What Flannery O'Connor Taught Me About Raising Boys...and Life, and Grace

What Flannery O'Connor Taught Me About Raising Boys...and Life, and Grace

This post has been brewing for a very long time.  It is very personal.  In fact I considered not even publishing it because I wasn't sure I wanted to go into it on the blog.  After all, this is a homeschool blog, right?  But when I started blogging, one of the things that was important to me was honesty, and if I didn't write this post, I wouldn't be telling you the whole truth about why I blog and what motivates us to live life the way we do.

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How (and Why!) to Start a Nature Study Group!

How (and Why!) to Start a Nature Study Group!

To wrap up our overview of what currently makes up our homeschool "curriculum", we're going to take a quick look at nature study, a vital part of a true Charlotte Mason education!  She believed children (and adults!) need regular time out of doors, both in free play time and more “formal” nature study.  I couldn’t agree more!  But for the longest time I just couldn’t seem to make it happen for our family.

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The "Riches": Music, Art, and More!

The "Riches": Music, Art, and More!

Ahhh, my favorite part of homeschooling!  So far in our curriculum discussion I've been covering the "nuts and bolts", or, to use Charlotte Mason's "feast of ideas" analogy, the "meat and potatoes."  Today I'd like to turn to the "gravy"; the secret sauce that keeps our homeschool days varied, interesting, inspiring, and fun!

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A Full and Generous Language Arts Education

A Full and Generous Language Arts Education

Anyone who has been around the classical education movement for any amount of time at all has, no doubt, heard of the Trivium.  The Trivium is comprised of the first three of the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, and rhetoric.  There has been much debate lately over whether we should view these three arts in terms of learning "stages", or as "arts" (or skills) to be honed simultaneously throughout the entire course of one's education.

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We Have to do Math Too? (Part 2)

We Have to do Math Too? (Part 2)

In the last post I began telling you all about our failures...and successes of our math study.  I don't love math myself, which probably accounts for a big part of why this has been a difficult area for us!  But thankfully as we have discovered some different approaches to learning math, I have even begun to appreciate it more myself.  I say "different" approaches as opposed to "new" approaches because many of the ideas we've been "discovering" are actually a return to the way math was viewed classically.

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Welcome to The Full and Generous Life!

Welcome to The Full and Generous Life!

I'd like to take a moment in this post to extend a warm welcome to all of you, and especially to all of you heading over here from the Refresh Your Homeschool series at Year Round Homeschooling, and the Rekindling Your Joy series at Worshipful Living! For today, I thought I'd keep things a little more light-hearted after all the deep-thinking I've been doing in the last month!  So, to help you get to know me a little better, here are my short answers to 20 short questions!

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Guest Post at Year Round Homeschooling!

Guest Post at Year Round Homeschooling!

Good morning friends!  Have you ever heard of the idea of morning time?  Wondering how you could ever find time for the "good stuff" like music, art, and poetry in your homeschool day?  Feeling tired of just checking things off your homeschool to do list?  I address these questions and more in my guest post at Year Round Homeschooling!

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Are You Using the Right Curriculum?

Are You Using the Right Curriculum?

My intention today is not to make you feel like you need to change your curriculum.  At the same time, I hope after reading this post you will feel the freedom to change things up if that's what you feel your family needs.  Changing curriculum isn't easy - we did it a year ago.  It took a huge investment of my time and energy to wrap my mind around our new system.  But the fruit of that decision has been amazing.

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The Home: Fortress or Monastery?

The Home: Fortress or Monastery?

I think it's helpful, when we are trying to be intentional about the atmosphere we are creating in our homes, to have an analogy to help us build our framework.  And for a long time I have used the "fortress" analogy - often unconsciously - as my own framework.  Keep what's inside safe and pure, keep the evil out.  

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Strengthen Your Marriage with a Planning Retreat

Strengthen Your Marriage with a Planning Retreat

I'd like to share an idea with you that has been incredibly helpful for my husband and I for the last few years: taking a weekend retreat together once a year to dream together, cast a vision for our family, and plan steps we need to take to reach those goals.  We have done several of these little getaways so far and it has been so helpful for us!

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The Big 3: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep for Busy Moms!

The Big 3: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep for Busy Moms!

Full and Generous Life is all about encouraging homeschool moms, and I can’t address the “whole person” without touching on physical health from time to time.  Even Charlotte Mason wrote frequently about the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition as being critical for overall health.  The habits you make for yourself will naturally spill over into the lives of your children, too!

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Why Feeding Your Mind is Important For Homeschool Moms

Why Feeding Your Mind is Important For Homeschool Moms

How do we homeschool moms avoid the discouragement and burnout that seems so inevitable in our imperfect homeschool reality?  Well, obviously the first step is to accept your life as it is, with all the imperfections and messes.  But what I have come to believe really fuels us to keep going for the long haul is feeding our own minds

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A Fresh Perspective on New Year's Resolutions

A Fresh Perspective on New Year's Resolutions

Even though intended as a daily practice, the examen seems like a perfect tool for evaluating any event, time period, or circumstance.  I especially appreciate that the examen incorporates humility, repentance, gratitude, and hope.  We come to God with an attitude of humility, thank Him for where we have been, confess our shortcomings, and move forward with hope.

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Coming Soon...New Year's Resolutions, Only Better!

Coming Soon...New Year's Resolutions, Only Better!

Are you thinking about New Year's Resolutions?  Have you already made some?  Maybe you've given up on the whole idea?  Or maybe you're not satisfied with where you are in certain areas right now, but have no idea where to start?  If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you're going to want to stay posted because I've been working on something special for the month of January! 

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