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Review: Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them by Simonetta Carr

Simonetta Carr, beloved author of the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, was confused and apprehensive when her eighteen year old son Jonathan asked her, out of the blue,  “Mom, is this a game?”  She answered him nervously.  A bit later he still seemed perplexed and told her, “I don’t understand this extension.” Thus began […]

The Snowed In Homeschool

As I write this, it is bitterly cold outside and the fire in our living room is roaring.  Although some outdoor work does need to be done, it is much more pleasant and safer to be inside.  But each year there’s the question, “How can children be happy and learn well when stuck inside because […]

Review: Glow Kids by Nicholas Kardaras

If every parent knew and acted on the research presented in Nicholas Kardaras’s Glow Kids, students would learn much better, fewer kids would be on medication for attention and mental health issues, and the psych wards for young people would not be as full. I have been trying to review Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction […]

Review: Help! I’m Homeschooling! by Tricia Hodges

It is true that habits—good ones, that is—make homeschooling possible and even pleasant.  Charlotte Mason wrote about the importance of habits in education years ago. Recently James K. A. Smith claimed that virtue and character are habits internalized*, showing just how important they are.  Deep down, all of us know that smooth days run on […]

Harvesting and Homeschooling

Today I plan to freeze tomatoes, pick raspberries, and dry lemon balm—in the car of all places(!), something I learned from Traditional Cooking’s Dehydrating course.  We also need to clean up windfall apples in our little apple orchard and, on top of that, there is schoolwork to do. This is a problem, because it is […]

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