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Story School: On the Road with Childcraft

Most summers my anxiety level surges as the new school year approaches, but this August I felt strangely peaceful. Three years into homeschooling, we just opened the books and took off, no big deal. I didn’t fret about curriculum choices or methods. Armed with a consult from A Delectable Education, my school year was planned,…

To Narrate or Not to Narrate: First Grade Retrospective

Planning for a new school year is as much about looking back as looking forward. Before getting excited about all the books we’ll be reading come September, I take time to think about what went well and not so well in the school year past. When I looked back last June, I saw a kindergarten…

Little House, Lent, and Looking for Spring

Whew, we made it to March! After the beauty and bounty of Christmas, I’m always eager for January’s simplicity– decorations cleared away, piles hauled to the thrift store, treats sequestered in dark pantry corners. But then after all that…February can feel pretty flat. Will winter ever end? What can we look forward to now? Shall…

Twenty-Four Books Until Christmas

“What are those?!” one daughter whispered to another from the depths of my closet. They stood mesmerized before a basketful of brightly wrapped packages. “It looks like books!” “Yes, I think it’s books!” Our customary tradition when it comes to Christmas picture books goes something like this: we make a mad rush to the library…

Our Interactive Topographical Map

I’m afraid I may have given you the impression last time that I would never, no never, make another diorama. And in truth, what you see before you today can’t be rightfully termed a diorama. For lack of a better name, let’s call it an interactive topographical map, shall we?  Although constructing it feels perilously…

Aim a Smidge Lower: Autumn Term 2021

“Aim high!” my middle school teacher solemnly intoned one restless spring morning. We could not have been a less inspiring bunch, I’m sure, more worried about who would win wiffle ball at recess than how we might one day change the world. Nevertheless, her injunction rings in my ears to this day. Her touching belief…

Our Summer in Books

Ah, sweet summer! As much as I admire the year-round-school crew, this summer has convinced me that I’m solidly in the we-need-a-break camp. I’m finding summer to be a time like no other to (catch up on innumerable dental appointments – ughh!) draw, paint and craft together; take field trips; practice chores like folding laundry,…

Kindergarten: A Retrospective

As I contemplate the vicissitudes of our kindergarten journey, I know beyond doubt that, like the Apostle Paul, I most certainly have not “already obtained” or in the slightest measure “been made perfect.” “BUT I PRESS ON” (Phil. 3:12, 14). Should I laugh or cry picturing myself last August? With one week to go till…

New At the Library: June 2021

The Little Library isn’t just for littles! Especially since ten boxes of discards arrived from our local high school library. Just picture my glee as I tore into box after box. And what to my wondering eyes should appear? Dozens and dozens of books on the Bard! I already had a nice little collection of…

Consider the Ants

With two weeks left till the kindergarten year finish line, I figured I’d turn on cruise control and coast home. No sense starting any new projects now. Let’s just finish that math workbook and call it a year, so said I to myself. Then a kind friend pointed out the Brighter Day Press Ants Unit…

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