Sharing life at home, and what that means

Sharing life — isn’t that the funniest phrase, if you dissect it? When the first few people (all church people; I’m not sure I’ve heard it outside that context) used that phrase with me, it stuck like an oddball thing to say: “Sharing life.” To share life means meals and chores or errands; possessions, maybe Read more about Sharing life at home, and what that means[…]

Living education notes for my February file

We drove to the retreat, Dave and I, from Michigan to Ohio (where Mom watched the girls); then Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin to Minnesota. I read Willa Cather and we had the windows down on the county highways; my hair was blowing and Noah Gundersen was singing. You should’ve been there. Along the way, I spotted staghorn sumacs, Read more about Living education notes for my February file[…]

‘The family is, practically, a commune’

“Wagner says, in his most beautiful opera, that art is only a way of remembering youth. And the older we grow the more precious it seems to us, and the more richly we can present that memory. When we’ve got it all out, — the last, the finest thrill of it, the brightest hope of Read more about ‘The family is, practically, a commune’[…]

A simple, gentle start to education

On August 18, we’ll move from theory to application in this home education experiment. Experiment, because though I love being home with my girls and reading, painting and exploring the woods, we plan to take this one year at a time. We’re homeschooling not because we’re avoiding anything, or because we want a “biblical” worldview Read more about A simple, gentle start to education[…]