Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A New Blog Page ~ Building Our Home

I’ve written of it before, promised it to you all a long time ago…a page full of photos from building our house.

Well, today’s the day! J

Our family has been so encouraged by your encouragement during our entire home-building process, that I’ve wanted, for a while now, to create a grouping of photos. A photo-journal of sorts, from start to finish. {Although we’re not really finished even yet. J}

To this end, I’ve created a separate page full of photos in chronological order with just a few notes. 

As we continue to finish both the inside and the outside, I’ll add to the page.

I’m keeping this post short so you’ll have time to peruse that page. Feel free to pop over there whenever you want. It’s a permanent addition to the blog site.


Building Our Home 









I’m always open to ideas and questions for blog topics. J Any suggestions?




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Monday, January 26, 2015

Why Study the Classics of Literature?

B-O-R-I-N-G.

Is that the word that comes to mind when you think of the great classics of literature? Probably not, since you’re here, perhaps as a result of my introduction last week of my ongoing series to create a ninth grade literature curriculum.


I know I’ve heard it plenty, especially when I was in high school, totally loving my literature classes while everyone around me fainted away with the exertion of lifting the book to read it. But there are many benefits to reading in general, including reading the classics.

  1. It increases the attention span. You know how long some of those classics are? According to Amazon, Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace weighs in at 1,296 pages. {We’re not reading that one. J}
  2. It increases the concentration level. You know how big some of those words are? How long some of those paragraphs can be?
  3. You learn much about human nature.
  4. As you learn about human nature, you develop compassion. How can you not feel sorry for the Hunchback and commiserate with his deep need for acceptance and love? Did you wipe away a tear as you read about Beth in Little Women? You won’t look at people the same.
  5. You will improve your writing skills. Reading excellent writing improves one’s own writing.
  6. You will increase vocabulary. One could get absolutely giddy about all the big words! J
  7. It’s good practice in critical thinking and applying a Biblical perspective to different situations. 

One of the main reasons I wanted to create this study for my children is because I believe that reading the classics of literature is one of the safest ways to learn of the dangers of the world without actually experiencing the consequences. It can be an effective way to prepare our children for the potential pitfalls of adulthood so that they can navigate it successfully and with their faith intact.

I don’t have any specific timeline for this study, except that we plan to complete all the books, in the order listed, by the end of June. We all read at different speeds and have varied schedules, so peruse them at your own pace. We’ll start with Little Women, and next Monday’s post will be background information about the book and the author.




Let’s defy Mr. Twain’s definition and read…and praise…these classics. J










What are your thoughts on this study? Do I need more guidelines? Is it flexible enough? I appreciate your feedback.






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Friday, January 23, 2015

The One Full of Miscellaneous Tidbits ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! J



Monday, my husband was off work for Martin Luther King Day. You know what that means.

Field trip!!

Guess where we went? One of our favorites!


A little school in the van, just to make sure we don't fall behind.



"Aw, Mom, can we keep him?"



Dinosaur hunters!


Tuesday was back to a regular schedule with a few breaks thrown in. 


Watching the lava lamp blob during a school break. “Can this be science, Mom?” J



The 13yo ~ “School is better when you’re sitting in a recliner.”



This week, as we worked on organizing the boys’ closet, we found the costumes. So by Wednesday morning, we had a princess and Spiderman sitting at our table.


Thursday evening, the girls and I went to a baby shower for a friend from church who is expecting triplets. Triplets!! All natural, too. J And as if that isn’t enough excitement, there’re identical! What a rare occurrence!

We started school at home in the morning then finished it at the library. After the library…baby girl shopping!


{Do I dare to share that baby fever has struck our house? The children want a little sister. I tell them, “I'm good with that. Talk to God.” J}


On the blog this week…

Creating a High School Literature Curriculum…Post by Post {Mondays} – I’m going to lead my ninth grader through a few classics in the second half of the school year. I’ll be sharing our discussion questions on the blog and would love for you to join in.


I’m reading…



Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. {Affiliate link.} It’s first up in our literature study.

I haven’t read this since I was perhaps thirteen. Now, with so much growing up in the in-between years and approaching it now with the perspective of mother and not just girl, it seems an entirely different book…wonderfully so. I may need to reread this one on a somewhat annual basis.


Have a terrific weekend!








How was your week?




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