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Classically Educated: The Art of Learning

Over the past seven years I have learned more and more about classical education.  This year is no different.

One of the many benefits of the program we use, Classical Conversations, is the program is constantly equipping parents to understand the classical education model so that we can best implement it in our home.  A few months ago, I attended a Classical Conversations Parent Practicum where I once again peeled off another layer of the onion of what we call the classical model.

It was quite enlightening.

In a previous post about the classical model, I discuss differing stages of this education model; however, I have learned to think on these stages a little differently. Continue reading Classically Educated: The Art of Learning

The Best Thing I Did for My Homeschool

This is a bit of information which I’m almost embarrassed to share with you.  After seven years of homeschooling, I really would have thought I had this figured out.  But alas, here I sit, sharing with you what just might be the most world altering event in my homeschool.

It seems so simple, and I have actually encouraged others to do this one thing; yet I’m just now putting it in practice and reaping the blessings.

Maybe you figured this out already, but deep down I’m just hoping I’m not the only one who took so long to figure this out.  It’s so simple, yet so complex. Continue reading The Best Thing I Did for My Homeschool

Persevering Through Tough Homeschool Days

When the going gets tough, the tough get going, right?  Is that how you feel when the homeschooling days are long?  Is that the pep talk you give yourself when the children are complaining about their work, they won’t do their work, or when that yellow school bus drives by the house?

Nah, me either.  I’m a bit short on homeschooling pep talks these days.  Instead this is what I hear myself saying more often than not…

I am done with school!  I am done with teaching!  I am done homeschooling.

I. am. done.

Man, oh man.  Have I been there!  Actually, I was there just a few months ago.

Come to think of it, I’ve been traveling the “I’m done” road for a few years.

If there’s one thing I can say I completely get…it’s being done with this homeschooling thing.  Few things try my patience like the day in and day out of homeschooling, and I have many days in which I’m ready to just give it up for good.

Throw in the towel.

Let someone else deal with the back talk, the complaints, the eye-rolls.

But I know homeschooling is it for us.  So, how do I press on in our homeschooling goals when I’m done with it?

The link below will take you to my top-secret tips on what I really do when homeschooling just isn’t going my way.

K for Keep on Keepin’ on

Friends, I have the wonderful opportunity to share this very important topic with you over at My Joy-Filled Life.  Hop on over for the best tips in the business to keep you going on those tough days, and be sure to let me know what you would add which helps you persevere during challenging moments of homeschool!

After all, we’re all in this together, right?

When homeschooling gets tough, how to keep going. - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool

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Simplify Science In Homeschool With Multiple Ages

Science is an awesome subject to teach; it’s a subject the kids can see, and touch for themselves.  What child doesn’t love exploring the world around them?

Even though Classical Conversations (CC) is the spine of our curriculum, I want to share with you how we approach science with Classical Conversations, and how we simplify science in homeschool (even with multiple stages of learning)!  Even though we use CC as our spine, I think these methods can apply to anyone, even if you’re not using CC.

What we use to keep science simplified in our homeschool! - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool #science

I’ve used CC for the past five years, since my oldest was four.  Therefore, I’ve implemented several different methods, with different books, while approaching science with Classical Conversations.  *A disclaimer: using the classical model, you really don’t need extra stuff to add to CC’s science!  The memory work is plenty for the elementary stage, but some children enjoy doing more with science.  Sticking to the basics is the primary way we simplify science in homeschool! Continue reading Simplify Science In Homeschool With Multiple Ages

Teaching Language Arts Without A Curriculum

There are a lot of curriculums out there that are all-inclusive; they’ll include every aspect of language arts in one curriculum.  At first glance this is appealing, but the all-inclusive curriculums don’t mesh well with me.  I typically find myself a bit overwhelmed with the information, and I end up not tackling any portion of it.  Over the years, I’ve leaned on Classical Conversations (CC) as the ground work for language arts, but language arts didn’t stop there for us.

How can I piece together a Language Arts program for my kids? - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool #languagearts

Language Arts In General

Hands down, without a doubt, Continue reading Teaching Language Arts Without A Curriculum

Reading And Writing

When I first laid my hands on The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington, I read in the beginning that her child began with letter sounds at age three.  Although many of my children learn their letter sounds around that age, I still took that to mean you can begin teaching a child to read at age three.  Gasp!  My child, at age four, and almost five, wasn’t reading and writing; he must be behind!

When should I teach my child to read and write? - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool


First time homeschool mommy panic, and I wore it proudly. Continue reading Reading And Writing

Teaching Reading Ordinarily

This is a continuation of homeschool curriculum series.  I’m sharing all about my experience over the past five years of using various homeschool curricula.  I hope this helps in your curriculum search.

I once had a friend tell me that teaching a child to read is the most difficult thing to teach a child.  Whether or not she’s right, it can definitely pose a big challenge.  We started homeschooling when my oldest was four, so I immediately began looking into reading curricula.  I was so overwhelmed by the amount of homeschool curricula, that I just turned my computer off, and called a few trusted friends.  🙂  What I ended up using was The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading by: Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington.

Our experience with Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool #teachingreading

What are you looking for in a reading curriculum?

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Getting The Most From Saxon Math

I’ve been discussing curriculum over the past few weeks, and the conversation has mostly been about Saxon Math.  What I like, and don’t like has stirred some feedback, which I might add has been awesome!  What I want to share with you today has more to do with using Saxon Math in a way that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.  Well, strategies that have helped us, at least.  🙂

How we accomplish Saxon Math efficiently! - Anchored In His Grace #homeschoolmath

My Personal Thoughts About Math In General

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Saxon Math: What I Don’t Like

This is a continuation of the homeschool curriculum series, in which I share with you my experiences with the curriculums we’ve used over the past five years.  My hope is that you will walk away with a better understanding of these curriculums, and further assisting you in your curriculum research.  Today I share with you what I don’t like about Saxon Math.

Should I use Saxon Math? Here's what I don't like about it! - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool

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Saxon Math: Why I Love It!

This is a series discussing our experience with homeschool curriculum from the past five years.  Today we’re discussing Saxon Math, and why I love it.  Check out last week’s post about Classical Conversations.

My experience with Saxon Math, & what I love about it! - Anchored In His Grace #homeschool #curriculum

Although we use Classical Conversations as the spine of our homeschool curriculum, we supplement with Saxon Math as our math curriculum.  There’s actually some debate among homeschooling moms whether or not your child actually needs a math curriculum in the early years, but I feel more confident with a curriculum.

We began Saxon Math when my oldest was four; he started Continue reading Saxon Math: Why I Love It!