Category: Books

Yelling Shakespeare

Several years ago while reading When Children Love to Learn, I remember coming across the words of Marion Berry. It was like a gust of fresh wind blowing into our homeschool when I came across her particular slant… Read More

William Blake and the Unceasing Practice

As I read a William Blake biography this week, I was struck by a tiny quote of Blake’s. Because of the wider truth of it, I have spent some time pondering. Thought I’d share. “Without Unceasing Practice nothing… Read More

Why I Read L’Abri to my Children

Some books change you, and you can never go back to who you were. L’Abri was one of those books for me. By the time I was finished with it, I had a fresh understanding of the power… Read More

For the Children’s Sake

Sometimes I want to demystify the Charlotte Mason method for people who are curious! But there is so much here. How can I summarize this way of life into a short explanation?! I can’t. It wouldn’t do it… Read More

Why I love The Cloud of Witness

Some of you will already be familiar with the reprint of The Cloud of Witness that was published by Nancy Kelly last summer. (If you don’t own a copy, it is now available on Amazon, as well as… Read More

mother care

Some of you are already familiar with the wonderful essay on “Mother Culture” written many years ago by an anonymous contributor to Charlotte Mason’s PNEU (Parent’s union) newsletter. (If you haven’t read it, you might want to go… Read More

A Retreat… ‘For the Children’s Sake’

Last week I spent time with some special people at the Living Education Retreat in Iowa. Nancy Kelly and the ladies who work so hard to put this retreat together are pretty incredible. 

“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep”

I think it’s sort of amazing how things fall into place in our school sometimes. Late this fall I still hadn’t chosen the Christmas hymn we would study in December. I’m usually more prepared, but I hadn’t had… Read More

a teenager and a commonplace book

I love the surprises on this Charlotte Mason journey. As my daughter and I were finishing a rather long conversation last week, our talk shifted to our various personal challenges. I briefly mentioned my desire to encourage others… Read More

character and history books

To some of us nothing in all the world seems so hard as to own ourselves in the wrong.   – Marshall, This Country of Ours