Reading Challenge: Update June 2016

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Here is an update of what I have read to date for the Tim Challies 2016 Reading Challenge, and what my 5 year old daughter and I have read together for the CounterCultural School Reading Challenge. We are a little late to the party, as we just discovered and started the Reading Challenge in late [...]

Kids Reading Challenge

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I recently found Tim Challies’ 2016 Reading Challenge post. Since I am trying to make a conscious effort to do more reading, I decided to jump in with both feet, even though 2016 is half gone. In his challenge he lists 104 categories of books to choose from and the idea is to read one [...]

Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability

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Homeschooling my oldest son has always been a breeze.  He learned to read when he was 3, and my greatest educational challenge with him was poor penmanship. I was not prepared for the struggles I faced with our second son.  He wasn’t ready to read at age 3. Or at age 4. Or at 5. [...]

Creating a Library for My Daughter

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My first daughter was born shortly after my 40th birthday.  I hope to be around for another 40 years, to walk as her companion through the many stages of a woman’s life.  But I don’t take it for granted that I will be. I have already started a library for her, filled with books about faith, [...]

Visionary Womanhood

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Do you seek to expand your vision beyond the walls of your own home and the confines of your time in history? The Best of Visionary Womanhood Volume I is now available and I have to say that WOW, it knocked my socks off!  I was a contributing writer for this book, and I am [...]

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, Virginia

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During the time we were preparing for our trip to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, we were also reading the book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. Misty of Chincoteague, 60th Anniversary Edition Misty is about a Chincoteague boy who participates in the annual wild pony roundup on Assateague. The wild ponies can still be [...]

New Year, New Books

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It has been harder than usual for me to gear up for school this year. The summer flew by so quickly!! I don’t feel quite ready for Medieval feasts and learning to make mosaics. Ready or not, here we go! It’s school time again. We’re leaving the Ancients behind and moving on to The Middle [...]

If anything is Excellent or Praiseworthy: Books for the Classical History Cycle

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I love using the classical cycle of studying history, because I know that my children will encounter each time period in history 3 times throughout their homeschool career. When they study a topic the first time, we can start to build a framework, and they can fill in the details when we hit that subject [...]

Home Library Builders: Buying and Organizing Books

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  Several months ago, when I started this Home Library Builders series, I promised to write a post about finding books and organizing your library. This is a topic near and dear to my heart…I am always on the lookout for a treasure! I use Tapestry of Grace, a curriculum centered around living books. Some [...]

Whatever is Admirable: The Classics

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  A classic is a book which has stood the test of time, captivating generations of readers. It often touches on topics which have universal appeal, such as love, friendship, betrayal or loss. Many classics are referenced in other works, allowing the well-read person to make connections between the two. For example, my son and [...]