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

WORTHY ARTICLE | School Is No Place for a Reader by Jennifer A. Franssen

Do you remember your school library?  I do.  It was a place of magic and discovery, where I was first introduced to a very scrappy redhead with stiff braids and extraordinary strength named Pippi, who could carry a horse while playing with her friends and who was curiously identified by her long stockings.  It was where I let my imagination … Continue reading

Children’s Book Week 2013

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As Children’s Book Week comes to a close for this year I thought it might be of some interest to give an overview of what we have been reading in our home.  The Canadian Children’s Book Week was observed the first week of May here in our part of the globe but the original celebration, … Continue reading

Of Silence, The Sunshine State, Favorite Songs & Saving Stories


Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe Pick one: a. Blog identity crisis b. Writer’s block c. Hiatus d. Extended vacation e.  All of the above BTW, the answer is e.  “all of the above” and I’ll tell you more about it so just keep reading. It’s good to be back!  Did ya miss me? *grin* So where … Continue reading

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

WORTHY QUOTE | C. S. Lewis: Reading Old Books

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“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period.  And that means the old books. All contemporary writers share to some extent and contemporary outlook- even those, … 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

Book of Days

Book Fair Treasures

Our first Scripture memory for 2013 begins with 1 Corinthians 13, known widely as the LOVE chapter of the Bible. My Book of Days (gratitude journal) for 2013 happens to be Penhaligon’s Scented Book of Days called LOVE… I did not plan this.  Nor could I have planned it any better. It was on a clear sunlit day in April when … 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

WORTHY LIST | 13 BOOKS to Read in 2013

These are the 13 books I could gather quickly from my own home library and nightstand to put together a reading list for 2013.  This being a new year and a fresh start, I had to start making lists.  I have already mentioned my love of lists in a previous post.  Sticking with two simple rules.  I … Continue reading

WORTHY ARTICLE | Our Personal Libraries by Rob Stroud

Originally posted on Mere Inkling:
What a blessing it is to live in an age when even the most modest home can treasure its personal library. Public libraries are a community boon, but because of the printing press, books are no longer restricted to the homes of the wealthy. Books—or, more properly the reading of…

WORTHY WEBSITE | for Living Books

One of the greatest resources we use in our homeschool is living books, also known as worthy books around here.  An excellent source we have found for obtaining quality children’s literature is Yesterday’s Classics and the Baldwin Project.  They offer a nice selection of worthy reading for multiple reading levels. Yesterday’s Classics  provides both printed … Continue reading

WORTHY VIDEO | Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Please join with me as we cheer the birth of one of my favorite authors, Louisa May Alcott– born this day in 1832. It is in her honor that I will curl up by the fireplace this evening and watch Little Womenwith my daughter. Yes, I said watch, not read.  I know, it’s not the same as reading … Continue reading

WORTHY ARTICLE | Fluent Faith by Una-Melina & Speaking Faith as a Second Language by Amy Lepine Peterson

Truly excellent writing causes us to think deeply. It is the sort of writing that can raise as many questions as it answers; prompting questions and promoting thought. “Mind appeals to mind and thought begets thought and that is how we become educated. For this reason we owe it to every child to put him in … Continue reading

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