It’s that time of year again, ya’ll, and here is the big fat curriculum post you’ve been waiting for. If you follow along with my shenanigans on facebook, you may have already heard me going on about some of this, but for all the other researching / curious / curriculum-confused readers just stopping in to see what another mom is using, this post has all the details. But can we please just start with a few pictures of summer vacation? *click… Read more »

It’s mid July, which means we’ve been on summer vacation for 6 weeks already, and already I’m starting to see a few tell-tale signs that I MIGHT be ready to get back to our regular routine here in a couple weeks (we do June 1-Aug 1 summer vacation).  Ask me last week, and I would have said heck no, I’m not ready! But oh man, already, I’m starting to get that itch! Here are 10 reasons you know you might just be… Read more »

If you’ve been reading here long, you know that our classical-style homeschool is modeled closely after the beautiful, natural Charlotte Mason Philosophy and Method of Education. Yet, if you were like me a few short years ago, just beginning your homeschool journey, you may be wondering who IS this Charlotte Mason lady, and what do her methods look like exactly?   Where to Begin? This topic is vast, and I could write much about how our home life and home education… Read more »

  Hellooooooo world!!!!  Finally, finally, we have the new blog site up and running are beginning to get it all organized. A big huge welcome to all my returning friends, and to new readers as well.  I can’t wait to get writing over here and have been working on a whole pile of new posts for you, but I thought it was only fitting to show old readers the reason for my blogging absence these past 3 months…. Many of you… Read more »


{Ideal for Younger Children} Scheduling continues to be one of the most requested topics I get asked about from other mamas.   New-to-homeschooling moms are dying to know how to even begin to structure their day to “fit in school” plus everything else, and even veteran homeschoolers are often seeking help in this area of time-management and the establishment of routine. There is a reason we all want to tear into these sample schedules like hungry vultures. Each of us desperately… Read more »


Psst. You’re Invited… Those in the greater Pgh area are invited to join us THIS Saturday, March 8th for the  29th Annual Greater Pittsburgh Homeschooling Workshop & Curriculum Fair  where I’ll be offering a dynamic workshop titled  HANDS-ON HOMESCHOOLING  with Joanna Silveira Join blogger and Classical / Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom of 4 (<—That’s me, ya’ll!) as she shares how to make active, meaningful and creative learning a regular part of your homeschool. **Are you homeschooling elementary aged kids with… Read more »

Winter Diorama

This week we pulled out this wonderful little shoe box diorama that the kids and I made last February. It’s a perfectly calm and quiet wintery scene and pretty much mirrors this month’s weather here in western PA. Because we utilized the box’s lid as well, we were able to close it and store it easily on a closet shelf and bring it out from time to time for imaginative play. To make this diorama, we started with a very… Read more »

Homemade Valentine's Day Boxes

Do people still decorate Valentine’s Day boxes to hold the special cards and notes received on February 14th? As a child, this was one of my most favorite parts about Valentine’s Day, and my mom always let us bust out the craft supplies and she’d sit with us around the table as we created our special boxes. Now each year, I enjoy taking a bit of time to help my own kids design and decorate their own card-holders the week… Read more »

Favorite Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

With Valentine’s Day looming, I thought I’d better round up some ideas for ya’ll. My kids, like most, really enjoy Valentine’s Day~making special cards for their friends and family, and call us old fashioned, but we still enjoy decorating Valentine’s Day boxes to house all those special love notes. But this year, I gotta admit, I’m behind.  I don’t have as much time to do what we’ve done in previous years, and those ready-to-go Valentine’s from the grocery store, with… Read more »


I managed to sneak out of the house this morning for a half and hour walk in the winter-wonderland that was my neighborhood.  It was good and cold and beautiful, and as snow whipped up and into my cowled face, I bowed my face, and shared some time with my Lord.  I admit it was an odd morning to go walking, but why not? On my way back home, I ran into a neighbor several streets down, who was out… Read more »