Remember, Classical Conversations is just ONE option

We spent our week at a 3-day Classical Conversations practicum, so I'm thinking a lot about the decisions we make for our children's education and our vision for the future. I'll share more about that in the coming weeks, but today I'm revisiting this post because I think it's an important one!  At this point, our family plans…

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What is a classical Christian education?

Each summer we attend a Classical Conversations practicum, where my vision for our homeschool is strengthened, our kids get to do a fun academic camp, and I participate in training for my role as an Essentials tutor. This year we're participating in a practicum close to my mom's, and I've updated this post from a…

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Getting back into the school routine after the holidays and a new baby

We switched to a "school lite" routine in late October as we waited for Lucas to arrive "any day" {that day ended up being a full two weeks later than we expected!} and then dropped everything but math soon after. That means it's now been more than two months since we've done a "regular" amount…

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Why we don’t stress the sciences in elementary school {even though we think they’re important}

I recently shared my thoughts on a variety of language arts curricula and what has or does work for us as well as the importance of just reading good books. Several people asked if I'd be doing the same thing for other topics like math and science, but we really don't have a lot of experience with…

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The most important part of any language arts curriculum

Last month I shared my favorite language arts curriculum (and truly, I think there is so much good stuff to choose from!), but in my excitement over sharing the formal curriculum options available, I managed to skim over what I believe is the most important part of the subject: quality literature. Reading aloud, listening to audiobooks,…

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Discovering the joy of morning time

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, this post probably isn't a surprise to you; I've been a bit obsessed with this whole morning time thing for the past few weeks! But from the first time we sat down to intentionally do this, I've known it was exactly what our homeschool had been missing, and…

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Homeschool language arts options {and what we’re doing…for now}

Language arts is one of my very favorite subjects, both as a student myself and as a homeschooler. For that reason, I've spent a lot of time considering different curriculum and "perfecting" our approach. (And by perfecting, I mean what we're doing is working so far for our two oldest...who knows what will happen as the rest…

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The hardest part of my homeschool year

Today I'm joining up with Jamie at Simple Homeschool to talk about the toughest part of my homeschool year. There are really so many options that I may have to do my own mini series over the next couple of weeks... ...homeschooling multiple children with a toddler underfoot (and a baby on the way). ...homeschooling as…

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Curriculum for the 2015-2016 homeschool year

Our first official day of the new school year is Thursday. Of course, for us that just means a fun day with homemade pancakes (I think I'm going to try tic-tac-toe pancakes this year!), front porch pictures, annual interviews, and ice cream for dinner. Because we do school all year long, I'm constantly tweaking, and we…

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Favorite fantasy books handwriting sheets for older elementary students

Recently I realized that our oldest daughter was writing her Story of the World chapter summaries in as few words as possible. Because she's always been an avid writer, this change worried me...and then I realized I was the cause of it! You see, she has lovely cursive handwriting when she tries, but she tends…

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