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The Staggering Relevance of Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer’s been dogging me for decades and sometimes I do wish he’d back off, because he’s always reminding me that anything of value has a high price. I’m a tight-wad, I don’t like to pay high prices. Continue reading

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A Package from England!

I really was like a kid at Christmas yesterday! My friend Anita Mathias, a writer and blogger from Oxford, sent me the movie Être et Avoir, an award-winning French film that we’d discussed, and it being difficult to procure here … Continue reading

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What makes a desert beautiful?

Life, death, and the breath of God — we were blessed to see all on a simple hike through our spring desert last weekend. {life} {death} {the breath of God} Technorati Tags: Central Oregon, country life, nature hike, nature study, … Continue reading

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On an enchanted journey

~scenes from a family hike at Sahalie Falls, Oregon~ If God had wanted to be a big secret, He would not have created babbling brooks and whispering pines. ~Robert Brault Technorati Tags: childhood, family life, Sahalie Falls, McKenzie River, Oregon … Continue reading

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How to Draw a Self-Portrait (and some wisdom from the child)

I think my boy here could give some art lessons on self-portraiture {and life}. 1. Know how many freckles adorn your face and love them all. {Or, love every unique mark the Lord has blessed upon your countenance, and love … Continue reading

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In the Garden with Children

How to have fun, grow food, and build character while gardening with your kids.
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Homeschool Recess

Recess on the ranch is more fun than I remember from my childhood schoolyard. My school playground wasn’t nearly as bad as some (at least I had one), and I loved swinging the tetherball and merry-go-rounding, but I still have … Continue reading

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A Peek into a Homeschool Co-op

When you’re starting out you especially wonder what others do, so here’s an overview of one way to educate that’s been successful for me.
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Hurray for boring!

I saw the word written plainly this morning atop his new spelling list. The list of small words for a small six year old boy. I would not have noticed the message had he not pointed it out. “Do you … Continue reading

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Corncob Dolls and Christmas Coming

It wasn’t Susan’s fault that she was only a corncob. Sometimes Mary let Laura hold Nettie, but she did it only when Susan couldn’t see. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods I caught my breath on these … Continue reading

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Ein Deutsches Requiem!

Today was full of beautiful things, the highlight being attending the Central Oregon Symphony’s presentation of Brahms’ German Requiem, joined by the Cascade Chorale and Central Oregon Mastersingers. My dear friends Jane and Julia were my company, along with the … Continue reading

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Our Oregon Ducks

My class at our small country school hatched out the cutest little baby ducks a few weeks ago. After 20 some days of the children carefully turning the eggs twice daily, checking the temperature and humidity, and barely checking their … Continue reading

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Dang, the kid can color!

I’m not one to pay much attention to developmental milestones in my children. But my five year old boy gives new meaning to “color inside the lines.” Here is what he accomplished last week, all in one sitting. I thought … Continue reading

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October’s Party

This painting Autumn Leaves by John Everett Millais (1856) fits the following poem so well. I can just imagine that these are my own four children gathering leaves and admiring their beauty. These girls in the long velvet dresses may … Continue reading

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Boy’s eye view of science

My favorite photo from last week is my 10 year old son putting together his “Snap Circuit Set.” He needs a more advanced electricity kit because he does this one by heart and so fast it would make Franklin and … Continue reading

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The American Revolution and the Marquis de Lafayette

Without the military and diplomatic skills of this Frenchman, history may have had a different ending.
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Fun with Seeds and Seedlings

Kids will love these hands-on activities relating to how seeds grow, how strong seeds really are, and the importance of the plant’s first leaves.
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Expressive Social Studies

No more boring lessons–I’ll share some secrets to bringing an artistic flair to this subject that makes history come alive.
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Inspired Book Reports: Lapbooking Where the Red Fern Grows

You may call them lapbooks or literary logs, but these folders full of mini-books will have your students no longer cringing at book reports.
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The Masters and the Classics

How to introduce your students to the greatest works of art and classical music pieces of all time in just 10 minutes a day.
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Richard Wurmbrand Movie

I saw this over at Challies, and love this kind of feature. It’s the story of Richard Wurmbrand, and is the latest in the Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith series (perfect for ages 8-12). Torchlighters are action-packed, award-winning animated videos, … Continue reading

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Benjamin Carson: star neurosurgeon sees God in science

Professor and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical School. One of the top scientists in the world, he takes a risk by being very open about his Christian beliefs and support of creation theology.
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Berthe Fraser, from Housewife to French Resistance Hero

(1894-1956). She appeared to be an average French housewife, but was a hero of the French Resistance, fighting the WWII Nazi German occupation of France.
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Cole Family Christmas: A Treasured Tale

“Do the flying Hilda!” JJ shrieked in delight to her brother as he hung over the balcony, swinging a little plush goat. With four young children in the house, nothing surprises me anymore, not even a goat madly flapping through … Continue reading

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Christmas Music: Annie Moses Band!

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or album? I discovered my latest rave last Christmas, as I heard a completely unique rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” come over the airwaves.See what I mean? I’m talking an amazing … Continue reading

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Text Messaging: Concerns for the Adolescent

I’ve been thinking about text messaging and whether parents are concerned about their child’s use of this social media. My own children are too young for this and don’t have cell phones; however, as a middle school teacher, I’ve been … Continue reading

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The Child’s Inventor’s Box

Learn how to put together an “inventor’s box” for a child of any age–for science exploration and innovation! Including everything from pipe cleaners to simple circuits, we’ll explore short term and long term projects for the creative child.
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Don’t Get Mad!

Following up on my last post about teaching patience to children, here is another great resource I discovered on overcoming anger. I’ll be going through this short worksheet with my own children as well as my students. If you are … Continue reading

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Teaching Patience to Children

The information below comes from The Patient Parent. I’ve been praying for strategies to deal with a few (many, actually) of the students in my class who deal with anger management issues. What’s the best way to handle the child … Continue reading

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…that holds a mother to life…

Just wanted to share this wall hanging sign my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday last month. I love it. Do you ever feel this way? After my first hectic week of teaching, I’m needing my children! I’ve been mostly … Continue reading

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A Simple Woman – September 1

Hosted by Peggy at The Simple Woman For Today… Outside my Window…is a pale blue September sky, a hint of chill in the air. The day is warming up after a *freeze* last night! I am thinking…about God, His plans … Continue reading

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Back to the Classroom

Hello friends, You can hold the Homeschool Blog Awards, I won’t be qualified. I’m headed back to the classroom and all my kids are going with me. I’ll be teaching at a private school somewhere in Oregon, and that’s all … Continue reading

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Frugal Field Trips

Local field trips are a perfect late summer outing–follow us to the greenhouse, a ranch, and a stunning state park.
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Ms. Gilbert, 1975

The only thing I remember about Ms. Gilbert is her hair. I was just five, and she was my kindergarten teacher. She had amazing hair, shiny brown, straight as a pin, cascading in sheets down to her bottom. I sense … Continue reading

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German Homeschooling Ban Comes to Blog Talk Radio Tomorrow!

If you’re following the crisis in Germany regarding that country’s ban on homeschooling, you may be interested in tuning in tomorrow to the new BlogTalkRadio Homeschool Show, live at 1 p.m. Central Time, Monday, July 21 (follow that link). You … Continue reading

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Making Music

My talented friend Julie shares her gift of teaching music and the latest tours with her famous brother.
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Religious Rights of Students in Public Education

A commenter made a good observation on my previous post about the case of the Wisconsin high school art student receiving a Zero and subsequent detentions for including in his landscape drawing a cross and the lettering “John 3:16.” The … Continue reading

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It’s a good thing Raphael didn’t attend public school in modern day Wisconsin

The Tomah Area School District in Wisconsin has a policy that bans Christian symbols in students’ artwork, leading to a high school student receiving a Zero on his illustration depicting a landscape with a cross and the lettering “John 3:16.” … Continue reading

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The Child’s Spring Book

How to make a ziplock-bag-book with all the specimens of spring, a perfect companion to the nature journal. Continue reading

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Gardening With Children

The best plants for children to grow and other great ideas for helping children develop a love of gardening.
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The Poison Post

I had a terrible scare this afternoon that led me to even know the following information: The latest statistics from CDC show a yearly fatality of over 23,000 unintentional poisoning deaths. Non-fatal injuries (per year) for unintentional poisonings were a … Continue reading

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Business 101 From an Eight-Year-Old

Hello, and welcome to Business 101. Today, I share a story from my lovely family. I am Mom, Dad is my husband, Big L is our eight-year-old son and first-born genius. There is also Little L, the three-year-old who hangs … Continue reading

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Oregon Beauty

This is a view of Mount Bachelor from Sparks Lake, from a hike we took last summer. Talk about The Perfect Day – we hiked and picnicked with dear family friends, and also our French exchange student. Of course, our … Continue reading

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An Integrated Family in a Segregated World

“Can JoJo come to the birthday party?” read the email I hadn’t yet responded to. I still don’t know my answer and the party is at 3:30 this afternoon. The invitation was extended only to my 4 year old girl. … Continue reading

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Leonardo da Vinci For Kids

The great Italian Renaissance artist of Mona Lisa fame – a perfect introduction for young students who will appreciate his inventor’s side as well. Continue reading

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Art Heist: What’s Your Theory?

Artist: Claude Monet Title: Poppy Field Near Vetheuil Style: Impressionist Year: 1879 Location: A white van, last seen speeding away from the Bührle Collection Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, on Feb. 10, 2008, possibly headed to a corrupt Saudi collector or … Continue reading

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Reactionary Homeschooler, Inquiring About Options

Frankly, I homeschool more for reactionary reasons than for proactive reasons. I much agree with many of the “why homeschool” reasons I hear about, like the ability to fine tune your educational approach to meet the specific needs of your … Continue reading

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I Really Like Homeschooling, I Just Want Someone Else to Do It For Me

There are days, there are seasons to be sure, when a homeschooling parent has a tough spell. After spending a week investigating a local fine arts charter school, a private Christian school, and homeschool co-op options, I’m back to where … Continue reading

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No guns, oh, and no free speech on public transit

The Texas woman who was kicked off the Forth Worth, Texas public transportation system “T” bus this past Saturday – was she concealing a weapon, endangering passengers with violent behavior, or selling drugs? No, she was reading her Bible to … Continue reading

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Veterans History Project

Would you like to participate in the Veterans History Project? The Library of Congress is collecting oral histories of veterans or civilians involved in war efforts. You can help by contributing a story or conducting an interview! With over 1,000 … Continue reading

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What We Really Did

It’s always a little nerve-wracking to post a schedule, proclaim a goal, or shout out to all of blog-land what you intend to do. Because then you have invited accountability of sorts. What if someone asks me about what I … Continue reading

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Project Generation Connections

Do you sense a disconnect between generations? This report is one of many which shows a detachment of today’s young people to their heritage and history. Many factors could be at work, including the breakdown of families, loss of respect … Continue reading

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Feeling Like an Indian

From Benjamin Franklin’s (1706-1790) Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America. Treaty of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, Anno 1744, between the Government of Virginia and the Six Nations. After the principal Business was settled, the commissioners from Virginia acquainted the Indians … Continue reading

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Progress at the Ranch

Building a house…we are determined to make this a positive experience for the family, despite the reality of the many pressures and strains such a project can create. We pray for grace and mercy in this endeavor. Unless the Lord … Continue reading

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The Hunter

My husband (“The Hunter”) just had his first archery kill yesterday. It was special for several reasons. First, he had taken our six year old daughter (“JJ”) with him that morning, since it was her turn. Second, they were hunting … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer and Gatto on Education

For Kinderlehrer , a post for her International Freedom in Education Day. Since I just spent a great deal of time reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I’ll submit something interesting I came across in Eberhard Bethge’s Biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. From … Continue reading

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International Freedom in Education Day

Kinderlehrer over at Educating Germany is hosting the International Freedom in Education Day. If you have a post to add to her carnival, please head over there; she’ll be running this through tomorrow. If you would like to learn more … Continue reading

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My Christian Carnival is Coming

Hey, I get to host the Christian Carnival next week, and I really want a post from you! Do you have something to say from a Christian perspective? The current carnival is being hosted at Bounded Irrationality, so check it … Continue reading

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Puzzling Comment

I get a lot of peculiar homeschooling comments thrown my way, but this one was just downright tommyrot, eyewash, hooey. Those are just really fun words for nonsense. Person Pretending To Ask Polite Question But Really Being Rude: So, you’re … Continue reading

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Planning for the Disorganized Slack

How are you? Have you been busy? Of course. Me, too. The long hot days are winding down, and the last of my summer guests is leaving tomorrow. My thoughts are turning toward fall, which for many of us with … Continue reading

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“Homeschooling is Illegal in France,” She Said.

My 15 year old niece, Karen, who has been staying with us this summer, along with Elise (who sadly just returned to France – we miss her!), asked me the other day that question that so many homeschoolers have heard: … Continue reading

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Summer Learning

There are all sorts of occasions for learning. Some call certain occasions “teachable moments,” “learning outside the classroom,” or “the school of life.” I’ll just say we learned some great lessons this week. Here’s a quick bullet list of our … Continue reading

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The Story About Ping

My children love this little book called The Story About Ping, written in 1933 by Marjorie Flack, illustrated by Kurt Weise. I read it to them at least once a week, it seems. Sometimes nightly for a season. The flow … Continue reading

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Vacation Bible School Shut Out

My kids enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible School last week, but not me. Don’t get me wrong, I was thankful that the hosting church put on such a fun-filled adventure for the children, and the kids all benefitted greatly. … Continue reading

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Letters as Colors?

I just made an astonishing discovery. My seven year old son sees letters as colors. As we sat at the table finishing lunch just in this past hour, my daughter said, “Amy is a special name.” “Why is that,” I … Continue reading

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Break a Leg, er, Finger

In honor of this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling theme of “Fun,” (up tomorrow) this post is about a fun past-time over here, puppet shows. My gift to the kids this past Christmas was a Puppet Theater. You really don’t need … Continue reading

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Plurals and Possessives

I just have to air a pet peeve. Jennifer’s pet peeve, the pet peeve belonging to Jennifer. When I receive a card that is signed “The Johnson’s” – – well, the Johnsons may as well have grated their fingernails across … Continue reading

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I Own a Monet

Our art time lately has been focused on Impressionism. My kids just seemed to like the feel of a fleeting moment on canvas, so we’re going with it. Impressionists were known for leaving their studios to get outside and paint … Continue reading

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Hunting!

We’re off to hunt for “cool stuff.” It’s outdoor school today. Remember the owl hunt? We’re going to our property, where my amazing husband is busy working on building our house. We spend time there nearly every day, and still … Continue reading

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Carnival of Homeschooling # 71

Carnival time again, Carnival of Homeschooling #71 is up over at The HSB Company Porch – a Southern Hospitality theme! There are some wonderful articles posted there, and the host site is full of some other fabulous finds. Personally, I … Continue reading

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Preparing for Elise

We have the great pleasure of hosting a student from France this summer. I’m a serious Francophile, so this is awesome for me! I’ve been thinking about what I can do to prepare for her visit, to make it as … Continue reading

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Melissa’s Birthday Cake

I promised to post a picture of our birthday cake for Melissa, and here it is! Sixteen candles, and I hope it was truly a sweet sixteen after such an ordeal. Melissa, you are a brave young lady, and your … Continue reading

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Carnival of Homeschooling – Bee Edition

Come and see, come and see – not only bees, but tons of great homeschool and education articles! This is the bee’s knees! Sprittibee is hosting Week 69 of the Carnival of Homeschooling with a fun Bee theme!

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Welcome Home, Melissa and Happy Birthday!

Wow, I was so thrilled to read the news that Melissa Busekros is now back home with her family in Erlangen, Germany! Today is her 16th birthday, giving her some rights that she previously did not possess. The Youth Welfare … Continue reading

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Puppy love

My husband called yesterday afternoon and said, don’t put L. (2 yr. old) in bed yet, I have a surprise for him. I was sure he had a new bike for the little guy–well, I seriously about fell over when … Continue reading

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Carnival of Education is here: Week 114

The Education Wonks is hosting this week’s Carnival of Education – there are some great entries from around the EduSphere! Next Week’s Carnival midway will be hosted by Dan over at DY/DAN. Contributors are invited to send submissions to: dan … Continue reading

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College bound for Motherhood?

This is my tired little 5 year old who’s so smart she does appear to learn through osmosis – she’ll wake up from this knowing the capital of every state. But really, she asked me a very interesting question today: … Continue reading

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Bonhoeffer executed today in 1945

Monday, April 9 – today’s date – in 1945, was the morning of the hanging of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the Flossenburg Concentration Camp. German pastor, writer, dissident, and martyr. A great force behind the German Resistance to Hitler’s Nazi regime. … Continue reading

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Scopes in reverse

Here in my pretty part of the world, I read a very ugly story in my local paper last week. The Bend Bulletin’s front page story on March 20 was titled “Sisters fires a new teacher for presenting creationism.” The … Continue reading

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Stop the world, I want to get off!

And what of the new German case of the Brause family?! What in the world? Two parents with college degrees, a judge who acknowledges the children are “well-educated,” yet the court has taken custody of the five children away from … Continue reading

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In Him we live and move and have our being

I thought I’d take the Apostle Paul’s tactic with Athens, and quote some poetry for Germany. Around A.D. 50, Paul went to preach in Athens, then eminently famous for learning, philosophy, and fine arts. And godless idolatry. The Athenians actually … Continue reading

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Here comes the train

I love a picturesque, rural landscape, and my kids adore trains. I caught this scene a few days ago, as we were stopped at a train crossing in Terrebonne, OR. You can see Smith Rock in the background, and if … Continue reading

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Name that owl! Science outside the classroom

I owe a big Thank You to our 20 acre juniper forest and to the High Desert Museum for our latest science adventure. Science is definitely a subject that calls you outside the classroom. Our adventure began nearly two years … Continue reading

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Carnival of Homeschooling is here!

Carnival of Homeschooling (#63) is here! Go read all the wonderful contributions from homeschooling-blogs around the country, hosted this week by Why Homeschool.

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The child is not the mere creature of the state

In heartbreaking news on the Busekros case yesterday, the Appeals Court in Germany upheld the decision of the lower court against the Busekros family. So, as it currently stands, Melissa is still held hostage by the German authorities, and her … Continue reading

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Condoleezza, what about Germany?

The annual Human Rights Report was released by the State Department yesterday. I was curious, in light of the case of the German homeschooler, Melissa Busekros, the 15 year old girl who was forcibly removed from her home last month … Continue reading

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A Natural Learning

Big L, put that bike away and get back to your books about bikes! Okay, not really. I’m understanding how to apply a natural learning process. Thanks to a wonderful little book by Marilyn Howshall called Wisdom’s Way of Learning, … Continue reading

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

My first product review is, fittingly, on my favorite product: a book I can’t live without as a homeschool mom.SampleYes, it really is as simple as it sounds. I bought this book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy … Continue reading

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