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Monday, October 31, 2011

An encouraging rhyme

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for his grace;
Behind a frowning Providence,
He hides a smiling face.

This is a quote from Cowper, as published in the McGuffey's 5th reader.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why use some old books?

I received this recently via email:
I'm really thrilled with our eclectic approach this year.  It's been a bit slow going but I'm muddling through lots of information.  My children really do enjoy the McGuffey readers as there is no busy work.  It's simple yet deeply thought provoking, and pure  - whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely (Phil 4:8)....think on these things - that's been my homeschooling verse that the Lord keeps putting on my heart and no other curriculum or whole books have really fit until now.  It almost seems too simple, yet I can see that my children are thinking, really thinking.  It's refreshing!--sent by Patricia




children that are really thinking,


these are the ways these books are herein described.

Whatever is based on God's Word is timeless.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Important video for Christian parents

I just discovered this today--a wonderful video exposing the truth about American public education.

Facebook for Eclectic Education Series

Aaron Jagt, the gentleman who produces the Eclectic Education Series on CD, has begun an new Facebook group--this should be a place where folks can have their questions answers concerning using the McGuffey Readers, Ray's Arithmetics, etc.

Here is the link:

Eclectic Education Series Official Group

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sweet quote for today

I love the sweet little verses from the past that gave children helpful moral reminders. Here is one we read today in A Hive of Busy Bees, a little book that my children have always loved, published in 1931 and written with the same moral tone as the McGuffey readers:

Politeness is how we do and say
The kindest things
In the kindest way.

The book is in the public domain and can be read here.