The Jumping Off Place

The Jumping-Off Place Marian Hurd McNeely I recently happened upon two Newbery Honor Books that caught my attention;   The Jumping-Off Place, which won the Honor in 1930, and Doris Gates’ Blue Willow, a 1941 winner.  I picked up The Jumping-Off Place because I assumed, from the title, that it must have something to do with … Continue reading The Jumping Off Place

Outlaws of Time III: The Last of the Lost Boys

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” - C. S. Lewis Reflecting on that C.S. Lewis quote, I cannot think of any exceptions to that rule. In Death By Living, N. D. Wilson writes: “...I write for children because I have read more … Continue reading Outlaws of Time III: The Last of the Lost Boys

Know and Tell: The Art of Narration

My homeschooling style can best be described as “relaxed classical” or “love of learning through living books.” In ordinary words, I am homeschooling for heaven not Harvard. That said, if God’s plan for my children includes Harvard, I want them to be adequately prepared to meet the challenge. In our homeschool, we are focused on … Continue reading Know and Tell: The Art of Narration