Let the Games Begin!

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We had a half-way decent snowfall last week.

It was lovely.

Of course, it stuck around just a bit too long for my personal liking, messing up schedules and setting things just the tiniest bit off-kilter. But I am in the vast minority; most of the members of my family would take a full winter quite happily. Me? I grew up with a guarantee of six months of snow and am rather fond of the kind that comes and goes in less than a day.

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How My Instant Pot Saved Sundays

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Our last church spoiled us. Every single Sunday, right after service, we had a fellowship dinner. We worshipped to the smells wafting from crockpots and covered dishes, then came together as a community over lentil bakes and chilis and barbecue chicken sandwiches.

It was glorious.

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Signs {On Mathaus’ senior year}

I remember when 2018 seemed so far away. Mathaus was still a young boy with a mop of strawberry blonde hair and a mouth full of baby teeth when I charted out a progression of Sonlight cores, year by year, for my family. His side of the chart stopped at 2017/2018, and I marveled at how many years sat between my present and my future.

And here we are: that future is now.

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The #1 Tool in Your Homeschool Toolbox

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Like every homeschool parent I’ve ever met, I’ve invested hours and hours in cultivating my educational philosophy. Though I was drawn to literature-based learning from the very beginning of our homeschooling journey, I still vetted it thoroughly, weighing the pros and cons against all the other methods out there. After a pretty exhaustive survey of everything from textbook-based school-at-home programs to the Thomas Jefferson Education model, I landed here, in a comfortable (for us) zone of relying on a rich selection of living books to form the foundation of our homeschool.

But you know what I’ve learned? It’s not just the books that make the homeschool. It’s the conversations those books bring to life.

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Back At It

After a fabulous break, we are back at most of the normal things that frame our days— namely, homeschooling for six of the kids and me, teaching for Christopher and Mary Hannah, a Dual Enrollment class for Mathaus, and the various and sundry other outside activities that have found their way onto our calendar, from speech therapy to youth orchestra, by way of Civil Air Patrol and other stops along the way. Mary Hannah’s classes haven’t yet resumed, but otherwise, it’s full steam ahead here. It’s only been a handful of days since our rhythm has returned, but I’ve been surprised at how good it has felt. The truth is, I enjoy the hours spent showing my children how to use a grid to be sure your ones stay above your ones and your tens stay above your tens when you’re adding them up, and I find a sense of joy and purpose in running a cup of tea to my husband while he’s explaining Charles Dickens to high schoolers online.

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