Spilled Milk Blog

  • A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

    A free, diverse high school literature curriculum for homeschool

    Now in my fourth year of homeschooling, I’ve tried my fair share of literature curriculum for my kids. I’ve been on a search for diverse high school literature curriculum for the last two years, and if it’s free it’s even better. Curriculum can get expensive. We’ve done Memoria Press, with its classical (borderline boring) approach […] Read more

  • Why we’re all Luisa from Encanto’s “Under the Surface” right now

    Why we’re all Luisa from Encanto’s “Under the Surface” right now

    I’m not sure how much more can be said about the amount of seismic stress crushing parents right now. A month or two ago, I was feeling pretty optimistic about the way things were going, with lower case numbers and vaccines for kids under 5 (both of mine are in this age group) on the […] Read more

  • How to watch Love Actually without the nude scenes

    How to watch Love Actually without the nude scenes

    Love Actually is … actually … one of my favorite Christmas movies. At some point my husband and I realized this is a film we watch every year, and all of a sudden it became tradition. But as our kids have grown into teens and stay up later at night, our margin for watching movies […] Read more

  • The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

    The self-grading Saxon math lifesaver for homeschool parents

    Saxon math parents, it’s been an epic quest but I have found the holy grail: the online, self-grading Saxon math site that has absolutely changed my life. I’m feeling borderline evangelistic about this resource, y’all. After four years of homeschool, the one curriculum I’ve stuck with year-in and year-out is Saxon math. It’s a solid […] Read more

  • Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

    Thomas McKenzie was our Dumbledore and our Gandalf. The quest goes on without him.

    In epic tales, the spiritual mentor dies just when the quest is at its most precarious. As a member of Church of the Redeemer in Nashville, I felt this way when we lost our beloved priest, Thomas McKenzie, to a car wreck this week.    In Lord of the Rings, the fellowship is already weary and […] Read more

  • 50+ Eagle project ideas that have a conservation focus

    50+ Eagle project ideas that have a conservation focus

    The Eagle rank in Scouts BSA is one of the most distinguished achievements a teen can earn, and rightly so. It is a lot of work. It can be hard to know where to start, so I wanted to share some tips for getting your project going… along with plenty of Eagle project ideas that […] Read more