Category Archives: Homeschooling

The Case For Copywork

It’s no secret that I tend towards unschooling as my philosophy of education. I think learning is best when it’s internally motivated, and that forced learning is little better, in the long term, than no learning at all. How many things did you learn in school because it was what you were assigned to learn? […]

What We’ve Been Doing During my Blogging Hiatus

I realized that my last couple of posts didn’t really address anything about the six months of silence on this blog, and I decided I should probably post an update of where we are now compared to where we were when I last posted. We started the fall with a schedule that was insanely busy. […]

The Trouble with Interval Planning

In my last post I talked about how I set up our school year, and how I break it down into terms based on the liturgical year. While I like the interval part of interval planning, I still get stuck on the actual planning part – when do I actually plan for my next term, […]

Interval Planning and the Liturgical Year

Mystie Winckler’s Simply Convivial blog was where I first discovered the concept of interval planning for homeschooling and general planning. In a nutshell, the concept is that you divide up your school year into manageable chunks of time, say 6-8 weeks. Then you plan one chunk at a time. This lets you plan out on […]

In Defense of Self-Help Books

I like to read self-help books. But I know a lot of people vehemently dislike them, and usually they have one or both of these two objections: that these books don’t ever offer anything new, they just repackage common sense concepts with new words; and that people who read the books spend more time reading […]

Why We Don’t Do What We Want To

Yesterday I was elated about the fact that we are souls made to enjoy eternity with God – we are meant to contemplate truth, goodness, and beauty, and do so forever. We climb up the mountain and see God revealed in his glory, and we are filled with awe and wonder and life is magnificent. […]