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Review: King Alfred’s English by Laurie J. White

This year I was looking for a way to teach my girls about the English language without teaching grammar itself.  I wanted to give them an understanding of its beauty and history so that they would learn to love it and also be able to use it more skillfully. And then I was offered King […]

Jane Eyre: Thoughts and Quotations

You’ve probably heard the story.  Orphan Jane, mistreated as a charity case, courted as a governess, tempted to become a missionary, narrates.   She tells of rugged Mr. Rochester, dear little Adele, sweet Diana and Mary, cold St. John and, above all, herself, a meek but intense person, easily overpowered, capable of revolt when pressed too […]

Fond Memories: Our 5 Kids’ Top 30 Homeschool Resources

My five children (ages 13-22) have gone through a huge range of curriculum in almost two decades of homeschooling, so when I asked the at-home crowd what their favorites had been, there was silence around the table.  They needed to think…and then they started to talk.  Later, when I emailed my oldest daughter, I got […]

The Four Levels of Reading, Summarized for High School

Besides the Bible, How to Read a Book  by Adler and Van Doren (link is to my review) has been the foundational book of our high school at home program. It is an intense volume that teaches readers how get the most out of any book they read, as well as how to decide which […]

Review: AP English

At a certain point and with certain teens, we need to bring outside expertise into our homeschools.  Miss 17, for whom reading and writing are almost as important as breathing and eating, needed a higher level of English than I could teach, so last fall we enrolled in Alexandra McGee’s online AP English Language and […]

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