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School Planning…Again?

The good old days. I’m remembering them so clearly that it almost seems like I’m reliving them. Wait … I am reliving them in a way. I’m helping my daughter pull together her school plans for her two oldest. It’s not like I’ve never done this before … answered her questions as best I could,… Continue reading School Planning…Again?

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A Few Reflections on Narration, Part 2

Last time I shared the humorous story of my grandson’s narration. As I said, my oldest daughter is pleased with single word narrations from him. I’ve encouraged her that things will improve over time. She knows she just needs to keep at it, one foot in front of the other and eventually she will see… Continue reading A Few Reflections on Narration, Part 2

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A Few Reflections on Narration, Part 1

I’ve been thinking about narration lately. Narration. The backbone of a Charlotte Mason education. Without narration you don’t have a CM education. Does it often feel like pulling teeth to get your children to narrate? Or do the words gush forth? Does it depend on the day or the book, maybe? What follows is a… Continue reading A Few Reflections on Narration, Part 1

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Do Children’s Books Really Need Pictures?

Recently my 22 year old daughter Molly spent some time with her niece, 9 year old Charlotte. They went to the park on one of those beautiful spring-like days we’ve had of late to take some pictures. While they were together Molly causally asked Charlotte what her favorite school book was. Now, those of you… Continue reading Do Children’s Books Really Need Pictures?

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Trying to Adjust to the New Normal

Since I’m no longer home schooling, something I did for about 25 years, I am finding myself a bit out of sorts and trying to adjust to a new normal. I haven’t gotten there yet. The summer was so strange. Every summer of my homeschooling years my primary objective was getting my ducks in a… Continue reading Trying to Adjust to the New Normal

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Library Sales….I Just Can NOT Resist

I love library sales. Where else can you find such wonderful books at fifty cents each? I’m talking about books with lovely cloth covers and dust jackets, books that have library bindings that will last forever, old first edition books, some over 100 years old with tight bindings that sat on a shelf for decades,… Continue reading Library Sales….I Just Can NOT Resist

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From Beginning to the End of an Era, Part 3

Please see Part 1 The Beginning and Part 2 The Middle if you’ve not read them…moving on now to Part 3… The End Yes, it’s the end. “The end” can conjure up all kinds of thoughts, both positive and negative, happy and sad, and for me, in this particular circumstance it elicits all of the… Continue reading From Beginning to the End of an Era, Part 3

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From Beginning to the End of an Era, Part 2

See Part 1 The Beginning for the first part of the story. The Middle  My copy of For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay was printed in 1985 and I had purchased it new. How I found the book or who first introduced me to it is long forgotten. When I first read the… Continue reading From Beginning to the End of an Era, Part 2