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Maggie Alvarez

How a Mom of Ten Has Changed (For Her) Babies

Birthy
How a Mom of Ten Has Changed (For Her) Babies

When my first daughter was born, I had a lot to prove.  I was young, and desperate for everyone around me stop saying so.  My go-to method for halting the “Goodness, you don’t look old enough” comments was to stop them cold with my vast knowledge of….everything.  I impressed the world with my expertise of […]

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Maggie Alvarez

Narrow-Minded “Racial Diversity Training” for Homeschooled Children

Homeschooling
Narrow-Minded “Racial Diversity Training” for Homeschooled Children

I was urged today, by a well-meaning blogger, to teach my children diversity.  More specifically, I ought to check out a large stack of children’s books which feature “African American girls.” I groaned right out loud. I do so dislike the term “African-American.”  We discourage our children from using it–or, rather, misusing it.  This is […]

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Maggie Alvarez

Making the Most of a Used Curriculum Sale

Homeschooling
Making the Most of a Used Curriculum Sale

Ah, the Used Curriculum Sale!  A highlight of the homeschool year. Wagons and boxes, piled high with books and once-shiny binders, are pulled and hefted by skinny teenage boys.  They are followed by their mothers, whose eyes shine a little too brightly and who can barely control themselves from jumping up and down at each […]

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Maggie Alvarez

Kids Need to Learn History So That They Remember to Build Solar Ovens

Homeschooling
Kids Need to Learn History So That They Remember to Build Solar Ovens

Why do our kids need to learn history? When you, the homeschooling mom, spread out your careful arrangement of planning charts and “living” books, bursting with heroes and despots, dates and timelines, do you ever ask your bright-eyed little disciples, “Now, why are we studying history?” Hopefully you will get some great answers, perhaps even […]

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Maggie Alvarez

Ransom

Sundry Scramble
Ransom

I sat reading on my bed, which bowed terribly in the middle from my prolonged and frequent reading, and sighed happily.  What was I reading?  Who knows.  Given my sundry tastes as a public schooled Christian, it may have been a faith-stirring missionary biography or an entirely unwholesome teen romance.  Perhaps a book on dog-training […]

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Maggie Alvarez

Konmari Magic in a (Very) Full House

Large Family
Konmari Magic in a (Very) Full House

Most of you have heard of the worldwide “Konmari” sensation, named for Marie Kondo and her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Does the method work–more specifically, does it work for large, homeschooling families?  Is it really “life-changing magic?”  For our family, the answer is a resounding, “YES.” And I’m not even an affiliate […]

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Maggie Alvarez

On Bedtime

Large Family
On Bedtime

It is 90 degrees outside.  At 7:59 pm, precisely one minute before bedtime, a sweaty, droopy-eyed four year old is finding fault with my mothering. “This sheet is hot.” “You can take it off,” I tell her, knowing that I could just save us the Nightly Freak-Out in a few hours, when she discovers that […]

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