Tag Archives: Homemaking 101

Smoke Filled Back Rooms

It’s commonly observed that a watched pot never boils. But based on my personal experience, an unwatched pot will come to a boil with astonishing and unexpected rapidity. In our house, the kitchen is located at the back of the house, meaning that much household business is conducted in actual smoke-filled back rooms. We have […]

Laziness and Labor | HSLDA Blog

Laziness and Labor

“All it saves is time, son. And what good is time, with nothing to do? You want to sit and twiddle your thumbs, all these stormy winter days?” –Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder In the Little House series, there’s a telling contrast in worldviews between Almanzo’s Father in Farmer Boy and Laura’s Pa in […]

A Taste of History | HSLDA Blog

A Taste of History

I love homeschooling by happenstance! Oh, sure, we have the regimented schedule (at least five minutes of violin practice, several pages of math, history, and science textbooks each day, and so forth); but we also have a lot of unplanned extras to fill in the edges. One day when I was rushing through the library, […]

Home Wreckonomics | HSLDA Blog

Home Wreckonomics

“In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” –Proverbs 14:23 Recently my daughter brought me a new-to-us dress that she had picked up at the community clothing exchange. The dress was a good fit and color for her, but it had a slight rip that—left unattended—would have frayed and worsened. […]