Category Archives: Application

Q&A: Habits


Cynthia Ann says–

  • “Habits. I’m super excited to have habit training as the foundation of my Home atmosphere although as a newcomer to CM and HS I’m a bit overwhelmed by the idea. If you did/do habit training is there a book or outline you followed that you’d recommend? I plan on using Laying Down the Rails by Sonya Shafer but I wanted to get other opinions and options I may be missing. Thanks.”

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An Interview with Debi about Homeschooling

IMG_1152 (3)Over the years, I’ve been interviewed several times for various online and print publications about our homeschooling journey.  I recently pooled together my responses from several different interviews because people kept asking for “my story” about how we homeschooled and why.

So, for those of you who were curious, here you go.  🙂

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Charlotte Mason’s Thoughts on a Method of Education

I really really like the way Charlotte Mason describes method in this first paragraph.  Especially the part about method implying a mental image of the end of the matter, and using the circumstances of the child’s life easily and spontaneously to reach that end.

I love the words she uses:  Natural.  Easy.  Yielding.  Unobtrusive.  Simple.  Watchful.  Careful.  All prevading.  All compelling. 🙂 Continue reading

If I were just starting out …

If I were a new mom just beginning this homeschooling journey with little ones and living on a limited budget, my expenses would be minimal.

I’d buy Beechick’s book about the 3R’s for the backbone of my K-thru-2nd grade curriculum.  I’d read For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay for some Charlotte Mason inspiration, and also the older book, Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax as a reminder about how simple homeschooling can be and how educational real life actually is when lived purposefully.

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Curriculum Dealers Aren’t Your Friends


The curriculum dealers at homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs aren’t your friends.  They’re honestly looking at you as a prospective sale.

They’re not bad people, mind you.  They’re business people with a product to sell.  And homeschooling is big business these days.  They might be perfectly nice people.  They might be helpful and warm and friendly and appear to be everything you’ve ever wanted in a friend or mentor.

But remember, they’re there to make a sale … and you’re just the latest target of their slick sales speech.  Seriously.  At the bare minimum, they need to make back the cost of renting that space or booth.

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