Homeschool Hodgepodge – Week 1 (highlights, hurdles, and general happenings)

Six weeks of summer vacation and now we are back into the books.  I forgot how utterly exhausting school mornings are for me as teacher and mom.  Afternoon comes, and my brain is mush.  Hopefully I'll adjust as a few more weeks pass by.  But with a third student officially joining the school age crowd…

The Summer of Anne

This morning started with snuggles and giggles with my littlest before my feet even hit the floor...as all good summer Saturdays should in my opinion.  Over our usual weekend breakfast of blueberry pancakes we brainstormed about what we could do with this gift of a hot summer day and settled on a picnic lunch and…

Healing Moments

My iPhone tells me I've walked 11.72 km in the last two days.  Outlet shopping and a visit to Storyland is great exercise apparently.  Our family is kicking off summer vacation with a road trip to our denomination's annual convention in Montreal with a three night stopover in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  …

This Term’s Feast – Composer and Artist Study

Welcome back for #3 in our series "This Term's Feast".  So far we have looked at Memory Work and Singing.  This week it's time to turn our attention to the fine arts.  Charlotte Mason said that... "much and varied humane reading, as well as human thought expressed in the forms of art, is, not a…

This Term’s Feast

I absolutely love Charlotte Mason's analogy of a child being born with a mind ready and able to "digest" ideas just as his body naturally digests and is nourished by food.  Exposing children to these ideas that will nourish their minds requires laying a varied feast before them.  That's one reason we incorporate so many…