Reading Challenge: July 2016 update

Here is the July update of what I have read to date for the Tim Challies 2016 Reading Challenge. My reading: A book someone tells you “changed my life”: (Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie) A book by or about a pastor’s wife: (Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full […]

Reading Challenge: Update June 2016

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

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 […]

Creating a Library for My Daughter

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, […]

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

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

  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

  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 […]

Whatever is Lovely: Nature Study

  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 If you’ve been following this series, you know that Whatever is Lovely has turned out to be a very broad category! I’m glad to […]

Whatever is Lovely: Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

  This post in the Home library builders series continues the theme Whatever is Lovely, looking at Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. I enjoy reading poetry with my children! It is one of those things that I haven’t been able to work into our normal daily schedule, so we try to take time once or […]

Whatever is Lovely: Music appreciation

  Recently I attended a concert and heard an incredibly gifted singer. I left the concert feeling inspired. I could never sing like she does. But it was an amazing experience to listen to someone who was both extremely talented and committed to working hard to develop her talent to the utmost of her ability. […]