When We Are Suffering

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As I write this, it is the eleventh anniversary of the death of my father. I grieve for what was lost, and what will never be. I am coming down with a virus, and my throat is sore and scratchy. Earlier today, I slipped and fell in my hallway from my son’s dripping bathwater trail,… 

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Following Their Lead in Reading

According to our parents, my husband and I both started reading when we were four.  So naturally, when my firstborn was around that age,  I started teaching him phonics.  I was really excited for him to discover books.  I read to him everyday, trailing my finger along the words.  I bought used Abeka phonics cards… 

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The Family Librarian

As I write, I can hear two different Bunnicula audio books playing in separate rooms.  My eleven-year-old son wasn’t quite sure what to think when I checked them out, but he should know by now that my book recommendations have usually served him well.  He showed the same reluctance to Hank the Cowdog when I… 

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Slowing It Down

We’re slowing it down. September is usually the month of revving up, the time when many of us have begun a new school year. I’m always energized by fresh plans, new books, and renewed commitment to my goals and values. It’s a new homeschool honeymoon period. Somewhere around the second month of the semester, though,… 

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Contemplating Curriculum

This is the time of year when many families have ordered their curriculum, and have it ready and waiting for the back-to-school season.  I’ve always loved creasing those crisp covers back for the first time and thinking about the potential each book holds for another new year of discovery.  I remember my early years as… 

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Not Aiming for Pinterest Perfection

Sometimes I think about how glad I am that there was no Facebook or any form of social media when I was a teenager. I’m also glad that I didn’t come of age as a parent in the days of Pinterest and blogging. Blogs shape our culture, for better and for worse. They are what… 

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Homeschooling Through Chronic Illness

I have had chronic pain and fatigue for all the years I’ve homeschooled my children. I thought I would share about how I work through some of the challenges it brings. I get recurrent kidney stones, but what affects me more on a daily basis is disabling fatigue, and pain in my nerves and joints…. 

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A Waldorf-Inspired Homeschool {Part 2}

In my last post, I listed the ideals from Waldorf education that have inspired my own philosophy of education. I’d like to go into greater detail of how I take those ideals and put them into action. Emphasis on whole literature and using storytelling as a teaching device We don’t use curriculum. Instead, I’ve invested… 

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A Waldorf-Inspired Homeschool {Part 1}

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Homeschoolers have the ability to create a tailor-made education for their family.  There is no need to adopt a style or method that doesn’t completely resonate with you. I was introduced to Waldorf education when my firstborn son was two years old.  I was drawn to the aesthetic of the classrooms, and I appreciated the… 

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