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We started AmblesideOnline Year 9 Term 3 this week. Oh my goodness! Last term was pretty heavy on economics (son’s choice) so what a relief to have so much literature this term. We’re doing The Count of Monte Cristo and Pride and Prejudice! Plus Faust!
So far, Faust was the real surprise. I don’t know why, but I thought I’d have to make myself read it, like it was some sort of discipline or something. But I fell head over heels in love. At least, I think I did. I’ve only read 350 lines.
Another thing I did for this term was juxtapose selections from The Federalist Papers with disagreements published in The Anti-Federalist Papers. This wasn’t an AO option, but I really wanted my son to see what the arguments were regarding our Constitutional adoption. He’s enjoying the reading so far (not that we’ve gotten very far).
When I say homeschooling is a good chance for moms to self-educate, I am not kidding. This term is going to be great!
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You all know that figuring out my children’s personality types was huge for me. I went from being mystified to understanding, from wondering what to do to knowing more of what they needed. Mystie has taken it all to the next level for me. Instead of me just generally knowing what my children are like, she’s helped me understand their cognitive functions — the most helpful for me is knowing how they de-stress. No surprise: they are each different. I used to want to run and hide when they were stressed out because I didn’t know what to do. Things are so much better now that I understand.
This week, Mystie has made her work available for all of you, too! Honestly, her one-page personality profiles alone are worth the purchase.
From now until Saturday, you can get her complete Practical Personality Portfolio for only $10. (After that, the prices goes up so if you are like me and this is what you’ve been waiting for, don’t forget to snag it.)
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It’s time for another Scholé Sisters episode!
You’ll never guess who’s our guest on this episode? The one and only Karen Glass!! Make sure you listen!
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This month in 2014:
This post started so much for me — most especially the design team working on a Mothers’ Education Course for AmblesideOnline. Reading the sources also reminded me of things I already knew — that study is not selfish and that good teachers teach out of overflow.
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You know I’m always looking for solutions for my curly hair problems. My time in Ft. Worth last month was a rude awakening. Even though I knew my hair had misbehaved in Dallas in May, I wasn’t prepared for what staying longer would do. My hair was huge! And frizzy.
Some sweet Texan lady explained to me that keratin treatments are helpful and I thought: why not?
I did my first one on Sunday morning, and I see so much improvement in the frizzy department. I’m thrilled! I’m not sure how often I’ll do them. Things like this sometimes help at first and then cause other problems by weighing my hair down if I use them too frequently. I’m going to try every-other-week and see if that works.
This was just in time. Spring is always a challenge for my hair.
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This week’s links collection:
- Out of the Ashes: Anthony Esolen’s Clarion Call to Restore Culture, Faith, and Sanity from Public Discourse
- This is a great review of Esolen’s new book … I totally need a copy!
- The Spirit and the Letter of a Charlotte Mason Education by Karen Glass
- Soooooo good! ♥
- The Craft and Courage of L.M. Montgomery, Pt 1 from The Rabbit Room
- I always love Lanier’s writing, and this is no exception. It was wonderful to read this since I’m still reading the Anne series aloud to my children at lunch.
- A MAN IN THE WOMEN’S RESTROOM AT DISNEYLAND from The Get Real Mom
- I really don’t think this is rocket science. There have always been transvestites in the restroom. Why can’t we still just agree that it’s illegal for men to go in the women’s restroom?
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Did I mention I finally got Facebook Live to work? If you remember my repeated failures at this medium last summer, you’ll understand why this is significant. We’ve been using it weekly for Charlotte Mason Boot Camp, and I’ve decided I really like it! The real-time comments allow for a level of interaction that just isn’t possible another way. So, with that said, I am going to try to do this regularly for a while after CMBC beta testing is over. We’ll try doing Q&A’s that way and see how far we get. If you’d like to ask a question (or request a topic), just use the form below. I’ll announce here before we really get it going; I just want to have a list to draw from when the time comes.
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