Heart

Homeschool Journey: Educating our Hearts

I mentioned in my last post that during the year of waiting, the Lord tutored, instructed, and prepared me (and that process has continued).  I was led to resources, principles, and tools that gave me a vision for what should be our overarching focus and goal.   The main resource that I was led to was...
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The Arts for the Heart: Nature

The whole world is full of unworked joy mines. Everywhere we go we find all sorts of happiness-producing material, if we only know how to extract it.” -Orison Swett Marsden   Some of the greatest joy mines are in the arts. The arts help to teach and mold our hearts so we are better able...
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The Arts for the Heart: Music

The whole world is full of unworked joy mines. Everywhere we go we find all sorts of happiness-producing material, if we only know how to extract it.” -Orison Swett Marsden Continuing on with the series of posts about the arts and our hearts. Next up is Music.   By music, I don’t just mean any...
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The Arts for the Heart: Poetry

The whole world is full of unworked joy mines. Everywhere we go we find all sorts of happiness-producing material, if we only know how to extract it.” -Orison Swett Marsden   Continuing on with the series of posts about the arts and our hearts. Next up is Poetry.   “The soldier fights for his native...
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The Arts for the Heart: Art

The whole world is full of unworked joy mines. Everywhere we go we find all sorts of happiness-producing material, if we only know how to extract it.” -Orison Swett Marsden   Continuing on with the series of posts about the arts and our hearts. Next up is Art.   “You must look at pictures studiously, earnestly,...
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The Arts for the Heart: Story

The whole world is full of unworked joy mines. Everywhere we go we find all sorts of happiness-producing material, if we only know how to extract it.” -Orison Swett Marsden   Continuing on with the series of posts about the arts and our hearts. Last but not least is Story.   “The normal [child] demands a...
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Lead by Example

One of my favorite parts about homeschooling is that I get to learn right along side my kids.  My love of learning has grown even deeper over the past couple years and I just can’t seem to get enough.  Sometimes I feel like I’ll never have enough time in this life to be able to...
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Notebooking: Digesting, Extracting Joy, and Collecting Gems

Notebooking provides a way for digesting what we are learning, collecting gems, and extracting joy.  My notebook is quickly becoming a priceless treasure to me.  And I hope my kids’ notebooks become invaluable to them as well.  What is notebooking? Notebooking is for extracting joy and collecting gems. “I see notebooking as a way to...
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Associate Learning With Sweetness

It’s the start of a new school year!  This morning we carried on our new tradition from last year that was inspired by a Hebrew tradition that I learned about last year.  I could just copy and paste, but instead, I’ll just link to last year’s post that explains everything…     This year we also...
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2020-2021 Theme: Restored

We officially started our school year today.   Our homeschool feels more like a year round style since we definitely still do a lot of learning even during the summer, but we’ll be adding back in some more structure now.  Last night, we had our back to school dinner/presentation.  To start out, I summarized the miracle...
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Embraced by Harmony

I have noticed over the past almost 2 years of implementing the Well-Educated Heart philosophy and lifestyle (layers at a time) that the moments when I am feeling deep joy are often the moments when I have been spending quality time with the arts and have allowed myself to feel the beauty and power of...
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Nature Journaling

Something that I have wanted us to be more consistent with is nature journaling.  I learned about nature journaling from John Muir Laws.  I am still very much a beginner but I’m really enjoying the process and excited to learn more as I go.   “When we see with clear eyes, we know that we...
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Roxanne Loves Classical Music

I just wanted to share these little gems from the past few weeks.   January 17, 2020 Roxanne: “I’m playing Moonlight Sonata on my guitar.”     February 12, 2020 Roxanne and I were playing with her dollhouse this morning. I had turned on the piano music box and the kitty doll was “playing” the...
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Morning Nature Walks: Noticing Little Details

We have been going on a walk around our neighborhood every weekday morning since the boys got out of school… so today will be our 15th walk I think. It’s been good for us to get outside and get some fresh air first thing in the morning. I have been noticing that it is also...
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Memorizing Good and Beautiful Things

Evelyn used to love taking baths. And then recently, she randomly started hating them (maybe because my Roxanne started hating them too and they rub off on each other). She particularly didn’t like getting water poured on her head to rinse off the shampoo. Last night when I was bathing them, I started pouring the...
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Chasing Fireflies

A fond memory that I have of summer in Missouri (where I grew up) is the warm nights, watching, chasing, and catching fireflies. Fireflies are magical. I love them. Until recently, I didn’t know that fireflies existed in Utah. I was always sad about this and felt like something was missing from summer nights. Well,...
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Morning Nature Walk: Watching a Snail Eat Grass

This morning we found another snail on our walk!  It was in the grass and we sat there and watched it eat for about 15 minutes.  I had never seen a snail eat before and it was pretty cool!  In fact I didn’t even know that snails eat grass.  haha.  
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