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    October 7, 2016 by Brandy Vencel


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    Here’s the latest Scholé Sisters episode!




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    If you don’t follow my Facebook page, then you might have missed this one last week:


    I wish these were less time-consuming to make because they are becoming one of my favorite things. It’s been great fun displaying how my commonplace quotes interact with each other!


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    terrainI want you to know that I have not forgotten about The Low-Energy Mom’s Guide to Homeschooling. I just needed to take a bit of a break from writing it. Anyhow, today I thought I’d highlight a line of products that have helped me a whole big bunch over the years. These are not affiliate links and I don’t make any money off of the clicks — this is just me sharing with you what I’ve found helpful. {Of course, I only use affiliate links I can say the same thing about, but that is beside the point.} What I’m talking about are  TerrainMax products by Apex Energetics.

    A number years ago, I caught what I thought was a horrible cold. I kept catching one thing after another following that, and eventually ended up with pneumonia. I did not want to do antibiotics. I have a laundry list of antibiotic allergies, and I was on antibiotics for a little over 6 years to treat my Lyme Disease when I was a teenager. If I never use antibiotics again, it’ll be too soon. But if I’m going to use them, it better be because everything else hasn’t worked, and also I am almost dead.


    Enter Lung Terrain.

    This worked like magic for me. Naturally, I was doing a lot of the usual stuff for serious illness, but I wasn’t improving {though not dying is always a good sign}. Not only did this knock it out for me, but I’ve never had another problem since.

    Recently diagnosed with a kidney infection, I’m doing the same thing again, except that this time it’s Kidney Terrain. I really can’t tell you how much these little bottles have helped me — they aren’t magic, but they sometimes feel like it, especially when I find my symptoms disappear in 24-48 hours after starting it. Of course, I always finish the bottle. I think that is key with lots of things, to finish. We want things like this to stay gone, you know?

    Anyhow, I thought I’d share, in case anyone is looking for an alternative solution. I’m not a doctor, of course, but from one mom to another, this worked for me.


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    I wasn’t going to buy another book but somehow The Things of the Earth ended up on my shelf this week. Okay, I suppose it wasn’t really an accident. I was keeping an eye out for a book that would be a good resource for where we intend to take the discussion for our Christmas episode of the Scholé Sisters show, and before I had a chance to despair, Lexy recommended this title. Turned out, Mystie already owned it, making it a super easy decision.

    So, I ordered a copy and it ought to arrive tomorrow. This might be my flight title for my North Carolina trip at the end of the month.


    :: 5 ::

    Registration is open for the Charlotte Mason West conference in Los Gatos!

    Come beat February burnout with us!


    :: 6 ::

    This month in 2012:

    On Herbartian Unit Studies

    It’s amazing I wrote anything during this month since we were on the GAPS diet and I was only fit for watching documentaries. Ahem. Nonetheless, I managed to spend some time pondering why Charlotte Mason and unit studies aren’t the same thing.


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    This week’s links collection:


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    Answering your questions:

    • Question: While I’d love to read Miss Mason’s books, I’m wondering what you might recommend as a starting place for me, a mother of high schoolers wanting to make the most of our last years together in our home school. As I type this, I see you have a book that seems like an obvious answer to my question: “Where do I start w/ CM?” Perhaps that’s my answer. Will this book answer my questions about starting CM in high school?
      • Answer: This is complicated. I’ll try to make it as simple as possible by splitting it into a few options — not that you can’t choose more than one, of course.
        • Option 1: Start Here. Since you brought up my study guide, we’ll start with this. This isn’t a short study, and you sound worried about time, and so I’m not convinced it’s a perfect fit for you. On the one hand, I think it’s an easy way to grasp Miss Mason’s philosophy — to organize your study around her 20 principles of education rather than a single volume. But it’s quite a bit of reading, and if you do all the optional reading, it is a ton of reading. I think it is great, wonderful, yada yada yada, but, like I said, I’m not convinced it’s a good fit. I usually suggest doing one section per month, which would take you 15 months.
        • Option 2: Start Here: Charlotte Mason in One HourThis might be more your style for getting a quick grasp of the 20 principles. It’s a one hour talk I give pretty regularly {I’m giving it in Los Gatos if you want to come to that instead!} that covers the basics of the principles in whirlwind form. It won’t tell you what to do with a high school student, but it will get you philosophically grounded pretty quickly.
        • Option 3: Newbie Tuesday. This is my monthly Charlotte Mason newsletter. Every month, there is a column {written by either Kathy Wickward or Tammy Glaser, because these gals have experience} on transitioning older students to CM. You can subscribe to the newsletter {it’s free!} here. You can buy the archives from 2015 here. This might be more your style because everything is written in article-length bits and is easy to squeeze in around the taxi driving that is life with high schoolers.
        • Option 4: Join the AO Forum, read Volume 3, and ask questions as you go. Miss Mason’s third volume gives a pretty clear picture of what she was doing with her students, and the Forum is a great place to get advice on how to implement these things in your own home. This will still give you a strong dose of philosophy, but also a big dose of the practical. You can even go into the upper forms section of the Forum and say something like, “tell me how to start this thing in high school,” and you’ll get a variety of answers from many wise ladies!

    I just thought I’d chime in with one more thing: I think it is great to start CM at any age. Truly. And it’s okay to adjust as you learn more. So, if you just start right now with a couple components — say, read really well-written books and narrate them orally — that is a good place to be. Then, maybe you read an article about nature notebooks. So you put a nature walk on the schedule and buy a sketchbook to bring along. Does that make sense? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and each piece you add will enrich your days.


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  • Reply Catie October 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    “The Things of Earth” sounds SO GOOD. Unfortunately, my library system doesn’t have it, so I’ll have to save my pennies. 🙂

    And thank you for sharing about the essential oils!! (are they essential oils? regular oils? tinctures??) 😀

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      They are herbal tinctures. 🙂

      And bummer on the library! 🙁

  • Reply Cindi Dennis October 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Regarding the Rigney book you ladies are going to read through for a Schole podcast, have you already read Jeremiah Burroughs’ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment? I’m just getting ready to read it before Rigney, and hopefully yet this year. ::fat chance:: 😉 I’ll be eagerly awaiting your podcast thoughts on Rigney!!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel October 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      I haven’t yet read Burroughs! It’s on schedule for us to read later in high school, which is why I haven’t bothered to add it to my personal reading; I know I’ll be reading it sometime in the next couple years. 🙂

  • Reply Tanya Stone October 7, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Can we use and share your cool quote memes?? I love that one particularly!

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