"About every true mother there is a sancity of martyrdom-
and when she is no more in the body, her children see her with
the ring of light around her head."

Godey's Lady's Book, 1867

THE ART OF DOMESTIC BLISS a time lacking in certainty and filled with anguish and despair, no woman should be shamefaced in attempting to give back to the world, through her work, a portion of it's lost heart. -Louise Bogan
“And there are my children!
My darling, precious children!
For their sakes I am continually constrained
to seek after an amended, a sanctified life;
what I want them to become
I must become myself”.

~ Elizabeth Prentiss, Stepping Heavenward

Homeschool Lesson ideas 2013

       I designed these courses for a 2nd grader. It can be easily adjusted for any age group. My Sophmore in High School studies many of these lessons along with us. I just have him work a lot on vocabulary, and a Saxon Algebra 2 math book, as well as write essays on the different subjects. This is a work in process. I will be adding more information as I add to our curriculum.

      Before you begin using the weekly lessons. I have posted a few pages on resources we will be using in the lessons.I just discovered using Lap books. Even older kid's enjoy using their hands and making them. It adds some creativity to subjects and helps them remember the information they learn. It is also a great way to go back over the year and keep reviewing what we have learned. Also you have some things to use as your portfolio to show the public schools if that is required in your state.

     I use a Lab Book for The Composers, Artist, Social Studies Unit, Science Unit, History unit,and some Math. Often I will have links in the lessons to free Lap book Units on a subject we are learning about. Other times we use blank templates to create our own lab Books.

      Whoever started them, named them lap books, because as you will see, they can unfold in your lap. But I would like to call them Lab books, then my older son won't think it sounds so babyish! As a mom I have learned delivery is important when introducing a new idea to kid's of multiple ages. We have to out smart them sometimes. :)

What is a Lab Book?
How to make Lab Books
Lab Book Resource
Lab book Templates

Click on links below to find a Week worth of lessons.

Week 1    

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

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An Island of Security....A Mother at Home

Very largely does the wife hold in her hands, as a sacred trust, the happiness and the highest good of the hearts that nestle there. In the last analysis, home happiness depends on the wife.
  • Her spirit gives the home its atmosphere.
  • Her hands fashion its beauty.
  • Her heart makes its love.
And the end is so worthy, so noble, so divine, that no woman who has been called to be a wife, and has listened to the call, should consider any price too great to pay, to be . . .

the light,
the joy,
the blessing,
the inspiration,
of a home.

The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies.

A true mother is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness.

God sends many beautiful things to this world,

many noble gifts;

but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows

in a mother

who has learned love's lessons well,

and has realized something of the meaning

of her sacred calling.

~ J. R. Miller, "Secrets of Happy Home Life, 1894" ~