Quotable Mom Tips

Moms sharing homeschool tips

November 2021 Excelsior Newsletter Leeann and I had been discussing on Marco Polo (video) chat that Latin had lightly introduced the third declension but they don’t yet expect you to fully understand it—but just to grasp a little of it is all that is expected. The thought of what we don’t yet know or think we “ought” to know to be “proficient” in homeschooling could be a cause of stress— but what she said in response was SO profound and worth repeating. “I’ve made a deal with myself…you know that Read More …

Christian Thanksgiving Literature Books

Thanksgiving Homeschool Literature and

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott This story of an 1820s Thanksgiving is filled with the warmth of character and family life that has made Louisa May Alcott a favorite for more than 100 years. (Chapter book – Great for grades 3rd+) The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh This is a Caldecott Honor book that tells the story of the Hopkins family, their journey to America on the Mayflower, and how they and the other Pilgrims built a home in their new land with the help of the Indians. (Great Read More …

Thanksgiving

country homeschool thanksgiving

By Guest Post Author Ingrid P. Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Hooray for Thanksgiving! For many of us, it’s our favorite holiday; a time for family traditions. School studies are set aside temporarily for another kind of labor, a labor of love and memory making. Favorite recipes (Mushrooms Berkeley comes to mind for our family) are simmering in shining saucepans on a crowded stovetop. A young lady is setting the table with fine china and real linen napkins, the ones with great grandmother’s carefully embroidered initials in the corner; Read More …

Full of Blessings

By Annette Lanford (Guest Author) “Full of Blessings” is my response when the often-said phrase, “wow, you have got your hands full” is directed to me when I am out in public with my children. I love how it makes the person take a step back and think for a brief second. And, more often than not, I receive a kind response acknowledging and/or agreeing with me. That is how I feel about homeschooling as well; it is such a blessing. When I hear about something that has happened in Read More …

Time to Order Your Winter Uniforms – Labor Day Weekend Sale

If you haven’t ordered your winter uniforms I highly recommend doing so now.French Toast is running a 15% off + free shipping on $99+ sale this labor day weekend (shop: https://www.frenchtoast.com/schoolbox/schools/excelsior-classical-homeschool-academy-QS5EWSL)The labor force at French Toast has been significantly down.  I’m hoping after these Covid relief unemployment paychecks go away this week that people will get back to work and French Toast will become reliable again.  But if it is going to take 5 weeks again to get our clothes we will want to order early and not wait until it gets cold.  Order Read More …

Tips on Staying Healthy and Healing Sickness

There is definitely something very contagious going around.  Here are some of my best practices and tips that help us stay well: Prayer–we pray pretty much every night for good health.  I didn’t want to be remiss and start a list without first giving glory to Him.   Boosting the immune system – it’s our natural defense – it can only handle so much stress–lack of sleep combined with eating junk food/white sugar/processed foods are all stresses on the immune system. If you are going to endure one of those stresses Read More …

What Is Classical Christian Education?

Begin With the End in Mind I would like to propose a very important question. What do you think is the purpose of education? It is a question that the liberal teacher’s unions and progressive educators have thought much about. It is one you should think about too. I cannot think of a more important question that you will ever encounter as you decide what is the right path for your child’s education. To consider this question requires that your begin by first thinking about the end. What are your Read More …

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies for Excelsior Classical Homeschool Academy will be in Paradise Valley, AZ August 14th, 4-7pm. It will be a swim party and potluck. Casual attire is fine. Students will be assigned to their houses, awarded with pins for their houses. Upper school will receive their blazers in a rite of passage ceremony. Come and get to know the families and each other before the school year officially begins!