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 Riverbend Press.) This is an eclectic little book of daily readings of scripture and poetry (from the … Continue reading Why I love The Cloud of Witness
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 it here.) It is fascinating to me that some things haven't changed much in a hundred … Continue reading mother care
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. This time I got to bring Alyssa with me, which made it even better. We don't have much time for hanging out, … Continue reading Living Education Retreat 2016
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 time to study and research as I have had in the past. Normally I would plan ahead, … Continue reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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 in their marriages. But I explained that it can be difficult at times to have a strong … Continue reading A Teenager and a Commonplace Book
To some of us nothing in all the world seems so hard as to own ourselves in the wrong. - Marshall, This Country of Ours Oh, the timing of our readings. The very same child who had this reading came to me hours earlier to own up to doing something that they now regretted … Continue reading Character and History Books
It was exciting to get this beautiful book in the mail this week. The cover is genius. I loved it as soon as I saw it. The author is right, it isn't a field guide in the truest sense. But it is a lot of fun to look at, and it draws you in. The … Continue reading Nature Anatomy!