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    Practical Math for High Schoolers? You betcha!

    I am SO excited to announce that I will be creating a consumer mathematics course for high school students. This course will have a full school year’s worth of real, practical, applicable skill building for the soon-to-be adult. This is the kind of math that adults in the real world use! Some of the topics I will be covering are: practical geometry – the kind that it takes to buy carpet, countertops, fabric for a sewing project, landscaping wood chips for a circular flower garden, etc. different types of insurance different types of investments different types of taxes different types of income assets vs liabilities renting vs buying a house…

  • Blog Series

    Charlotte Mason for Today’s Student

    Why do you homeschool? Have you articulated and written down your foundational belief that leads you to live out your life with the conviction that this is the best educational choice for your family? Are you prepared to stand by your choice without wavering and give an account for what you know God has called you to do? Whether you are just now beginning your homeschooling journey, or if you have been at it for a while, but haven’t nailed your 99 theses to the wall, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Having a clearly articulated why? will help you to stay focused when the going…

  • Jellybean Jar Books,  Master Books

    Math 6 – under construction!

    Many of you have expressed great excitement about the upcoming release of Math Lessons for a Living Education Book 6! I thought I’d give a little update on my writing progress, as well as give you a little peek behind the scenes… Math Lessons for a Living Education is well known for its stories, projects, copywork, narration, and whole-picture approach for teaching math. If you haven’t seen the NEW Master Books editions, go take a look here! The talented folks at MB have given the series a whole new look, complete with beautiful, bright colors, updated graphics, and – you’re going to love this! – complete lesson plans for each…

  • Podcasts,  Uncategorized

    A new endeavor…

    I just submitted my first podcast to the iTunes store! (I’ll keep everyone updated when it’s available.) I have to admit, I’m kind of nervous about this, but I also know that it’s something God has been asking me to step out and do. My first episode is an introduction to who I am, what I do, and the methods I use in my parenting, teaching, and writing. This first podcast is the beginning of a series, titled “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” which I will be releasing over the next few weeks. Here are some of the other topics I will be talking about in this series: Being my…

  • 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…

  • encouragement,  Homeschool Planning

    Step 5: Step by step

    In this post, I am going to go through my planning for Katie’s school year, step by step. In my last post, I talked about “chunking,” which is how I decide where each child is in their learning journey. In our family, we do not do anything with rigidity. Everything is subject to change, and it DOES quite often. Life can throw some unexpected (to us!) curveballs. What I prefer to do, is make a routine, not a schedule. With a schedule, if I miss a day, I am “behind.” With a routine, if I miss a day, I can jump right back in where I left off. No guilt, no problem. NOTE: As you…

  • encouragement,  Homeschool Planning

    Part 4: “Chunking” and Curriculum Choosing

    I learned a long time ago to “chunk” my kids’ school years. I take each child and break their school years into workable chunks, like this: Katie: (K – 3rd)  (4th – 6th)  (7th – 9th) (10th – 12th) Inside of these chunks, I have a list of skills that I want to see accomplished. For example: K – 3rd is focused on learning to read well, understanding math, exploring the world around them, learning to observe closely, etc. Each family will have different goals for these chunks of time. If you haven’t “mapped” our your children’s chunks, you might find it helpful to do so. So, I have a…

  • encouragement,  Homeschool Planning

    Step 3: Mapping Our Current Lives

    To have a good plan, I have to take the time to get a good look at what our lives are right at the moment and what they are going to be over the school year. When I take a look at life in its current place I see: *I have a 7th grader (12) and 11th grader (16 -17) *I take a good look at my life and the family calendar and ask myself these questions: 1. How much time do I have personally to do one-on-one teaching: with each child and group? 2. What subject am I going to require independence? (This is based on strengths and weaknesses.)…

  • encouragement,  Homeschool Planning

    Step 2: Praying for each child

    Step 2 starts with a review of our family goals. * That we grow in our own personal relationships with Jesus *That we hide His Word in our hearts *That we all grow in our maturity and relationships *That our children grow in the areas of information but through the Biblical Worldview based on what God says *That their faith be built through apologetics * That we all grow more disciplined in our attitudes and actions toward each other  and others outside of the family * That we serve and pray for those less fortunate than we are I spend a considerable amount of time in prayer for each child on a daily basis,…