Re-homing our Home school

Thank god and Greyhound we’re here. Our valuables are here. Our animals, except the sheep, are moved/rehomed/cared for. And finally, finally we have a place for schoolwork and school books and all the accompanying plethora of stuff that comes along with a bibliophile who is homeschooling her protege.

There is a shelf for the currently-in-use texts. There is a table on our bright and shiny, glassed-in front porch for the work to be done on. Even the library books have their own, special shelf.
Library books? You could ask that if you knew of my vehement objection to library books based on past performance. It has often cost me more to borrow a free book than to purchase it new at Barnes and Noble. To you I say this: Yes, library books. These are an important and pleasing new addition to our homeschool. You see, we used to have to drive 20 miles to the library. There was a nice children’s section and the librarians were lovely but it was 20 miles, no 40 miles, out of our way in a place and a direction in which we never traveled. Not worth it, in other words. Here we drive past the local, beautiful, shiny and new library almost every day. It makes my heart sing. It makes Martina sing. And bounce. She got her own library card. It may have been the best day of her life.
Our little melamine board with the squares and days of the week written in permanent marker is now fully filled in. It actually looks a little daunting for such a small child to have to do all that work! But there it is, all filled in for this week, for the first week in a long time. We have been winging it, trying to hold onto Latin and Math for almost two months now but as of this week, the MTBar Farm Homeschool is back in full swing, with a full menu. We have Latin, Phonics, Language Arts and Science, along with co-op classes and hoped for interview with a riding instructor. We have a book shelf, a table, good chairs and a comfy couch for reading. We have sunshine, two dogs, ten cats and three horses. And a new goat … but she’ll have to wait for another post.

About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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2 Responses to Re-homing our Home school

  1. Dan says:

    I was happy to discover your blog today. I was unable to find a contact link. I hope it's OK that I'm contacting you through a public comment. I've developed an educational program for Windows called SpellQuizzer that helps children learn their spelling and vocabulary words without the battle that parents often have getting them to sit down and write them out while the parents dictate to them. The parent enters the child's spelling words into the software making a sound recording of each word. Then the software helps the child practice his or her words. It really helped my children with their weekly spelling lists. I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in MTBar Farm. If you are interested in hosting a giveaway of a SpellQuizzer license I'd be happy to supply a free license to the winner. You can learn more about the program at There's a video demo you can watch at and a community site where SpellQuizzer users can share their spelling lists with one another ( Finally, there's a page targeted to homeschooling families at I'd be happy to send you a complimentary license for the software. Please let me know if you are interested.Thank you very much!Dan HiteTedCo

  2. Cerwydwyn says:

    Dan,Thank you for your kind offer but no thank you. I limit my daughter's access to electronic media and prefer the old-fashioned approach to spelling: Latin and phonics and reading and writing.I will share your link with my local homeschool lists though, in hopes that your business becomes a great and resounding success.

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