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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 […]

Review: The First Fossil Hunters by Adrienne Mayor

Every once in a while I encounter a book that opens up a whole new world.  The First Fossil Hunters:  Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times by Adrienne Mayor is one of these.  As someone interested in the history of science, I know that ancient Greek philosphers had noticed fossilized seashells on the mountains and […]

Review: Writers to Read by Douglas Wilson

Do you want to know what to read or what to encourage your teens to read?  Why not ask Douglas Wilson, reviewer of over 1600 books since 2008 according to GoodReads?  He generally has his head on straight and he loves to comment on what he puts into it. In Writers to Read:  9 Names […]

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 […]

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