Category Archives: education

Despotism: Encyclopaedia Brittannica Film from 1946

The Patriarch found this one for me too!  Isn’t he the greatest!??!!!  ;-)

Our forebears were warned, in school no less!  Yet here we are today sliding ever closer to despotism.  God help us.

Blessings, ~Mrs.R (aka Aunt Mae)

If I Were the Devil

This was recorded in 1965!  All of these things have come true, so sadly true.

This was Paul Harvey.   Good day.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Children Read to Dogs at Virigina Library

A public library in Virginia is sponsoring a program for children to read books . . .  to dogs.  The Alexandria, Virginia, library “Paws to Read” program has children in grades 1-6 reading books to dogs. The flier promoting the program, paid for through Alexandria City tax dollars, is here:

In the program, parents are not allowed in the room when the children are reading to the dogs.  The dogs, advocates boast, won’t judge or correct the children.  The judgment-free and correction-free dog reading zone, naturally, has roots in academia.  The University of California at Davis produced a study called “Reading to Rover” that catalogs the benefits of children reading to dogs, instead of with parents.

One child in the UCAL Davis study described why she prefers reading to dogs… read the rest here.

In the photo above… this is a 13 -14 year old male and he is reading a Golden Book.  He is reading a little kiddie book!!  Yikes.

Chalk this up as another albeit strange reason why we homeschool.

So not only do you have to pay your hard earned money (via your property taxes) to pay for schools to not teach your child to read.  You also get to pay with your hard earned money to have your child read to the dog in another attempt to ‘teach’ the child to read when the school couldn’t do their job.

Remember this the next time your school system wants you to vote for another tax increase — it’s for the children.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)


Other posts you may be interested in:

Why We Homeschool

IndoctriNation the Movie

Daily Renewal: When Mothering Feels Too Hard

Broken Arm Blessings – Arrow Learns Kitchen Knife Skills & Cooking

Homeschooling A Sick Child

IndocriNation the Movie

Our family attended one of the Christian Heritage sponsored showings of IndoctriNation: Public School and the Decline of Christianity in America.

We are all so glad we attended this.  It was an evening well spent!

Here is some information about the movie from it’s webpage:

Driving an old school bus, Colin and family travel across America, asking questions about the origins and social impact of America’s public education system. Colin asks:

  • Who established the American Public Schools system?
  • Are my kids physically and morally safe in the schools?
  • Are the public schools religiously neutral?
  • Shouldn’t Christian kids be “salt and light” in the Schools?
  • Can the public school system be fixed or redeemed?

 Featuring compelling interviews with teachers, administrators, parents, and other whistle blowers, this film is part documentary, part testimonial, and totally captivating. Above all it is both an encouragement and challenge to the millions of Christians who need to know what God’s Word says about the discipleship and training of the next generation. You will want to give this DVD to every parent you know.


IndoctriNation: Public School and the Decline of Christianity in America won the Jubilee Award at the 2012 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival (www.saicff.org) for Best Documentary among 25 semi-finalists.

To whet your interest here are a few clips from the movie:

For me this movie did 3 things.  First, it clearly answered my questions about how our school system got where it is today & what is it based on.  Secondly, it gives me a tool to put into the hands of my Christian public-schooling friends.  Thirdly, it reconfirms our convictions to homeschool.

I highly recommend this film!  If you cannot find a friend to borrow a copy from, it will be money well spent!  We bought two copies and my husband is out of work… if that tells you how important we feel about this subject!

We also got to meet Colin Gunn!  I could listen to his accent for hours.  :-)  There was a Q & A after the showing.  One thing we learned was the LARGE number of videos that were sold at the week long viewings here in Washington state.  After the first night’s viewing the entire case he brought along were all sold out.  So he ordered another 2 cases to be sent to him.  All but 8 of those were sold on a subsequent night’s viewing and LOTS of orders!

I think I could have told them it would be that way.  Why??  Because those of us who homeschool have come to know the physical, educational and spiritual dangers of the public school system.  Christian public-school parents are not usually willing to sit down and listen to us about the dangers of public-school.  NOW we have something that they would watch and learn more than we could tell them!!

For that I am SO thankful.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Why We Homeschool

Once upon a time there was a family.  They were a tiny family which consisted of dad (The Patriarch), mom (~Mrs. R), and 1 son (Peter Bunny).

One day, in the far by and by of the early 90’s, a notice came home from Peter Bunny’s school about the sex education video about to be shown in health class… and gave Peter Bunny’s parents the opportunity to preview said video.

So off his parents went, traveling over hill and dale, to school on ‘previewing’ day.  Peter Bunny’s parents were the only ones who previewed the video.

Peter Bunny’s parents were upset that abstinence was presented as ‘just another option’ and only mentioned a bare handful of times in the nearly hour length production.  They knew all too well the devastation a lack abstinence can bring.

The Patriarch, Peter Bunny’s daddy, expressed his dismay to the teacher.  She then informed him that ‘they’ were not allowed to teach ‘moral values’… blah… blah… blah.  But the truth is they do teach moral values, theirs not ours!  The moral of this story is that the public school system was immoral years ago… and it has NOT improved!

I remembered one math teacher who told me he didn’t assign any homework because the kids never do it anyway.  WHAT!??  They don’t have time to do the assignment IN class yet it is never assigned for outside of class?

We pulled Peter Bunny out of public school after that.  He was in 7th grade.

My first homeschool teaching task was to evaluate Peter Bunny’s learning to determine where I needed to  start my teaching — He could hardly read!  His reading ability was at or below the 2nd grade level.  I was shocked to my core.  I thought I remember him getting good grades on his report cards…

I then located his report cards from my files.  Yes, he was marked as “on grade level” in reading…

WAIT!!!  What was THIS!??

Our young Peter Bunny had been in remedial reading classes for at least 2 years.  HOW could he be marked as ON grade level when he wasn’t even IN a grade level class??? To add further insult to injury his ‘remedial reading teacher’, who gave out these marks, was a member of our church!  Was this deliberate dishonesty?  What was going on here??

I spent our first year of homeschooling teaching our 7th grader how to read, from the ground up, beginning with a thorough review of phonics.  It brought joy to my heart to ‘catch’ him reading, of his own volition, and for pleasure!  I was frequently heard saying “Reading is foundational to learning”, and “How can he study God’s word if he can’t read?”

Twelve years later, when Arrow came along, we were firmly convinced that he would never, ever, ever set one foot inside a public school.  Ever.

Over the years I have read a number of things that have helped me understand homeschooling and it’s history, the failure of the public school system, and the mandate from the Lord to take responsibility to teach our children.

Here Are Our Top Ten Reasons We Homeschool

1) God’s word tell us to.

Deuteronomy 6:6 – 7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

The plain meaning of these verses is that your children should be instructed in things of the Lord all throughout the day from earliest rising to retiring for the night.  How can that happen when they are gone from home the majority of their waking hours?

2) Homeschooling has deepened our family bonds.  There is a deep love and genuine concern for each other that doesn’t develop when each family member spends large chunks of time separated from the others.

3) Godly character training happens only at home.  Mom and/or Dad are the only ones who are authorized by the Lord to administer corporal correction.  The parents are the ones who know each child intimately and what character traits need to be addressed or what struggles a child has.

4) There is no ‘bad company’ to corrupt our son’s ‘good morals’ (or morals in training) in our school.  ‘Bad company’ can also be in the form of computers, tv, movies, books and music – so constant vigilance must be maintained.  Those things are so much easier to control when your children are with you all day long.  It has been a joy to have Arrow with me all day, every day.  Don’t get me wrong, some days are h-a-r-d.  But anything worth doing is seldom ‘easy to do’.  There are also many resources out there to help you with just about any problem that comes up.  Many times it comes down to the need for more character training.

1 Corinthians 15:33    Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

5)  The Lord says in Psalm 127 that children are an inheritance.  Would I hand over my monetary inheritance to strangers, to have complete control over, without any supervision from me, for 12 l-o-n-g years?  No!  Why would I do that with the inheritance of far superior value – my children?

Psalm 127

 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

6) As we “walkest by the way”, running errands, shopping, on field trips, etc our children’s Godly training (or lack thereof) is visible to a watching world.  There is something SO different about a child with Godly character training!!  We are asked lots of different questions throughout the year about why we are different.  When was the last time you saw a 12-year-old public-school boy cheerfully hold open a door for anyone?!!

7) We have no drug or alcohol problems in our school.  We have no violence problems in our school.  We have no gang problems in our school.  We have no immodesty problems in our school.  We have no pornography in our curriculum, libraries or ‘school lockers’.  We have no promiscuity in our school.  We have no bullying in our school.

8) I have the freedom to choose what teaching materials will work best for our family, our child’s learning style, and our budget.  I am not required to utilize the dumbed-down, politically correct and historically inaccurate history textbooks used by the public schools.  There is no homosexual agenda in any of our books.  I am free to include God in each of our school subjects – God’s providence in history, math rules reflect an orderly Lord, grammar and proper punctuation to communicate the gospel to others with clarity & understanding, God as THE Creator of the universe in science, clear evidence presented in support of a global (NOT localized) flood, proof presented that clearly refutes evolutionary theory (it is NOT a fact), and MUCH, MUCH more.

9) Incorporating piano lessons, field trips, and other “non-school seat work” can happen whenever we want it to.  Our schedule is flexible and can be changed to accommodate Daddy’s work hours, a medical emergency, visiting relatives or any number of things that come up in life.

10) When “life” happens, our schooling doesn’t stop – it make take a different form for  a bit.  Such as when I broke my arm, Arrow’s “school-time seat work” came to a screeching halt. He spent hours doing all the things I suddenly couldn’t do for myself!  You can read more about that journey here.

I want to call your attention to something.  Though the homeschool education is far superior to anything the public schools can dish out, that reason doesn’t even make our top ten list!

What is the hardest part of homeschooling?  It isn’t the teaching.  It isn’t correcting the numerous papers.  It is me.  Maintaining consistency day in and day out is the hardest task – – – and all with a proper attitude.

But the rewards are are well worth the time and effort it takes!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

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Online Course – Constitution 101

Constitution 101:

“The Meaning and History of the Constitution”

About Constitution 101

“Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College.

Featuring an expanded format from the “Introduction to the Constitution” lecture series with Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn, Constitution 101 follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students.

In this course, you can:

  • watch lectures from the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on campus;
  • study the same readings taught in the College course;
  • submit questions for weekly Q&A sessions with the faculty;
  • access a course study guide;
  • test your knowledge through weekly quizzes; and
  • upon completion of the course, receive a certificate from Hillsdale College.

You must register in order to participate in Constitution 101. Even if you have already signed up for a previous Hillsdale webcast or seminar, we ask that you complete the simple registration process for Constitution 101. There is no cost to register for this course, but we ask that you consider a donation to support our efforts to educate millions of Americans about our nation’s Founding documents and principles.

Questions? Email constitution@hillsdale.edu.

Constitution 101 Schedule


Each lecture is pre-recorded and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Lectures and other study materials will be released by noon each Monday according to the schedule. Once released, they are available to view at your convenience.

You will receive an email each week informing you that new material is available.

  1. The American Mind
    Larry P. Arnn
    Monday, February 20
  2. The Declaration of Independence
    Thomas G. West
    Monday, February 27
  3. The Problem of Majority Tyranny
    David Bobb
    Monday, March 5
  4. Separation of Powers: Preventing Tyranny
    Kevin Portteus
    Monday, March 12
  5. Separation of Powers: Ensuring Good Government
    Will Morrisey
    Monday, March 19
  6. Religion, Morality, and Property
    David Bobb
    Monday, March 26
  7. Crisis of Constitutional Government
    Will Morrisey
    Monday, April 2
  8. Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution
    Kevin Portteus
    Monday, April 9
  9. The Progressive Rejection of the Founding
    Ronald J. Pestritto
    Monday, April 16
  10. The Recovery of the Constitution
    Larry P. Arnn
    Monday, April 23

Homeschooling a Sick Child

Blessings,     ~Mrs. R

Those Darling Little Vampires and Cute Little Devils

I know I have been “out of the loop” for a little bit here.  I am still amazed at how much work it take to get a website “up and running”!  thanks for your patience with me!!

As a child, Halloween was a fun time to dress up in fun costumes.  I grew up in a non-Christian home and this was just no big deal.  One year my mom made me a ‘Flying Nun’ costume.  Yes, it included the winged hat!!  No, I could not fly.

As a youth Halloween became nothing more than a contest to see who could fill a pillowcase the fullest with candy.  My brother would save his and spread the consumption over a period of many weeks.  Me?  I ate it all within a few days.  Yuck!

Even as a young married woman (still not saved), we did not participate in Halloween.  I saw Halloween as a stupid idea of encouraging children to consume way too much candy.  So we never had the kids trick-or-treat or dress up.

Then when I was saved I saw much more to this ‘celebrating’… and the decorations and costumes have become so… creepy and disgusting… it is all so very disturbing.

A dear friend of mine, Bambi over at In the Nursery of the Nation wrote an excellent post about Halloween, which she has graciously given me permission of share with all of you.  You will be blessed by her blog too!

Those Darling Little Vampires and Cute Little Devils

“What is that, Mommy?” a little girl asks with wide eyes.

“That’s a ghost, dear.”

“A ghost? What’s a ghost?”

“A ghost is a dead person who hasn’t gone to heaven or hell, but stays on earth to scare and play tricks on living people,” the mom answers.

“Oh. What’s that, Mommy?”

“That’s a vampire, sweetie–a dead person who only comes out at night. He searches for people whose necks he can bite so he can drink their blood and continue existing.”

The little one shudders, but can’t help herself, so she continues: “And her, Mommy?”

“That’s a witch, darling. Witches worship Satan and learn spells and curses to work Satan’s wickedness,” the mother explains.

“Well, why do all these homes have headstones and skeletons in their yard, Mom? Are there dead people in the yards?”

“No,” the mother answers, “They are decorating festively for Halloween, dear.”

“I see,” the little girl responds, as she continues to take in the scenes surrounding her. Her eyes become surprised and mildly amused as she asks,”Well who is that little boy dressed as, Mom? He’s so cute and funny with his red suit and pointed tail, carrying that silly pitchfork!”

“He’s dressed as the enemy of your soul–the devil. He is a liar and a deceiver. Satan convinces people that his ways are fun and harmless so that he can bring their death and destruction. Satan wants to see you burn for an eternity in hell, honey. And he will do everything in his power to confuse you to believe that the Christian life is one of drudgery and that his life for you is all fun and pleasure.”

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The bloody masks litter the grocery store aisles, the sexy adult costumes make us redirect our children, and amid the seduction and allurement of the “holiday,” moms attempt to grab that fuzzy puppy costume for the five-year-old. We tell ourselves Halloween is harmless–it’s for the kids.

As chosen ones of the Author of Life, undeserving of his grace and mercy, how can we in good conscience celebrate with our children, a holiday centered on death and superstition? We are lovers of the Way, the Truth and the Life. He has granted us eternal life. We seek a crown of Life. He has given us life and that more abundantly. We are to walk in newness of life by God’s grace, with our Savior, the Bread of Life.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

You may be interested in the following articles:

The origins of Halloween (Purely a secular view and historical facts)

The Scariest Thing You Can Do This Halloween (by Doug Phillips).

Former Wiccan and Self-Proclaimed Witch Explain Why, As Christians, They No Longer Celebrate Halloween by A Second Generation of Homeschooling


Blessings to you all!!   ~Mrs. R

Basic Economic Facts and Fallicies – Thomas Sowell

These short 6 – 8 minutes segments give a terrific overview of real economics.  Thomas Sowell is one of my favorite authors.  Well worth the few minutes to watch!!


PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R   — learning the truth right along with you

Broken Arm Blessings – Arrow Learns Kitchen Knife Skills & Cooking!

Anticipation 1940 click to go to Shorpy.com for full size view

We continue with our mini series on “Broken Arm Blessings” here with this newest installment.  Yes it is a year later (plus a little) but it seemed fitting somehow.  In case you missed them, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here & part 5 here.

Right after I broke my arm the Lord impressed upon The Patriarch & me that “this time” was for Arrow’s training.  That was confirmed (without us having said a word) by Papa & Mama B on the Sunday four days after the initial break.  Yes, I did actually attend church with a very banged up face.  We didn’t want to deny anyone the blessing of helping us, but we needed to obey the Lord in this.  So, we turned down meals from our church in order to have this time of real life training for Arrow.

Baby Blue Cast & Casted Thumb

I was quite limited in what I could do in taking care of my family and out home.  My left thumb was cast immobile so I couldn’t move the radius bone.  That alone really limited my arm movements.  (Insert NON-evolutionary note here:  Even in just this I saw how we truly are fearfully and wonderfully made!! … end note)  Anything requiring two hands was o-u-t for me… for a time.  I found creative work arounds for a few things, but most things I had to have someone else do.  It was amazing to me how many things I actually HAD to use two hands for… that I did without thinking about “how” I did them.  And now I had to teach someone else the how… without being able to do the show.

YouTube!!  Did I ever think I would thank the Lord for YouTube..??!!

Arrow had to do all the majority of the house cleaning, cooking, laundry, garden watering, dishes, dog care (including giving doggy medications), as per the Lord’s direction.  I did a few little things that weren’t taxing & easily be done with one hand.  Many of the tasks that Arrow was now responsible for he had some training in.  He had just never been responsible for it all… all at the same time before!  We prayed that this time of training would 1) help develop a servant’s heart, 2) learn to work cheerfully as unto the Lord, 3) scheduling various household chores, 4) scheduling cooking so all items were done at the same time and able to be served together, 5) know what is required to ‘run the home’ so he will be a better manager of his own home (should the Lord provide him with a wife), 6) give him the skills and training to help around the house when all the children are too young to take charge on their own and his wife is incapacitated by morning sickness (should the Lord so graciously provide!) …and??

We had training in using larger knives (very interesting when I can’t ‘show’ how it is to be done!)  have you ever tried to cut an onion with only one hand… that thing rolls all over the place!  These youtube videos were Arrow’s ‘knife skill school classes':

  – (This is an excellent explanation of how to cut, and the principles of the cutting action, how to hold you hands, etc.  This would have been tops if he had also shown better how to hold the knife and how to stand, but that is covered in the 2nd link.);

  – (This second one show how to hold the knife properly, how to stand while cutting, but I don’t like his knife action as much as the first video.);

(Sorry I tried embedding the video code… grrr….!)  And the audio quality on these isn’t the greatest, but the information is top notch!  So I included them here for your learning as well!  :-)  Here is the Gluten Free Girl’s Hubby showing how to dice vegetables (different info than how to cut them!;

Gluten Free Girl & the Chef show why it’s important to start with a  hot pan!!; – this was “MY” cooking epiphany!!  Oh!!  Oh!!  Oh!!  Revolutionized and IMPROVED my cooking dramatically… I never knew.

I thought these “training” videos were for teaching Arrow how to cook.  Ha!  Just like any other subject I teach in our homeschool, I learn SO MUCH!!  I wasn’t even taught the proper way to hold a knife in my home-ec classes way back in the 70’s!!  You know, the “old” days when girls were till being taught some home skills.  I was taught the basics of the how but none of the why and much of the details were never taught at all!  I have learned them now when training Arrow and in being part of the Ratio Rally.

Our learning continued in using the stove safely, washing up as you go so you don’t have such a large mess later, tips for hardboiling eggs, tips for frying eggs so they don’t have that hard plastic edge, 1) the eggs MUST be at room temperature.  I usually place them in a container with hot water while I prep the rest of the things, 2) The pan MUST be heated completely on LOW heat.  It takes my stove about 5 – 6 minutes.  The butter should NOT sizzle and neither should the eggs., 3) Cook the eggs slowly, they should slide around in the bottom of the pan when they are ready to turn and there should not be lots of the white still uncooked.  I still use butter, but skim off the foam as that is the protein that causes me a problem.  Guess I need to make my own ghee…, 4)  get the spatula completely under the eggs before trying to turn them so you don’t break the yolks… turn gently!, 5) Only cook 2 – 3 eggs at a time in a pan of the proper size.  If you use a larger griddle for lots of eggs… the same principles apply, but you may need some kind of ring to keep the whites separated so they don’t spread all over the place.  I don’t cook our eggs on our cast iron griddle as I don’t like the iron taste it leaves behind in the eggs.

how to coordinate laundry, cooking, etc and MUCH MORE!  So far his attitude has been pretty good.

Some of the things he made are:  a pot roast in the crock pot, chicken salad, gluten free pasta salad, GF pancakes, fried eggs, salads, roast beef hash, GF  cherry peach cobbler, hamburgers (not on buns), cole slaw, potato salad, fresh brewed coffee and iced tea.  I didn’t keep a complete record of all Arrow cooked during that time.  There would have been many other things not listed here.  And a dear, sweet friend, Mrs. G.B. made us a couple of meals anyway.  On a few days when we were gone for the better part of a day with various doctor’s appointments & such we heated up these meals.  Those were such blessings!  Thank you dear!!

Do you realize just how long it takes an 11 (at the time) year old boy to fix a complete dinner??  “MY” timing was W-A-Y off as to how long I needed to give him to get the food ready.  What took me 30 minutes was taking him 3 times that long.  I sure wasn’t about to tell him to hurry up when slicing, dicing and chopping with 12-inch sharp chefs knives!!!  So we got very little else done but the bare essentials.

I looked at this time as “my season of stillness” given as a blessing to me by my heavenly Father.   NOT that I want to run right out and break my arm again…  :-)  My ‘learning’ was in extending patience, letting go of perfectionist tendencies (do those towels REALLY need to be folded just that way??), relying on others help without demanding, new knife skills (yep I had NO clue…) and much more.  I couldn’t change what “crook in my lot” (or arm – ouch!) the Lord had given me, and complaining about it would only make me & those around me miserable!  So I spent much more time praising God for my… “Broken Arm Blessings”!

Ten blessings I am thankful for:

1) YouTube videos for teaching essential kitchen knife skills!

2 ) dear friends from church who made meals anyway.

3) that I had done some of this training before I broke my arm

4) watching Arrow chop and slice like a pro! (though more slowly!!) AND keep all his fingers

5) how pleased The Patriarch was with the fried eggs cooked by Arrow for the very first time

6) for a good set of Cutco Knives, thanks honey!!

7) Arrow’s pleasant attitude towards learning all this food prep stuff

9) watching Arrow carefully cup up a large watermelon for our church fellowship meal and do so safely

10) for the learning I had while teaching kitchen skills to Arrow!!

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

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