Focussed by Lilias Trotter

It was in a little wood in early morning. The sun was climbing behind a steep cliff in the east, and its light was flooding nearer and nearer and then making pools among the trees. Suddenly, from a dark corner of purple brown stems and tawny moss there shone out a great golden star. It was just a dandelion, and half withered – but it was full face to the sun, and had caught into its heart all the glory it could hold, and was shining so radiantly that the dew that lay on it still made a perfect aureole

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A Stress-Free Christmas, Anyone? (Part 2)

I love Christmas. But when I was a child, we didn’t celebrate it. It’s a long story…. But secretly, my family would wish we were celebrating Christmas like other families. When I learned about the true meaning of Christmas, that is, when I realized that the pagan past may be redeemed when Christians make Jesus the reason for the celebrations, out went the old, and in went guilt-free celebrations. How liberating that was! Your Own Style Advent I’m so excited for this year because we are starting an advent tradition! But first, let me tell you how the house looks

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Surviving Your First Portfolio Review Ever

We had our very first homeschool portfolio review ever on November 7. And I’m so excited to tell you that it went GREAT — more than we expected or deserve! We survived! My daughter enjoyed it (that’s crucial), my husband was affirmed for his math teaching style, and I was assured that it’s okay, portfolio review is nothing to be afraid of and that being anxious is a waste of time and energy. A plus was that the kind adviser was a homeschooler herself so I was careful to grab her takeaways and go! They were golden! Some Dos for

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