family, homeschooling, parenting

Every American boy needs a shed

When I first heard the John Williamson song, The Shed, I thought it an odd subject for a folk song. After all, when he sings “Every Australian boy needs a shed…” I couldn’t help but think about a woodshed and we all know what happens when you take a boy out to the woodshed. And it’s not a subject for…

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Downloads, faith, family, homeschooling

Free lesson download for Holy Week

Yeah, I know. I really should have put this up Friday because you really should have started this yesterday if you want to be on top of celebrating Holy Week according to, you know, the traditional week. Beginning Palm Sunday. Which I totally spaced until about ten last night and I wasn’t about to pull all my sleeping children out…

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homeschooling

Incorporating homeschooling and family decisions

Sitting down to dinner, my daughter suddenly asks, Did you know that the cotton patch goose was important to people during the Great Depression? No, honey, I didn’t. Why is that? Her eyes light up and, closing her eyes to remember her reading she ticks off their uses. The backyard flock was an important source of eggs, meat and grease. …

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Chickens, Rural life

The great chicken experiment

I trudge out to the mailbox, slopping through mud in my husband’s snow boots thinking I really need to buy myself some shoes suited to our new life. Hunter greets the mailman’s jeep with barking and prancing, ready for the race to the treeline where he always stops, satisfied that he has yet again driven off the intruder. A bill,…

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homeschooling

Reading Breakthrough, or Victory of the Bribe

I never would have guessed that Mig the Pig’s Big Book would be both our downfall and our breakthrough.  I never would have guessed that a little word like “gig” could bring a lesson to a standstill.  And that “stopped”–oh, that vile, malicious little word–I never would have guessed that it could cause such trauma to my six year old.…

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birdwatching, homeschooling

An encounter with owls

Four children stand in the walkway, huddled together against the cold.  Two came out without a jacket.  One didn’t bother with shoes.  It’s hovering just above freezing.  They stand silently, listening.  It is a rare moment of quiet. What do they sound like, Mommy? [Whoo whowhowho Whooo] “Whoo whowhowho Whooo,” I call back. Partially to let Bug know what she…

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