Author Archives: Becky Aniol

Book Review: Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries

Book Review: Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries

Since reading a highly recommended secular parenting book earlier this summer out of curiosity, I’ve been on a bit of a parenting book binge, looking for intensely practical parenting advice like that book offered, but from a biblical perspective. Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries by June Hunt, with Peggy Sue Wells, was released by Crossway this summer, and… Continue Reading

The Four Approaches to Classical Christian Education, Part 3: The Trivium-as-Stages Approach

The Four Approaches to Classical Christian Education, Part 3: The Trivium-as-Stages Approach

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Classical Christian Education: Four Distinct Approaches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

In this series, I am discussing the four different ways that evangelicals are doing classical Christian education (CCE) in 2015. In my first post, I asserted that CCE has come a long way in the 30-plus years since Doug Wilson wrote Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning. I would argue that CCE has grown beyond… Continue Reading

A Homeschool Mom Reads: July

A Homeschool Mom Reads: July

After the fun beach and car reading of June, I was ready for some nourishing fare this month, and that was just what I got. I have rarely had such an encouraging and refreshing month of reading, in terms of the books themselves, as I had this month. I started about three or four books… Continue Reading

My Curriculum Recommendations: 2nd and 4th Grade

My Curriculum Recommendations: 2nd and 4th Grade

As I plan for our upcoming school year, what am I buying? I still love much/most of what we’ve been using. We had a few things that didn’t work for us this past year, so I’ll note those changes and why they didn’t work. Also, we’re transitioning into our second history cycle, so that necessitated… Continue Reading

A Homeschool Mom Reads: May and June

A Homeschool Mom Reads: May and June

Here’s what I read in May and June. (January through April can be found here.) May: The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall The fourth book in this series. I personally really enjoy the Penderwick books (light, clean fun and well written), but there’s too much teen boyfriend/girlfriend stuff for me to give these to… Continue Reading

A Homeschool Mom Reads: January through April

A Homeschool Mom Reads: January through April

At long last, I finished my master’s degree in Christian education in December. Much as I’m thrilled to be done, I loved the external pressure of hard book lists and required reading deadlines. Don’t get me wrong. I love to read on my own. But…I probably wouldn’t pick up some of the heftier, weightier things… Continue Reading

The App That Rescued Our Memory Work

The App That Rescued Our Memory Work

I posted this photo on facebook a few days ago as I was gearing up for and getting excited about our simplified summer morning routine (as opposed to a full homeschool morning). I mentioned that our summer Morning Time (see Cindy Rollins on Morning Time) includes mostly reading aloud, listening to music and stories on… Continue Reading

Four Approaches to Classical Christian Education, Part 2: Towards a Definition

Four Approaches to Classical Christian Education, Part 2: Towards a Definition

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Classical Christian Education: Four Distinct Approaches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I recently wrote a post introducing a new series about the four distinct ways that evangelicals are doing classical Christian education in 2015–more than 30 years after Doug Wilson re-introduced us to Dorothy Sayers and the Trivium. I asserted that, despite the many who claim that classical Christian education is the Trivium and its “stages,”… Continue Reading

Mystery of History vs. Story of the World

Mystery of History vs. Story of the World

Brandy over at Half a Hundred Acre Wood wrote a very helpful review of the recently released final volume of Mystery of History. She also took the time to compare and contrast the pros and cons of Mystery of History vs. Story of the World. Many of her thoughts echoed what I said in my… Continue Reading

Classical Christian Education: Four Distinct Approaches, part 1

Classical Christian Education: Four Distinct Approaches, part 1

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Classical Christian Education: Four Distinct Approaches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I’m guessing that a lot of homeschool parents, like me, encountered classical Christian education (CCE) through either Doug Wilson’s excellent book Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning or through Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise’s very helpful The Well-Trained Mind. Wilson first convinced me of CCE, and Bauer and Wise made me think that I… Continue Reading

What is the Classical Approach to Phonics?

What is the Classical Approach to Phonics?

There are a wealth of phonics programs available today to teach children reading and spelling. We primarily use All About Spelling for phonics, but I have also looked intently at–and own–Spell to Write and Read, which has been highly recommended by several friends and is used at our local classical Christian school, Bob Jones phonics… Continue Reading

List of Classical Conversations and Veritas Timeline Cards

List of Classical Conversations and Veritas Timeline Cards

Last spring I did a review of Classical Conversations history. I mentioned that I’d provide a list of the Classical Conversations history timeline events and people as well as the Veritas history timeline events and people (read my review of Veritas history here), since I pick and choose and mix the two together. You can… Continue Reading

The Much-Requested Timeline Song

The Much-Requested Timeline Song

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

I keep getting emails requesting our timeline song, which I promised awhile back that I would post. Here it is at long last! I explained in one of my earlier history posts that I teach my children a literal, six-day creation. This worldview influences the timeline of history because interpreting history and archaeology using biblical… Continue Reading

K-12 Downloadable Homeschool Schedules

K-12 Downloadable Homeschool Schedules

In this very helpful post from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood, Brandy offers free downloadable spreadsheets of the suggested daily schedules from The Well-Trained Mind for kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade. The Well-Trained Mind was one of the resources I kept going back to when I developed our daily homeschool schedule. It’s a great starting place that offers some realistic perspective on… Continue Reading

Homeschooling with Little to No Prep

Homeschooling with Little to No Prep

I was talking with a friend the other day, and she commented that she didn’t know how I was doing grad school, blogging, and doing everything else as a wife and mom, plus homeschooling and all the prep involved for two grades. I answered that really have very little homeschooling prep for the most part,… Continue Reading

History Review: Classical Conversations

History Review: Classical Conversations

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Teaching Your Child to Love History You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

Today I’m back with another history curriculum review. So far we’ve looked at Veritas Press History, Story of the World, and Mystery of History. In this review, I’ll examine Classical Conversations history. I have been receiving Classical Conversations catalogs in the mail for some time now. (If you homeschool or would like to, I’d strongly… Continue Reading