August 27, 2018

Hey everyone!  I’ve been trying to get around to a new blog post in a while; I know I have been a bit quiet on here lately.  And I am way overdue for a new video too!  It seems like whenever I start a new project like that something crazy happens immediately afterward and I have to take care of that and then the new project goes by the wayside.

But I haven’t given up on my videos and I have one in the works for you!  Today’s post is about school though.  We had our first official day of classes!  We have a new school routine this year that worked out great today (minus the flashcards blowing around…).  We are doing school work outside!

It’s kind of crazy, but between all of our kids’ various medical appointments, grocery shopping, weekday liturgies and other inevitable errands – we always seemed to be gone.  Especially this last year we have been struggling to keep up with all our school work being in and out constantly.  And then when we are home, clea...

April 15, 2018

I know, I know... by this time of year most people are weary from school, ready for summer break, finishing end of year projects and waiting to be done.  But I'm just on a different wavelength!

We do school through the summer, which is helpful as a home school family as big and as complex as ours, because it gives us three months of extra wiggle room to get everything done!  And we'll definitely be using that wiggle room this year.  It also means that we are gearing up for the new school year now!

Next month Evangelia is done with her online class, so we will be able to focus more on her other lessons and we'll have more time for supplemental activities like sewing classes, swimming lessons and baseball!

I'm working through all of our subjects right now, updating my Scope and Sequence for K-2nd grade and creating my 3rd grade goals, since Evangelia is just that old now!  Our home school is a Charlotte Mason based curriculum and I rely heavily on Ambleside Online's booklists and wealt...

August 10, 2013

Homeschool!  Love it.  Especially right now.  Well… my oldest is only three, so when you read “school” read it loosely.  But I do try to set up our days to be most effective for teaching my children about the important things in life, and what is more important than raising them in the faith?  So the other week when we “started homeschool” again after our summer move and break, I decided that the first routine we were going to initiate was daily church, Matins to be precise.  Church for school?  

Gasp!  That is as crazy as breakfast for dinner!  Mmmm…. pancakes…

Anyway, back to the story, after two very difficult weeks in church flying solo with the children I told my dear pastor husband, “You may not be able to sit in church and help me with these kids, but my house is right next door to the church and we will practice every single day until they figure this out!”  

And that is what we did.  I am pleased to say that after just two days of fighting...

September 29, 2011

The new American fad seems to be start your kid in school as early as possible.  The new phenomenon of “pre-preschool” is just… well laughable really.  Or is it?  As I sit here with a frame entitled “Evangeline’s School” (aka my almost 18 month old daughter) hanging on the wall opposite me – I find myself reevaluating my presuppositions about school for very young children.

I have gone through a lot of inner searching during my time preparing for homeschooling.  I knew that every school had a philosophy and I wanted to be sure that I knew what mine was before beginning to delve into any particular curriculum.  I wanted to teach with a purpose in mind, not just for the sake of school in and of itself.  So I began to inwardly digest all the education oriented material I was reading, meditating on teaching and raising children in light of what the Scriptures gives us and considering it all in the context of broader humanity – that is to start from the beginning of Creation rather...

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