Landmark Books

Landmark Books – Reasons and Resources

Many moons ago, as a new homeschooler, I was introduced to Landmark books, a series of history books for children published by Random House in the mid-twentieth century. The genius of the series is that authors were assigned a topic that fired his or her imagination. Rather than being subjected to some textbook committee dutifully and drearily “covering” a topic, the reader […]

The Fellowship of the Ring

Late To The Lord Of The Rings

More than a few friends have been stunned when I admitted that I have never gotten all the way through Tolkien’s trilogy. I had read—and loved—The Hobbit several times with various kiddos. When the movies came out, I determined to read the books through before I watched. I got as far as the first few chapters […]

The Church Triumphant, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1664-1665

Let Saints On Earth In Concert Sing

Let saints on earth in concert sing With those whose work is done; For all the servants of our king In Heav’n and earth are one. One family, we dwell in Him, One Church, above, beneath; Though now divided by the stream, The narrow stream of death. One army of the living God, To His […]

Teaching From Rest: A Review

I’ve been seeing glowing reviews of Sarah Mackenzie’s book, Teaching from Rest, subtitled A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace for months, and finally got around to reading it for myself last weekend. This little gem contains much-needed encouragement and practical advice for every homeschooling mama, and most especially for those who are seeking a classical education for their children. On […]

To Know What Ought To Be Known – To Love What Ought To Be Loved

Last July, I posted this prayer from Thomas à Kempis in contemplation of a new school year: Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, To love what I ought to love, To praise what delights you most, To value what is precious in your sight, To hate what is offensive to […]

Mary Ellen Best (1809-1891), The Sideboard

Morning Time – Our Daily Feast

Last week in our Bringing Scholé course, Pam Barnhill led a fabulous discussion on ways to simplify our school days by incorporating Morning Time. Several bloggers, including Pam, have written eloquently about this practice, but I just wanted to add my own AMEN to their recommendations. I can say without any reservation that Morning Time was the number one best practice for bringing scholé […]