Today I did what I said I’d NEVER do…

The image “http://www.cindyrushton.com/images/Cindy2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Today I did what I said I’d NEVER do.

Well…I remember thinking in my godly little way that you would never catch ME dead doing that…

…so frivolous
…such a waste
…so SELFISH
…so superficial
…a total waste of time and money.

Well, has my opinion actually changed in 2 hours? I don’t think so. I think it was a slow fade over the past 7 years. [Read more…]

How to Serve Up Whole Books…

The image “http://www.cindyrushton.com/images/Cindy2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Charlotte Mason wrote the following…

“…for the best thought the world possesses is stored in books. …our concern is abundant provision and orderly serving!”

Yes, the best thought, the greatest ideas, and a world of information are all captured in books. They are the very best textbook. They are the very best lesson book. We have at our fingertips a bounty to serve to our children. So, in your choices, give abundant provision! Consistently serve them the very best books.

But, where do we begin? How do we serve up whole books?? Let me give you some very easy tips that will get you started… [Read more…]

Capturing the Heart of Your Teen by Cindy Rushton

The image “http://www.cindyrushton.com/images/Cindy2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Ready for one of my favorite articles? Sarah wrote me asking me if I could share this one again. She said that her computer crashed losing articles of ours that she had collected for the past 6 years (THANKS! WHAT AN HONOR!). This article is one that she reads regularly. Soooo, I am more than happy to bring it back out and dust it off. I pray that it blesses all of you! Ready? Let’s dig in….

Well, he graduated! For real! After 13 years of homeschooling, my BABY graduated! Just ONE MONTH ago today! Talk about a mushy, mushy month!

The last month has been simply my most favorite ever. We have had some of the most incredible discussions… more late night talks than ever…and more laughs and tears (mushy ones!) than I could ever have imagined! [Read more…]

Things I LOVE About the Charlotte Mason Approach by Cindy Rushton

The image “http://www.cindyrushton.com/images/Cindy2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.I remember the day that one of my dearest friends introduced me to the Charlotte Mason Approach. It was a day that defined our homeschool.

It was the end of our very first year of homeschooling. I was having an afternoon of sewing and smocking with my friend (I taught classes on sewing and smocking as a part of my home sewing business). We had stopped our work to have tea. While we were having tea, I shared with her about the ups and downs of my first year of homeschooling. She was a homeschooling veteran. I really respected her ideas and opinions. She was rock-solid. I was SO impressed by her children and all that they had accomplished homeschooling. I shared with her that there were a few things that just worked GREAT for us….others that were, ugh, a nightmare! She was sooo calm as she declared a truth that would set me free to find the philosophy of education that was just for me and my children. She told me that I sounded like the perfect Charlotte Mason/Unit Study mom. As I listened to her ideas for getting to know more about those approaches, I thought back to the very first book that I had bought— Books Children Love, which was written with suggestions for great books to be sure to read to your children while they were growing up. And…another book, For the Children’s Sake, which just grabbed me! [Read more…]