The kids spent the first three days of this week at an annual “Little House on the Prairie” camp that one of the girls who used to be in our homeschool co-op (now graduated!) puts on each year during the summer in her back yard. I honestly think this is the highlight of their summer and they get so excited when the email goes out to make it official. It was quite a bit different this year with everything happening outside, a smaller number of kids, lots of hand sanitizing and washing, and masks for the leaders, but they still loved it. I had plans of getting a lot of work done while they were learning the Coronavirus version of the heel-toe-polka (with no touching, which was kind of comical), but ended up chatting with other moms instead. This is good for my soul, but not my to-do list so now I’m feeling very behind. Fortunately, we don’t have any other big plans for the rest of the summer (other than a possible quick camping trip), so hopefully some catching up can be done!
I’ve received a lot of emails lately asking about the Titian Picture Study Aid. I really, really hope to have it up soon, but I can only work on it as time permits. I do have other commitments that are currently a higher priority, but my plan is to have it available by the end of August!
And now for the links!
Choose Mission Over Maintenance “We only get one life. And with it, we are wise to choose mission over maintenance. We end our lives most fulfilled when we seek to discover our purpose and then focus our energy on it. Mark Twain once said, ‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.’ And I have begun to recognize the third most important day is the day we throw off everything that keeps us from fulfilling that purpose—the moment we choose mission over maintenance.”
Preparing a Charlotte Mason Schedule I haven’t had a chance to actually sit down and work on much of our schedule for the coming school year, but I have found this series from Nicole Williams to be very helpful. I will be trying to wrap my head around scheduling TWO students instead of just one this fall and that is a little intimidating to me!
Mr. Printables – My Weather Station I made one of these many years ago when B was just doing his little “preschool.” He has recently shown an interest in weather again, so we pulled it out, dusted it off, made a few repairs, and it’s now hanging on his wall. He faithfully updates it at various intervals throughout the day.
MightyNest MightyFix I heard about this little monthly subscription box years ago, but finally decided recently that I wanted to try it. Given that it’s only $10/month (or $3 for the first month with code MIGHTYNOW), there isn’t much risk and I love the idea of getting little surprises in the mail each month!
20 travel memoirs to take you around the world (from the comfort of your couch) In case you’re forgoing a summer vacation trip, try one of these books to travel vicariously!
From the blog…
Homeschooling Kindergarten in Light of COVID-19 I’m continuing my series on a Charlotte Mason kindergarten with this post…. “I think it’s understandable that many parents, some of whom never even entertained homeschooling as a possibility in the past, are now looking at how viable an option it might be for their family. I can imagine also how nerve-wracking this can be, especially when you’ve been (or assumed you would be) using public education and never thought of homeschooling. And while I am (obviously) very in favor of homeschooling and know full-well the benefits of choosing this path, I also understand that this is not an easy decision. So if you’re seriously considering the homeschooling route but still wonder how you can possibly teach your child, the first thing I want to say is this… You can do this.“
(2019) How to Print Picture Studies If you’ve ever struggled with printing picture study prints at home or outsourcing it, here are a few tips and tricks for printing success!
(2018) Custom Homeschool Planner Covers! If you’re wanting a way to personalize your homeschool planner, I’ve got covers for you (including two new designs)!
(2016) Hope Love146 is an organization I’ve supported both through volunteering and financially for many years now. They develop programs to fight child sex trafficking around the world and they have a rehabilitation home for girls coming from the sex trade in southeast Asia. I wrote this post to explain why I love this organization.
(2012) The Gluten-Free Switch. We made the switch to a gluten-free diet because of thyroid issues I was having eleven years ago and I have zero regrets. Here’s a little background on how it looked for us.
Have a lovely weekend!