• High school,  Jellybean Jar Books,  unique education

    Updated edition available tomorrow!

    This week I am updating the World Literature volume in my Journal Your Thoughts Written Narration Course! I am editing, adding a poetry unit, and redesigning the cover. Look for this new edition on Amazon tomorrow! About the Journal Your Thoughts Written Narration Course… If you would like to employ the Charlotte Mason approach of written narration with your high schooler, you are going to love the Journal Your Thoughts Written Narration Course. The high school level journals are centered around 6-8 classic literature selections and a poetry anthology. Your student will be guided through reading assignments, vocabulary skills, written narration, and a final literary analysis for each literature selection.…

  • encouragement,  freedom dance,  High school,  Mom talk,  My family,  unique education

    the joy of choice

    “Are you taking PSEO classes – you know you don’t want to miss out on FREE college! What are your plans? Where are you going to go to college? What are you going to do with the rest of your life? What? You don’t know? Oh well, you can have the year after you graduate to figure it all out.” I can feel her angst – the barrage of questions stripping her of her usual mature composure. I want to stuff a sock in the questioning mouth. Instead I wink at her and bite my tongue…besides, they’re well meaning, I remind myself. “It’s okay, kiddo,” I send the message with my eyes.…

  • A Living History of Our World,  High school,  Jellybean Jar Books,  Master Books,  Math Lessons for a Living Education

    Something to love. Something to learn.

    I have been down this week with one of the nastiest colds I’ve ever endured in my life. Ack! The sneezing! I’ve spent some time playing around online today, working through some of the WordPress elements I need to learn. I completely conquered designing and making slideshows. Yay, me! (AAAAchooo!)  

  • High school,  Jellybean Jar Books

    Written Narration & Literature Analysis

    Written narration (written summaries), vocabulary development, literary analysis, and critical thinking are all important skills for a student to learn during their high school years. Introducing the Journal Your Thoughts Written Narration course for high schoolers! The World Literature volume of this series is based on six whole books. This course will guide your high school student through: creating a vocabulary box, while building their vocabulary skills (very important and helpful for the ACT and SAT), reading six classics (reading assignments are included for each book), writing written narrations for each reading assignment, and finally, working through a thorough analysis of each book. Also included: optional extra activities and a…

  • A Living History of Our World,  High school,  Jellybean Jar Books

    Do you know our history?

    Every citizen of a country has an obligation to learn about that country, its history, its purpose, its government. Of no less importance is the learning of their own responsibility to that country. America, Land of Opportunity is a course that will teach your high schooler (10th – 12th) their rights and responsibilities as an American citizen. America, Land of Opportunity (text), the matching journal, and Voices of America’s Past (the compilation that goes with the course) are all meant to be used together. If you do the course as it is laid out (there is a detailed 36 week lesson plan at the front of every journal), it is…