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    March 17, 2017 by Brandy Vencel


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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!



    :: 2 ::

    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.)


    :: 3 ::

    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!


    :: 4 ::

    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:


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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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  • Reply Amy March 19, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I went water-only on my curly hair over the summer. No shampoo, conditioner, or product. It’s a real thing. And while my hair isn’t perfect, it’s the longest I’ve gone without touching a hair dryer or straightener.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 19, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Really?? This is one I’ve never heard of and I’m intrigued. So how often do you, um, “water” your hair? 🙂 And do you have trouble with tangles?

      • Reply Amy March 20, 2017 at 6:30 am

        I ‘wash’ with hot water and then rinse with cold water about twice a week. In between I brush it out with a boar bristle brush to move the oils from my scalp down to the ends of my hair, usually in the evening, then I dampen my hair a bit in the morning with my fingers or a comb to bring the shape back to the curls. I’ve really not had a problem with tangles and my hair dresser says my hair is super soft.

        I’m giving it a full year because I straightened my hair so much that I want to give my curls chance to grow back again. But my hair is definitely curlier and it’s the longest I’ve ever managed to stay ‘curly’, even though I’ve tried to give up my straightening habit before.

        The only time it didn’t go well was when we visited my husband’s parents who have very hard water – it just left my hair feeling icky.

  • Reply Randi March 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Thank you Brandy!

  • Reply Randi March 18, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Hi Brandy! It’s Saturday morning 4/18, around 7:20am. When purchasing the Pratical Personality Portfolio the price says $10 when I add to my cart but it is charging $15.99 when I attempt to complete my purchase. Is there a coupon code I’m missing?
    Thank you kindly for your help!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 18, 2017 at 6:52 am

      I think it’s supposed to be automatic! I’ll send her a message.

    • Reply Mystie March 18, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I fixed it! 🙂

  • Reply Dawn Duran March 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    1) I have been slowly reading through The Federalist Papers. I have never heard of The Anti-Federalist Papers. I LOVE this strategy. BRILLIANT!! Looking forward to hearing how it works out.
    2) I just purchased Mystie’s Portfolio. Maybe it will motivate me to actually type my kiddos. I’ve been slowly reading Nurture by Nature but I’m still overwhelmed.
    3) Can’t wait to listen to the podcast with Karen!!
    4) I bought myself Esolen’s new book for my birthday. Haven’t started reading it yet, but very excited about it.

    • Reply Angela March 21, 2017 at 8:22 am

      I just took a college class that had us reading the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers to compare. SO much of it was new to me, and I was fascinated by how pertinent the arguments still are! Also – many of the authors took the names of men from Plutarch, giving me insight into their concerns that I never would have had without the self education woven throughout homeschooling. It was overly exciting!!!

      • Reply Brandy Vencel March 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

        I noticed those Plutarch names! We haven’t done those lives yet, but I’m going to try and get to them before my younger children do this. I love that you were able to make those connections, Angela! ♥

      • Reply Dawn Duran March 21, 2017 at 11:17 am

        Now I’m really sold. Good thing I already ordered the Anti-Federalist Papers. Amazon Prime, you make things far too easy sometimes!!

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