For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

The Infrastructure of Routine The main thrust of this chapter is that the home life of anyone, whether they have children or not, needs a regular pattern of life. I read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder aloud to my children when they were little and remember that Ma did specific things on … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 8

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 7

‘The Glory of the Usual or Jack of All Trades’ We’re at the half-way mark of our read along of this book and I hope you have enjoyed what you’ve read so far.For many of us, becoming a mother and making the decision to be at home while our children are young, has meant putting … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 7

A Charlotte Mason Education: the ‘extras’ that sometimes get left out in high school

The week before last I had a phone call from the Symphony Manager of the orchestra my daughter is a part of. Her son and two friends had entered an Eisteddfod competition and the cellist had just pulled out due to sickness. She asked if Miss 17 could play in his place - the only … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Education: the ‘extras’ that sometimes get left out in high school

For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

‘Taking Time and Care to Create the Home’s Atmosphere.’ This chapter starts off with the wisdom of the biblical directive found in the Old Testament which says that a young husband could not be drafted into the army in the first year of his marriage. The establishment of the home and the newlyweds relationship with … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Ch 6

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

When I was reading this chapter I thought about some issues we’ve had in the building industry here in recent years. The availability of housing hadn’t kept pace with the growth of the population and this led to an upsurge in the building of residential high rise apartments. Unfortunately, many of these new apartments have … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 5, The Home’s Weight-Bearing Beams

Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

I’m re-reading Charlotte Mason’s fourth volume, Ourselves, this time with my online book buddies. Ourselves is subtitled: Improving Character and Conscience, and is divided into Books 1 and 2. The first was designed for children around the age of twelve and the second for those of high school age, but, as many home educators have … Continue reading Ourselves by Charlotte Mason: Some Thoughts on the Will

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

Ellis Peters (1913-1995) is a nom de plume used by Edith Pargeter, an English author who wrote prolifically but is probably best known for her murder/mystery Brother Cadfael series. The title of this chapter is taken from her book, Ellis Peter’s Shropshire. Ellis Peters held a Christian worldview. She never married and travelled extensively, but … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 4

For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 of For the Family’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay explores our need for balance in our lives, that is, freedom within boundaries.An abundant life is necessary for healthy personal growth, an idea I imagine we’d all agree with if we really thought about it, but the path of life has two sides and … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake – Chapter 3

Read Along – some comments/discussion

How are you going with For the Family’s Sake?I’ve been putting together a blog post on Chapter 3 but I know a couple of you are still waiting for the book to arrive, and as the first two chapters touch on many important issues (not to mention temptations into all sorts of rabbit trails as … Continue reading Read Along – some comments/discussion

For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 2

Home - the Best Growing Ground for Children Last week, two of our state governments announced, that under a new plan four and five-year-old children will have an extra year of education. The classes will be five days per week and will be free."It will mean that, in the next 10 years, every child in … Continue reading For the Family’s Sake: Chapter 2