I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my daily digest via email or RSS feed. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Big Fat List of Online & Digital Curriculum

Big fat list of online & digital curriculum perfect for missionaries, military families, and roadschoolers.

Last month, my husband and I welcomed some friends for the weekend. They are a family of seven who had traveled over 8,000 miles to visit us and others for the next few months while here in the states. Up until their arrival, we'd never actually met them before in real life. We'd only ever connected with them online

They are missionaries in a "closed" country spreading the gospel to those who have never heard. A year or so ago, my family (along with one other family from our church) began sending them emails, small gifts, financial support, and prayer.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 Hidden Blessings of Homeschooling

3 Hidden Blessings of Homeschooling

Written by Krista Smith.

I was reminded very vividly a few weeks ago of three amazing blessings made possible by homeschooling, and I found myself all the more adamant about making sure I make room for them whenever the opportunity presents itself to our family.

I was public schooled from start to finish, and while I had a better-than-most experience, the thought of “learning” in the summertime literally never crossed my mind. Ever.

In fact, I was of the opinion that learning was inextricably tied to school between the hours of 7:30am and 3:30pm. On free evenings or weekends, I didn’t read for fun. I didn’t experiment. I didn’t ask to go to the library to look up some curiosity or another.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What We're Reading in September 2017

Book list for September of a homeschooling family of 7

Ahhh...September -- the gentle handshake between summer and fall. 

I love September and it's not just because it's my birth month. September brings change...the start of a new school year, the slow shift from warm to cold, the intentional pace of fall.

In September, we pack away our summertime shenanigans and reclaim a more steady cadence to our days. Our full schedule returns and we hunker down into "normal" once again. In the summer, our books often get tossed aside for park days, picnics, and swim parties at the beach. Living in the near-tundra, we don't get many of those days, so we cling to every outdoor moment that we can.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Homeschool curriculum picks for Kindergarten-from a mom of 5

I knew this day would arrive. I had hoped it wouldn't come slamming in at Mach 1. But it has, or at least that's how it feels. My baby is starting kindergarten. This summer I packed up all the preschool stuff one last time. There will be no more pre for me.

Every small milestone of his maturity brings a mixture of joy and sadness for this momma. Why do firsts always have to be accompanied by lasts?

But that's the way it is with motherhood. We launch and then let go. We learn to live in the tension of first and last. He's thrilled with all this forward motion, so I guess I can be too.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Homeschooling When Life is Hard...one Mother's story

Homeschooling When Life is Hard...One Mother's Story

Written by Anonymous.

This past school year was full of new -- new baby; new position at work (my hubby’s). But since Thanksgiving of 2016 we’ve also had some hard new.

While these changes have been a big adjustment for our family, they have also provided a sweet time of fixing our eyes on Jesus, resting in His strength, and finding gratitude for all the ways He has helped us to narrow our focus to what is most important: Him and our togetherness.

To make a long story short, one of our daughters has always found sleep elusive. Slowly over time, she became like something out of The Night of the Living Dead. She was there, but she wasn’t there. She was with us, but her mind was in a constant state of sleep-deprived fog. So, at 3am one morning, while watching as my daughter read books on the couch instead of sleeping in bed, I crafted a desperate email to a local therapist.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Curriculum choices for a 3rd grade homeschooler

My son is a little naturalist. To say that he has a way with animals is quite the understatement. He's an animal whisperer. So far in his seven short years, he's rescued a cedar waxwing, a morning dove, a Downy woodpecker, a common redpoll, numerous frogs and toads, and a rabbit that have all been injured and left for dead. He's nursed each of them back to health and has set them free. 

When selecting curriculum for him, I try to keep that love for animals and wildlife in mind. 

Here's what he'll be learning this year.
(Items with an asterisk indicate a new-to-us resource. Because we don't homeschool on Tuesdays, all subjects will be completed four times a week unless otherwise indicated.)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Traveling Deals for Wanderlusters & Roadschoolers on a Tight Budget

Traveling Deals for Wanderlusters & Roadschoolers on a Tight Budget

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

I’d venture to say most everyone has some idea of the fact that travel is a wonderful form of education. Being exposed to new sights and sounds is a great way to stimulate the brain and acquire new information. Because of this, travel and homeschooling go hand in hand, and more and more families are turning to roadschooling to satisfy their wanderlust.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Homeschool curriculum choices for a 5th grader

This boy of mine. He's small in stature, but big in mind. To use a phrase from my dad's lexicon, "He's a smart cookie, that one!" And he is. He's 9 and should be in 4th grade, but he's in fifth (or so it says on his annual reporting form that I have to send in to the district office) and he does 6th grade math. He's not a genius. He's just a boy that has been granted permission to learn at his own pace. Since I don't homeschool with grade levels, he's never been held back by common core standards or the local school's scope-and-sequence. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Homeschool Mom, Make the Effort. Have the Fun.

Homeschool Mom, Make the effort. Have the fun.

Written by Jessica.

It’s back to school time, and that means looking at the year ahead and planning all of the teaching and learning that will take place. It means choosing the books and curriculum and topics and projects and activities that we’ll take part in. It’s a time for thinking about new beginnings, goals, and starting the year off right.

As I’ve been thinking about the school year ahead, I’ve been considering how much and how well I incorporate the “special” and the “fun” into our days. Sometimes I do jazz hands really well, and other times, not so much. As home educators, we are usually good at checking off the big stuff: teaching of academics, instilling character and faith development, imparting practical life skills, and the like. But home education isn’t about creating a better version of “school” at home. It’s a philosophy and a way of life, and it makes room for so much more. I want to make the most of the unique time and opportunities that homeschooling gives my family.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Homeschool curriculum choices for a 6th grader

My oldest son is just about the hardest working, selfless young man I've ever met. He's got service deeply rooted in his bones and is always on the lookout to show big love in simple, small ways. He has a strong sense of justice and a fierce loyalty to those most important to him. With character like that, it's not surprising that he's wanted to be in the military since he was a preschooler...A PRESCHOOLER! He's never wavered from that dream, not even a teeny-tiny bit.


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