2019 Charlotte Mason Online Conference | The Musings of Mum

About the event...

Do you ever wonder if a 19th-century British educator can still influence our homeschool today?

Join us as we learn about the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education from 23 veteran homeschool parents who have been successfully using and enthusiastically sharing about Ms. Mason’s educational approach still today.

From habit training to Shakespeare, come discover and be inspired by a feast of ideas to implement in your homeschool.

🌿June 24-28
🌿23 Speakers
🌿25 Live Workshops
🌿Lifetime Access
🌿Swag Bags
🌿Only $10

Featured Speakers

Here’s a peek at some of the wonderful ladies you’ll be hearing from on conference week.

Ana Willis

They Call Me Blessed
Ana is a homeschool mom of 3 turned into homeschool blogger. She is an entrepreneur, online marketing, social media strategist, and passionate Bible and Hebrew teacher. She loves helping homeschool moms to find joy in their homeschool, to be more organized, grow in their faith, and even make an income working from home! Her goal is to help moms go from stressed to blessed and live a beyond blessed life. Ana studied Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a double Bachelor's degree in Biblical and Jewish Studies. She is the founder of Hebrew for Homeschoolers, a course that teaches homeschool families to read, write and speak Hebrew in 4 to 10 weeks.
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dollie freeman

The Charlotte Mason Way
Dollie Freeman has homeschooled her four children for 20 years using the Charlotte Mason way to teach her children from preschool to high school. Using this way of homeschooling, she has successfully raised self-educating children. With her family’s personal experience, she has created a planning framework that takes core elements of this philosophy to identify four roles of teachers that puts ownership of education in the hands of children. This planning framework not only works to raise self-educating children but also saves your years of planning, even if you are brand new to this method of learning.
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Kay Chance

Heart-to-heart homeschooling
Kay Chance is the mom of two homeschool graduates, the author of the Middle School Extensions for the Trail Guide to Learning series, and content editor for Homeschooling Today magazine. She believes even the most overwhelmed, stressed-out homeschooling mom can cultivate the calm, deeply connected life she craves. You’ll find her sharing how at Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling.
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Crystal & John Schindele

Charlotte Mason Says Podcast
John and Crystal, parents of five younglings, are still trying to figure out this thing called life. Married for over 10 years, they have a passion for helping families connect and grow in intentional ways. John, an Electrical Engineer by day and a podcast host by night, has been involved in the homeschooling community as either a student, teacher, coach or friend for over 20 years. Crystal grew up as an Army brat and has experienced almost every type of schooling that a person could. Together they host a podcast where they read and discuss Charlotte Mason's writings, starting with Parents and Children, in an attempt to inspire conversation and learning for parents of all ages with kids of all ages.
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Tatiana Adurias

The Musings of Mum
Tatiana is a follower of Jesus, married to the love of her life, and mum to one boy and five girls. Her mission is to inspire, encourage and equip mothers, to raise children who long to walk with Jesus by giving them the tools and resources to teach their children to defend their faith in Christ, and to reach the next generation with the power of the gospel. She blogs about motherhood, home education and organized living at The Musings of Mum.
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Amy Fischer

Around The Thicket & Thinking Love Podcast
Amy is a homeschooling mom of three boys, living as an American ex-pat in the northwest of England. For five years, she has been reading, learning, and applying the Charlotte Mason philosophy to her parenting, to her early years homeschool, and even herself. She connects the Charlotte Mason philosophy with the Charlotte Mason practicalities at her blog, Around the Thicket. You’ll also find her co-hosting the Thinking Love podcast, a show that explores homeschooling, Charlotte Mason, the early years, and more.
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sara bliss

Holistic Homeschooler
Sarah Bliss is the author of Holistic Homeschooler. Happily married to the man of her dreams and together they raise two adorable children As a home educator she believes home education is more than academics. She holds a personal philosophy that homeschooling is holistic and encompasses the whole child-body, mind, heart, spirit. In reference to the spirit, she means the holy spirit, knowing that ones own spirit needs daily nourishment from the word of God. An unabashed Christ follower. She homeschools mainly using a Charlotte Mason Philosophy of Education. She loves nature and spends hours outside on nature walks, the occasional hike, or nature study with her family.
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Meghann dibrell

Rooted Childhood
Meghann is a mom of three little ones, proud lefty, and unexpected country dweller who lives in the Texas Hill Country on 6.5 acres with too many animals to count. Meghann is the creator of Rooted Childhood, a resource to inspire families with young children to create and connect through meaningful, seasonally inspired activities. She can be found online at www.rootedchildhood.com.
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Angela O'Dell

Master Books
Angela O’Dell is a veteran homeschool mom, who loves to invest in the lives of homeschooling families. She is the author of the America’s Story 1-3, The World’s Story 1-3, and the Math Lessons for a Living Education series, all of which are published through Master Books. Based upon her foundational belief in a living God for a living education, she has worked to bring a curriculum that will reach deep into the heart of home-educated children and their families. Her goal is to create materials that teach and train hearts and minds to find the answers for our generation in the never changing truth of God and His Word. Angela is a World History Advisor on the board of the International Association of Creation, and an AACC certified Master Level Child Development and Family Biblical Life Coach, with a special focus on adolescence through the teen years.
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Jennifer Dowdy

charlotte mason kindergarten
Jennifer is a homeschool mom of six children, author at Charlotte Mason Kindergarten, and self-taught graphic designer. Serving alongside her husband in her home and local church. She has spent the last nine years practicing the Charlotte Mason method and observing the truthfulness in it. Nature studies, habit training and lots of living books have filled her days. Charlotte Mason kindergarten was born as an inkling from God. The desire of Jennifer's heart is to see children thrive in cultivated environments at home. Creating our own cultures and raising children that really care. Raised as a preacher's daughter in a home that valued servanthood, she strives to help other moms travel along this narrow path.
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Jeannie Fulbright

Jeannie Fulbright is a veteran homeschool mother, Certified Christian Life Coach, best-selling author, and national speaker. Jeannie earned her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Texas-Austin, and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. Jeannie is the author of Apologia’s Young Explorer series: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry and Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology 1, 2 and 3. Jeannie also blogs writes for national magazines and has been speaking at conferences across the United States since 2005. All of Jeannie’s four homeschooled children attended or attend the University of Georgia on scholarship, her oldest graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Photojournalism, and now owns her own photography company and works as a freelance editor at CNN. Jeannie’s two sons are both Computer Science majors at UGA. Her youngest daughter will join her brothers at UGA this fall, focusing on Engineering. Visit Jeannie’s website www.jeanniefulbright.com and sign up for her newsletter to learn about upcoming products and receive encouragement for the homeschool journey. Jeannie can also be found on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Julie H. Ross

A Gentle Feast
Julie H Ross believes that every child needs a feast of living ideas to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a former school teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Assistant Director of a Homeschool Academy, Julie Ross has worked with hundreds of students and parents over the past 20 years. She has also been homeschooling her own five children for over a decade. Julie Ross developed the Charlotte Mason curriculum, A Gentle Feast, to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to provide a rich and abundant educational feast full of books, beauty, and Biblical truth.
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Chelli Guthrie

The Planted Trees
Chelli Guthrie is a homeschool mom to three children and wife to "Preacher Man." She blogs at The Planted Trees about Charlotte Mason homeschooling. She has spoken at Christian retreats and various homeschooling venues. She teaches high school level writing and literature classes at a local homeschool co-op, online, and at a local private school. Chelli has also written a year- long homeschool devotional book, Revitalize: Breathing Life and Encouragement into Your Homeschool.
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Diana Waring

History Revealed
Diana Waring is one of the pioneers of homeschooling. For nearly three decades she has been an author and speaker to the international homeschool movement. Diana is the author and publisher of the History Revealed curriculum, the Experience History Through Music series (William T. Anderson authored one of the titles in this series), Beyond Survival: A Guide to Abundant Life Homeschooling, Reaping the Harvest: The Bounty of Abundant Life Homeschooling, and numerous world history and homeschool encouragement audio CDs. She is a video blogger, blogger, columnist for The Homeschool Minute, guest writer at The Old Schoolhouse magazine, curriculum writer, composer, wife, and homeschool mom.
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Gena Mayo

Music in our Homeschool
Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 20 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It is her desire to help all homeschoolers include music in their homeschools. Learn more at MusicinOurHomeschool.com and her online course site Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com.
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Dachelle McVey

Hide the chocolate
Dachelle is a working homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. She is the owner of HideTheChocolate.com, a blog about her adventures in homeschooling and parenting. She is also the author of dozens of online book clubs for kids from preschool to high school at her site Literary Adventures for Kids. You can often find her reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. 😉
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Erica johns

Enrichment Studies
Erica Johns is a mother of six and has been homeschooling for most of the last 22 years. In her work at EnrichmentStudies.com she helps homeschool families make enjoying the arts a natural and easy part of family life. Erica enjoys encouraging mothers to love their children with great passion and reckless abandon!
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Ashley wiggers

homeschooling today magazine
Ashley Wiggers grew up in the early days of the homeschooling movement. She was taught by her late mother, Debbie Strayer, who was an educator, speaker and the author of numerous homeschooling materials. It was through Debbie’s encouragement and love that Ashley learned the value of being homeschooled. Currently, Ashley is the Editor-in-Chief of Homeschooling Today magazine, Public Relations Director for Geography Matters and the author of the Profiles from History series. Ashley makes her home in Somerset, KY, with her loving husband and two boys.
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Cori Dean

Maple Tree Publications
Cori Dean is an author and speaker as well as the owner of Maple Tree Publications. Her recent adventures include backpack camping on a bike and travelling the Trent-Severn Waterway entirely by boat. When she isn’t adventuring or meeting other homeschoolers, she loves time in the garden or reading a good book. She and her husband, Mark, have homeschooled their four daughters for 16 years and are in full-time ministry with Youth for Christ at the Shop Vehicle Donation Program in Ontario, Canada.
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Kathie Morrisey

The Character Corner
Kathie Morrissey is the mother of 8, wife to Alan for 40 years, and committed homeschooling mom of 31 years. She is the founder of The Character Corner, where she blogs about parenting, family life, homeschooling, and life in general. Kathie is a popular speaker at home school conventions, support groups, and ladies retreats. She is the author of two popular character curriculums, and several books written to encourage Biblical parenting.
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Tara Wohlford

Minivan Ministries
Tara Wohlford is a homeschool mom who lives in Nashville, TN with her family of 5. Having always had a passion for children and learning, she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. as a Reading Specialist. After spending ten years in the public school classroom, she worked in children’s ministry for two years, then began her adventure with homeschooling and teaching ESL online. Visit Tara at MinivanMinistries.com, where she blogs about homeschooling and making Jesus the driving force in your family.
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Charlene Notgrass

Notgrass History
Charlene is a Christian and a veteran homeschooling mom. Charlene received a bachelor's in urban planning from Middle Tennessee State University. She oversees curriculum development at Notgrass and is a lead curriculum author. Charlene loves to encourage homeschooling mothers, whether speaking at homeschool conferences, counseling mothers individually, or through her blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers. Charlene enjoys reading, quilting, drawing, sewing, improving their old house, and spending time with Ray, her husband since 1974, and their children and grandchildren.
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Lee Felix

Like Minded Musings
Lee Felix of Like Minded Musings is a Faith Blogger, Virtual Assistant and Lifetime Encourager. Her heart is to encourage and equip Christian women to embrace the imperfect and grow in Christ! She is a Wife of 20 yrs, Mama to 5, Imperfect Jesus Follower, Unexpected Homeschooler, Avoider of Small Talk and a Coffee Fanatic. Join Lee in the journey through imperfect yet intentional parenting in her Private Imperfect Moms Facebook Community , get access to her FREEBIES Hub of Biblical Resources or connect on Social Media!
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Conference Schedule


Getting Started with Charlotte Mason & mother ministry

Join Ana Willis as she dives into the wisdom of Miss Charlotte Mason, a 19th-century British educator who not only revolutionized education on her days but who is still influencing our homeschools today. Ana will give you an overview of a Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education and help you find out why Miss Mason’s approach is still so relevant and much needed in this 21st century’s fast pace and multitasking society. From habit training to Shakespeare, narration to nature studies, come discover and be inspired by a feast of ideas to implement in your homeschool.
Charlotte Mason stated that “Self-education is the only possible education; the rest is mere veneer laid on the surface of a child’s nature.” With this statement as the pinnacle ideal of everything that is taught in this method of education, a homeschool mother must secure in her mind what contributes to self-education. Dollie Freeman has devoted her homeschool journey to unlock the mysteries of self-educating inside Charlotte Mason’s original writings to discover the four roles of a teacher that naturally leads to self-education. Inside this workshop, Dollie will unfold these core elements that outline the true part a teacher has in her children’s education. You may be surprised just how easy these roles truly are for a mother.
mother ministry: GROWING FAITH
Disciple your children out of an overflow of your personal relationship with Christ. Learn how creating a spiritual growth notebook and journal can help you cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with your Savior.
A discussion on the importance of learning about the philosophy behind a Charlotte Mason Education. We will cover studying Charlotte Mason's own words, finding the foundation of proper education, and using the 'Why' to motivate your 'What' and 'How’.
Miss Mason said: “All other bodies of workers, whether of hand or brain, enjoy the help and profit of association; commonly, of cooperation. Thus the wisdom, the experience, the information of each is made profitable for all; enthusiasm is generated by the union of many for the advance of a cause, and every member is cheered by the sympathy of his fellow workers.” - Charlotte Mason understood the importance of community, not only for the child, but for the parent as well. In this workshop, you'll be encouraged to join and even lead real-life Charlotte Mason communities in your area, because true connections are crucial for your parental support and development, as much as they are for your children.


Nature Study, Nature Journaling & Handicrafts

Before Curriculum: Using Charlotte Mason's Educational Tools in your Home
Bring the Charlotte Mason philosophy into practical application no matter your circumstances. In her philosophy, Charlotte Mason gives three tools for educating our children: atmosphere, discipline, and life. These tools give us the ‘how-to’ of the Charlotte Mason way, whether you have toddlers or high schoolers. In this session, deepen your understanding of these tools and develop a vision for how to use them in your home now. This session will be especially helpful to those who want to apply the Charlotte Mason philosophy outside of traditional, formal lessons, including those in the early years, families who are deschooling, or even those on summer vacation.
1PM PST - Amy Fischer
The Intricacies of Nature Study
How to begin nature study. Discussing supplies and then diving into the intricate details of nature study.
2PM PST - Sarah Bliss
Handicrafts for Whole Body Learning
Charlotte Mason tells us that “the child is only truly educated who can use his hands as truly as his head, for to neglect one part of our being injures the whole.” Handicrafts are often nudged aside as an “extra” but in truth, developing the creative side of the brain and learning to use one’s hand is just as important as arithmetic and reading. Children can learn handicraft skills that challenge their capabilities, bless others, and make the world a more beautiful place. When handicrafts become part of the atmosphere of your home, children will develop fine motor skills, creativity, self-awareness, and so much more. This workshop will include details on how to introduce handicrafts in the early years and during formal lessons as well as ideas on handicrafts to get started.
3PM PST - Meghann Dibrell
Growing Naturally in Language Skills
Confident writing ability is the result of well-developed thinking and communication skills. Charlotte Mason placed high value on encouraging the children to tap into and develop their God-given love of telling what they know. In this session, Angela speaks from her own experience of employing the Charlotte Mason approach to teaching language skills to her own children. This session will give helpful information about: - the importance of communication - the power of “living books” - the why’s and how’s of oral narration - how and when to transition into written narration - the incredible value of copywork - no-stress composition in the higher grades - the humble servants: spelling and grammar - building vocabulary in a natural way
4PM PST - Growing Naturally in Language Skills
Charlotte Mason in the Early Years
A mother's authentic journey living out the Charlotte Mason lifestyle. What's important in the early years and how to thrive! Smooth and easy days is our goal: The steps to creating that critical foundation and loving the journey.
5PM PST - Jennifer Dowdy


Charlotte Mason Curriculum for All Ages

Learning & Teaching History from a Biblical Worldview
In this session, Angela dives into the hows and whys of teaching history from a Biblical worldview. As an author who has worked for more than a decade to produce history curriculum that reaches into the heart of the student, she shares her heart and passion for teaching history in a fresh and relevant way for this generation of homeschooling parents and children. A few of the topics covered in this workshop: I don't want to teach my children a religiously sterilized version of history. What does history from a Biblical worldview look like? Why is it important to learn history from a Biblical worldview? Isn't history just history? My kids don't like history; how do I make it interesting to draw them in? [Teaching children their place in history.] When should I start teaching my kids history? Do I have to teach history in chronological order? Angela talks about her new podcast for kids that launches July 1st
1PM PST - Angela O'Dell
5 Steps to a Superior Science Education
There is a reason that American school children score at the very bottom on international science assessments. It is the ineffective way in which science is taught in schools. Most of us were subjected to this system and obtained only a cursory understanding of science. As homeschoolers, we have the freedom and opportunity to throw out those unproductive techniques. We can truly impart a deeper knowledge and love for science. Jeannie will share five vital steps, inspired by Charlotte Mason, that will ensure you impart a superior science education. These five steps will not only enrich your homeschool, they will prepare your children for high school and college.
2PM PST - Jeannie Fulbright
The Pageant of History
Charlotte Mason said, “Next in order to religious knowledge, history is the pivot upon which our curriculum turns.” (Vol. 6, p. 273) What does this mean? How is Charlotte Mason’s approach to history different than unit studies? What order did her programmes give to History? Is teaching History with living books the only way her philosophy impacts the study of this subject? In this in-depth workshop, Julie H Ross, creator of A Gentle Feast will break down how to practically approach History with Miss Mason’s methods of living ideas, narration, short lessons, notebooks, and more.
3PM PST - Julie H. Ross
Encouraging You and Your Reluctant Writer
Writing, in some form, is an integral part of modern life and a Charlotte Mason education. Both homeschool parents and students, however, sometimes find themselves struggling to enjoy the writing process. Chelli Guthrie, Charlotte Mason blogger and writing teacher, will help you lay the groundwork to help your child enjoy writing and to recognize your role as a homeschool parent in spreading the feast of writing.
4PM PST - Chelli Guthrie
Making Geography Memorable
Geography helps students understand cause and effect and teaches critical thinking effortlessly. Don’t miss the opportunity to help your children see the big picture of learning with the essential pieces of cultural and geographic knowledge. Come hear Ashley (a homeschool graduate and author) share about the importance of geography and how to integrate it into your homeschool.
5PM PST - Ashley Wiggers


Living Literature, Shakespeare and the Arts

Doing Music the Charlotte Mason Way
You know you love the gentle, yet effective, Charlotte Mason approach to education. Did you know she had a lot to say about music education as well? We will talk about Miss Mason's ideas on teaching children music. You can do it even it you and your kids aren't musically inclined!
1PM PST - Gena Mayo
"Me? Teach Shakespeare? Then is has to be easy."
Are you surprised that Charlotte Mason who espoused the idea of a restful and peaceful style of education encouraged the study of something as difficult as Shakespeare? Gena Mayo was, and so she set off to learn how to make the study of Shakespeare not only attainable but fun and enjoyable as well! Learn about it in her session, "Me? Teach Shakespeare? Then it has to be easy".
2PM PST - Gena Mayo
Add Enchantment to Your Homeschool through Literature
Using Charlotte Mason's core principles, we'll learn ways to add enchantment to your homeschool through poetry teatimes, rabbit trails, and a little magic dust. We'll bring literature to life using living books and a little inspiration.
3PM PST - Dachelle McVey
The Gift of The Arts
Art, music, poetry: Each offers gifts to your whole family. How can we receive these gifts, rather than adding more items onto the To Do list? Enrichment Studies founder Erica Johns will inspire us to allow the gifts of the arts into our lives in a way that offers life-enhancing peace and beauty.
4PM PST - Erica Johns
From Ordinary to Extraordinary—A Multi-Faceted Approach to Learning
What happens when our children come "face to face" with a breath-taking event in history that is captured by a painting, architecture, music, literature, drama or engineering feat? In her day, Charlotte Mason invited children to move beyond superficial acquaintance with a historical "fact," and welcomed them into a rich environment where they actually engaged with learning, where they had their own thoughts and questions and ideas. This approach is what transforms the everyday, ho-hum experience of education into an extraordinary adventure! Join Diana Waring as she explores this topic with a wealth of practical concepts and stories. You will be refreshed and encouraged!
5PM PST - Diana Waring



What is a Biblical Home Education?
Learning is so much more than filling with knowledge! To be truly educated our children also need to be in touch with their Creator, and to be of good character. Let’s look at some of the problems that we, as Christian parents, face in preparing our children for adulthood. The scriptures give us the foundation for our providing this abundant education and Charlotte Mason’s methods bring alive many practical tools for nurturing our children into mature Christian adults.
1PM PST - Cori Dean
Training Character Into Your Children
Character is the most important fruit that parents can nurture in their children and is the foundation for academic learning. Discover how character is learned and how to establish a plan for teaching it to your children. Kathie will give several creative ways you can encourage your children to develop in this important area. After hearing this, you will be motivated, and full of ideas to use with your own children.
2PM PST - Kathie Morrisey
Spirit Led Homeschooling
As homeschool moms, we feel the pressure to do everything we can possibly do to make sure our children succeed. That is a lot of pressure, but what if it is not really up to us? Charlotte Mason challenged us to trust the Holy Spirit as the ultimate leader and teacher. We should not only pray over our curriculum, but we must fully embrace the belief that the God of the universe is also the God of math, science, reading, and all subjects. Charlotte Mason calls this, "the great recognition, that God the Holy Spirit is Himself, personally, the Imparter of Knowledge, the Instructor of Youth, the Inspirer of Genius." She believed that "every fruitful idea, every original conception, whether in Euclid, or grammar, or music, was a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit." We should teach everything in a way that leaves room for the Holy Spirit to do His work.
3PM PST - Tara Wholford
Homeschooling: The Making of Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore and Mittie Roosevelt homeschooled their children in New York City in the 1860s and 1870s. One of them grew up to become President of the United States. The story of the Roosevelt family will inspire your homeschool journey with practical ideas for helping your children become all that God has created them to be.
4PM PST - Charlene Notgrass
4 Keys to Keep an Encouraged Homeschool Mama Heart
In our walk with the Lord and in our homeschooling we can be our own biggest challenge to overcome .. or is that just me? 🙂 Join me, Lee Felix of Like Minded Musings, as we walk through 4 practical keys to help you keep an encouraged heart and run the race set before you, well!
5PM PST - Lee Felix

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