• Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins

    Children of the Storm: The Autobiography of Natasha Vins

    Children of The Storm by Natasha Vins is a true story that takes place in the Soviet Union during the 1960s and 70s. We could not make it through a single chapter without drawing multiple parallels between the Communist government in Eastern Europe just one generation ago and what is…

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  • The Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid

    The Basket of Flowers by Christoph Von Schmid

    If you were to ask our two middle girls what story is their favorite, they would probably say, “The Basket of Flowers.” They have listened to Lamplighter Theatre’s recording of this classic story from the early 1800s dozens of times and nearly have it memorized. God never promised an easy…

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  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

    Most of the books I have collected for our kids were based on memories I had of them growing up, recommendations by trusted friends, or because I had the chance to leaf through the pages at a thrift store and was pleased with what caught my eye. For some reason,…

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  • A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal

    A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal

    One of the books we enjoyed reading for science a few years ago was A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal by Joyce McPherson. Living books that cover the STEM disciplines are sometimes more challenging to find, but I think they are especially beneficial to younger children,…

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  • What is a Morning Basket?

    What is a Morning Basket?

    Several years ago, during a season of homeschool burnout, a dear friend of mine introduced me to the concept of a Morning Basket.   Previously, I had resisted anything to do with Charlotte Mason. I could not envision myself as the sort of mother who spent much of her homeschool day reading…

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  • What is a Living Book?

    What is a Living Book?

    What is a ‘living book’? Defining the term is not as simple as it may seem. Although most living books share the same characteristics, what makes a living book come alive for one child, may not necessarily do so for another. Charlotte Mason emphasized that a book must be enjoyed…

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  • Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey by Tyler Van Halteren

    Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey by Tyler Van Halteren

    A dear friend lent me Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey, a version of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress that has been adapted for the youngest generation, and oh, how much we enjoyed it!  Classics that have been abridged usually do a disservice to the original, and to our children. “ [Books] should provide…

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  • Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

    Making Bombs For Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

    Last year, I recommended Trapped In Hitler’s Web by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, an author from our previous hometown. We enjoyed it so much, I nearly squealed out loud when I found another one of her books, Making Bombs for Hitler, at a thrift store shortly before we moved.  We just finished reading it,…

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  • Words On Fire by Jennifer Nielsen

    Words On Fire by Jennifer Nielsen

    The suppression of truth to advance one’s own agenda is nothing new. (Aren’t we all guilty of leaving out certain details to make ourselves look better?!) Ananias and Sapphira were punished with immediate death for their collaboration in a “white lie” that was made to elevate their appearance to the…

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Fill your Morning Basket.


What is a Living Book?


When your children plead, “just one more chapter!” and you find yourself complying for your sake as much as theirs, you may just be reading a living book!

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What is a Morning Basket?


A Morning Basket is not really about mornings, or baskets, but having a set time of day to read living books to your children.

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