Ordering the Affections

I vented here, I talked to you about my concerns, questions, doubts and what not. It's only fair I share something else about us. Life is tidal. Seasonal. And rough. But there's also moments when you see new growth, appreciation, beauty. When words and actions around you seem to tell you that all this you…

Unresolved Questions

A break in my most common ramblings about books. This blog used to be much more about education, and Charlotte Mason, than about books. But as my years as a homeschooling mom kept changing, the book posts became more frequent, and posts about homeschooling more scarce. I blame it to a need for privacy and…

Small Thought

A few weeks ago, a friend messaged me to confide on me. You know we homeschooling moms, we have very eventful lives. We are humans too, so there's sickness in some of our households, different struggles (physical, monetary, spiritual, academic, emotional) that afflict us moms, or our spouses, or our children or other family members.…

I’m Walking on Sunshine

Anne brought that song back to me. Now I'm listening to it and loving it.  This was our exam week, which was also a vacation week of sorts. We are enjoying it so far. The girls worked on video taping and editing some narrations, writing others, told me about their favorite Corot painting, played their instruments pieces,…

Exams, part II

Oh, I loved doing exams with the girls. I video tapped them with my phone, and they took over the phone, uploaded the videos, and they are now editing them with intros, transitions, some cuts, and pasting some together. They both remembered much and expressed themselves well, each with their personality. When I asked my…

Last weeks

This is the year of notebooks, journals, common place books. Thanks to Laurie Bestvater.   On top, my beloved notebook for notes at church, it has only 3 more pages. I am going to miss my Quixote. I added that print from an old text book, decoupaging it (which is, like Fancy Nancy -arghhh- would…

At HOME and SCHOOL with the Cachias

Impossible to hide we do love Marco Polo at home!  This illustration above is from our last finding, The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marion Koenig.  This one is a book in Spanish that helps us for reference. This one above, is our dear Komroff's Marco Polo, for children, which we cherish each week of…

So Many Blessings

My daughters love cooking and baking. They made mini pizzas from scratch. And a bday cake too for their only cousin. Reading The Moonstone and Jamaica Inn. Some thoughts. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins, is so well written and so enjoyable. What an original mystery, full of twists and changes, and so intriguing. And Jamaica…

Comforting

This girl in the painting by Cassatt resembles my youngest daughter a bit. We did some lessons today. First with the youngest. As I was reading the first chapter of Our Island Story, my oldest was enjoying it too. It was not so two years ago. I was new to high standard books, to history,…

Children of a Greater God

Chilren of a Greater God, she wrote about this book in her blog, and it sounded very interesting. I found a copy at paperbackswap, and it has been a wonderful book.If someone asks me today for a book I recommend if you are thinking about homeschooling, or already a seasoned homeschooler, this will be the…

Wake Up Call

These past two weeks have been of great turmoil. My husband is sick. He has been sick since the beginning of July, I did not understand the whole scope of this until a few days ago, but I have been sensing something wasn't quite right the whole summer. He has nothing life threatening, but we…

An Intense Week

This has been a wonderful week, with a crisis day and all. It's always this way when I plan. I read, I look, I panic...I go to sleep, I wake up, and I tell myself that I can do it, that WE can do it, actually, THEY ARE ALREADY DOING IT! The girls are going…

Second Weekly Wrap-Up

  It has been a quick week and sort of different.We had lessons on Monday and Tuesday, some done on Wednesday. And when I say lessons I speak about short lessons that include a reading from the Bible, math, writing and reading from our weekly readings, narrating some of those, and my oldest practicing her…

Weekly Wrap-Up

I always read my friend Ellen's weekly wrap ups, and I see some others, and I thought it'd be nice to do it myself. I like to stop and think about what we are doing. When I do that, I appreciate how much the girls are growing, how much we are living and experiencing together,…

Homeschooling on the news

My husband sent me this link to this article and short video seen on Fox news. (Although he doesn't like the idea of homeschoolers being on the spot. :)EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN: THE EVOLUTION OF HOMESCHOOLING

Homeschooling in Texas video

This video was shared by one of the moms in my homeschooling group. It is not complete, it is just a small compilation, but I found it very interesting.Definitely, I'm glad we enjoy the freedoms we do here in Texas. GOD BLESS TEXAS.

Stop, Listen, and ENJOY!

This is an article for the GUEST WRITERS section of Stephanie's website, The Broad Room.   During the seven years that I have known about homeschooling, I have researched, read, prepared.  And, in the last three or so years, I have experienced some of the practicalities of it with my two daughters, now four and…

Renewed Love

I want to thank NANCY for her generosity, for being there for friends when we need her, and for the renewed love for Charlotte Mason she has helped me regain this homeschooling season. After seven years of reading and writing mainly from theory about homeschooling and Charlotte Mason, I can say I'm now in complete…