Marriage vs. Living Together – Relationally Speaking

This podcast episode tackles this tough issue using real statistics and real-life experience. Having been married for 32 years, we bring credibility to the table. Having 10 children and sustaining a stable, happy marriage through painful losses and disappointments gives us INcredibility! We are The Incredibles! Ha ha!

This subject is more important than many realize. Our young people are being taught false ideas about relationships, marriage, children, values, beliefs, and life, in general.

We need to get the truth out to them, so that they can change their lifestyles and get off of the self-destructive road they are on.

The Basics of Learning and Homeschooling E-course

Dear Readers,

I have written an e-course for new homeschoolers and for those who just feel like things are not going well with their homeschool – maybe you even feel like throwing in the towel. Don’t do it! Homeschooling is SO worth it.

Or you might just wish you could get some training in Education and figure out why this is so hard.

It doesn’t have to be hard. It can be enjoyable if you understand some basic concepts about Learning and apply them to your Homeschooling.

This e-course called “The Basics of Learning and Homeschooling” will teach you basic ideas about learning theory and how to apply them to your children. There’s much more in this course, like how to choose curriculum, how to help children with learning differences, preserving relationships in your family, especially your marriage, and building a strong family culture.

Check it out here:


You will become more confident about your teaching and fearless about your homeschooling.

If you know someone else who would benefit from this course, please forward this link to them! Thank you!

I also wrote this book that has similar content:


How to Use Some Charlotte Mason Methods Without Using the Full-on Charlotte Mason Approach

1. Start with Living Books

Find some good book lists that contain Classics (because they have stood the test of time), historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies

This is what living books are according to Simply Charlotte Mason:

“Living books are usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style. The books pull you into the subject and involve your emotions, so it’s easy to remember the events and facts. Living books make the subject “come alive.” ”

Some good book lists are found at Read-Aloud Revival, a website for parents who like to read aloud to their children: Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt; Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson; Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson; and All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. The Sonlight catalog also lists wonderful books as readers and read-alouds that are grouped by grade level and periods of history.

Take your book list with you to the library. Or if you would rather have your own library, you can buy them. If you are studying a certain period in history, find books that have stories that take place during that time. If you are looking for a particular science topic, find a book about it. Or find a book that is told in narrative or story form that explains that topic. There are even living books for math and language arts. Just keep in mind the definition of living books, and you will find wonderful books that will captivate the interest of your children and yourself.

2. Add some narration.

As you are reading to your children or listening to an audiobook together, have one of them tell back what happened in the last chapter. This is narration, a telling back in one’s own words.

I do this in a sneaky way by reading a chapter or two one day. Then the next time we pick up the book to read, I ask one of the children to get us back into the story by reminding us what happened last. This works out very well. The kids usually remember much more than I do. This shows that they were listening. It helps them to remember it even better. And it prepares us for the next part of the story. In the Charlotte Mason method, there are more rules, and you can have older children do written narrations, but I have found my little sneaky method to be natural, easy, and fun for my children.

For more ideas of how to add Charlotte Mason elements to your homeschool, get my Charlotte Mason Lite printable here.