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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 […]

Notes on Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie

With a houseful of children to both care for and teach, most homeschoolers feel their lives are anything but restful.  Most of us, like Sarah Mackenzie, wake up with our minds racing, doing four things at once just to make it through the day’s tasks. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  In fact, […]

The Fall Homeschool

  As we look ahead to fall, there are so many things to consider: formal schooling, school supplies, cooler weather, and, for many, some form of harvesting or preserving.  This is always an exciting time of year, full of happy and idealistic plans.  Such enthusiasm is good, as long as we pair it with realism.  […]

Searching for the Positive

As I was outlining the possible outcomes of a dreaded medical appointment to Miss 18, she said, “There, now you’ve said something positive about each possibility.” And I responded, “Well, since God is in charge and loves us there is something positive in everything.  We may as well focus on finding what that is rather […]

Living Off the Clock as a Homeschooler

We all feel so busy.  There is so much to do and often there seems to be so little time. Time.  It’s one of life’s mysteries.  Sometimes it slips away much too quickly, other times it is painfully slow.  We try to stretch some hours but to compress others.  We aim to manage it hour […]

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