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What Do You Love to Do?

About five years ago, I got really tired of talking about potty training and math curriculum.

Obviously a group of homeschool moms will discuss children and school; it’s what we’ve all got in common. But after a decade of the same topics, I realized that these conversations rarely went beyond the surface. There was a lot of talking, but not a whole lot of actual connection.

Nature Studies

Nature studies is a thing. It’s a good thing. Preschoolers do well with the “oh look” method of nature studies. You may want some structure and books, but beyond them every outing becomes an informal science lab, no beakers required. If those are cumulonimbus clouds, we’ll have to go inside.  Bicyclists are fast and have a lot more mass than you. The sun is hot and a major source of ultraviolet radiation as well as visible light, so wear your hat. You can pick all the dandelions and violets you like; these purple berries are pokeweed and will probably make you throw up, so don’t eat them.

The Resurrection and Homeschooling

As we look forward to celebrating Easter this Sunday, my thoughts have turned toward the resurrection. 

I love celebrating holidays and sometimes I can get carried away with the frills and fun. I like to plan Easter outfits, maybe even matchy-matchy ones, since my 9-year-old hasn’t yet complained about that. Although, I feel like this might be the last year she happily agrees to do matching outfits, now that she is entering that tween phase.

Learning and Surviving on the Road | 5 ways to have a fun and educational road trip with your kids

I have to admit I was not looking forward to our road trip last week. Many months ago, I committed to driving from Indianapolis to both Dallas and San Antonio to visit relatives who live there. The idea greatly appealed to me until the reality sunk in, shortly before our time of departure. As I packed our bags, I was definitely looking forward to the destination, but not exactly the journey itself. (Sorry Ralph!) 

Your One Stop Shop for Pi Day!

 

Did you know that today is National Pi Day? And not just that, it's a very special Pi Day because you won't get to see one like it until March 14, 2115! Today, Pi Day 2015, will be the only Pi Day for the next 100 years that reflects the first five numbers in that well-loved irrational number, pi, which is 3.1415 (March 14, 2015).

If It's FREE-It's For ME!

 

Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?

Check out a list of some free items for homeschoolers Faith Berens compiled! And be sure to share with us some of your favorite free resources you've found.

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

High School Graduation: Ideas to Personalize the Big Day!

 

Graduating from high school is a milestone for your students. It marks the end of one chapter and the excitement of beginning a new chapter in their lives! Whether your teen is headed directly into employment, the military, college, or another endeavor, use their high school graduation as an occasion to bless them, make memories, and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.

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.

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). 

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