Category Archives: Home Education

It’ didn’t really hit me until our first baseball season.  I looked around at all the mother’s in the bleachers and I realized they hadn’t seen their children all day.  They’d dropped them off at school, picked them up and let them eat a snack in the car on the way to the ballpark.  They looked at me like I was a crazy person with all my children and homeschooling to boot!!

I think a couple did call me crazy!!  

They had no idea and I was only just figuring out, how amazing life is when you accept the privilege of educating your children. 

The way you get to know your children and watch them develop is well worth the days you don’t know if you will make though. 

We live in a day and age of SO many amazing educational resources!!

You can educate your children!

You can give them an amazing education with a biblical worldview to equip them for more in life than just college and a job!  

My 7 Favorite Charlotte Mason Resources| Home education

  My children are captivated.  The silence and motionlessness confirms any doubt I had about whether this book was a good, “living” book.  As they strain to hear every word, they see me, their mother, pacing the living room in excitement, baby strapped to me, enjoying our literature just as much as they are.   This, my friends, is Charlotte Mason Education.   Racing from our car…er…I mean huge white van, my children dash into the trees. They know this trail and their boundaries.  I’m walking as I strap my 4 month old to my body to catch up to…

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First Day of School starts with Tea Time

When you were young, didn’t you just love the first day of school!!? I honestly don’t even know if that is common or normal, but I always loved the first day of school…new clothes…new teachers…new books!!   As a homeschooling mom I’ve worried my children weren’t going to have that “first day of school” experience. We are entering year 3 of pursuing home education Charlotte Mason style. So in honor of keeping it lovely and calm I decided to start the morning and year off with Tea Time. If tea time is something you have always wanted to incorporate I…

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Be A Better Mom Monday |3 Activities to Entertain your 4/5 year old Girls this Summer

  Summer is upon us and I’m hearing a ton of moms stressed out about how to spend all the minutes of the day. There are just some days when you don’t want to pack them up and take them out, and you already feel guilty for the amount of TV you’ve been letting them watch. Here are my favorite activities for my 4 and 5 year old daughters these days!! Pattern blocks: We already have these on hand for math concepts during the school year, so my older ones don’t get really excited about them (though they still sit…

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God’s Grace |Sunday’s Simple Homemaker |Link Up

Don’t forget to check out the posts this week from the amazing co-hosts over at Prarie Gal Cooking and My Life Abundant!! The verse Ashleigh chose for us to look at this week is Hosea 2:15 Hosea is a book of the Bible that fills me with awe and wonder.  It’s a shocking and  almost terrifying story of God’s grace and his mercy. As those of us who see themselves the harlot, unfaithful to God even though He has given us, literally, everything we have, we see hope and renewal. As a woman who has walked, completely in love with…

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Be A Better Mom Monday | Tea Time

One of my education/mothering goals is to have a daily tea time.  I honestly haven’t even wanted to try, the thought seeming overwhelming and difficult to execute.   As a friend was posting about her amazingly successful and awesome tea times with her own children, I begged her to give us a guest post. May you be as inspired as I am!! Guest Post Written by: Kim Martinez   Our Favorite Time of Day   “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James, The Portrait of a…

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Charlotte Mason | Curriculum: First Grade

We decided to home educate year around because of my husband’s awesome schedule, so we take our breaks at odd times and start our “year’s” at odd times.  We just started our first grade work with my oldest son who recently turned 6.  I know this is not a completely Charlotte Mason attitude, but it works for us because we go at our own pace. We are only a few short weeks into our “school” year, but so far I’m loving our choices. Simply Charlotte Mason is our main resource for choosing curriculum though I have also enjoyed Ambleside Online…

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Be A Better Mom Monday | A Vision for our Home Education

We are on a year around home education schedule.  Because my husband is in the fire service and because we started home education a little earlier than the traditional school year would have allowed for my son’s age, we will be starting first grade material with, my soon to be six year old, in just a couple short weeks with the help of online education as well, such as test prep for elementary. As I venture into what will be considered my first mandated year of education for my oldest child I have decided I better get our family home…

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10 Tuesday | 10 Things I Learned from my First Year in Home Education

  We ventured into the world of home education this year with my 5 year old. We chose a faith based Kindergarten curriculum, one which came highly recommended by some very trusted friends.  Thursday we will have our “official” last day of school and as I look back at the last 9 months I’m amazed at all the clichés that are really true. Along with watching my oldest son blossom into a lover of reading, math, maps and science, I’ve noticed my own character growth in areas too.   10 Things I Learned from my First Year in Home Education:…

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Be A Better Mom Monday |Overcoming Objections to Home Education | Negating Home School Stereotypes

This isn’t your typical Be A Better Mom Monday post, but since it is still mommy related, I decided to go with it today. Thankfully my dear friend Jennifer can share differing opinions with no animosity. Because I knew the opinion about Christians being responsible for the education of their children shared in a recent post might be taken with distain I asked her to give us the low down on why she will choose not to home school.  Interestingly, her reply offered too many misconceptions for me not to respond. Here are a few homeschooling objections/misconceptions, I’d like be…

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Homeschooling: Where to Start

  Though I am only in my first year of homeschooling and blogging I find people are often looking for a single post on what to do if they’d like to start homeschooling.  There is so much information out there and sometimes the idea of “doing it wrong” makes people not want to venture into home education at all.  So, in my very minimal knowledge, based on only my own personal research, here is a very basic starting place and hopefully a few valuable resources.   Step 1: Pray. Honestly, I think every Christian parent should home school.   I feel…

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