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Cultivating our Hearts Our exceptionally warm and sunny weather gave me ample time to sit on my front porch early every morning to read, journal, grow, and be inspired. We are approaching a different season in which I will need to find encouragement from things other than the sun and leisurely mornings to drink tea and think dreamy thoughts.

The Magic of Learning Do you know that feeling when you get so excited and involved in something that you just want to keep going, are thinking and talking about it often, and are mildly obsessed about building that new skill or knowledge? Or do you know that feeling of thrill when something you've been working on finally clicks or works out just right?

Week 3 of Gentle and Classical Preschool Level 2 Love getting our table set up. Morning basket. Math tray and wonder tale treat time for the afternoon. Handcraft time and handwriting with easy Peasy for S. Decided to start the level one with R feel like I haven't given him as much attention as I did when his brother was 3 so trying to make up for it.

4 Steps to Inspire your Reluctant Writer Writing was a real struggle in our home. Tears, strong words, frustrations, ripped papers, thrown notebooks and tantrums were are real results of me efforts to engaged my reluctant writer. Then a break through happened. It was so simple. Why hadn't I thought of this before?

Easy Mac and Cheese from Scratch Please, do yourself a favor and stop buying boxes of mac and cheese. It’s such an easy dish to make from scratch, and so much better that way!

Homeschool Adventures In 2001, I began my career as a "brick and mortar" classroom teacher. I had dedicated the previous five years to my education, and I was finally settled into my first classroom, ready to begin a long career in formal education. Fast forward to 2006, I entered the world of Hospital Homebound with our oldest daughter.

My School Year Review Traditionally I like keeping written records of our homeschool year in my lesson planner. We received the Annual Membership Plan and I have been using My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping to track summer school and plan out our new school year.

14 Pros & Cons Of Homeschooling, From Families Who've Experienced It All Firsthand Being a parent means making a million and one decisions for your child, and one of the most important ones you'll make is about their education. You've got the natural worries that come with releasing your little one "into the wild," and you're determined to give them the very best… but is that public school?

Colorful Collage-Style Eric Carle Art Sweetpea has always been fascinated with the colorful collage-style art of Eric Carle. Her favorite among the books is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". It was windy and rainy this afternoon so it was a relaxing time to…yup, make some messy art!. If you were inspired by Eric Carle's art too, here is the simple process we followed.

Remembering Our Ancestors: Cousin Katharina On Monday, 19 August 2019, Cousin Katharina passed away at the good old age of 89. With her, we have lost a family historian to whom we owe much.

Autism: Weather Woes So most days doing lessons with Ry is super easy. Basically, I say all that to say this, our lessons are usually quiet, and he sits pretty still with me…unless there is a shift in the weather.

It's That Time of the Year! Summer has flown by and it's officially time for my babies to head back to school. Okay, they're not really babies anymore….Chris started his second year of college and Lola is heading into her senior year. The only one left to hang out with me is Bray, who's first day of fifth grade is next week.

First Week Almost Done! Well, we may be limping to the finish line… but we are almost done with our first week of the school year! We're limping because of a stomach bug that made its way through our house, but thankfully, none of the school girls caught it… Here is our first-day-of-school picture:.

With public school threats, greater flexibility, many parents opting to homeschool online Many parents are taking kids out of the classroom and bringing them home for online school. There are many reasons parents might choose to enroll their child in an online school. The biggest reason is for greater flexibility. That's why Samantha McClure schools her daughter, Abigail, at home and plans to do the same for her son.

Rolling with Resistance in Homeschool In counseling, there's a technique called "Roll with Resistance." The technique acknowledges that change is hard and often met with some resistance from Clients. In fact, some days, the Client might not even believe they need to change anything! If I go in there and try to force them to change, chances are, I'm not gonna have great success.

My First Time in "Real" School This week, I went to school for the first time. My entire life, I have been homeschooled, and that will continue this year too. But I also have to take a public driver's ed course, so I go to school for one class period. It's been really interesting! My teacher graduated from college just this spring.

What Is Real Life Moms by Laura Hurd? If you've been here awhile or just joining our journey, I wanted to take time to update our friends on where we are now! We have definitely slowed our work on Real Life Moms by Laura Hurd's facebook page. That happened mostly because of some shifts in our family.

Letter 22 Striving With my youngest child approaching her final year of homeschooling, I find myself once again reflecting on my thoughts, attitudes, ideas and approaches of the past 20+ years of homeschooling, writing letters to my younger self. I hope that these letters will also be an encouragement to you in your homeschooling journey.

Preschool Curriculum So now that I have shared our "Breakfast Basket" HERE and our Kindergarten curriculum for my daughter HERE. Now it's time to share all our preschool choices for my son! Although our preschool year mostly involves lots of playing, my 3 1/2 year old son asks to do school work just like his big sister.

Coming home after a year away It's been a while since we posted a blog. We set up this blog over a year ago to post about about our travels and lifestyle living full time on the road in a camper van but I hit a bit of a blogging block earlier in the year and just haven't come back to it until now.

The Best Way to Choose Curriculum for Kids Who Learn Differently If your children have learning differences, choosing homeschool curriculum can be a challenge. But Shawna shares one simple way to ensure you get it right. Nine years ago this month, I ordered my very first homeschool curriculum. It was an all-in-one, everything-you-need-in-these-boxes type of curriculum and I was so excited.

New Release: Snow Globe Travelers Activity Book Today is release day for the activity book companion to K.A. Cummins’ debut novel, Snow Globe Travelers: Samuel’s Legacy! Get a peek at a few of the pages inside! It’s…

The Heart of Science in the Elementary Years: The Homeschool Science Advantage Is there such a thing as a homeschool science advantage? Learn why homeschooling can give kids an edge when it comes to all things science-related. In a 1996 interview in Psychology Today, Carl Sagan famously said, "Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them.

Busy Littles - Fine Motor Play I try to keep my littles busy during the day, but when it is so hot outside and we are stuck inside there are only so many activities you can do. To help extend play time I try to find as many was as I can to use the same materials. One of my favorite Instagram account to follow is Susie at Busy Toddler.

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