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Nurturing a Large Family

Vol. 95, Prg. 11–15
February 8–12, 2010

Academic, social, physical, and emotional development—all are factors in childrearing. And, with a large family, keeping everybody on track can be like assembling a jigsaw puzzle in a hurricane! This week, Marcia Somerville offers insights and encouragement from her own experience to help you keep all your kids on track in the various areas of their development!

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Tending a Garden
Developmental Steps
Growing Minds
Growing Hearts
Growing Friendships


Marcia Somerville

Marcia Somerville

Marcia Somerville, wife of HSLDA Staff Attorney Scott Somerville, is a homeschooling mother of six and the author of the Tapestry of Grace curriculum. Marcia graduated in 1976 from Kent School, a highly acclaimed classics-based prep school; she received her degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1979. A homeschooling mom since her first child began kindergarten, Marcia found herself ready to quit after 10 years. She couldn’t imagine a way to educate all of her children in every subject. After a season of tears and prayer, though, and drawing on her own rigorous high school experience and her Ivy League degree in history, she developed a method that integrated the humanities and social sciences into a four-year survey of world history. At first, she used her idea only with her own children. But after graduating her two oldest sons, she offered to lead other families through the same four-year cycle. Today, thousands of families around the country benefit from Tapestry of Grace. In addition to writing homeschool materials, Marcia enjoys speaking on a variety of topics that encourage and enlighten fellow homeschoolers. Her vision is to mentor homeschool moms in raising up a generation of Christian youth equipped with a deep, apologetics-oriented understanding of the Great Conversation and the ability to contribute to it.

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