All Saints’ Day

Did the candles stay lit very long? You tell me!

Yesterday was All Saints’ Day.

In the morning, we remembered our Christian brothers and sisters who have gone to eternal life. We specifically lit candles to remember just a few:

🔥Perpetua (look up her story), a Christian martyr under Rome

🔥Jim Elliot, missionary

🔥Stephen, one of the very first martyrs

🔥Hannah, my husband’s sister

🔥Andrew’s great Aunt Dot

🔥my grandfather, Papa

🔥my great Aunt Becky

🔥Martin Luther

We listened to “Behold, A Host Arrayed in White” and thought about our friends. We say friends because we feel we know every one of these people as friends, from taking in their stories through the living Word and living stories.

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed the World
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Resources: First Half of Classical Conversations Cycle 1

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First Twelve Weeks

In case you have missed it, I would love to share my take on a Charlotte Mason approach (READ: living books) to Classical Conversations Cycle 1, Weeks 1-12. We are currently enjoying some of the books on this list! In case you missed any, I have linked the list here. The page will take you to Week 12, so scroll up the page if you need to find a previous week.

Also, if there are any living books you have found particularly helpful during CC Cycle 1, please do not hesitate to comment here, or let me know! I love getting ideas from you all.

Life is Full!

I wish I could update you on all the things we have been able to enjoy this year so far, but alas! I have to keep up with life. If I get off the treadmill mid-stride, I will surely trip and fall. I do not like that analogy, but for now, it will have to do.

A few of the things we have been up to the first 10 weeks of our school year:

  • starting a new Charlotte Mason co-op
  • reading aloud The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (the kids and I are loving the full-color edition)
  • teaching each other watercolor painting. I (Holly) am taking this on as a thing for myself, really
  • continuing our Charlotte Mason book club (moms only) we started last summer
  • returning refreshed from a week in the NC mountains
  • reading about Martin Luther for Reformation Day
  • watching the Torchlighters Series together on Redeem TV
  • nature study in the sunshine, reading about frogs and trying to find them at our local lake (using Pond and Stream Companion)
  • getting dressed up and going to friends’ homes, where we have enjoyed crafts, games, and food
  • discovering the piano and learning to build the habit of practicing

Our lives have been full! If you’d like to stay updated in a more personal way, I invite you to sign up for our newsletter. It’s still there for you- to encourage you, give you ideas, and foster community. If you want to contribute to a future issue of the My Little Brick Schoolhouse Newsletter, make sure to sign up. I will be involving some of my readers over the next few months. Collaboration can be wonderful!

A moment in time – the family at High Falls

Cheering You On

I sincerely want to cheer you on. You are doing a great job. I trust God is using what you have and doing what He does: making a feast out of our five loaves and two fish. If you feel like a slump or burnout is coming on, you are not alone! Find something life-giving. You are making your plan work for you, not the other way around. Whatever needs to GO in your schedule, after consulting God and His wisdom, make that change. Also, if you have children and you are entering the holiday season, make the time to have some down time with your family. Events will fill up the calendar. You know it. Carve out time to just play and read and have fun together with the family, without expected deadlines or meet-ups.

I love hearing from you and look forward to the next chapter we have together!



Fall Read Alouds We Love

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Fall brings cozy vibes, harvest time, and cooling temps here in our neck of the woods. For us, it’s some quality time curling up on the sofa with kids on a family trip to the mountains. Most days, it’s gathering in our own living room to enjoy a good book during those long afternoons or right before bed with Daddy. At any rate, these picture books have brought us a lot of warmth and fall feelings, and have also taught us a thing or two about this special season. You can find the list here.

My last pick, Little House in the Big Woods, is a longer read aloud for the whole family. It is special to me. Last year, our family of 5 gathered in the den of the mountain cabin where we were staying and sat in front of a crackling wood fire in the fireplace to listen to me read it. I do not know how we made that work with a six-year-old and four-year-old. I think our “baby” (1.5 years old at the time) had been put to bed and was sound asleep. My memories of those nights reading by the fire make me want to keep up the tradition on family trips.

The long-range view from our cabin’s deck.

Themes Addressed in Fall Favorites

  1. ingenuity and innovation (Balloons Over Broadway)
  2. change and empathy (Fletcher and the Falling Leaves)
  3. bravery and perseverance (The Little Scarecrow Boy)
  4. traditions and friendship (Thanksgiving in the Woods)
  5. hospitality and grace (Cranberry Thanksgiving)
  6. resiliency and family (Little House in the Big Woods)
  7. other nonfiction concepts about science and history
Happy Fall!
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