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
A week or two ago, after a particularly atrocious day with children and school, and life, I stayed awake much of the night pondering the idea of atmosphere in the home. As I've written before, the responsibility of the mother for this atmosphere can occasionally feel like a real drag. Sometimes it makes me want … Continue reading The Atmosphere a Child Breathes
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 on Charlotte's method. I felt I could trust Marion's words, because they described in real life what … Continue reading Yelling Shakespeare