Archive for March, 2014

Educating the Wholehearted Child (Review)

Note: I’m attempting to clean out my Draft box and inspire myself to blog regularly again. I originally wrote this post not long before we moved *three years ago*! (Wrote it in early December 2010 and moved January 3, 2011.) I was also 7 months pregnant! No wonder it was forgotten and left languishing so long. :-/ It’s still applicable though so that’s why I’m posting it. Why waste my thoughts and the time I spent writing them down right? 🙂



Educating the Wholehearted Child Revised & Expanded *

The above book is a wonderful resource full of great ideas and encouragement for those who are home educating or are in the first steps of deciding if it is right for their family.

I think I had the above book on my nightstand for close to three years – I kid you not – and I’m finally finished with it. No, I’m not a slow reader. And, it’s not because it wasn’t a good book. It’s just that I’m not a novice homeschool teacher any more and so I often chose to read one of the other numerous books on my list. With life the way it is for us, it just wasn’t a book I was bent on devouring. Many of the ideas in the book I’ve picked up along the way whether from websites, blogs, other books, etc. It’s a great book for those new to homeschooling and I’d recommend it! There were a few sections that inspired or reinspired me but for the most part it was kind of a downer. Again, nothing to do with the book (or the info it shared) itself…just our life. It’s been hard and I’m not able to incorporate as much of these wonderful ideas as I would have liked over the years into our world. It’s just a personal struggle mentally/emotionally. Therefore, it was hard to pick up this book and keep reading consistently. It will stay on our shelves though as a reference for my children. Perhaps they will find it useful in their homeschools. (The above link is to the older version I have. There is a newer version if you do a search once you are at Amazon.)

To be fair, I have read some other books by Sally Clarkson that I enjoyed very much and didn’t have “negative” thought processes attached to. 🙂

Just thought I’d make mention of it since it was on my reading list so long in the sidebar. I’ll move the link down into the resources section now as I do think it would a helpful book to others.

‘Til next time,
Tamara

* = affiliate link

Lemonade at the Treehouse (2013)

Reminiscing about last summer….

Because winter is just too long doncha know. 😛

It was one of the hottest I remember experiencing here in the beautiful state in which I was raised.  On one of the hottest days, if not the hottest (98°F not in direct sun!!!), I received a very nice invitation to have lemonade at the Treehouse!  Again, it was HOT, and I’d been working hard. No way was I going to pass up a chance to socialize and cool off!  😉

My cheerful Hosts!

My 3 Little Beauties!

Entertainment was provided too!

He was only 2yo and reciting (a few letters of) the Alphabet! *beam*
Also, there was singing by all of them and a brief Bible passage read by my 8yo Beauty!

Mmmm! Refreshing!

Hard workin’ Mama getting a treat!

(That’s the 13yo Muscle Man in the background comin’ to check out the party. 😉 )

Yup. Warmer temperatures can’t come soon enough!!!

‘Til next time,
Tamara

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