Obedience, sacrifice, confession, repentance these are deeply personal spiritual practices, best shared in a trusted community. Unfortunately these practices and postures of the heart can become yokes that people are pressured into bearing. But condemnation, fear of failure, inadequacy is not how the Spirit moves us into spiritual discipline.
Reading is foundational to education. But more than that, I want my kids to love reading. And with public libraries a homeschool curriculum based on reading is accessible and inexpensive.
Our homeschool journey was going well until we hit two bumps in the reading road: dyslexia and very poor library service. With some creativity, open-mindedness, trial and error, a sense of humor and a large dose of faith we've weathered through both setbacks and have come out the other side: reading and loving it.
- Reading Horizons for Struggling Readers - The online program we're using to help our son learn to read.
- Our Journey (so far) with Dyslexia - What if your child struggles with reading? We've been there and this is our story.
- Building a Small Space Homeschool Library - Why we want a small library and what we use to actually build those bookshelves.
- Becoming an (e)Reader - Finding my way, by necessity, in the new world of digital books.
- Sugaring! (& a Spring Reading List) - A list of spring books the kids and I have enjoyed over the years.
- Our Sparkle Story - All the many reasons we love Sparkle Stories.
- Seasonal Stories - A booklist for winter holidays and the winter months.
- Learning to Read Part 2 - Our oldest learned to read so easily. The younger two, not so much.
- Learning to Read Part 1 - Feeling as I do about the importance of both literacy and the emotions of early childhood reading I had initial anxieties about teaching our children to read.
- Audio Books ~ A Mother's Sanity Saver - What started as a tool to transition out of nap times has become a family tradition - listening to books together.
- A bare-bones homeschool library and reluctant readers - People will disagree with me on this but I don't think it's worth owning much, that's what the public library is for.
- Stories for the Season: Winter Holidays - Recommended holiday read alouds for children ages 6 to 10.