Let’s Get This Straight: 2 Thoughts About Homeschoolers vs. Public Schoolers

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

I think there’s a tension between homeschoolers vs. public/ private schoolers. (I dunno… I could be wrong… but I think it’s there.) We’re each doing our very best, yet we’re afraid that maybe our children are missing out. We wonder if other women are judging us. We stumble over our words when we talk with one another because we’re not … Read More

Get Your Child to Play More Games, Solve More Puzzles, and Exercise Creativity

LauraFamily Fun, Homeschooling, Motherhood

Don’t you just love when your child is totally absorbed in creating, puzzling, or playing? I do! We have a closet full of incredible games and toys – solitaire marbles, colored blocks, a Buddha board, dominoes, chess – but with a baby crawling around, I haven’t known what to do with all of those tiny pieces and fragile items. So, … Read More

The Playful Pioneers Review: 3 First Impressions

LauraBooks, Homeschooling

I first heard of Jennifer Pepito’s curriculum on The Homeschool Snapshots podcast. I love her philosophy about the preschool years and became interested in her “Peaceful Preschool” curriculum. While I was checking that out, I discovered her newest  curriculum, “The Playful Pioneers“, which provides a multi-sensory approach to the first 5 books in The Little House on the Prairie series … Read More

Our Plans for a Regular Old Summer Day

LauraAll Posts, Books, Homeschooling

Year-round schooling is my style. I thrive in the sweet terrarium of structure and accomplishment. My children, on the other hand, need a nice, long break from the monotony thrill of a rigorous academic schedule. Besides, our summer schedule is gladly full of friends, outdoor adventures, vacation, and camps, so it’s not realistic to expect school-work-as-usual. When we are home, I … Read More

Teach Your Baby to Read: The Secrets to a Literary Education

LauraAll Posts, Babies, Books, Early Elementary Education, English Literature, Homeschooling, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Tucked in your daily routine are the secrets to your child’s literary education. You’ll want to know what these are because your child’s literacy depends more on his grasp of the stuff of life than on his ability to decipher short-vowel sounds. After all, you and I can understand literature not only because we can physically read, but also because we can … Read More

A Fieldtrip for Medieval History: The Medieval Times Restaurant

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling

School’s Out! This year, we studied a combo of Sonlight’s Core C and Core G, focusing on Medieval History. Our homeschool evaluator came this week, marking the end of our school year. I love paging through the kids’ portfolios and hearing them talk to the Evaluator about what they loved and learned this year. I usually just sit back and listen … Read More

What Should We Memorize Next? An Annual Cycle of Poems, Hymns, and Scripture.

LauraDiscipleship, English Literature, Homeschooling, Morning Time

Our Morning Time is beautiful and dangerous… Every day after breakfast, the children and I gather around the table for “Morning Time”. We light a candle and sing the Doxology. Before you get any visions of sublime halos on our little homeschooling heads, let me give you a glimpse of how it really goes. This will pretty much sum it … Read More

Mom, Your Degree and Career Are Worth Every $.

LauraAll Posts, College, Homeschooling, Motherhood

Before I had children, I’d write the monthly check to pay my college loans and I’d wonder if I’d ever get my money’s worth out of my college education. Then, as I was transitioning from my career as a teacher to a homeschooling mother, I worried that the skills I developed in my career would atrophy and my hard work … Read More

Build a Path for the Soul: 12 Poems, 12 Hymns, 12 Scripture Passages

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Morning Time, Motherhood

The goodness of a well-loved walking path… When I attended the University of Richmond, I walked around the beautiful Westhampton Lake almost every day. Sometimes, I’d walk by myself listening to music or sermons. Sometimes I’d run, while thinking or praying. Sometimes I’d walk with friends, talking, laughing, or crying together, sometimes singing. I thought we had traced that path … Read More