What We Read: December 2016

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December 2016 was, despite the busyness of the holidays and the arrival of a new baby, a month of rest and lots of good books! I am honestly amazed at how much we read in December, but that's largely due to how I revised our homeschool for the holiday season so that we only did the 3 R's plus our Advent Bible readings, composer study, and afternoon reading time. In 2016, my goal was to read 25 books but, according to my Goodreads board, I actually read 41 books. This year my goal is to read … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of Eleanor Grace

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I have not been a committed blogger this past year for a host of reasons but namely because of the fullness of life. Staying home with our four girls is the most rewarding occupation but there is little time to write. So you may not have even known that we were expecting . . . our FIFTH daughter! This pregnancy was definitely the hardest, and when contractions started around week 37, I had a gut feeling this wee little one would arrive much sooner than our others. And she did. Here is … [Read more...]

What We Read: November 2016

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November has flown by! While I am really excited about the upcoming holiday season, I admit I'm feeling a tad anxious about all the busyness of this time of year. We have a new baby set to arrive in early January, so my mind is racing as I think about all that needs to be done this month. This month we finished Term 1 of school, had a week off for exams, and then spent the last weeks of November reading Thanksgiving-related books, so my girls' assigned books have been fewer than in … [Read more...]

What We Read: October 2016

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October came and went so quickly that I am just now sitting down to see what we read last month. I have never been good about tracking our "read" books - until this school year. I have a Master Checklist for our school work on which I include the books the girls are reading as well as how many pages/chapters they are expected to read daily. This list/schedule has been a real lifesaver for me! Plus, if I remember, I try to post my books and read-alouds on Goodreads. Here's what we read in … [Read more...]

Those Tiny Glimpses from God: Blessings of Motherhood

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Tomorrow this girl turns 8. She is not your typical firstborn. Kate is strong, fearless, and headstrong. She can go with the flow, or she can create her own tidal wave. Flexible but determined, Kate is a natural born leader who isn't afraid to take charge, yet she has a caring, gentle side especially with her younger siblings. She's responsible, witty, and beautiful -- inside and out. I couldn't be more proud of her. When I think about how my children are shaping me into the woman … [Read more...]

Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {Review & Giveaway}

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Being a parent has been, by far, THE hardest, most personally refining experience of my life. The love a parent feels for her child is indescribable. Yet, the day-in, day-out struggles can be grueling, especially when we neglect to see the big picture. In his latest book -- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp provides that big-picture view of God's plan for parents and outlines 14 key principles centered on the Gospel that will give your … [Read more...]

What We Read: September 2016

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Earlier this week I shared 3 booklists for my 3rd grader, which is a compilation of living books my oldest will be reading through this school year. I truly enjoy seeing what people read and getting book recommendations for myself and my girls, so I thought I'd share with you the books we read in September. Read-Alouds We have read-aloud times throughout the day, but breakfast is consistently the best time for us. Last month, we read 2 books together exclusively during that 30 minute … [Read more...]

3 Booklists for My 3rd Grader, 2016-2017

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As a former literature student, I have an affinity for all things book! In fact, some people might say I have a bit of an obsession over buying good quality literature. Now that two of our girls are reading independently, I have created booklists for their school year, appropriate to the age and reading levels of each. Both girls are already bookworms -- how could they not be?! My hope is that they will also develop a taste for "the true, beautiful, and lovely" and eschew the twaddle. … [Read more...]

Resolution in Our Homeschool Challenges

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We are in our 5th week of the new homeschool year, and overall, I feel pretty happy with our subjects, curricula, and how things are going. This year we're tackling a lot more subjects than we have in the past, but they are all subjects that Mama enjoys. Unlike in the past when I tried to do an extra math program or a popular science curriculum because I thought it was "what I should do," this year I am only doing what I know is in the best interest of my children and me -- not what the public … [Read more...]

Our 1st & 3rd Grade Curriculum, Term 1- 2016-2017

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Last week I briefly and very generally shared our homeschool plans for the coming year. I want to elaborate on the specifics in this post. My intentions are simply to share what we are doing/reading/learning in an attempt to help and encourage anyone who might need some guidance or ideas :) Our school year is broken up into 3 terms. Each term is 12 weeks long but at week 6, we take a short break. This year I will have a baby in January, so our second term will look a little different than … [Read more...]