Crafts

New Trends to Check Out!

 

What do Rebecca RatherKen Forkish, and Clara Polito have in common? They are all part of what is now being called the Craft Culture. These are individuals who are following their passions and developing a craft. Whether it’s baking, cooking, woodworking, or weaving, entrepreneurs are enjoying the satisfaction of using their talents and abilities to delight the rest of us.

 

Saying I Love You to Your Family…how about starting a new tradition?

IIt’s Valentine’s Day and you are perhaps planning a special meal for your family or thinking of ways to show them you love them. Are you looking for some new ideas?

In our household, we love traditions. I started many traditions when my children were little that are centered on familiar holidays, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and yes, even Valentine’s Day. I started these specifically to not only draw attention to the significance of that holiday, but also to reinforce the value of our family life together.

Artistic Flair

This winter and coming spring, let's remember to add a little art to our repertoire as teachers. In Take Time For Art, we talked about setting aside a few moments for fun, creativity, and inspiration. I gave several (practically free) ideas of things to do in order to build kids' imaginations―whether it's drawing, painting, or simply working with color...

The whole thing about art is to make it a fun activity―something that's not stressful.

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

12 Ways To Build A Child's Imagination

 

Maybe you plan on homeschooling your four or five -year- old next year, and are already taking plenty of time to read, tell stories, and develop your child's budding intellect with hands-on play.  If so --- great!  And here are a few extra tips, or reminders to keep on doing what you're doing, and to encourage you all the more...

Easter Joy! Activities and Traditions

 

Happy Easter, my friends.  I just love Easter—it is absolutely my favorite holiday!  The beauty of spring, new life, and most importantly, the message of this season and rock solid foundation of the Christian faith-- Christ crucified, risen from the dead, and coming again- are all reasons I enjoy celebrating this special, holy time with my family. 

Spring's Coming! Two Great Ideas For March

Do your thoughts drift as you look outside? Well, chances are -- our kids feel the same way, making it a little bit harder to concentrate. 

I'm not suggesting that you abandon today's lessons -- just that you build in a small stretch of time to go outside for some fresh air. You'll love these two fun activities...

Snow Day Fun!

   

   This morning, my two kiddos and I woke up to find that a beautiful snow had graced our town last night.   As a home school parent-teacher I still welcome snow days, don’t you?  We snuggled in bed and read a book, stayed in our jammies a little longer than we normally would on a “regular” school day, and then we made home-made blueberry muffins and sprinkled some “snow” on top (powdered sugar). 

Nutritious Teens – An Oxymoron?

   

   The holidays are over and your teens (and maybe you) are bemoaning the extra pounds put on eating all that wonderful and bountiful holiday fare. Before they begin one of those crash diets, consider designing a semester long nutrition and wellness elective. All of the family can participate, which will make it more fun for your teen. The internet and library can guide you in locating resources to use. You can include lessons on...

Honoring Lost Loved Ones, Meaningful Memory-Making, and Caring for Others During the Holidays

   Christmas, is supposed to be a joyful and peaceful time of year, but for many people it may be anything but those.  We look around the world and see war, famine, and natural disasters. This time of year may be a time of grieving, hunger, loss, and loneliness.  In the wake of the tragic and senseless shootings that recently occurred in Connecticut, Christmas will be a sorrowful time for many.  The consultants here at HSLDA, and I’m sure the entire nation mourns with the families of Newtown.  This Christmas, let each of us lift them up in prayer.

Using December Creatively

  The approaching holidays may seem daunting with all the extra preparations and shopping hours to be added to your already full schedule of homeschooling and parenting. Do you feel behind the eight ball, trying to finish the school semester while planning for Christmas? Is your grace tank running on empty? Before falling into the holiday blues, I want to suggest some ways to reorient your vision and to take advantage of your resources.

Recipe for Teaching Teens

   

   Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. Are you trying to keep on track to finish up some last assignments before taking time off to enjoy gathering your family together for a day of giving thanks? You may also be busy hunting down those favorite family recipes to add to your Thanksgiving feast. While looking, I have a recipe for you to help in teaching your teens. I am sure you will think of more ingredients to add, but let me help you get started.

Delicious Apples For September

What mom doesn't love the versatility and ease of serving apples? Apples with peanut butter, apples in pies, crisps, sauces, cider and jellies. You name it -- there are a myriad of ways to use apples. 

And what's with the warm smell of cinnamon and apples wafting through the house? If my family had to describe a wonderful smell in our house, I hope they would say either freshly baked oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies (I'll share my recipe with you soon) or apples with cinnamon. Nothing says autumn like a mouth-watering apple pie made with fresh Granny Smith apples!

HSLDA High School Fall Activities – Save the Dates!

From the number of phone calls and emails we are receiving, you all are busy making final preparations for a new school year.

   Before your calendars are completely full, take a look at what’s going on for you at HSLDA and maybe in your area, http://www.hslda.org/about/calendar/.

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