Category Archives: Homeschool

Let’s just call it a mini-breakdown, shall we???

It’s been one of those days.  We’re coming back from a week off for Fall Break.  No one’s in the mood to do school work while it’s so beautiful outside, but it’s something we must do.
I’ve been going through somewhat of a “spiritual rehabilitation” – for lack of anything better to call it.  Not so much in the sense that I am questioning God (his blessings are evident in the simplest of things in my life), but in my desire to do better and be more.  In evaluating, I’ve began questioning my abilities and motivations.
It all came to a peak as we were trying to get through math.  The kids didn’t have the best attitude and I heard “but I don’t get it” one too many times.  So, I snapped at them.  And then I felt guilty.  Then we all ate some Halloween candy and discussed attitudes, happy faces and happy hearts, schedules, and math.
It was so much better after a little chocolate.
I was reminded of this verse:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

I’m trying to maintain too much control on this path of life and need to remember to just lift it up to God.  I thought a project was in order, so we made these:

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(Excuse the poor photo quality…my good camera’s battery was dead!)
The banner came from Emily at Jones Design Company’s November Monthly Newsletter.
The deer silhouette came from here.  I cut it out and used some scrapbooking paper to enhance it.
I hope you have a wonderfully, blessed day!



Evaluating for Excellence…

I just checked out this book from the library.  I wish I had heard about this when we first began homeschooling.

Evaluating For Excellence by Teresa M. Moon

Evaluating for Excellence


I hope to purchase it in the near future!  It has a ton of great resources and forms used to evaluate the progress of our homeschooling kiddos.  Colorado did not require a parent/teacher evaluation, but Georgia does.  This will be my first time submitting an eval, so finding this book could not have come at a better time!  If you will be doing evaluations or are homeschooling, I recommend you check it out.


Book of Mottoes…

This year I am teaching with more influence from the Charlotte Mason-style and I will have the boys do a ‘Book of Mottoes’; writing out one favorite quote or bible verse or phrase from a book each day.  I’m beginning to collect and make a list of some for them to use.  One resource I came upon was the SCM Forum and  I’m also searching out quotes from various presidents and authors.  To have the ability of these wordsmiths would be amazing.  I am always so touched by one-liners that grab a hold of my heart and mind; that make me think or see things in another light.  Words are so important to me.  I tend to get wrapped up in the lyrics of songs easily.  I buy new CDs (yes, I still purchase actual CDs) and I listen to them over and over again until I’ve memorized every song.  When certain moments in time bring a line to my mind, it gets stuck there until I can sing the whole thing through.  Unfortunately, for my hubby, I get one line/verse/chorus stuck in my head and will bust out with it full force regardless of where we are.  He loves that, don’t let him tell you differently.

I want to copy some quotes on here to keep a record and, hopefully, you’ll add some to the list.


This first one is our “school” motto:

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.” – This one I’ve loved since hearing Optimus Prime say it in Transformers.  After researching, because I was sure a former president or some great leader must have said it first, I found out that Obi-wan said it to Aniken in Star Wars.  If you know more, please share.

“Do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” – Abraham Lincoln

“It is not strange . . . to mistake change for progress.” – Millard Fillmore

“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” – C.S. Lewis

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.” – C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

Well, this is a start.  I’m trying to make them meaningful, but not too long in length.  I would love to hear what some of your favorite quotes are, even if not directed at children.

Classical reading list resource…

Sometime last year, I came across this list of classical education books.  It has been a great resource in our homeschooling adventures.  It can be sorted by grade level or author.  I actually copied it (and will email to anyone interested) into Excel so that I may sort it by title as well.  I love going to thrift stores, so I wanted to be able to print it out to fit into my planner and then I could look up the books as I came across them in the store.

1000 Good Books List


To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one.  ~Chinese Saying

Homeschool Curriculum

For anyone that may be interested, I added a page at the top listing what our homeschool curriculum plan is for this year.  I will add more to it as the year progresses and we figure out what is working and not working for us.