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Homeschool Recap 2020/2021: The Precious People

Homeschool Recap 2020/2021: The Precious People

Ahhh, writing this post each year has become so therapeutic; like tying up the loose ends of our messy, real-life school year into a neat, pretty bow! If you’re new here, this was our fifth year homeschooling and our children are ten, eight, six and […]

10 Picture Books for Summer

10 Picture Books for Summer

If you’re looking to bring in a little magic to your summer routines, picture book read alouds are the perfect way to begin.  Today I’m sharing ten of our very favorite, nostalgic picture books for summer!  Step into a world of summer storms, beach days, […]

Tips for Implementing a Daily Rest Time with A Child Who Has Stopped Napping

Tips for Implementing a Daily Rest Time with A Child Who Has Stopped Napping

You’re in a great routine and then hits you out of nowhere: your two-year old stops taking naps. They are awake crying in their crib or simply refusing to fall asleep to your normal nap routine. No amount of books, rocking or cuddling will coax […]

My 3D Chore System

My 3D Chore System

Imagine not having to think about “catching up” on laundry.  Imagine opening the dishwasher after dinner and finding it gloriously empty rather than stuffed to the gills with dirty dishes.  Imagine your kids doing tasks without a major confrontation every time.  This can actually happen, […]

10 Children’s Audio Book Collections to Listen to this Summer

10 Children’s Audio Book Collections to Listen to this Summer

Our homeschool runs on audio books, especially in the summer months (they’re my secret assistant..shhh).  Not only do they provide scaffolding for young readers, but they are also a fantastic substitute for screen time when a rest is needed. (Rest time is one of our daily […]

Easy and Cheerful Citrus Stamp Art

Easy and Cheerful Citrus Stamp Art

Does the idea of painting with kids sound overwhelming or intimidating?  Let’s fix that.  It’s time to bring out Fun Art Mom and thrill your kids with an easy win paint project.  Fun Art Mom lets kids do paint projects, but she’s also smart about […]

How to Build A Peaceful Homeschool Day using Daily Anchors

How to Build A Peaceful Homeschool Day using Daily Anchors

Do you ever look around at your homeschool and wonder where it all went wrong? We stand in our kitchen stumped because we know we did this right.  We have classical books, hand-lettered planning sheets, tea times, nature hikes and co-op days all slated out. […]

15 Classic Read Alouds with Movies to Watch After

15 Classic Read Alouds with Movies to Watch After

One of my favorite ways to introduce classic literature is to read aloud books that have movies we can watch after.  Not only is it fun, but it gives us a goal to work towards together.  (Oh, and we learn important things like the book […]

How to Make a Salt Dough Map

How to Make a Salt Dough Map

Salt dough maps are a classic homeschool project that have become a staple for us as we studied world history this year.  They are a creative and hands-on way to explore geography, but they are also incredibly simple to make with things you already have […]

What I Read in March

What I Read in March

March was a great reading month.  I tried to read some novels but the non-fiction section at the library got me again!  Here’s what I read: A Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub In the throes of a six-week sugar fast I happened […]

The Best Plants for a Magical Summer Children’s Garden

The Best Plants for a Magical Summer Children’s Garden

Do you want to get started gardening with children but aren’t sure what to plant? When we’re not homeschooling during the year, we love to be in the garden.  (Checking the garden and saying goodnight to our neighbors is our after-bath ritual! Take a bath […]

March In Pictures

March In Pictures

Oh, hello almost-April!  We had a great month because light.  Lots went on in the kitchen and I seem to have gotten a fresh wind for homeschool after dragging myself through January and February. Narnia’s melting and we had some excitement around these parts when […]

Permission to Do One Thing at a Time (While Everything Else Unravels)

Permission to Do One Thing at a Time (While Everything Else Unravels)

I was just talking to a friend on Marco Polo who reads this blog.  We got into a conversation about one of the major dynamics of being a mom at home with little kids: Doing One Thing at A Time (While Everything Else Unravels.) Did […]

How to Organize Memorable Archives for Homeschool and Artwork

How to Organize Memorable Archives for Homeschool and Artwork

Do you have a big, messy pile of kid’s artwork or school work?  I did! I always planned on having an organized collection of my children’s homeschool and artwork that I would give them one day, but I never could seem to get there because […]

Why you Need a Housekeeping Day (or Week)

Why you Need a Housekeeping Day (or Week)

You know what doesn’t get talked about enough in the homeschooling world?  Taking a housekeeping day…or week! I take a housekeeping week whenever I feel overwhelmed with details and to-do’s.  It’s my secret to staying energized about homeschooling for the long haul.  Remember, effective homeschooling […]

10 Books to Comfort and Nourish a Mama’s Heart

10 Books to Comfort and Nourish a Mama’s Heart

With the change of season and all of the unsettling events of this year, I’m just craving some solace and a little something to soothe my heart.  There’s nothing that comforts and brings perspective like a great book. This list is designed to contain something […]

One Week of Homeschool Lunches

One Week of Homeschool Lunches

When it comes to homeschooling and being with kids all day long, I have to do what I can to limit the amount of extra thinking in my day.  Second grade math is about my limit, is that normal?  (Don’t answer.) Since I can’t skip […]

Homeschool Recap 2019/2020: The Kind Kingdom

Homeschool Recap 2019/2020: The Kind Kingdom

Hey friends! Before I pack up all of our homeschooling supplies for the big move,  I wanted to give you a little homeschool recap for our year!    Well as you all know we had a baby last spring (some about that here), so along […]

Seeds and Fruits Advent Garland in Three Easy Steps

Seeds and Fruits Advent Garland in Three Easy Steps

Have you seen this charming, old-fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland floating around Instagram and Pinterest? It’s one of our favorites and today I’m going to share how we do this craft with little hands. We like this craft because it’s a simple, versatile decoration that […]

A Simple First Step For New Homeschoolers:  The Morning Basket

A Simple First Step For New Homeschoolers: The Morning Basket

This post may contain affiliate links. Taking charge of our children’s education can be both empowering and daunting.  Many of us turned down this road looking for options in education but found ourselves wading through cluttered websites, confusing curriculum spreadsheets, and state standards. While there […]

Homeschool Recap 2018/2019: A Minimalist Approach

Homeschool Recap 2018/2019: A Minimalist Approach

Hey friends, it’s countdown to baby time over here, but I really wanted to get this post up before things get too crunched! It’s fun to look back on the year and see how much things have grown and changed in our homeschooling life. And […]