Learning to Let Go

With a new year comes evaluation, changes, praise, regret, resolution. Perhaps these are amplified for the homeschool mom. I sure feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders constantly. And even moreso for the homeschool mom of a teenager. Teens have a way of putting you in your place, don’t they? We’ve spend the last… 

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When Challenging Becomes Overwhelming

With so many curriculum options out there and the rigors of a classical education, how do I know how much is too much or too little? I certainly don’t want to overwhelm my kids but I do want to challenge them. How do I maintain balance? How do I promote a love for learning? How… 

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In the Middle

What to do with that middle schooler…junior high girl…lost child… between childhood and adulthood? Our society pushes these girls to grow up way too soon. We see the shocking scenes in the media that many in our society deem “normal.” I say that it’s not normal and there’s no such thing as this Western adolescent… 

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Stress of Military Life

We’re often a minority in our community since we are a military family. Many people we know don’t understand our lifestyle, our benefits, the occasional drawbacks, the stress. How to handle the stress of military life when no one seems to understand…and suggestions to help a military family. This is all that matters. This makes… 

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My Little Airman Cadet

Elizabeth is a Civil Air Patrol cadet! She made rank (was promoted) within her first month, wowing us all. I’m so proud. She took a basic safety course; learned leadership in the field, in the classroom, and online; and flew an airplane. She read Ghosts of War and submitted a review and presented a recommendation… 

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Transitioning in Classical Education

How do you know when your child is ready to transition from grammar to dialectic to rhetoric? There are many guides out there in the classical education world with recommendations based on age or grade level, but it is really up to the parent/teacher to determine when the child is ready. What are signs of… 

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Our Classical Evolution

My idea of a classical education has…evolved, if you will. When I began teaching Elizabeth, I had no idea what I was doing. All options were wide open to me. I had taught public middle and high school students, and college courses. What was I supposed to do with a bright five-year-old? And that whole October birthday… 

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