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The Cons of Classical Education

Let’s start by saying that I love the classical education model.  It has done well for my children.  I use it.  But, I have observed a few problems and I want those who use the method to be aware of the pitfalls.  If I am mapping out a classical education journey for you, I want…

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By Donielle, October 6, 2016

Backyard Chickens

When my oldest daughter first approached me with the idea of raising chickens I thought she had come up with another grandiose idea that would never come to fruition.  My vintage doll is an idea person.  She has colossal ideas like other people have a glass of water.  It is a regular occurrence.  Her best…

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By Donielle, September 28, 2016

The Truth About Miscarriage

I want to talk about what no one wants to talk about: miscarriage.  As women we feel many different things when we experience miscarriage:  disappointment, feeling like a failure, feeling physically broken, guilt because we are afraid we did something to cause it, relief over not having to endure a difficult pregnancy, then guilt over…

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By Donielle, September 27, 2016

Planning a Mom’s Night Out

After a very busy, yet very productive year of co-op I wanted to reward the moms with some “us” time.  My fun idea?  Put together a food tour.  My goal was to find a couple of delicious, but affordable food stops that offered unique culinary experiences and had a little something for every dietary restriction….

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By Donielle, September 19, 2016
Scholarships for homeschoolers

Scholarships for homeschoolers

Here are scholarships just for homeschoolers

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By Donielle, September 16, 2016
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Choosing extra-curriculars: When Good is Bad

We just went through that very painful process that must be undergone every school year – choosing extra-curricular activities.  When I was homeschooled there were few activities and resources available. Nowadays there is so much out there for homeschoolers that we have a very hard time not overscheduling!  Band?  Dance?  Martial arts?  P.E.? Sewing?  Drama?…

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By Donielle, September 12, 2016
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How To Self-Publish a Book

Please welcome a guest blogger – My own darling doll!  She has self-published her book and is kindly sharing the how-to’s with you. How To Self-Publish a Book Go to CreateSpace.com. Create Space is a free Amazon self publishing company. Click ‘Sign Up’. Fill in all information, and click ‘Create My Account’. Go to ‘Member…

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By Donielle, September 9, 2016

Secret Keeper Girls – 8 Great Dates for You and Your Daughter

I have something special for you today.  What if I told you that, for the investment of a paperback book and some time, you could create eight fun memories with your “tween” daughter that would also prompt serious discussion about important issues?  I have found exactly that in Talking with Your Daughter About Best Friends…

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By Donielle, September 8, 2016
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My summer reading list

I had three books on my list to read this summer (besides reading Oliver Twist aloud to my girls).  I enjoyed all three:  The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity Meg Meeker, M.D.  I appreciated the unique perspective of a medical doctor.  She speaks extensively about the competition we imagine with other…

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By Donielle, September 6, 2016

Teaching History as the Hub of All Other Subjects

For all of my homeschool teaching years I have taken the chronological approach to teaching history.  Before I had children, when I was teaching my siblings, I was drawn to the idea that history should be taught in the order it happened.  As a child I always had trouble figuring out the timeline of history….

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By Donielle, September 1, 2016
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