How to do Relaxed Unit Studies

To my mind, a good unit study plan needs a little bit of structure and a whole lot of room to wiggle around and shoot off in all different directions.  In case you aren’t familiar with homeschool unit studies, here is a nutshell definition: Unit Studies approach a … Read More…

10 Hacks for Large Family Road Trip Food

Family road trip food does not have to mean a messy, junk-food, free-for-all. There are ways to pack snacks and meals that save money, time, and mess! For about a decade our family of 17 traveled frequently with our Daddy for His work. Over the years I learned, with … Read More…

mom of 15 tells how to do relaxed science

How to do Relaxed Science

People are always asking me about what Charlotte Mason science resources I use. I have a bit of trouble believing most people will ever use (or remember) all of the technical baloney taught in most advanced science textbooks. Unless a child is destined to attend a competitive college, … Read More…

a bin labeled using a diy tutorial

DIY Organizing Labels

There are loads of DIY organizing labels tutorials, but most involve special equipment or special expertise. I know this because I found myself in need of some organizing labels after our recent move. I think I must have moved the food in our pantry around at least three … Read More…

How to be Nice to Your Family

Whether or not to be nice to my big family is a decision I have to make daily. Long ago I realized that we as women can be life-givers, or we can bring death. While we carry human life in our bodies, we can also speak words that … Read More…

Math Without Fear

Don’t let math intimidate you! Homeschooling has the clear advantage, trust me. This post outlines the down-and-dirty, nitty-gritty truth about math instruction; what it was, what it is, what it should be! First, what math instruction was…. Before the 20th century people didn’t care much about mathematics. Beyond … Read More…

Charlotte Mason for REAL Moms: Who Has Time for Handicrafts?

Don’t have time for crafting? It’s been a real struggle for me, but well worth the effort when I made it. Children should be working with their hands to create useful and beautiful things–this is what Charlotte Mason believed, and it lines up well with the Bible, research, … Read More…

Loads of Charlotte Mason Videos

Where has the time gone? I’ve been having so much fun over at my YouTube channel that I’ve spaced writing on my blog altogether–so sorry! Anyways, in case you are a great fan of Charlotte Mason, or just barely ready to dip your toes in, these videos are … Read More…

Charlotte Mason for REAL Moms: What Education Is and Isn’t

What is education, anyways? Aren’t schools the place to find out? Unfortunately, no. Due to many, many things they are probably the worst places to discover what true learning is. This is the way I see it; if I wanted to know all about housecleaning, I wouldn’t ask … Read More…

Homebuilding: Give Your Child a Drink of Water

When life gets hectic it’s easy to see children as nuisances and forget that our words and actions can affect them negatively. Too often we treat them as if they are less than nothing, responding to their simple requests with frustration and anger that we would never show … Read More…