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

One More Point About the Laundry

One More Point About the Laundry

. . . that will make it easier. Don’t have too many clothes. Too many clothes causes stress. More to wash, more to sort, more to match, more for kids to stash under the beds, more for them to throw into the hamper because it’s easier than putting away, more to swap out for the … more

The Language Arts – In Real Life

The Language Arts - In Real Life

  So how do those Charlotte Mason methods work out for a simpler schoolday? Here is a peek into the days of my K-er and 3rd-grader. Kindergarten: Pearl listens in on Duncan’s read-aloud time (this is at her wish, I do not require it) and then has her own. Her read-alouds contain a Bible story, … more

The Language Arts – Part Two

The Language Arts - Part Two

What would you think if I were to tell you that you could effectively cover all of language arts, from kindergarten to jr. high, without curriculum; just books, pens, and paper? After trying many different curricula with my firstborn, I have left them all behind and traded them for Charlotte Mason’s methods for my younger … more

The Language Arts – Part One

The Language Arts - Part One

The arts or skills of language are one of the things that set human beings apart from the rest of creation. It is one of the ways that we are made in the image of God. It is the vehicle which allows knowledge to be passed on. As a result we have fellowship, progress, beauty, and a … more

Laundering at our House

Laundering at our House

Laundering just sounds nicer than Laundry, doesn’t it? What mommy-blog would be complete without a post of “how we do laundry”? Yes, it is a mundane subject. But laundry is one of the hidden gears in the machinery of life that must turn smoothly for the more important gears to turn. Besides, I don’t want all of my … more

Curriculum for the 2015/2016 Schoolyear

Curriculum for the 2015/2016 Schoolyear

Here is what we are using this year. Dusty – 9th Grade Systematic Mathematics Algebra 2 – His last year with Mr. Ziegler! We have been very happy with this video-based program. Dusty’s progress and solid grasp of concepts continually impresses us. Wilson Hill Academy Honors Composition class – Last year’s online writing class was a rousing success … more

Student Planners

Student Planners

(Part 3 in a 3-part Planning series) Student planners are an integral part of organizing our school at home. I mentioned in an earlier post that I do not make lesson plans. The reason is that my students do! Student planners accomplish several things for us. They give some autonomy to our students (which increases … more

What Subjects?

What Subjects?

(Part 2 of a 3-part Planning series) How do you know what subjects need to be covered in your homeschool? Are you doing enough? Too much? And how does one choose curriculum? There are so many products in the homeschooling market today that it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed. After ten years of … more