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Updated: Feb 27, 2021


What is Mother Culture?


“If mothers could learn to do for themselves, what they do for their children . . . we would have happier households.”—Charlotte Mason


As a homeschool mother my job is to not only love and care for my boys but also to cultivate their souls with big ideas, and to do this a mother should also cultivate her own soul in a like manner.


How can one teach if they themselves have stopped learning?


Let me tell you it is hard!


I know because for years I was that teacher. I depended on others to show me what my children should know. I depended on the standard of; one learns the basics and then moves on in life. Our culture has been built around the notion that learning is done after High School, unless one pays for a college degree. This is far from the truth of the world.


“ Once you stop learning, you start dying.” Albert Einstein


A mother who teaches her children must continue to cultivate her own soul, thoughts, and ideas; if she is to do the same for her children.


I believe this should be a universal thought so here today I am going to share with you the books I plan to use to cultivate my own soul this school year.



Here is a Facebook Live that also shares my 2020 Book List!





The first book I chose has to do with my love of gardening. I have dappled in companion planting for years and next year I hope to take it to the next level.


Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening

By Louise Riotee


This next book is to help me expand on my dream of an in-ground greenhouse where I can not only grow vegetables and well as protein.


Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together

By Sylvia Bernstein


The next two are on my oldest Son’s school book list. He enjoyed them, which made me think I might too.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

By Harriet Beecher Stowe


Silas Marner

By George Eliot


The last book was chosen to help me learn more about homesteading and pasture rotation. It is recommended by Joel Saletin, for those who have small acreage as well as small ruminants.


That concludes my list. Please comment below if you have read any of the below books and if you too have picked a few books to broaden your horizons list them below. I am always on the lookout for more books to add to my reading list!


Tell next time,


Pray, Just Plant

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