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Heather Fischbach

I love Shurley Grammar for diagramming sentences and learning parts of speech. When I was home schooling, the boys were diagramming sentences with prepositional phrases in 1st grade. We still sing the jingles for the parts of speech whilst doing 7th grade homework!


I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog - your posts are always so refreshing. Thank you for sharing a journal of your life with us! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Another great grammar program that I highly recommend is the Winston Grammar set. It uses a multi-sensory approach to learning grammar I used it (as a student) about 15 years ago (we only used the basic set) but I still remember how to label all the parts of a sentence and what color card each part was on :)


I am so relieved to know that I'm not the only one who writes blog posts in my head!! And it seems as though it takes me a week to do one load of laundry, get it in the dryer, turn the dryer on enough times so that everything actually gets dry, and then to put it all away.

Leona Cowden

I made your heavenly cake for my family and they loved it, my brother in law even said i was an angel when i brought it warm to their house, i will make this for Thanksgiving. Love your blog, you inspire me in so many ways, from workout to time with family and even time for hobbies!Love ya my sister in Christ!

Kim Feth

My son's Montessori school has some neat, multi-sensorial stuff for grammar work like how to diagram a sentence. If you google, you may be able to find something and make most of what you see pictured.
I apparently need to bust out with some Ruth study. Thanks for that.
Kim Feth
Apex, NC


I just watched Sound of Music myself and I always loved both scenes at the gazebo--with Leisel and then later with Maria. As a kid, I dreamed about being 16 (going on 17). Now that I'm older with husband and child, watching Maria and Captain Von Trapp made me lean on the Mr. so affectionately. Thanks for mentioning the movie. I hope you ended up watching it!

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