Book Review: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park
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Book Review: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a powerful book. It’s important, too. Yeonmi Park tells her story from childhood through her early 20s, and much happens to her in that time. Her young childhood is fraught with deprivations and…

Book Review: Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason
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Book Review: Parents and Children by Charlotte Mason

Parents and Children by Charlotte M. Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars Not a once and done book. So many counter-cultural ways at looking at parenting, childhood, and virtue. Definitely one to reread many times, wish I’d read it earlier and oftener. Maybe even before children. View all my reviews

Scaffolding is a Trustworthy Standard
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Scaffolding is a Trustworthy Standard

Last week we thought a lot about the basis for our scaffolding: a base plate set on a firm foundation. We wanted to provide a sturdy, non-rickety form of scaffolding for our children. This is so that our kids can work Safely in Transparent Fashion. This week, I want to think more about the structure…

Scaffolding and the Homeschool Mom
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Scaffolding and the Homeschool Mom

I don’t know where I first heard the term “scaffolding” as related to a Charlotte Mason style lesson. It was likely in an A Delectable Education podcast. I thought, “What a great metaphor.” I’ve since come to notice it a number of times and places including articles pre-dating the podcast. I’ve also seen a lot…

Maps, Recipes, Processes, Systems
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Maps, Recipes, Processes, Systems

As you know I was at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati almost two weeks ago. It was a wonderful time of learning, encouragement, and being surrounded by like-minded friends. Perhaps you know that I don’t stay down at the Duke Energy Center all weekend; I don’t get a hotel room and stay downtown. Rather,…

Our Weekly Amble for March 6-10, 2017
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Our Weekly Amble for March 6-10, 2017

It’s nice that it’s Saturday.  We’ve had a week.  Parts of it were good, parts of it were challenging.  Just like any other week! I’m taking part in Brandy’s Charlotte Mason Boot Camp and at the end of the week I learned about “not prodding” the students – bribery, reminders, ahem, “Just do your work”…

Wednesdays with Words: Teaching Credentials
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Wednesdays with Words: Teaching Credentials

One of the ironies of being a teacher is that one is supposed to instruct students who look at the teacher as an expert. Teachers are supposed to know.  Be informed.  Be prepared with an answer to a question. They’re also supposed to know the best way to instruct on any given subject matter. But…

The Simple Woman’s Daybook for March 6, 2017
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The Simple Woman’s Daybook for March 6, 2017

For Today… Looking out my window … it’s dark already. How’d this day go so quickly? I am thinking … about Nature Study and Keeping. I am thankful … for Kroger ClickList where I can do my grocery shopping from my laptop and pick it up when it’s convenient. I think I said that before,…