Childcraft: Magic Of Words

Last week, we talked about Mathemagic – an annual volume that was so popular that later publications included it as #13 in the primary set. This week, we want you to fall in love with Magic of Words, an equally compelling volume. What Mathemagic does for math, Magic of Words does for language. Magic of…

Stepping Heavenward

This is part of Diane’s Literature Course II series.   “Much of my experience of life has cost me a great price and I wish to use it for strengthening and comforting other souls.”   I never go into our public library without checking out their discard/donation rack first. That’s where I got my practically…

Childcraft: Mathemagic

In the series starter, I explained how I acquired my Childcraft set. Once I had it, however, I was still uncertain of how to use it.  As I participated in homeschool discussion groups, I noticed that many people would reference Mathemagic in the same conversations which included Sir Cumference, Greg Tang, and other math picture…

On Teaching Spelling

I have a confession, and I hope you won’t hate me for it . . .  Spelling is easy for me.  I started first grade in 1968.  They weren’t teaching phonics.  It didn’t matter—I already knew how to read.  Everyone else was working their way through Sally, Dick, and Jane.  What I remember about spelling…

The Winged Watchman

It is pretty hard not to know that The Diary of Anne Frank, and Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place, are likely to be enduring classics. They capture WWII in a way that chills us and arrests our conscience. Painful as they are, they are also tremendously hopeful. Neither, however, is a great fit for…