impossible to locate teacher’s manuals for the older geometries. This 80’s-era text was recommended to me by … more

Homeschooling 101 – Starting Out

Homeschooling 101 - Starting Out

This post is for those who want to start homeschooling for the first time! Where do you begin? What do you need to know? A simple Google search will lead you into an overwhelming flood of information. When I am venturing into a new world I like to have one place that I trust for information until … more

Yogurt

Yogurt

I owned a copy of Nourishing Traditions before it became a popular lifestyle and have often fantasized of being a Real-Foodie. How I would love to have all that organic, home-grown, home-brewed, home-cooked food served at every meal. But alas, I despise the kitchen, and that does not bode well for a Nourishing Traditions menu. (It is a great … more

Simple Granola

Simple Granola

Everyone needs a good granola recipe. I spent years making fancy granolas with every embellishment conceivable. They were pretty and healthy, but expensive to make and appealed to a very small sampling of people who happened to like that particular blend of seeds, coconut, and dried fruit (i.e., not my kids). I was introduced to this granola … more

How to Declutter

How to Declutter

It’s spring. And it seems appropriate to post on a favorite subject of mine–decluttering. I won’t spend any time extolling its virtues or power to change lives. I feel we all have been coming to a realization of that over the past decade. I will say that it is something that one should do every so often … more