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Reading Week

Every fall we take a week off from regular schoolwork and focus on books.  This is a rest and a reward for the fall’s hard work.  It is also a huge game changer educationally, as we take time to explore new ideas. This year we were sick during reading week but even so it was […]

Screens and our Kids’ Mental Health, with Tips for Parents

We parents worry a bit about what screens may be doing to our kids but our worries are mostly about inappropriate videos, internet predators, and similar dangers and there are internet safety devices to take care of that.  As for the rest, most kids have screens at a young age and all teens are glued […]

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 […]

Fall Recipes: 15+ Ways to Enjoy or Preserve the Harvest

Every fall, I search my own blog for our favorite harvest recipes.  This year I decided to compile a list so you can enjoy them as well.  These are all favorites that we have used over and over, from salsa and sauerkraut to pumpkin slice, apple salad, soups, and Thanksgiving turkey.  I have included a […]

Harvest, Health, and Thanksgiving

We have been busy harvesting these weeks: raspberries, those delicious bits of goodness, as well as endless piles of tomatoes, a study full of apples, pails of sauerkraut fermenting on the counter, crispy fall salads, luscious melons, and so much more. Now that I have better balance, doing all these things is more possible.  We […]

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