Frankwood School House, Sanger, CA


Frankwood School House Restaurant & Tavern

1018 S. Frankwood

Sanger, CA. 93657

Formerly Frankwood School, the original school house now the School House Restaurant & Tavern was built in 1890 and wasn’t made of brick. It was a one room wooden schoolhouse that, at its pinnacle, held 61 students. Then, in 1921, it was replaced with the “L” shaped 8,000 square foot red brick architecture that exists today. In 1958, Frankwood was absorbed by Centerville School district along with six other smaller schools and the land and schoolhouse was put up for sale. Soon after, the building became Sherwood Inn Restaurant and operated as a very successful western steakhouse saloon for more than 30 years. When Sherwood Inn closed at the beginning of the millennium, the building sat empty for almost ten years before current ownership bought the building in the fall 2010. As the new owners of this historical monument, they wanted to embrace the antiquity of the schoolhouse and breathe new life into an edifice that has remained for over 90 years. After 2 ½ years remodeling inside and outside, this rustic country elegant establishment has been open since January 2012. Locally owned and operated, this rustic elegant establishment offers house made “New American” cuisine that represents a modern approach to classic favorites with a focus on local, seasonal fresh ingredients.


Ten Commandments for Beginning Homeschoolers


Advice from a Veteran Homeschooling Dad

  1. Stop and take a deep breath; then stop and take another deep breath.
  2. Remind yourself that you love your children more than anyone else does, so you are in the best position to help them learn what they need.
  3. Read, read, read, and read some more to your kids when they are young (we had family read aloud time until our younger son left for college).
  4. Focus on the basics.
  5. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
  6. Gear your efforts towards your children’s strengths, not their weaknesses.
  7. Refuse to listen to naysayers and discouragers—literally stop your ears if necessary.
  8. Take one day at a time, but plan to be in it for the long haul.
  9. Try really hard never to threaten to put your kids on that big yellow school bus (you may think it, but don’t tell them, and certainly don’t do it!).
  10. Go out often for ice cream, for ice cream shall cover a multitude of sins.

—Wayne S. Walker

How to Avoid the Worst Kind of Socialization

How to Avoid the Worst Kind of Socialization
Mike Smith, HSLDA President (May 16, 2012)

While academic and teacher qualification objections to homeschooling are pretty much a thing of the past, the age-old question of “What about socialization?” continues to increase.

Just as we should be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us, we should also have an answer to the socialization question. Having answered this question in many different ways, I thought it might be smart to see what the dictionary defines as “socialization,” as it can mean many different things to folks asking the question (that’s probably why we should ask them how they define socialization before we answer).

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Camp Dennison Schoolhouse Restaurant, Camp Dennison, OH

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Camp Dennison Schoolhouse Restaurant

8031 Glendale Milford Road

Camp Dennison, OH 45111-9732

Built in the early 1860s, during the Civil War, the school was one of the first schools in the Midwest with a second story. The place, now a restaurant, still boasts a home-spun appeal, from the goats and geese roaming around out back to the family-style dining.  Camp Dennison has been the home of 3 local school buildings.  The first school house was a log building on the south side of Kugler Mill Rd (Galbraith Rd.), ½ mile east of Buckingham Rd.  The log building on Kugler Road no longer exists. The next building used as a school was the brick building on Lincoln Road at the Little Miami Railroad, southeast. Mr. Leavin Ready was a teacher in this school. It is now used as a residence and owned by the Knicely (now Howell) family. The brick schoolhouse on Lincoln and Clement Rds. now has siding and is not easily recognized as a schoolhouse.  Construction began in the fall of 1863 on what was to be the first two-story brick schoolhouse in the Midwest. Located on Route 126, the school was designed in a cross construction pattern with gables containing Italianate style bracketing at the corners. The building was not used as a school until 1870, due to the Civil War. It was the third building to be used as a school in the area. It housed students up to the eighth grade. The school had two floors with a winding staircase that separated them. The first level had two rooms with a hallway entrance leading to the stairs. The second floor was used in the early years for the teaching of black children. The upstairs was the principal’s office, and part of the upper floor was an auditorium used for assemblies and meetings. In 1939, the building was remodeled, converting from stove heat to hot water heat. Additional, restrooms and water fountains were added. Enlargement of the windows provided extra sunlight for the school. The building was used for a school as part of the Hamilton County School District until 1952, when the last class graduated. a new school was opened on Drake Road which consolidated all the smaller schools in the area, and it became part of the Indian Hill School District. The school and adjoining property were then owned by the local gravel company and the school was used as office space while permits to mine gravel were under review by the State of Ohio. The permits were declined by the state due to the presence of St Rt 126. They could not collect gravel on both sides of the St Rt. This saved the school from being demolished and made the property useless to the owner.  The Camp Dennison School was purchased by Don and Phylis Miller in 1961, and in 1962, the school was converted into a restaurant facility by the Miller family.

8/2018 Home School Book Review news

Home School Book Review Blog ( ) is the place to go for over 3,500 book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature both old and new, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in July of 2018 include:

July 29, 2018–Sex, A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety
July 27, 2018–Audubon
July 26, 2018–Never Cry Wolf: The Amazing True Story of Life Among Arctic Wolves
July 22, 2018–Then Again, Maybe I Won’t
July 17, 2018–Mop Top
July 16, 2018–The Highest Hit
July 15, 2018–Olivia Travels: A Guide to Modes of Transportation, Olivia Lauren Book 3
July 14, 2018–Honk the Moose
July 12, 2018–The Moffats
July 10, 2018–Disco Balls of the Universe
July 8, 2018–The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape From The Tower Of London
July 5, 2018–Boy, It’s A Circus
July 3, 2018–The Lost Island
July 2, 2018–The Good Master

The winner of our Book of the Month Award for July, 2018:


The Lost Island, by Eilis Dillon

Books that we are currently reading and will review in the near future are:

Ring of Bright Water, by Gavin Maxwell
Be Wise Small, by Dee Bowman
Peace Like a River, by Olivia Newport
Phebe Fairchild, by Lois Lenski


Willowbrook Museum Village School, Newfield, ME


Willowbrook Museum Village School

70 Elm St.

Newfield, ME 04056

Nineteenth Century Willowbrook Village was an open-air museum encompassing a former 19th-century village in Newfield, Maine. It is located north of the town center on Elm Street, on approximately 10 acres with 34 buildings.  The Village is located just south of Chellis Brook, and north of the village center. It includes a mill pond that was made by damming the brook, and a collection of buildings located both north and south of the pond. This area was the historic town center of Newfield, until the area was devastated by a wildfire in 1947, which did extensive damage in this area of York County.  In the 1960s Massachusetts resident Don King began purchasing the properties surrounding the mill pond, and began restoring the buildings and other artifacts he had accumulated. The museum opened on May 1, 1970. One of the main buildings in the museum collection is its general store, Amos Straw Country Store, a fine Greek Revival structure with a meeting hall on the second floor constructed in the 1850s. Other buildings in the collection include the One-Room Schoolhouse, a replica of the 1839 Fenderson Schoolhouse in Parsonsfield.  Much of the museum property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Newfield (Willowbrook) Historic District.  On October 10, 2016, Willowbrook Village closed permanently after struggling with costs for many years. On January 1, 2017 ownership of the former Willowbrook Museum transferred to Curran Homestead Village at Fields Pond & Newfield. This museum is currently expanding its offering at its home campus located at 372 Fields Pond Rd., Orrington, ME.

Train Up A Child

Train Up A Child
by Steve Klein

Vines grow the way they are trained. Children do too. Like the nurseryman who trains vines to grow on a trellis according to his design, parents are to “train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov. 20:6). Fathers are to bring up their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Vines and children trained improperly when they are young and tender, cannot easily be retrained after they have been stiffened with age. Godly parents will make a sincere and serious-minded effort to properly train their children by word and by example. Here are some practical tips for parents who are interested in having their children grow the way God wants them to grow in three important areas — worship, morality and Bible knowledge.

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