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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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Homeschooling Expectations

Expectations. We all have them. We have them for our marriage, our homemaking, parenting and our homeschooling. Unmet expectations will make us think we haven’t done too well throughout the year. Uncommunicated expectations will make us set unrealistic goals for next year. Expectations – be false, met or unmet – will have a bit impact on how we assess our success for 2012 and how we plan for success in 2013. We need to acknowledge our expectations to ourselves, discuss them with our spouse, pray over them, tweak them, and set goals toward meeting real honest true expectations – this way, our hopes and dreams may well show fruit in season. 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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