Shakespeare Connection

After several false starts, my girls and I read and listened to A Midsummer's Night Dream during morning time! I loved the play in high school, so it was a natural place to start. The girls had already listened to Nesbit and Lamb's retelling and read the story in the Usborne Illustrated stories from Shakespeare.  We used…

2019 School Year in Review

I'm tempted to evaluate my role as teacher based on what we didn't accomplish but looking at the pile of books, skills work, and handicrafts helps me remember even with my imperfections, they are getting a great education. We align our school year with the calendar year. I was inspired by Dawn's post, but it…

Term 1 Wrap Up

This is the collage I shared after going to dinner to celebrate the first day of school. When I scheduled my cesarean for Baby #5, I knew that it was going to be a tight fit to finish a 12 week term between Epiphany and the baby's birth day, but I determined not to be afraid…

Monday Morning Time

Mondays frustrated me all last semester. I had to kick off my private school week with  less than enthusiastic seniors and then homeschool my own children who seemed to forget our entire routine between Saturday and Monday. (Because my husband works on Saturdays, we have school six days a week.) Adding to the pressure, we…

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852) is my Classic by a Woman Author selection for the Classics Challenge. It is a literature selection for Year 10 of AmblesideOnline. I've read a bit of The American Woman's Home written by Harriet and her sister Catharine, but Uncle Tom's Cabin has always intimidated me. Perhaps I was…

Manalive

Manalive by G. K. Chesterton (1912) is my Single-word Title choice for the Classics Challenge. I read Manalive a few years ago, but it's the kind of book that's exponentially better the second time around. It's not available at my library, so I'm very grateful it's in the public domain and free on Kindle. It's also…

The Tempest

The Tempest by William Shakespeare, first published in 1611 (or thereabouts). This is my Re-read a Favorite Classic selection for the Back to the Classics Challenge. Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda, have been stranded on a deserted island for years after Antonio, Prospero's brother overthrew him. They have been served by…

Year 4 for Me

Well that's awkward. WordPress ate my final draft and reverted to an earlier version. I cleaned it up a bit, but I don't have much online time lately. This means that the tenses in this post are wonky, and that really bothers me, but not enough to start over from scratch. --- I’ve been following…

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962, is my new-to-you author for the Back to the Classics challenge. I chose Solzhenitsyn specifically for this category because his biography is central to his writing. In 2008, when Solzhenitsyn died, Albert Mohler eulogized him on The Briefing (“One Word of Truth…