Speaking Truth and Beauty

A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to serve as the speaker at one of Classical Conversations’ summer practicums.  It encouraged my heart to see so many parents eager to find truth and beauty in the subjects they teach their children…even the hard ones. Parents were encouraged, but more importantly, God was glorified!  Moms took to Twitter to share some of their insights: “‘Spirals.  So easy a plant can do it.’ Doodling in Math – Spirals.” “Leigh Bortins – Saxon Math explanations show the ‘deeper magic’ in a problem.” “Never thought I’d ever be sitting in a Math practicum.” “Cross canceling in Math is BEAUTIFUL!” … Continue reading  Speaking Truth and Beauty

Changing the Public School “Collective”

I took a trip down memory lane today, all the way back to 1994.  As part of my studies to become an elementary teacher, I was required to observe classrooms and keep a journal of my findings. I’m intrigued to examine how I felt about teaching then, in the thick of preparation to enter the public school system, to how I feel now, in the thick of preparation to encourage parents to consider homeschooling. Many of my observations were about the underlying systems in place.  I drew diagrams like this one of the seating arrangements. I made note of busywork … Continue reading Changing the Public School “Collective”

The Homeschooling Hobos

Pondering the word “journey” brings an image to my mind of a hobo boy dressed in patched clothing, carrying his only belongings in a homemade sack tied to a stick.  He whistles as his feet scuffle the dusty road. Along the way he stops to examine a ladybug determined to stand her ground against a very rude ant. This little boy is not heading in any particular direction or to any specific destination.  Instead, his goal is to LIVE, to survive, to embrace all that life has to offer, whatever that may be, trusting that the Lord will provide for … Continue reading The Homeschooling Hobos