The Homeschool Mother’s Progress

By Pauline Abello Last semester we all started a journey together.  The Lord led us to this moment, together, to climb this mountain called HOMESCHOOL.  For many of us, we never thought we would climb this mountain.  It was a surprise to be at the foot of it.  Even looking up at it seemed daunting.  So high…. Others didn’t feel qualified to climb the mountain. And yet here they stand too.  All of us, from all walks of life. The Lord has called us to climb “Homeschool Mountain” together. So Read More …

The GIFT of Homeschooling

By Bridget Elkins I started my homeschooling journey when I pulled my son out of public school halfway through his fifth-grade year.  I did not know what I was doing, just that I was doing it and that was it.  I am not the type to make big decisions (or little ones) without much thought and research.  It takes me forever just to buy an area rug because I have to read all the reviews and shop around until I am convinced I am getting the best possible deal.  This Read More …

Quotable Mom Tips

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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 …

Thanksgiving: Cultivating a Heart of Gratitude in All Seasons

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By Guest Post Author Ingrid Pechin 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 …

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 …

You CAN Do This

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There’s a lot of new homeschooling moms in these days. Maybe this is you and you are visiting this blog looking at curriculum sites or options for next year. We are certainly seeing record numbers–it will be looked back as a historic year in the homeschooling movement. 2020 will be remembered as the “mass Exodus” of public schoolers. Many are leaving because they are frustrated (understandably) with the choices their district has given them – go to school in a mask and sit in a fish bowl desk…or sit behind Read More …

Behind WHO?

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The Fear of Failing Them I think we all worry about failing our children. That they will be “behind”. But in the homeschooling community there is a great question that we like to ask each other as a way of reminding each other and encouraging one another, “behind WHO?” You worry your child will be behind? Who are they behind? Behind who? Who sets the standards? The state? The teachers union? Your in-laws? The nosy neighbor who has an opinion? Your best friend whose kid aced the SAT? Who sets Read More …

Virtual Memoria Press Classical Convention 3/19-21! (Speakers, curriculum on display, etc!)

Memoria Press Convention

Corona virus can’t keep us down!  Friends, I have to share the coolest thing with you–Memoria Press (at this moment–and all Friday and Saturday) is doing a virtual homeschool convention!  You sign up here (it’s free!) https://www.memoriapress.com/2020-conventions-calendar/And you’ll instantly get sent links to go to the curriculum fair or to the speaker lecture.  The speaker is speaking right now and they’ll be done with lectures for the evening but the curriculum fair will be open a little longer and then all Friday and Saturday.  I chimed in on booth and the technology Read More …

Latin Jeopardy!

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On latin review days we love to play games. And the kids really, really love jeopardy! (As you can see from the photo we also had a surprise guest! Mr. Abello brought our littlest Latin student to say hello!) If you every want to play jeopardy with your children it works great for any language class and the directions on how to play are in your Memoria Press Latin guides –but I’ll explain it here as it is very simple. I use a white board and put sticky notes on Read More …

Nation Makers

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The goal of any classical scholar is to love what is good, true, and beautiful and to seek out wisdom and virtue. But how does this look in a homeschool setting? What exactly is this wisdom and virtue? Let me back up and first explain how I got here. I first found Memoria Press when I was searching for a Latin curriculum. Their award winning latin kept coming up on multiple sites, enough to make me take a second look. I kept teetering between this idea that I wanted school Read More …