Understanding Saxon Part 2: Why Students Struggle

SaxoncLike I mentioned in my last Saxon post, Saxon has been a homeschool Mainstay for many years. But being a mainstay doesn’t guarantee folks understand your program or that they know how to properly utilize it. As we transition our rising 6th grader to Saxon 7/6 I realized I really didn’t “KNOW” Saxon. Then I read a post that was talking about Teacher’s Continuing Education and they mentioned Art Reed’s book Using John Saxon’s Math Books (Art Reed) – Paperback

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Sabbath Thoughts

Well, today’s thoughts are brought to us from Rudyard Kipling.


Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

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Tips & Tricks to Get Dinner on the Table

thetipsandtricksHave you ever wondered how some women get food on the table every night? When by the end of the day you’re running on fumes and making a nutritious homemade dinner is not going to happen.

What is the secret to getting dinner on the table every night?

When running a home time is always of the essence and it always seems like there is not enough of it. So in order to get meals on the table consistently to avoid fast foods which are not good for my family but especially not good for my husband and I. I have 5 to-dos to get dinner on the table consistently!

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Our Week 3 – Sept. 8th -12th


This week was over shadowed by my daughters allergic reaction to ????  Anyhow on Monday we headed to the Doctors office and picked up a few Prescriptions and Over the counter Medications to take care of it. My daughter was so sweet and understanding as she assured me she was allergic to school and if I would just cease and desist with the whole school thing she would be fine. :/

Visiting Mrs. Barbara, poor Parker’s face is swollen

We also had a dentist appointment on Tuesday after which we managed to go see a dear friend Mrs.Barbara who is 95+ years old at a local assisted living where we used to volunteer regularly. She is such a precious Saint!The Science homework was incredibly hard and I kept searching the book for the answers to the science homework which I could not find. I finally went to YouTube and found a video that explained the homework so we were able to complete the assignment. But then as I thought about it I realized something was wrong. So on Wednesday  Photo3 weeks into school year and half way through our week ,which by the way should be subtitled a Comedy of Errors, I realized I had been reading the wrong science book  and we

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Finishing Strong Homeschoooling Middle & High School #29

Happy Wednesday. We’re so glad you’re here!

Finishing Strong #29 Education Possible

Are you homeschooling a Middle School or High School student this year? If so, you’re in the right place.

We love hosting Finishing Strong every week. The ideas and inspiration that are shared here definitely make the journey a bit easier. Hopefully you’ll find the posts shared here as helpful as we do.

Here are a few great ideas that were shared with us recently.

Literature Meets Sociology: High School Books about Class Systems by 7 Sisters Homeschool

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How to Join the Great Scientific Conversation Without Losing Your Mind

A guest post by Sara Dennis of Classically Homeschooling

How in the world do you join the great scientific conversation without losing your mind? The high school years are busy. Teenagers have increasing amounts of schoolwork to do. In addition they have outside classes, recitals, rehearsals, games, and a social life. Time is short.

In the three goals of high school science, I wrote that teens need to learn scientific principles, the scientific method, and join the great conversation. Entrance requirements of colleges ensure students to learn the first two through study and lab work. These goals become a high priority. However joining the great scientific conversation isn’t a college entrance requirement. It is too easy to skip this critical part of classical education.

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CS Lewis Sabbath Thoughts

Nikolaipetrovich“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which,if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilites, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – These are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

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