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Old Schooling: The Four R’s Approach

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Our house runs like an old one-room schoolhouse, except for the rampant technology that makes my life SO much easier. Our day starts with the kids reading a little Bible story on their own and saying hello to Jesus in their heart.  If they’re too young to even read an Early Readers Bible, I read […]

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Teaching Kids to Read the OLD School Way

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I like old stuff. A few months back I read this DREADFULLY sad book about the first American born nun, Lydia Longley, but it gave a great example of how an old school horn book lesson went. I started using it on my younger son and WOW, it is helpful. First, what is a horn […]

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Picky Eaters: How I Reversed My Cooking Strategy and Brought Peace to the Dinner Table

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I have friends who have trained their kids to eat what’s in front of them. This is not my life. There are a few things that they don’t HATE and I can pull the whole “you sit there until you eat it,” but there are many foods that even if I force them to eat […]

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4 Lazy Ways to Simplify Summer Days

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I have been dreading it for a month already.  SUMMER. It’s not that the kids are home.  They’re home all the time.  It’s that the STRUCTURE of the school year is gone.  Whether you home-school or away-school, the day revolves around school time.  And for a few blessed hours, no one is wandering around making […]

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5 Family Rule Routines for Specific Situations

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Aside from the general house rules, sometimes the older kids need to follow specialized rules for a situation. Many times, those situations are when there is loose supervision.  (And my big kids are 8, 7, and 5.  The older two keep the younger in line.  He can’t do it alone.) We rehearse the kids on […]

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