Algebra and the Classical Model ?!?

Algebra and the Classical Model ?!?

Here we are! In the middle school and early high school years, where algebra is now an everyday reality! I love teaching my children to conquer new challenges while utilizing the tools of learning – classical model.  Employing grammar and utilizing dialectic skills brings me great joy but it brings me the greatest joy when my children "get it". Now algebra is all about equations, equations, equations.  Representing problems in an abstract equation and then finding solutions through the use of operations and laws. Check out my Algebra 1 – Classically under my download folders to the right.  You may find these notes, clearly marked grammar elements and problem-solving dialog helpful in your own algebra...
The Winnowing Valley

The Winnowing Valley

Throughout the Christian life there are times of faith-filled victory and trust as well as times of deep doubt and even crippling despair.  This week I received a call from a dear and trusted friend who has experienced the first but is currently walking through the later. How about you? Have you too experienced the presence and power of the Lord so undeniably that you were sure that you would never doubt His word or intention for your good ever again? Most of us would be honest enough to say that these words echo our own experience.  This side of heaven the battle to hold onto the unseen, to trust the eternal and to not give into the world’s ways is an everyday reality in the Christian life. I call these times of struggle and despair: Winnowing Valleys. Are you familiar with a few of the "winnowing valley" symptoms? Everything that once seemed fine and manageable is now difficult or larger than life. Spiritual truths and principles that were once clear and accepted are now foggy and up for question. Perhaps a particular temptation that you had been victorious over now has a newfound magnetic power. What is going on??  Where did this come from? Why is this happening? Questions like these loom and linger.  Somewhere along your journey you have been transported from the majestic mountain top to the vulnerable valley below. While winnowing valleys are a bit enigmatic in nature their ultimate purpose is always crystal clear… but before we identify the purpose of these strategically appointed seasons, we must know more about Him who oversees the...
Meet Mary Ann Smith, a Sanctified Woman

Meet Mary Ann Smith, a Sanctified Woman

A son of a widow, my husband, Ed,  is the fifth of five children.  My husband’s mother, Mary Ann Smith, was widowed when she was five months pregnant with Ed and caring for her four other children ranging from ages 15yrs to 2 yrs of age. Talk about a sanctified woman, Mary Ann Smith’s life has modeled trust and dependence upon the Lord. Even in the darkest of times, she has chosen Him. Over the years, we (Ed and I) have come to possess the precious four minute video reels of Mary Ann and her young children.  After inquiring on the cost to transfer some old 8mm video reels to DVD, this past December my husband and I took the task on ourselves.  Over a few days, we transferred some old 4 minute video reels (no sound) to DVD format, adding sound. Creating a tribute to Mary Ann Smith, to her life and sacrifice for her children.  After losing her husband, she raised all five children without remarrying until her youngest was twenty-one years of age. While the video process was tedious, this past Christmas, with all five adult children present along with several grandchildren, the memories and appreciation were worth all the toil and effort.  Tears of joy and gratitude flowed… Here is a great picture of Mary and her five children – all adults now with their own children and one even has their own grandchildren! While I am not able to load the video right now, I am able to share some precious pictures of Mary Ann Smith, her youngest son’s family (that would be us!)...
The Silence is Broken

The Silence is Broken

Yes, I am returning to BLOG land this week! With other pressing priorities and seasons of sickness, I return with much blogging catch-up to do! I hope to catch up with many of you soon and blog our happenings too… As I continue along sanctification’s journey through everyday life with my family, life lessons in mothering, principles revealed in my studying, dialectic discussions in our home schooling and what God is doing as I travel around speaking. My heart overflows… I look forward to sharing more...