The Give Way Reading Challenge

One of the things I love about the TJEd philosophy, is the aspect of “you, not them.”  Essentially it’s about making sure I keep focused on my own education as a way of improving myself and following my passions while also being an example of lifelong learning for my kids. I found a great list…

Book Club: A Southern Linner

This was our cookbook month for our adult/teen book club.  The plan is to read a cookbook or read about a cook and everyone cooks and brings a recipe from it.  This month’s book is: A Love Affair with Southern Cooking I chose this book first because everyone loves to read it and the recipes! …

Book Club: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Even though this book club is for older teens and adults, sometimes, when we read kid’s classics, we’ll ask the rest of our families to join us.  This was one of those instances. Nursery Alice is a simpler version Lewis Carroll wrote for younger…

Book Club: A Tale of Two Cities – Bangers and Baguettes

Book for this month’s adult/teen book club: A Tale of Two Cities This book is about a 9th or 10th grade reading level and would interest 14/15 year olds and up.  If you’d like to include younger kids, I would suggest Great Illustrated Classics: A Tale of Two Cities, which is a 5th or 6th…

Teen and Adult Book Club

I took a homeschooling test, which said one of the areas of homeschooling that I leaned toward was Thomas Jefferson Education. I’d never heard of it, but looked into it.  I liked a lot of what I read.  But, like any of the homeschooling philosophies, I pick and choose what I think will work for…

Squashing Boredom: Scavenger Hunt Style!

Photo Credit: Rachel Samanyi We were stuck in a rut. The “I’m bored bug” was crawling out far too often. I could suggest an activity, but rarely did it spark a creative fire in my kids. I decided that instead of waiting for them to be bored, I would send them on an adventure to…

South African Safari Photos (Pilanesberg National Park)

Here are a photos from the spring in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. Find a list of historical fiction set in Africa here. These photos are published under a creative commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). If it seems like the photo isn’t downloading at a res you’d like, please leave a comment with the number of…

Dachau Concentration Camp Photos

Here are images taken by me at Dachau Concentration Camp in 2008. I put them in order of entering the camp, turning left and going clockwise around the site.  Go here for information about each area. Here’s a map of the camp.  Find a list of historical fiction related to the Holocaust here. These photos are…

Thank You, You’ve Saved Me A LOT of Money

Giving — it’s not always an easy task, especially if what you’re giving away could potentially make you money (or at least be written off on your taxes).  It is also often a thankless task (especially if someone like me forgets to express my deep gratitude!). So this one is for all the people who…

Book Recommendations

In an effort to share information, I thought I’d put together a list of books that have been very helpful to me as a person, teacher and parent.  I’ve written reviews of some of them, so you can link to those below, or head over to Amazon to find out more. Teaching The First Days…