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Observing Closely

Observe Closely and Carefully: 6 Tools for Self-Education, Part 3

Most of you are familiar with the illustrious fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. He is famous for solving mysteries by paying close attention to details. One scenario sticks out in my mind, because it sums up the Holmes character in a nutshell. In the scene Holmes instructs Watson on the difference between seeing and observing. (more…)

Enjoying sunsets as a family

Happy Results: Delight S.’s Habit Story

When we think of habits to be formed, we often think of tasks that will make our homes run smoother. We may look at a new year and decide to help our children focus on picking up toys, brushing teeth, putting away shoes, or wiping off kitchen counters. But there is one habit that can […]

Joy!

Take Joy Home

I like to ponder this poem that Charlotte Mason and her student teachers pondered every Christmas season. Take joy home, And make a place in thy great heart for her, And give her time to grow, and cherish her! Then will She come and often sing to thee When thou art working in the furrows; […]

The Gift of Music

Happy Results: Zelena O’s Music Study Story

Music is such a gift! And it doesn’t take a lot to give that gift to your children. Simply focusing on one composer for several weeks, listening to his works and enjoying them together, can have a large impact. Zelena O. had the privilege of seeing how much her boys have gleaned from the gift […]

Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth

New Shakespeare in Three Steps: Twelfth Night and Macbeth

The other day I heard someone describe Shakespeare’s plays as the “sitcoms of the 16th and 17th centuries.” At first I thought that was a trivial comparison; but the more I ponder it, the more sense it makes. Shakespeare’s plays were the entertainment of the day. They were the TV and movies back then, if […]

Laying Down the Rails for Yourself Calendar Journal

2017 Calendar Journal Now Available

One of my favorite literary quotes is from Anne of Green Gables. (Some of you already know what it is, for you have hugged that quote to your own hearts too. Feel free to recite it along with me.) “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it […]

Charlotte Mason Nature Study

Happy Results: Sarah M.’s Nature Study Story

It’s always encouraging to hear stories of how Charlotte Mason’s methods work in real home schools. There’s something about listening to others’ successful experiences that bolsters your confidence and fuels your enthusiasm to keep spreading the feast for your own children. Charlotte knew that people like to be told whether her approach works. And she […]

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