Cultivating creativity, wisdom, and virtue in an ordinary life: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Soul Care.

How to create a Midori Traveler's Notebook style planner for entrepreneurs, homeschoolers, homesteaders, and yes, even travelers.

How to Create a Custom Planner

One of the most important prerequisites for doing what matters (and making it pay) is planning. Although I do most of my work on the computer, I’ve used paper-based planners ever since I was in middle school. I prefer to...

Excellence in Literature teaches classic literature in context for grades 8-12.

Why Context? What You Know Changes How You Read

Most modern readers have little context for the mindset, manners, and morals, or even many of the conflicts that consumed the characters in the novels of the late 19th and early 20th century. This lack of context can affect understanding and appreciation of the tales.

How to create learning lifestyle with your children.

How to Create a Learning Lifestyle

Summer is coming soon, and although formal class time may end for some homeschoolers, it’s easy to keep minds active if you create a learning lifestyle. This is a wonderful season to tackle outdoor projects and learn practical skills, as...

Ellen Potter, 95 years old. She was a sweet mama.

Ellen Potter- We’ll Say Good Night Here . . .

Mary Ellen Potter of Ashland, VA, formerly of Commerce, CA, left this life April 27, 2013. She was the widow of Edward Jackson “Jack” Potter, and leaves behind beloved family and friends.

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Charlotte Mason was Right! Education is an Atmosphere

Charlotte Mason said that “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, and a life,” and she was right. A study published in 2010 on “Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success” (PDF), reports that a family’s “scholarly culture – the way of life in homes where books are numerous, esteemed, read, and enjoyed” matters. Here’s how!

Literature, Language Arts, and the Common Core Standards

A look at the literature portion of the the Common Core Standards (CCS), with an excerpt from Hard Times by Charles Dickens.

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What Does the Common Core Mean for Homeschoolers?

Common Core Standards are a cause for concern. The CCS promise to nationalize mediocrity and increase control over every aspect of K-12 education, and ultimately over every citizen. Here are articles and resources to help you learn more, including an alphabetical list of state groups opposing CCS.

The Three Bears . . . Goldilocks found that small was "just right."

7 Reasons to Keep Your Business Small

I’ll admit it–I’m a bit of a contrarian. Most of the business advice you’ll read is about growing your business as big and as fast as you possibly can, but for the Do What Matters business, that’s not always the...

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