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A Tip for Each Year of Marriage

A Tip for Each Year of Marriage

Earlier this week, John and I celebrated our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  Like any married couple, we have had ups and downs, times of plenty and been in need. Also like every other couple, we have fought and cried together. Here are 25 things that I have learned and am still learning to do.

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It’s Not All Up To Me

It’s Not All Up To Me

It’s not possible nor reasonable to train or teach every child every thing they need to learn. I don’t need to do it all. Just as God is perfecting in me His work, so He is with the children. I am not perfecting them – He is. God has begun a good work in me and He will continue it until the Day of Christ.

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Fearless Parenting

Fearless Parenting

I’m not scared anymore. And it’s beautiful. Freeing. Relaxed. And joyful.Too often I tried to influence my little ones. Tried to control them. I micro-managed them. The lessons God has revealed to me have been the only thing that keep me going at times. It is not hopeless, but it isn’t just about homeschooling- it is so much bigger than that. God wants to reach you, to teach you, to blow your mind with Himself. But sometimes, like with me, He has to get some stuff out of the way so that we will listen. To parent out of freedom and grace is refreshing. It’s totally liberating!

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Back to basics homeschooling

Back to basics homeschooling

I'm so glad that I'm not beginning the homeschool adventure now. When I started it was a tad lonely. All networking (if it could be called that) was done via word-of-mouth and (gasp!) old fashioned letter writing and monthly newsletters! I remember fondly hearing of a...

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What is the Chief End of Homeschooling?

What is the Chief End of Homeschooling?

The Chief End of Homeschooling: there is an eternal reason for all this mess, untidiness, and constant training. That reason is that God wants ALL of us- our entire life. Our goal is to love God and glorify Him forever – in the midst of spilled Weetbix and poopie nappies and children that can’t spell.

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Hi, I'm Susan

Musings of a maniacal, messy mama navigating through the seasons of life. Veteran homeschooler who feels like a newbie. Mama to many adults, and a toddler again. Blended family. Ex-nomadic lifestyle. Follower of Christ.


National Homeschool Week Park Meet-Up Tomorrow. Are You Coming?

A Park Meet is an opportunity for experienced homeschoolers to share with enquiring or new homeschoolers. Its a great opportunity to meet new people and demonstrate to an often sceptical mainstream how great the homeschool lifestyle can be.

Relationship or Religion

To do what is right and just is more pleasing to ADONAI than sacrifice. CJB I'm a simple kind of gal. I love the poetic richness of the KJV but there are some times when I like to read other versions of the Bible as well. I've found it helpful in my walk as a believer...

Teenage Rebellion in the Homeschooling Family

Sadly, I think there is a lot of myth and fear surrounding the teen years, especially amongst home schoolers. There comes a time in everyone’s life where they start to examine and question the big issues of life: why are we here? Who put us here? What happens when we die? Our answer or thoughts to these questions make us do the things we do. This isn’t always direct rebellion, it is a natural part of a healthy life.

Heart of the Matter Online Magazine

There's a new blog in the blogosphere! So what? There's new blogs every day I hear one say. True but this one is a little different. It is called Heart of the Matter and its purpose is to is to provide a place for homeschooling parents to find all of the resources...

Learning about the Man from Snowy River

I am not good at writing poetry. I don't understand a lot of it yet I want to instill an appreciation and basic knowledge of poetry to my children. That is my goal or the *where*. Knowing the 'where' dictates how we do poetry appreciation. Other families are...

Constant Chatter

Our home is noisy! Our home is loud! And is filled with constant talk! But, this is a good thing- discussion is a cord that helps to bind the family together. Nevertheless, constant talk can be a drain upon others and it isn't necessarily beneficial for the talker...

The Work of a Teacher

"The actual work of the teacher consists of the awakening and setting in action the mind of the pupil, the arousing of his self-activities… All explanation and exposition are useless except as they excite and direct the pupil in his own thinking…We are now ready to...

Mapping the course- as the pilot

So began a new chapter in my homeschooling journey: that of putting God first…depending solely upon Him. I wanted Him to show me what to teach and when to each child. I was literally asking ‘What would Jesus do? What would Jesus learn? How would Jesus teach?’

Grace: Received, Not Achieved.

What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 1Corinthians 4:7 Why, oh why do I (man) like to think that I have something, just a little something, to do with my salvation. Do I not realise that in...

Crowns of Fire and other Aussie Nature Study Resources

Crowns of Fire is a rich, literary story of the Australian bush, originally written by Amy Mack (and I love her work) and it has been adapted by Michelle Morrow of Down Under Literature. The illustrations, by fellow Australian Cath Chegwidden, are just stunning! This...

Man from Snowy river recitation with movie clips


The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach

Those who are interested in a Bible based, Delight-Directed, Note-Booking, or Charlotte Mason approaches may like these products as the author has taken the best from each approach and blended them to make the Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach.
I have used some of the Heart of Wisdom units for a few years now but I have been most influenced by Robin’s book, The Heart of Wisdom Teaching Approach. I have learnt that the Bible outlines how we can teach our children and that study is a form of worship. The goal of this approach is to train children to read, to study, to understand, to love to learn and, most importantly, to desire and seek true wisdom. A benefit to this approach is that it is multi-level teaching and can be used by a mother with children of all ages.