• Current Events
  • 10 great Summer Home school Ideas

    Summer ideas

    Not everyone agrees about school in the summer. Even I don’t agree with myself sometimes… (that’s a problem, huh?) I don’t know about you, but when summer rolls around I really really need a break! So, typically our summertime is just that – a break for mom. However, the kids do keep their brains active […]

  • Curriculum
  • Homeschooling Second Grade

    Second grade

    Second grade… definitely a magic year! I have always loved teaching 2nd grade, but do I say that about every grade? hmm… maybe! Of course, second grade is a year full of big things. Students are becoming more advanced and fluent readers, math skills are being sharpened daily, writing often moves to cursive (if you […]

  • Home Education
  • Printable Phonics Charts

        I know how difficult it can be to afford to buy curriculum, which is why I’ve made my own simple charts over the years. You can print these and have them laminated and they should last you for several children! Short Vowel Sounds Vowel/Consonant Blends Long Vowel Sounds   Help us continue making […]

  • Curriculum
  • Homeschooling First Grade

    firstgrade

    The first few years of schooling are my favorite to teach…how about you? Don’t you just love watching their faces light up when they get a new concept… it’s so worth it! So, we’ve been through first grade 5 times now… it’s an exciting year of learning with loads of interesting concepts and fun learning. […]

  • Encouragement
  • Rejoice Evermore…

    Rejoice

    I am one of those people that really tries (emphasis on try) to make things practical. This carries over into my spiritual life as well. I believe that all things in life work together for God’s glory. Though I may not understand it, He has the beginning and the end worked out. So, as I read […]

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  • Let’s Get Started – Homeschooling Pre-K

    homeschool preschool

    I’ve never been a proponent of serious schooling at the PreK level. I believe at this age the child learns so much by playing, mimicking, and using their imagination. To push schooling would be a disservice to the child. However, with that being said some children are ready to get learning at this age and […]

  • Curriculum
  • Homeschool Grammar… this is too much fun!

    homeschool grammar

    We’ve been studying the parts of speech with our fourth grader. She’s coming along, but some things are just not sticking. So, today – to help add that extra memorable detail to what I’ve taught her we reviewed our Parts of Speech with the School House Rock videos. I loved these as a kid, and […]

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  • The Power of Praise

    praisepic

    In my days as a private school administrator, I cannot guess how many times I heard parents tell me that their child was gifted and they thought… once enrolled, the child would simply need to be advanced a grade. It is funny, but most of those children were just good, healthy, “normal”, yet wonderful children. […]

  • Curriculum
  • Does your Education FIT?

    converse

    For most of us, there was something about typical education that just didn’t fit. For whatever reason, we felt that we needed something different for our children’s education. Education is all about a good fit. Like a pair of shoes that may be too tight – you want to get out of those as quickly […]

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  • New Year’s Eve Celebrations for Kids

    I know celebrating the New Year isn’t always a kid friendly situation. As a parent of six, I’m always looking for kid-friendly options to ringing in the New Year. At our house we definitely feel that the holiday is best when we celebrate it together. We don’t particularly enjoy leaving the kids out of the […]