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

WORTHY MUSIC | Beethoven for Back to School

Music: Classical Music Playlist for Studying

A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a blog post featuring a link to a great collection of classical music; intended to be played in the background to help you study.  It was originally posted on CBC Music around the end of the school year when many students were studying for their final exams.  Since the … Continue reading

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…

WORTHY QUOTE | John Taylor Gatto: What is Education?

John Taylor Gatto Quote about Education

“Whatever an education is, it should make you a unique individual, not a conformist; it should furnish you with an original spirit with which to tackle the big challenges. It should allow you to find values which will be your road map through life; it should make you spiritually rich, a person who loves whatever … Continue reading

WORTHY VIDEO | Sir Ken Robinson: Building a Culture of Innovation

“Finding the Catalyst for the Education Revolution” Sir Ken Robinson at the 9th Annual AERO Conference It was my pleasure to discover

Learning Link

Today as I was scrolling through my social media newsfeed, a friend of mine had posted this catchy quip “So much to learn!  So little time.” Which of course immediately caught my attention.  So I had to follow the link she had posted to this website where I made the delightful discovery of Coursera where they boast … Continue reading

WORTHY VIDEO | Why Choose Worthy Books?

Just one more reason… Today let’s take a look at the why behind choosing what we call worthy books, resources and influences. Here we’re treated to a fascinating look at and comparison of the child’s developing brain and the developing internet, in a short film courtesy of the Moxie Institute. BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks. … 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

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