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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, October 17, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Homeschool Student, Be a Better Communicator! {a graduate's perspective}

Homeschool Student, Be a Better Communicator {a graduate's perspective}

Written by Abbey Lovett.


“How are you such a good communicator if you were homeschooled?”

“Wow! You were homeschooled. How come you aren’t awkward?”

“So, you’re a two time national champion speaker? How did you do that if you were homeschooled?”

I’m Abbey Lovett. I’m a communicator, coach, two time national champion speaker, and an unlikely homeschooler. And yes, I’ve been asked these questions and others like them countless times over the years. People are often shocked to find out that I’m a professional speaker and coach even though I was homeschooled. How could I possibly learn how to speak so well if I never went to public or private school?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Picks for a Vintage Home Preschool


Not too long ago, I was approached by a very popular curriculum company offering to shell out big bucks if I would partner with them to promote their "early learning academy," a rigorous online, digital preschool for kids as young as two. They had a well-developed marketing plan and high hopes that I would jump on their crazy train. It would have meant a substantial contract and a big fat check every month for yours truly. But I turned them down.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What We're Reading in October 2017

Book selections for the month of October of a homeschooling family of 7

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~Anne with an "e" 

There's just something about Octobers. No other month captures slow and quiet and cozy quite like October, especially up here in the near-tundra. It ushers in the cool just before the bitter cold--like the calm before the storm.

October invites me to return to my crochet basket, have an extra cup of coffee, and linger longer over a good book.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tricks & Tips for Homeschooling On-the-Go

Homeschooling On-the-Go

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

The new school year has arrived, and for many that means tons of time spent driving to co-ops, sports practices, and dance classes. While these things don’t necessarily apply to my family in our current state of full-time travel, I do understand—probably better than most—how little fun it can be to find yourself trapped in a vehicle with the kids for extended periods of time.

Before we go any further, I’d like to say that I'm in 100% agreement with moms who drop some activities or pick classes based on scheduling in order to avoid too much car time. After all, it is difficult to do any homeschooling if you are never...well, home. However, I also understand that as a homeschooling family, you'll probaby need to get out of the house once in awhile, and that means you will likely find yourself in a car with kids at least once a week.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Case for the Vintage Home Preschool

The Case for the Vintage Home Preschool- a former preschool teacher and homeschool mother of five weighs in.

I got a message from a new-to-homeschooling mother a few months ago asking for suggestions. She was starting her oldest child in preschool and was desperate for direction. He message went a little something like this:

"Jamie, I'm heading to a local homeschool convention. I've got money in my pocket and preschool on my mind. What should I buy? What are your top preschool curriculum choices?"

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I imagined her crouched over her computer screen, pen and paper in hand, ready to jot down all my sage suggestions. I taught preschool in a traditional classroom for three years and had homeschooled all five of my own kids through the early years, after all. Certainly, I'd be able to point her to a perfectly-selected, Cathy Duffy approved curriculum -- some pretty boxed set of this or that. Right?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Pumpkin STEM Project

Fall Pumpkin STEM Project-could be used with gourds

Written by Jessica.

Recently I saw an autumn wall-hanging that said,
“On the day that God made pumpkins, He sat back and just smiled.”
 I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I do like to picture it!

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.

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