Winter Morning Time

In the fall, as we adjusted to my new work schedule and starting school at 11, I struggled to find a routine for Morning Time. I didn't want to delay the start of school even later, even for good things, so I attempted to do it over lunch. Singing or reciting and eating don't work.…

2020 School Year in Review

We made it! Even though we already homeschooled pre-pandemic, it was a challenging year due to all the changes in our routines and habits. First term, post-spring break, we missed our library and Community Bible Study. Going to distance education for my private school job gobbled up all my time for a few weeks, but…

Whelmed

I didn't pick a word of the year for 2020, but after looking back, I'm going to retroactively choose "whelmed." I know you can be underwhelmed, and you can be overwhelmed, but can you ever just be, like, whelmed? After watching 10 Things I Hate About You a few times, my sister and I started…

5×5 Challenge

The Scholé Sisters 5×5 Challenge has an open-ended format: five books in five categories. I made more progress on non-fiction last year than I would have without the challenge, but it was a struggle to keep picking up non-fiction. Even "moderate" mother culture books felt like stiff books this year. I obviously flopped on the homemaker category,…

Death on the Nile

Classic with Nature in the Title. Death on the Nile (1937) by Agatha Christie The book blurb declares the victim, but the body doesn't appear until halfway through the book. On their honeymoon in Egypt, wealthy Linnet and her new husband and being stalked by his old flame. Few on the Nile cruise are as…

Wuthering Heights

Classic with a Place in the Title. Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë After setting up the mystery of Heathcliff's reclusiveness in the book's present, helpful verbose narrators relate the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine. Starting at the very beginning, we learn about Heathcliff's adoption into the family, Catherine and Heathcliff's wild friendship as children,…

The Man in the Brown Suit

A Genre Classic. The Man in the Brown Suit (1924) by Agatha Christie Anne Beddingfeld has an unexpected adventure fall in front of her while waiting for the train. She follows the lead provided by a scrap of paper to discover a murder and jewel theft. From there, she tracks the thief and killer all the way to Africa.…

The Great Divorce

Classic Adaptation. The Great Divorce (1945) by C. S. Lewis The narrator takes a bus ride from hell on a drab and dull earth to heaven and meets people hindered by self-deception. Controlling mothers and wives, manipulative husbands, schemers, and deluded intellectuals might lead the reader to despair of Truth ever winning out, but the occasional dramatic…