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Have you ever hit that point where you just can’t seem to keep your head above water? Schoolwork seems to be pushed farther and farther out. The dishes are piling up and you’re not sure whether your boys are wearing clean socks or just raiding the hamper. And their shower time? Who knows? You feel...
Fall is my favorite season.� One of the things I enjoy the most about it is the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.� That’s probably why I was drawn to these neat fall yarn leaf magnets! I saw these fall yarn leaf magnets in one of my family/parenting magazines many years ago. At that time,...
It’s October, which means we can officially get excited about fall! I love the cooler weather, the beautiful leaves, and the traditions of autumn! This season is also perfect for outdoor adventures and indoor crafts. If you’re looking for an easy, fun indoor craft that takes some inspiration from nature, this pumpkin paper bag craft...
Let’s talk about totschooling! In the early years of a child’s life, their brain undergoes rapid development and forms the foundation for future learning. You know this instinctively as you watch your little one growing, making new discoveries, expanding language skills, making new discoveries, and always wanting to learn more and do more! As a...
What Are Unit Studies? Unit studies are a popular tool for homeschooling families, and for good reason. There are many benefits of using unit studies in education, and they provide a flexible and fun alternative to using textbooks. There are unit studies available on a never-ending number of topics such as animals, � plants, historical figures...
I am so excited to share our Preschool Leaf Math projects. This post will show you some creative ways to use nature to learn simple math concepts. Making a preschool math setup is really simple. In this case, all we did was utilize nature for play and learning. � We invite you to adopt similar, open-ended...
Outside of academics, there are some very important life skills for teens to learn. By the time our students are in high school or are preparing to finish high school, they need to be able to accomplish these on their own. These skills will be important for them as they transition from school to independent...
When heading off to a place like a zoo or a museum, it can be helpful to have an activity on hand to keep the children busy and interested. Scavenger hunts are a great way to do this! They keep the kids paying attention, asking questions, and eager to see each thing in anticipation of...
Are you looking for practical but fun ways to incorporate fine motor skills practice into your preschoolers’ day? I recently decided to come up with some fun ways for my children to practice fine motor skills without having to spend a lot of money on materials. Below, you’ll see how I created my own DIY...
What is the deal with the Montessori Fabric Box? What is so important about matching up fabric swatches? Well, this work is much more than that. It teaches your child sensorial skills, targeting texture, feel, and appearance. Your child also learns discrimination, coordination, and fine motor skills, just to name a few. Do you love...
There are so many articles out there about homeschooling high school. Homeschooling high school with college in mind, homeschooling high school with AP courses, homeschooling high school without curriculum, etc. Whether you have already graduated one or more of your children or are preparing for homeschooling high school for the first time, I’m sure you’ve...
Corn husk dolls are one of the earliest known play items in the Americas. Native American children played with them long before the first pilgrims arrived on these shores. When early American colonists settled here, the Native Americans helped them survive by introducing them to corn and its many uses.� Among these uses, colonial children...
As Thanksgiving approaches, we (rightfully) start to think about being thankful. Most of us have plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear, places to live, families to love, and more! Sometimes we take for granted all of the blessings we enjoy every day, and that is often even more true for our children. If...
Now that fall is here, celebrate by going outside to enjoy the weather and by making hot apple cider! Here are some ways to celebrate in your homeschool, too, with these easy fall unit studies for homeschoolers! I love to celebrate our constantly changing world by creating unit studies surrounding the current season. This has...
November is a great time to do Native American studies.� Regardless of your children’s ages, I think a few of these projects would easily lend themselves to a fun homeschool afternoon! 5 Activities for Native American History 1. Read a Book Aloud Together I highly recommend any of these books for a small unit on...
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this is perhaps even more true in a homeschooling home! That’s because the kitchen is a transformative place where ingredients become meals, but it’s also a place where all types of learning can be transformed into something tangible and hands-on. Today, we’re sharing 15 hands-on ways...
Math can be a tough subject for many children, and I have yet to meet a child who says math is their favorite class—whether they homeschool or not. And if you’re a homeschool parent, you know that giving your kids the math help they need gets more challenging each year. But we know students need...
Does it seem like clutter can pile up in the blink of an eye in your house? And there’s just something about clutter that bothers me WAY more than dust! Even though clutter can pile up easily, it can also be sorted through and dealt with just as easily. Here are a few quick clutter...
Let’s talk about physical exercise for our homeschooling kids during winter. Does your family spend most of the winter class time indoors? If so, getting some physical exercise is important to burn off some of that energy! Let’s look at some traditional and not-so-traditional ideas of ways to keep active during the long winter season....
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like we moms are in a competition to see which of us can be the most crazy busy! Are you competing for the busyness trophy? Does it feel like you’re addicted to busyness, whether you want this lifestyle or not? Are you running from one activity...
Do you feel a little sad during the winter? Maybe you’re not even really sure how you feel. Maybe you just know that something isn’t quite right and you don’t even really know why or exactly what’s wrong. If so, keep reading! I’m going to talk a little bit about why this could be happening...
I know with such a busy life, taking care of yourself can often slip by the wayside. Believe it or not, there are some easy ways to do little things that will help improve your overall health and not break your time or money budget! So, let’s talk about simple and frugal ways to live...
Let’s face it, most of us could stand to have some extra money in our pockets! Between raising our families and homeschooling, the budget can be pretty tight, especially with the way the costs of things just seem to be soaring. But trimming costs in little ways here and there can add up and make...
I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of Classical Conversations (or CC, as it’s commonly called). The method-based homeschooling program was started by Leigh Bortins in the late 1990s. Since its origins as a classical Christian educational program, it has also grown rapidly as a business model. You can find local chapters, known as “CC...
10 Reasons to Try Family Reading Reading is something our children will need to do throughout their lives. Because it’s such a necessary part of life, they might as well enjoy it, right? There are lots of reasons why it’s important for our children to become good readers and plenty of ways it will benefit...