Showing posts from January, 2015

An Excellent Book

I found this book to be an excellent read. It was to the point about Classical Education. I especially enjoyed reading about the author's experience in homeschooling her special needs children classically. Praise God for a determined mother!

This book is for anyone interested in a straight forward explanation of a Classical Christian Education. This book would benefit any parent with a special needs child, who wants to educate them classically. You can read about the book here

A School Day

Yesterday Jarrett laid on the couch while Shane did his schoolwork. Jarrett is not feeling well, he has a fever, and is complaining his throat is scratchy.

Here is Shane finishing up a science experiment about density.

We studied Georgia O'Keefe  art and then Shane drew his own picture full of flowers. See how the wind is blowing the leaf away? There is a storm coming.

Jarrett woke up from his nap and wanted to do art too.

Here is their memory work for the week. There are seven subjects and a column of vocabulary words. We also covered pre-algebra, listened to early American history through LibriVox, penmanship, reading and chores. LibriVox is a free recording of books online.
I will fit in grammar, spelling, and writing the other days of the week. The day was little thrown off by taking a cat to the vet to be neutered. 

Some days we do not get to all the subjects. It just depends how to day goes. It is hard to juggle schooling with running a business and a house. I see the d…

About Challenge A (7th grade) With Classical Conversations

Hi Everyone, I know Shane is not in 7th grade yet, but it is wise to prepare myself before he gets to Challenge A. Both Carissa and Nathan completed Challenge A. Brian has been the parent that does Challenge with them. I have very little involvement with Carissa and Nathan studies. The Challenge program is from 7th-12th grade. We have been extremely pleased with the Challenge program. We have seen our children cry out in frustration because of how hard the program can be and we have seen them blossom because they pressed on through the difficulty. Just because something is hard does not mean you quit. We have seen exceptional growth spiritually and academically in Carissa and Nathan. Parents know what their children are capable of doing. We just need to encourage our children to strive for excellence in all things. I mean in excellence in character too. Challenge has a Christian world view, so all subjects stem from Christian thought. We are not only cultivating the mind but also the hea…

Braces Off

Shane got his braces off yesterday. He is so happy to have them off.

He has straight teeth now. He has to wear a retainer at night though.


This is a cute picture of Shane and Jarrett at a 50's diner. Sometimes it is hard to believe how fast they grow up. They wear the same size in clothes and are 3 years apart. One is slim and the other has a stocky frame. Both are very affectionate and love to give me hugs & kisses. I will miss this season of childhood someday.

Shane is officially doing pre-algebra. He loves math! It comes easy for him. We focus on many things in our house, but all children have a natural bent towards something. I did have a hesitation with him moving along so fast in math. I sought counsel, everyone said to have him progress at his own pace, even it it means starting algebra in elementary.

His brother Jarrett is the same with math. He is almost half way through his math book and is doing extremely well with multiplication. Jarrett loves reading and I think he is a natural at reading poetry. I plan to cultivate this and maybe someday he can recite a poem in front of an audience. Our homeschool …

Reading Books

Here are some books I have read during the Christmas break. This was my first time reading any books from this author. I must say that I was really impressed with the historical aspect of these books. I enjoy history and these books really captivated me. There is some romance, but it does not consume the whole book. I have recommended Where Courage Calls to my sixteen year old daughter to read. I have to warn you, the books are not to the TV series. I feel that When Calls the Heart offers more history about the people and the surroundings.

You can go here to read reviews about Where Courage Calls. You can go here to read the reviews about When Calls the Heart.

Eight is Great!

Someone recently turned eight in our house.

 Presents wrapped in cats. Jarrett loves cats. We have three cats and Jarrett loves them all. He says that when he gets his own house, he will have a house cat. One of the cats meows for Jarrett to come outside to hold him. The cat loves attention and kids are the best to give attention.

Some presents he received for his birthday.

Jarrett requested that his sister make him a three layer chocolate cake. His request was granted. He surely enjoyed eating this cake, and so did the rest of us.

Look What Brian Made

Yes, finally I got the shoe rack I have been wanting. I just had to a wait a few years, but I finally got it. Brian recently made this for us. There are 5 shelves, but you cannot see that bottom shelf in this picture. This rack is in the mud/laundry room and right next to the back door. Our previous plastic shoe rack hardly stored any shoes. It is so nice to reduce the clutter. Do you spot all the mud and snow boots? Yes, we wear all of these shoes.

Happy New Year

Can you believe it we are in the year 2015? Time is going by fast. Here are some pictures that I will be mailing out to friends and family. I am late in getting them out in the mail.

We will be celebrating Jarrett's 8th birthday soon. Carissa & Nathan will be returning to classes on the 5th and Shane & Jarrett on the 12th. Shane gets his braces off later this month. Shane and Jarrett are very excited to travel to California later in the month.

I am very happy that I have lost some weight since taking these pictures in October. It has been a slow process since I began in October. I have not been very diligent in any particular diet other than eating more raw vegetables, fruits, and juicing. I have reduced my sugar and bread intake. I still indulge in chocolate. I could never give it up. The secret is to eat dark chocolate. I eat the chocolate that is extremely dark and almost bitter. I love the stuff! I can't stand milk chocolate anymore because it is too sweet. My fav…