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Order In The House

As the soldier was thrown from his horse, his trumpet sailed through the air and landed across the field.  All he remembered was a glimpse of shining brass before everything went black...

It was a rough day in Lego land.  The battle raged.  Swords flashed, knights clashed, and horses raced to the front lines.  After it was over -- all you could see were the dead.

The Unannounced Guest, Conclusion

    ... Jay pulls into the driveway and meets Java at the front step.  

       Turns out that the previous week, the twins were out in the back yard playing 2-man baseball (however you do that!) with a tennis ball on a break after lunch.  The ball was hit into Java's yard, so one of the twins scaled the fence to retrieve it.  A normal routine for a young boy. They resumed playing their game, and never told me a thing about it.

The Unannounced Guest

This story happened on an ordinary spring day during our second year of homeschooling.  The only thing I changed is the name -- the name of the man who came knocking at our door...

    The boys and I looked out the sliding kitchen door to a tender April afternoon as we took the last bites of our turkey sandwiches.  After cleaning up their crumbs, each eight-year-old tucked the their chairs and raced upstairs to brush their teeth. I knew that they were anxious to hear me continue reading Sunken Treasure by Gail Gibbons. 

Another Good Idea For Valentine's Day

Here's another idea for Valentine's Day: A special breakfast for your husband....

What could be sweeter than having a wonderful, warm breakfast to start a winter day, especially Valentine's Day? Whether it's French toast with maple syrup, bacon and eggs, or a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal, your husband will be sure to appreciate this sweet idea...

An Idea for Celebrating Valentine's Day

What could be nicer than saying, "I love you?"   

      To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, consider making homemade cards. They're a lot more meaningful when you design them yourself. And while the kids are busy creating their cards, how about making a very special one for your husband -- even if it's just a simple 'I Love You'...


Fact #2 About Homeschooling

   The music world knows the importance of teachers.   Whenever you read a musician's bio, it always mentions the teacher with whom the student studied.  For instance, the famous classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening, in his Guitar Method, Vol. 1 book, tells the story of doing a master class with renowned Maestro Andres' Segovia.  Parkening says, "The time I spent learning from him was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

Healthy, Wholesome Homeschooling Part 2

 I remembered that my neighbor up the street had a son in ice hockey, and had mentioned that she would like to get rid of some of his old skates.  I knocked on her door and told her my request.  She rummaged through the hall closet and pulled out a pair of well-worn skates that would likely fit an eight-year-old.  Thanking her, I hurried home, but didn't tell the twins about the skates.  That afternoon, I found another pair on sale for a great price.

Tomorrow's lesson:  ice-skating.  But, That would be my secret until tomorrow after math...

Fact #1 About Homeschooling

...Inside, along with other items, was a magnificent (NASA) picture taken of the earth as the astronauts came from behind the Moon during the Apollo 8 mission of 1968. It's not the picture above, but is similar.  We hung it in the homeschool room and I still love to look at it.  

     What does this have to do with homeschooling?  Well, as teachers, as moms -- we set out to teach our kids, but end up learning some fascinating things ourselves.    

Teach Me To Serve, Part II

   When the twins were little, I was always looking for ways they could serve people in our suburban neighborhood (depending on the season), whether it was picking up twigs, raking leaves or shoveling snow. Each spring the twins helped our next-door neighbor, Melissa, when she was out working on her garden. Whether it was to water, weed, or collect green beans.   I talk about this, about being faithful teachers, and how God cultivates fruit in our children's lives in The Apricot Tree & The Little Garden, so I hope you'll read the whole story...

Healthy, Wholesome Homeschooling Part 1

   I unzipped the backpack, found the little brown lunch bag and opened it.  A whole peanut butter and jelly sandwich - smashed.  "Honey, why didn't you eat your sandwich today?" I inquired gently.  Both boys had just burst through the door after a long day of first grade at a local private school.  I opened the other backpack.  Remnants of a mangled, half-eaten sandwich remained.  Of course, no one wanted to talk about lunch...


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