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What does classical education mean for us?

We have homeschooled for seven years!

Most people have ideas about what they think homeschooling means.

Are we a cult? Do we think we know better than public schoolers? Do we watch movies all day? Do we sleep late sometimes?

NO! NO! and NO! and Yes, of course the kids sleep in!  You don’t wake a sleeping baby!

We are a bunch of mostly crunchy moms who love our children and feel called to do this home education thing. We enjoy our CC day because that means adult conversation!

For us, homeschooling means freedom!  Boys have energy!  Homeschooling allows them the freedom to learn in different ways than public school does!

We have been a part of a Classical Conversations community for six years.  Classical education simply means memorizing tons of information in the early years to create a bank of knowledge for later years.

The younger children learn facts in seven subjects over 24 weeks each year.  The subjects include geography, English grammar, math, history, science, Latin and timeline!

CC includes 3 cycles of information covered over three years, so my kids are learning World History for two years and U.S. history for one year.  We meet as a community once a week!

Math stays the same each year.  The memorization includes skip counting to the 15’s and measurements and formulas.

Luke is a 2nd grader.  He started CC Foundations before he was actually in a class. He was two years old when we started with the older boys.  He sat in class with me though.  CC has moms in class with the kids.  Class is led by a parent tutor, mom is always considered the teacher (because we homeschool).  He played with cars in the floor and absorbed the information covered during class.  He entered an official class when h was 4.  This is his fourth year in a Foundations class.

As time has passed for us, I have noticed more and more the value of Classical Conversations.  This year, he is beginning to transition to multiplication in math.  He knows the multiplication tables through skip counting like the back of his hand!  He is breezing through what could be a very difficult transition from addition and subtraction to multiplication. I can only imagine how the information they have absorbed from the 7 subjects will enhance their learning!

My kids love CC day. So do I! Ella will be in a class next year. Samuel is currently in Challenge 1! Dillon will enter Challenge A after completing 6 years of Foundations and 2.5 years of Essentials!

Look for a future post on Essentials!  Intense English grammar and writing!

Posted in ditch and switch, Uncategorized, wellness

Morning and Nighttime Routine

Skincare has not always been a priority for me!  I don’t wear tons of makeup, and I have always washed my face at night.  Actually establishing a routine of caring for my skin issues did not seem important!  Having babies, running a business from our home and having a husband in the ministry make for a tired moma!

A few years ago, I began to notice “issues” with my skin.  I had a few troublesome spots and breakouts have been an issue for me for many years!!

I am still not overly disciplined, which is an area I am working on in many areas in my life! I have 4 kids and some days, I just don’t make the time for myself.


My skincare routine is pretty simple. At night, I remove my makeup and wash my face.  I am not entirely happy with the product I currently use.  It has some questionable ingredients.  I will do a seperate post when I settle on one I love!

The blue bottle in the background is spray consisting of witch hazel, frankincense and lavender.  I spray this on a clean face at night.

Next, I apply eye cream.  I use Young Living Wolfberry eye cream. A tiny bit goes a long way! My under eye area has dramatically improved since I started using Wolfberry. I have no burning sensation (which I have had with other eye creams), and there is no residue, so I use this eye cream in the morning also.

Without fail, even when I am ready to crash, Frankincense comes next. My skin feels amazing since I implemented this step. I put about two drops on my fingertips. Then, I slather this all over my face.  Even when it feels like the Frank is gone, I continue to pat it around my face. I may use a drop here and there on areas that need it. I do this morning and night!! Some days, I add Lavender into the mix on my fingertips with the Frank.

The bottle you see with a gold label is organic Argan oil by Pura dor.  I purchase this from Amazon.  This can be used along with the Frank and Lavender. I use it as a carrier oil for other essential oils as well.

On occasion, I use Young Living Boswelia Wrinkle cream.  This is a thicker cream and contains Frankincense. Again, as with all of Young Living products, a tiny bit goes a long way!  The consistency of this cream makes it great for nighttime.

Young Living Satin Facial Scrub is a minty, gentle scrub, which I use two times a week in the morning shower.

Finally, my routine is not complete without Progessence Plus serum.  This product is for women, specifically over 35.  It makes me feel like a nice person every single day of the month. This goes on my wrists in the morning or early afternoon.  My experience with Progessence may be a bit different than some.  If I use Progessence at night, I am restless.  So, mornings or before 2 pm work best for me.  Many people feel sleepy if they use Progessence in the morning.  The beautiful thing about essential oils is that they adapt to our unique, individual needs!!!

What skincare do you love?  What non toxic brands do you use?