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Learning to Let Go






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Learning to Let Go

With a new year comes evaluation, changes, praise, regret, resolution. Perhaps these are amplified for the homeschool mom. I sure feel the weight of responsibility on my shoulders constantly. And even moreso for the homeschool mom of a teenager. Teens have a way of putting you in your place, don’t they? We’ve spend the last few months tapering back, evaluating priorities, setting goals, discussing plans for success. It’s time to simplify. My daughter was fired from her piano lessons. Her {Read More}



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When Challenging Becomes Overwhelming






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With so many curriculum options out there and the rigors of a classical education, how do I know how much is too much or too little? I certainly don’t want to overwhelm my kids but I do want to challenge them. How do I maintain balance? How do I promote a love for learning? How do I make our school time fun and engaging? How do I get through those more difficult or disliked subjects? How do I know when {Read More}



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In the Middle






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What to do with that middle schooler…junior high girl…lost child… between childhood and adulthood? Our society pushes these girls to grow up way too soon. We see the shocking scenes in the media that many in our society deem “normal.” I say that it’s not normal and there’s no such thing as this Western adolescent mentality – other than the biological changes. And I’ve got an oil for that. Why shouldn’t she still be that same sweet little girl who holds {Read More}



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Stress of Military Life






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So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?

We’re often a minority in our community since we are a military family. Many people we know don’t understand our lifestyle, our benefits, the occasional drawbacks, the stress. How to handle the stress of military life when no one seems to understand…and suggestions to help a military family. This is all that matters. This makes it all worth it. We count it all a privilege. As a military daughter, at least I knew what I was getting into when I {Read More}



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My Little Airman Cadet






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Elizabeth is a Civil Air Patrol cadet! She made rank (was promoted) within her first month, wowing us all. I’m so proud. She took a basic safety course; learned leadership in the field, in the classroom, and online; and flew an airplane. She read Ghosts of War and submitted a review and presented a recommendation to her squadron. She’s already working on her next promotion. Liz had the opportunity to march in a local Fourth of July parade. She held {Read More}



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Transitioning in Classical Education






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How do you know when your child is ready to transition from grammar to dialectic to rhetoric? There are many guides out there in the classical education world with recommendations based on age or grade level, but it is really up to the parent/teacher to determine when the child is ready. What are signs of readiness? When a child is ready to move on from grammar to dialectic/logic, I look for her to begin making connections and asking lots of {Read More}



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Our Classical Evolution






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Classical Homeschooling

Our Classical Evolution My idea of a classical education has…evolved, if you will. When I began teaching Elizabeth, I had no idea what I was doing. All options were wide open to me. I had taught public middle and high school students, and college courses. What was I supposed to do with a bright five-year-old? And that whole October birthday thing just threw us off schedule! I started with The Well-Trained Mind (TWTM). I’m not sure how I discovered it, but it must {Read More}



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