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It’s Time To Get Our Hands Dirty

Monday, 02 May 2016 by

Spring is in the air, flowers, and buds; it’s everywhere! What an excellent opportunity to get out and explore, plant a garden, or create collections. Even journaling Spring and the vast number of new beginnings it fosters can be a wonderful way to “science” or spend time in nature just for fun. There are many

Embracing the Chocolate Volcano

Saturday, 30 April 2016 by

When my children were young, I often used a thematic approach when planning the school year. I would choose the main topics that I wanted to cover and then search for related material for each subject area. Sometimes the related material was a bit of a stretch, but if it fit the theme and seemed

When Learning Happens

Saturday, 30 April 2016 by

As new homeowners in Oklahoma are inclined to do, we had a storm shelter installed in our back yard this week.  My husband took  the day off to monitor things and he and my son sat watching the entire process from beginning to end (about two hours).  As boring as it might sound, the excitement

  I was a reluctant homeschool mom.   When my oldest was born, I was counting the days until he would go off to kindergarten.   I had a job I loved (teaching horseback riding lessons and training horses), and couldn’t wait to get back to it full time.   However, God has a sense

Years ago when I was reading Jim Elliot’s Journal, I found the following: “Anything, good as it may be, put before my study of the true and living Word, becomes a snare, and I must assiduously avoid all such if the Word of God is to be my fresh meat every morning.” The first time

Integrating New Challenges

Friday, 15 April 2016 by

As a former high school teacher, the first thing that people think (and say) when I reveal that I now homeschool my sons, is that it must be so easy for me. It’s a reasonable assumption to make if one thinks that homeschooling is just teaching a few subjects. Pop open a curriculum and away

Role Model

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 by

For many years I have been a mother of boys. Although I desired to have a daughter, I was blessed with boys. I have become a pro at playing hot wheels and mending ripped jeans. I can even out shoot them at basketball, although that may change after a couple more growth spurts. Despite all

Having lived in the country, and now a small tiny country town surrounded by the country on all four sides, I know that the value of fresh air, for me, but also my children, is so incredibly important.  Our children live out of doors as much as they possibly can, especially between the months of

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