Recipe for Success

Today we continue to celebrate Home Education Week with Dana of Principled Discovery who asks:

It is also National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! So share a recipe…figuratively, as in two parts love, one part creativity, or literally, as in a super quick, nutritious meal your kids scarf up. Think about what you do in the day, what helps keep it organized and you sane (or how you got past that need for organization and saneness!), and curriculum materials you find effective.

What keeps us sane?

Who said we were sane?

We like to keeps things a little bit crazy, keep things shaken up. My husband likes things always the same and I like things always changing so–we keep things in the office the same and the rest of the house is in a constant state of upheaval.

What works for us?

Everyone has a job to do and no one gets to play till that job is done.

Respect one another and love one another.

If you have a question you find the answer.

Have fun and do what you love.

If you made the mess you clean it up.


We bake together all the time though I am not much for cooking. The kids eat lots of carrots and peanut butter, mango slices and bananas, home made bread, gorp (peanuts, almonds, carob chips, cereal, raisins), homemade yogurt and granola, noodles and cheese, cheese and crackers, and frozen veggies (occasionally defrosted). If I do cook it is noodles or crockpot pot roast or stew and occasionally homemade Chinese. Rachel loves making homemade pretzels, bagels, peanut butter cookies, and bread. She just got a Vegan cookbook from the thrift shop and is trying out all kinds of recipes–we aren’t vegan though we are nearly vegetarian because it is cheaper and her food allergies make vegan recipes easier for her to actually make. Esther prefers making eggs and noodles. Issac is all about tortillas with cheese and pretzels. (I have in the past posted some of our recipes I will have to look for them–they are probably on my old site.)


The only curriculum I have ever used once I quit teaching public school have been Hooked on Phonics and Times Tales. Both of those have been at my children’s request and they have loved both–though I personally don’t like Hooked on Phonics. Times Tales was especially amazing and helpful and even helps me now to remember my upper times tables (I couldn’t before.)

Otherwise our curriculum would be called lots of classic and quality books, the great outdoors, the internet, Edubuntu, family time, board games, the Bible, movies, lots and lots of art supplies and scrap paper, and video games (Harvest Moon, Brain Age, and Animal Crossing have all had a significant positive impact on my children’s education.)


Not really. Most of the organization comes from constant decluttering. We do try to have a place for everything and keep the things in the areas they will be used but otherwise, well we are all home all day and it takes a lot to keep things from degrading seriously.:) I do have the books organized in each room so that they are in the room that makes the most sense–the story books are mostly upstairs, the easy readers are in my sons room, my books are in my bedroom and in the living room, cool and interesting educational books are strategically placed about the house where they will be seen and on the low shelves of the living room where they are easily found.

What keeps us nearly sane?

Lots and lots of prayer, time to do our own project, freedom to follow our interests, ongoing interesting conversations, freedom from being tied to what others think we should be doing.