Author: HomeGrownKids

Trim, Healthy Mama

I’ll admit it. I was a little skeptical about the new book called Trim, Healthy Mama. I’ve been interested in health and nutrition for nearly as long as I’ve been homeschooling so I’ve seen and tried just about everything. Being the curious creature that I am I had to stalk the book. The more I read the more intrigued I was. I ordered it. And then it arrived! And let me tell you, it is not small book. 640 pages big! TRIM, HEALTHY MAMA — No More Fads! A Common Sense Guide To Satisfy Your Cravings And Energize Your Life is written by sisters, Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett. Both women are wives and mothers of large families. Continue reading

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A Charlotte Mason Education – Charlotte Mason, the Woman

It is important that we understand the backdrop – to know and understand the time in which Miss Mason lived so that we can fully appreciate her work. Her material is incredibly relevant to today’s society yet it was not written specifically for our era. Charlotte Mason was born in Bangor, England in January, 1842. She died in January, 1923. Her parents mainly educated her while at home until both parents left her orphaned at the age of sixteen. Miss Mason was an innovative educator who developed a unique approach to education. She loved all children and had a true concern for them. Education was very different in Miss Mason’s era. The 3 R’s were the mainstay of the curriculum, strict discipline, rote memory work were all the hall marks of education in that era. Charlotte Mason believed that all children should have access to a broad, liberal education and to be allowed to reach their full potential. Continue reading

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How Do You Measure Up?

In the home-school journey where a lot of our results are not immediately seen, we look for reassurance. We do this because we have assumed the full responsibility for the education of our children and we don’t want to get it wrong. However, using another family (either in real life, online or from a book) is not THE measuring stick we should be using. Continue reading

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How To Make the Most of a Book Fair

Book Fairs? Curriculum Displays… Oooh, just the thought all giddy with excitement. Devising a strategy so that you get maximum benefit from a books fair is It’s important to have a plan, to devise a strategy so that you don’t wander around aimlessly, plucking every good book from the table. After attending many books fairs and curriculum displays, I devised my survival plan. Continue reading

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