"The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;- Little we see in Nature that is ours..." -William Wordsworth In the last few years my life has become louder, faster, busier. I have experienced at a new level the world being too much with me late … Continue reading Can We Do Better Than Millet?
Today I listened to Nancy's podcast over at Sage Parnassus. As you might know, she has been going through the Parents are Peacemakers series. Today's topic was teaching, and that great quote from Charlotte Mason was discussed: "The question is not, - how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education - … Continue reading On Not Giving Up
"Now that life which we call education, receives only one kind of sustenance; it grows upon ideas. You may go through years of so-called education without getting a single, vital idea; and that is why many a well-fed body carries about a feeble, starved intelligence..." When I read that last week, I will admit to … Continue reading Education, the Growth of Ideas
This is a sadly neglected blog right now...but not in my head! In my head I write posts all the time...maybe soon they will make it to the computer. For now, I'll just link my post from my family blog of books I managed to finish last year. Enjoy!
Last week I wrote a bit about getting back to school. I wanted to say a little more about how the habit training piece fits into everything. It's such an important part of our school life. But as usual, last weeks post was getting way too long. I decided to make a part two. So … Continue reading Back to School Part Two: Habit Training
School hath started. (Yes, it would sound better to say "begun". But this is not a week that things sound better. So "started" is more accurate.) Starting this school year was pretty intimidating to me, I'll be honest. There is a lot going on around here, and I wasn't sure I could keep all of … Continue reading Getting Back on the Crazy Train
I just spent the weekend with some really great people at the Living Education Retreat. This year the retreat was in South Dakota, of all places. We stayed at the beautiful Buffalo Ridge Retreat Center. I thought there would be more buffalo... Instead, there were barns. One of my favorite things in the whole world. … Continue reading Living Education Retreat: South Dakota Edition
As you read Charlotte Mason's writing, very quickly something begins to dawn on you. Her words are a challenge to our safe, comfortable status quo as parents. Sometimes parents don't appreciate a challenge. It can be uncomfortable. We're tired, we're busy, we don't want to think about how our decisions today are affecting our child's … Continue reading Disrupting the Status Quo: Charlotte Mason’s Challenge for Parents
As you can tell, it's a little bit late to be posting my end of the year booklist for LAST year. But, that is the kind of year it's been, so I'm just going with it. Better late than never, right? I posted it over on our family blog (my original blog), so I'll send … Continue reading What I Read in 2017
Today I remembered that I had written this post several months ago. So I went to find it... We went to the beach a few weeks ago. I'd forgotten how terrifying waves are to a small child. The awe of something so powerful makes a toddler shake from head to toe. It brought me back … Continue reading My God Made Me This Ocean