BOOKS: Cleaning, Collecting and (Not) Decluttering My Bookshelves

Cleaning, Collecting and NOT Decluttering My Bookshelves

“WHEN I GET A LITTLE MONEY I BUY BOOKS IF THERE IS ANY LEFT OVER I BUY FOOD AND CLOTHES” -Erasmus As I was reading a friend’s social media newsfeed earlier today I came across a blog post she recommended about decluttering. Okay, fine. What struck me about this post was that it was about … Continue reading

Back to School: My Life-Long Love of Learning

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I love this time of year when the leaves begin to flame and the weather changes to clear days and cool nights.  I even like the gray rainy days (for now at least) that give me an excuse to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea and just…

Are You Home Schooling or Roam Schooling?

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© Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things It is impossible to think of home education and not think of home.  However in this age of ready accessibility to information and instant communication that idea is being stretched to reach outside the little white house on the corner and…

How Should We Then Learn? Our Decision to Be Different and Home School

Our Decision to Homeschool

Thanks, Mom! Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms

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© Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things This post is dedicated to my self-taught, creative mother who totally rocked the 31st Proverb!  She taught us how to cook, clean, care for a family, shop frugally and show hospitality.  I learned that hugs and smiles, tears and laughter are part…

O Pioneers! A Personal History of Homeschooling

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I was one of the original ‘Pioneers’ of the home school movement back in 1983. My daring parents, former hippies, current musicians and artists, saved by grace out of the miry clay had such a dramatic testimony of God’s goodness that churches often asked them to come and…

Just RELAX already! Relaxed Homeschooling, How We Began

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One day, a few years ago my daughter, then only eight or nine years old, asked me to sit down on the sofa so she could play spa and massage my feet. I’m sure I was busy, but how could I refuse such an offer from my sweet…

Pondering the Pensees by Blaise Pascal

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Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher and mathematician who lived from 1623-1662 and died at the relatively young age of 39.  As a home educator who allows her children the freedom to learn at home I was intrigued to discover that Pascal was also educated entirely at home with his father.  Some of his … Continue reading

Drawing With Children

Drawing With Children

If I had to recommend only one book (yeah, like that’s ever going to happen) for teaching children how to create realistic drawings this book would be my first choice: Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. I have used this book myself and have given it to my children to read on their own (even … Continue reading

Happy Epiphany!

Scripture memory choices for 2013… Ephesians, Colossians or finishing Philippians?  The children have not yet memorized Psalm 1 or 23.  What shall we say then?  For we know that Romans 5-8 are also fantastic chapters where grace abounds. Aha!   How appropriate that on this Epiphany Sunday I would have an epiphany of my own.  In … Continue reading

House of Light

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  Lighthouse, acrylic on canvas (2011). “Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like a beacon of light in the dark world.”     – Philippians 2:15 Painting by my very talented and creative daughter, who was eleven at the time she created this beautiful work of art; and who embodies the above verse penned by … Continue reading

Give It a (Day of) Rest

Sabath Rest

There is a very well worn book by Shirley Neitzel with the simple title I’m Not Feeling Well Today that we have fondly read and reread many times over the years.  It is a rebus story, one of those beginning readers with pictures that the children can point to and “read” aloud as someone shares the … Continue reading

A Living Education Part 5: A Week and a Day

Home Education

This week my daughter has been studying between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  This left her plenty of time to help her grandmother, volunteer at church, spend time with friends, play outside, get together with family, read books, play games, crochet, make and decorate gingerbread cookies, ride her unicycle, sketch, listen to and make music.  … Continue reading

A Living Education Part 4: Under the Influence

Home Education

There are many philosophies and methods for learning that have shaped my own approach to how I raise (elevate) and educate my own children.  Not the least of which is the premise that they are created by God as fully unique and complete individuals. “Children are born persons.” – Twenty Principles of Education by Charlotte Mason … Continue reading

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