• Book Nook,  Books,  History,  Holidays

    Annie’s Thanksgiving Bookshelf

    A friend asked me today for Thanksgiving book recommendations, which prompted me to pull all my mine down from their high shelf. The kids quickly flocked around to see their old holiday friends back again. I hope these stories will warm your hearts in a season of gratitude. (Books are listed in order from youngest ages to oldest.)

  • Activities,  History,  Summer

    Visiting our National Parks with Kids

    When I was growing up, my parents stopped to read every roadside historical marker and every trailside sign out loud to us. We explored state parks and historic sites all over the Southeast. In my teen years, I did my fair share of eye-rolling as we stopped at yet another sign. And as we became adults, it became a running joke to continue the tradition. Looking back, I can see how my parents were demonstrating a lifelong love of learning as they paused at each and every trail sign or historic site. Now in my own way, I’ve picked up the cause and given it my own flavor with national…

  • Book Nook,  Books,  Curriculum,  English,  History

    4th of July Books

     This holiday weekend is for cookouts, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue. Enjoying our freedoms with family and friends is certainly what it’s all about. Let’s be intentional and teach our kids WHY and WHAT we are celebrating on Independence Day. Here are my favorite 5 books for learning more about the 4th of July:

  • Books,  Curriculum,  History

    Studying History

    History is one subject we have chosen not to cover during our cottage school day. We realize that some subjects work well at cottage school, but others don’t. We all decided to do what we want for history: Annie uses Memoria Press (classical) for history lessons; Amelia uses Sonlight (literature based); and Jenny and I use Susan Wise Bauer’s “The Story of the World.” All of us supplement our history textbooks with various books focused on what time period we are studying. The benefits of a good history curriculum are priceless though. What should you look for in one?  First, make sure it’s covering world history and not just American…