The Song of Hiawatha

My grandpa was born in 1906.  He went to school in the ancient days of America when memorization was considered a good way to, well, remember things.  When I was a child, he could still recite large chunks of Longfellow’s Evangeline.  I believe I first heard from him, “On the shores of Gitche Gumee /…

Great Courses: Watercolor

Work In Progress This post is a work in progress. I am posting now, rather than waiting until I have more things to report, because I have gotten three questions about this course in the last week. I thought that it might make sense to put something quick and dirty up now and then plan…

Masarik Family Fall Clipboards

A number of friends have asked what our school clipboards look like right now. In the last month I have been asking a lot of questions about technique and planning tools in our online homeschool community. I have benefitted from a lot of very good advice from those conversations. I think that our current clipboards…

An Everlasting Meal

I picked up Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal because the person who recommended it likened it to The Supper of the Lamb, which I loved.  Adler also appreciates Capon’s Supper and refers to it more than once.  She quotes several other cookbooks, and her epigraphs are from widely varying sources, from M.F.K. Fisher to Anton…

Visits to Geography Project

Geography was the subject that I was loathe to include in my homeschool. I remember learning very little about geography in school. My parents, however, love to travel. They put a very high priority on cultural exposure and world travel. When I was in second grade, I missed the end of my school year because…

Cicero’s On Duties

“Cicero, like thoughtful men of every age, knew that the reason vicious leaders like Caesar could rise to power was because the Roman population itself had been corrupted and no longer pursued the old virtues; a leader is, after all, a mirror of the people who choose him or at least allow him to retain…

Tending the Heart of Virtue

“Becoming a responsible human being is a path filled with potholes and visited constantly by temptations. Children need guidance and moral road maps and they benefit immensely with the example of adults who speak truthfully and act from moral strength.” – Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian In Diane’s review of The Pleasures…

The Monks of New Skete

“…the best image to capture what a monk is can be found in the words of the Russian author Dostoevsky, who remarks in The Brothers Karamazov that a true monk is nothing more than what everyone ought to be… he was pointing to an attitude of heart that he believed was characteristic of monks. The…