Good Pictures, Bad Pictures {Review}

I love teaching my kids.  My favorite subject is history, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t love subjects like science, current events, literature… even math!  I love them all… almost. One subject I dread teaching my children is about the evils of the world, and the idea of teaching them the…

Today's Language Arts Lesson

Today was one of those days that make me love homeschooling, and of all things it was brought about by a language lesson. We study most subjects together as a family (basically anything but math and reading) but since I love history we spend a disproportionate amount of time on it.  Lately I have been…

Classics, Not Textbooks Part Deux

A few weeks ago I bore my soul to you about my deep love of the classics and how they heal the sick, feed the hungry, create world peace. What?  You don’t remember that? Oh, that’s right!  I told you about how stories are the most effective teachers.  My bad. In my haste to impress upon…

Classics Not Textbooks: Literature Based Education – Science

It’s been while since I’ve posted one of these.  I’ve been collecting some wonderful science resources in the mean time :) My kids are all still pretty young, and there are SO many non-textbook resources out there for pre-high school learners.  That being said, we have solid science plans all the way through high school….

My Favorite Books – Self-Help Books

I have had several requests for a list of books that I recommend.  Since I can likely recommend thousands of books I thought it would be a good idea for me to divide them into categories. So I give you…. Drumroll please… My ten favorite life books for adults and parents (and the crowd exhales…

Classics, Not Textbooks – TJED 101

The debate on education is a hot topic these days.  The introduction of Common Core State Standards is only just the latest in the never ending debate on education. In our home we use literature as our core curriculum.  I believe literature is the most effective and meaningful way to teach the vast majority of…

Flexibility – How to Teach Multiple Ages at a Time

This post originally posted on  An Intentional Life ******* As a homeschooling mom, one of the questions am often asked (after the obligatory “Oh, I could never do that” comment) is, “How do you teach so many different ages/grades at the same time?” In a five minute conversation it’s difficult to convey what homeschooling even IS,…

Literature Based Education – Math Part Deux

I thought I would pop in and give you an update on what we are doing for math.  If you remember from last time I told you how we used Math-U-See as our core, heavily supplemented with literature.  I mentioned at the end of my last post that we officially made the switch to Saxon…

God's World News ~ News Flash {Review}

You may have noticed that I’m a bit political.  I stay apprised of current events and I go out of my way to be informed on many of the issues facing us today.  While the majority of my focus is domestic I do make an effort to be informed about what is going on in…

What An Average Homeschool Day Looks Like

My homeschooling method and style have changed SO much in the last few years that I thought I would give you a glimpse into what an average day looks like after four years of homeschooling. Hold on a minute!  FOUR years?  Wow, you know that’s how long a bachelor’s degree is supposed to take (give…

Why We Homeschool Part 3 – Did My Theory Pan Out?

Make sure you read part 1 and part 2 You may have noticed that I changed the title of this series to Why We Homeschool.  I questioned whether or not to do this (all of the blog gurus will tell you not to mess with your post titles) but the unmistakable fact is I cannot…