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 [...]

Classical Conversations: Modifications for Doing the Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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My 10th grade son started the Classical Conversations Challenge program last year–in Challenge III. This is a pretty rigorous program for any student, and it was a bit daunting for him to start there, with no previous challenge background (we have a new challenge program on our campus). Also, he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and slow [...]

Classical Conversations Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

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After a year of Classical Conversations with my younger set we decided to take the plunge and enroll two of our older boys in the Challenge Program, which was new on our campus last fall. Our 10th grader was in Challenge III and our 8th grader was in Challenge A. Challenge A and B are for [...]

Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Technology

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Ipod: I could write a whole post on the iPod and great apps for dyslexics (and I will try to do so soon!), but for the sake of brevity I will just say that my dyslexic son uses his iPod daily for school.  He can write emails using voice commands (eliminating the need for typing). [...]

Resources for the Dyslexic Child

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UPDATE: This resource list has become so long over the years that I have decided to break it up by subject as a series of posts.  The posts in this resource series are linked below. Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Phonics and Early Readers Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Spelling Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Handwriting and Copywork [...]

Old School Education

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  I have always loved school. By 7 years of age I had already set my sights on an Ivy League education and on all the doors such an education would open for me.  I got my first “B” in 6th grade, and feared—for a moment—that I had lost my chance to cross that hallowed threshold. [...]

New Biblical Economics Course

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R. S. Sproul, Jr. has a new 4 hour video course on biblical Economics. It looks good, and I will plan to include it this spring in our high school son’s Economics study. Click here to see a list of chapter titles. If you are reading via email and cannot see the embedded video below, [...]

Learning Online…


Handiwork Joyous Home is offering a free “Beginning Stitches” hand embroidery tutorial on their blog. It is a PDF with accompanying audio to help you follow the stitches. I was surprised to learn that girls used to learn these skills as young as 3 years old!  I don’t know how to embroider, so I am [...]

Hope in Christ, Not in Curriculum

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August is an exhilarating month for me.  I always look forward to the start up of our homeschool.  By the time August rolls around all the school books have been bought, lesson plans are prepared, and the schedule has been tweaked.  Nothing has happened—yet—to ruin my idyllic dreams that this will be the most productive [...]