I’ve been planning Posie’s next year while she finishes up the last little details of 2017-18.  Studying year round means less boredom during the summer, even if it’s only the last bit of the 3Rs.  Composition books are handy friends for every subject.  They work well for her copywork, dictation, narration, math, and all manner of scribbles and keeping.  These slender stashes of paper have been an efficient and frugal way to record learning for quite a while now. They will be the go-to for most, if not all of Posie’s studies again next year.

On tap for 2018-19?  Texas history, geography, and most likely Apologia’s General Science.

The guide I’m referring to while planning Texas history provides suggestions for learning with books, surfing websites, and traveling to interesting locations in our great state.  Check out the book at the following link:

A Gentle Tour through Texas History

With friends, we will use these guides/curricula:

Geography through Literature Study Guide

Geography-Based Writing Lessons

Exploring Creation with General Science

Other resources to be used during the year will include:

Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings

Literature and read aloud choices will be chosen from SCM and Classical Academic Press.


Ambleside Online will be an inspiration for the following:

Art Study

Nature Study



Hymn Study continues to be lined out by a favorite Simply Charlotte Mason resource.

Piano lessons and guitar lessons will be a weekly event and Posie will add 4-H to her adventures this year, too.

We’ll be studying Ourselves this year, which is something new for us to enjoy together.

Lastly, an exciting new-to-us resource for art/nature study, is an online website which teaches how to draw plants, birds, and mammalsJohn Muir Laws will be an encouragement for us to continue our ongoing nature journals.

As for me, I have set aside time to begin rereading Charlotte Mason’s Original Home Schooling Series this year.  I read parts of it years ago, have had two Pink sets come into our home to be given away to others, and happily received a new set from the Biology Man just a couple of weeks ago.  I plan to continue listening to podcast episodes at A Delectable Education, too.  Reading blog posts at Charlotte Mason Poetry and the Charlotte Mason Institute keep me focused and encouraged, so they will be sprinkled into my days as they are posted and time permits.

It looks like a huge feast is being spread for the year.  And, we will drink tea!



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CC Day

“At two hours after midnight appeared the land….”

Christopher Columbus, October 12, 1492

Captain‘s Log entry

Today, Columbus Day, 2017, Howdy begins his last study of American History before graduation.  He has chosen a textbook as a spine.  With activities and tests, United States History for Christian Schools, will be an additional glimpse into classroom life.  He’s already found chemistry with a text to be a challenge, but he has learned to manage his time fairly well and can now add this extra textbook study into his daily routine.

Interestingly enough, the book opens with the above quote by Christopher Columbus, so it’s a nice way to commemorate the day.

A Recipe for Next Year

Sigh!  I missed out on ordering boxes of apples to put up for this year.  That Harvey derailed my usual planning and preparing.  So, I didn’t have my own apples on hand for recipes.  Although…we did slice some store bought aged apples to dip in honey.

Today, I bought all sorts of apples at the store.  Not my favorite place to purchase them, but I’m missing my usual habit and regret the fact that I didn’t make apple honey challah last week.  Sniff.  I’ve got to remember to read my own past posts from time to time.

Posie is baking an apple dump cake this afternoon and I decided to snoop around to find a recipe to save for next year.  Thank you, Dena!  I love your blog and this recipe looks like it will be posted in my “notes for next year” section of my calendar.