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.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

7 Homeschool Mom Hacks to Start Today

7 Homeschool Mom Hack to Start Today

Written by Krista Smith.

As a homeschool mom, life can get away from me in an instant. A sane morning can turn into a three-ring circus faster than you can say “two and a half cups of fruit smoothie dropped from a height of three feet." So, consider this little diatribe an ode to small bits of sanity. Here are seven small mom hacks that have rescued my homeschool time and time again.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

How to Organize a Home Library

How to Organize a Home Library

It's no secret that I'm kind of a word nerd. 99.7% of my conversations start with, "I read in a book once..." Books are my drug of choice. And like all addicts, I constantly push them on everyone I know, especially my kids. I've made it my mission to grow a world of readers, starting with the five wee-people I have at home.

As with all passions, a love for books is formed by constant exposure to them.

Sadly, I have to dole out a lot of NOs at the public library. But, a carefully curated home library can be a constant YES. A feast for the taking.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What You Should Know About Teaching Reading

What You Should Know About Teaching Reading

Written by Jessica.

When I was a classroom teacher, I always had a group of students in my class each year that were significantly behind in reading. In the traditional school system, if you are behind in reading in fourth grade it's difficult to catch up. By then, reading is required for every other subject. My students who struggled in reading didn’t just struggle in reading, they struggled in everything. Conversely, my students who excelled in reading excelled in other subjects as well.

Reading is the cornerstone for so much of learning.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Beating the February Homeschool Funk

Beating the February Homeschool Funk-one mom's best tips
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

It’s known as the February funk, and a great many homeschool parents experience it. Nobody’s quite sure what causes it, but nearly everyone agrees that it can make meeting homeschool goals feel impossible. The February funk can strike suddenly, or it might creep in slowly when you're not looking. Either way, it leaves you feeling down in the dumps, unmotivated, and incapable of getting things done.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What We're Reading in February 2018

Book choices for a homeschooling family of 7 in February

I've tried my hardest to avoid it. I've sanitized, washed, and re-washed until my hands have grown chapped. But alas, germs have found us. A few of us are down for the count and are nursing the sore throats and head colds that have taken our tiny little Mayberry by storm.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Busy Mom's Guide to Reading More This Year

The Busy Mom's Guide to Reading More This Year-tips, tricks, and links

I'm a work-at-home, homeschooling mom. I'm currently buried somewhere under a book deadline and I have what feels like 0 seconds of "extra" time. And yet, I somehow managed to carve out enough time to read 30 books this past year, as in books just for me. That number doesn't include the dozens upon dozen upon dozens of books that I read aloud to my kids for fun, for history, for science, for Bible...(You get the idea.)

I'm often asked how I squeeze reading into a jam-packed day. After all, busy is riding shotgun with me all day long.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Disneyschooling in Hollywood Studios and Beyond

Disneyschooling in Hollywood Studios and Beyond-great ideas for learning at Disney

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Disney World is a magical--full of fun, wonder, and memories. It is also a great place to enhance your homeschooler’s education. In this "Disneyschooling" series, we've been looking at many of the learning opportunities found in the Disney World parks.

In the fourth and final addition to this series, we'll cover Hollywood Studios. While this park is currently under construction and is therefore much smaller than the other three at the moment, it still has so much learning potential. Let’s begin, shall we?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What's Working and What's Not in My Homeschool This Year

What's Working and What's Not in My Homeschool This Year

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Do you remember the quirky bird in Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH? He was a crow. Or a blackbird, maybe? I’m not sure. No matter.

If memory serves, his name was Jeremy and he had a fetish for shiny things. Little bits of this and little scraps of that would grab his attention. He'd swoop down out of the sky, grab whatever glittery treasure he could fit into his beak, and carry it back to his awaiting lady friend.

He wasn’t necessarily obsessed with sparkle, just distracted. Silvery tinsel-like things caught his attention and tugged at his gaze.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

75 Reasons to Love Homeschooling in Winter {and anytime of the year}

75 Reasons to Love Homeschooling in Winter {and anytime of the year}

Written by Jessica.

It’s January. It’s that time of year when all the promise and best intentions of September seem far away and the celebratory feeling of June does, too. The holidays are over. The weather is cold and the days are darker. It’s almost halfway through the school year, but there’s still a lot of winter and many, many more months of school left. The subject that’s a struggle, the curriculum that doesn’t look so promising anymore, the behavior that isn’t improving, the routine that isn’t working – can all feel mighty weighty right about now.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cultivating Character in the Homeschool Day

A simple system to cultivate character in your kids

Written by Krista Smith.

A while back, I shared the Ticket Journey to Obedience, the system I learned from a very Godly woman and incredible mother whose three children are all following Jesus passionately as adults.

And while I thought the Ticket system worked wonders for us in the discipline department, and while it took a lot of the power struggles and tantrums right out of our school day, I noticed that there was still something missing in the life-blood of our family: edification.


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