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To introduce children to literature is to install them in a very rich and glorious kingdom, to bring a continual holiday to their doors, to lay before them a feast exquisitely served. But they must learn to know literature by being familiar with it from the very first. A child’s intercourse must always be with good books, the best that we can find.

~Charlotte Mason

Hello! Welcome to my blog!  What follows within these pages is the culmination of twenty years of homeschooling my three children.  During this time, I can honestly say that I’ve seen pretty much everything.  I had three special needs students, one with ADHD and associated learning disabilities, one with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), and one that tested within the autism spectrum.

It is my desire to share with you all the lessons I have learned as we have stumbled and bumbled through this adventure called homeschooling and I pray that you all walk away feeling empowered.

I have had children rolling on the floor during lessons, swinging from a hammock swing rigged to the basement ceiling, and even set up our own in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis program; needless to say it has been one adventure after another.  Despite all the learning challenges, I have discovered that centering our curriculum around fabulous books learning has occurred regardless of how that information was obtained.

It is my desire to share with you all the lessons I have learned as we have stumbled and bumbled through this adventure called homeschooling and I pray that you all walk away feeling empowered.  I will be sharing my favorite homeschooling resources, what worked and what failed miserably with three learning challenged children, and, through it all, how to keep God the central focus by using wonderfully written literature.  My primary focus will be at the secondary level since that was the point in which I hit a wall.  While we enjoyed a solid curriculum during the elementary years, it was not so easy to do during the high school years.

I hope that all you who stop by and check out this blog do not leave without sharing a story or two.

It may seem a bit odd when I begin to share some of the things that worked really well and the things that bombed miserably (for example, if one hands Saxon math to a child with a math LD, mom is incredibly likely to become the victim of a coup planned an brilliantly executed by said child; however, hand that same child a play written by Shakespeare and they seem to be content for hours…go figure).

book-focus-jerome-david-salinger-novelAs I watch my children leave the nest one by one, I have spent many a sad moment reminiscing over our homeschool days and walking by my bookshelves, still filled with our favorite books, and long for those days.  It is my prayer that this blog be an enriching experience for all you homeschool moms out there as I share with you cherished resources, book reviews based on age/grade/maturity levels, how to break those books up into self-contained unit studies, and some of our more humorous stories of our homeschool adventures.  In return, it I hope that all you who stop by and check out this blog do not leave without sharing a story or two.

~In Christ’s abundant love,

Alicia

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