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, November 16, 2017

Homeschooling Isn't Educational Utopia...and other things Instagram doesn't tell you

Homeschooling Isn't Educational Utopia...and other things Instagram doesn't tell you

Written by Jessica.

I homeschooled our eldest for preschool, and it was as delightful as could be. Weekly seasonal themes, or other themes of interest, dictated the piles upon piles of lovely picture books we savored. I made simple learning games and activities to coordinate with our themes. The alphabet, letter sounds, calendar skills, and beginner math skills all happened organically. We spent hours outside every day. Indoors was a feast of blocks, puzzles, pretend-play toys, homemade play-dough, watercolor paints, and simple crafts. Our younger two joined in as appropriate for their ages, and then they did preschool the same way. 

My children thrived. 

It was early childhood learning, homeschool style, at its finest.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

50 Stocking Stuffers for Sneaky Learning {all under $10}

50 Stocking Stuffers for Sneaky Learning {all under $10}

There is a 107% chance that my kids will have already figured out what's inside each of their stockings before Christmas morning...or at least they'll know 4 out of the 6 items stuffed in there.

To be honest, guessing their stocking gifts ahead of time doesn't really require my kids to do much sleuthing. I'm a creature of accidental habit. I do something once, find success at it, and then continue to do the exact same thing until the end-of-time because as the old adage goes, "If it ain't broke..."

My stocking stuffing procedure has been on permanent repeat for as long as any of my clan can remember.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

What We're Reading in November 2017

Books We're Reading in November 2017

There's something about the sights and smells of November that puts me in a hygge-a-rific kinda mood. In November, I unearth my wool-lined snow boots, unpack a few half-started crochet projects, and keep apple cider on perma-brew.

November is crisp. November is teasing weather that is never quite sure if it wants to snow, rain, or gust. November is a month to hunker down with a good book or two or three.

Monday, November 6, 2017

100 Childhood of Famous Americans Biographies in Chronological Order

Childhood of Famous Americans-100 biographies in chronological order for #homeschooling

In a letter to his friend Robert Hooke, Sir Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Newton understood the importance of reading biographies: they provide mentors from different times and different places. They inspire bravery, ingenuity, and greatness.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top 10 No-Twaddle Printable Book List for Every Age

FREE Printable Top 10 Books Lists for every age {tots to tweens} #homeschooling

"Jamie, got any book suggestions for a third grader? My son is a voracious reader and I just can't keep up with him."

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This is just one example of the emails I receive daily from mommas all around the world looking for something better for their kids besides what the trade-show aisles at Walmart and Target are doling out. These mommas see shelf after shelf filled and overflowing with all the usual suspects-- the trendy books like The Day My Butt Went Psycho and The Fantastic Flatulent Fart Brothers Go to the Moon!--and are desperate for book suggestions that will help them cultivate a love for truth, beauty, and goodness in their homes.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Disneyschooling in the Magic Kingdom

Delight-directed learning ideas for the Magic Kingdom #homeschooling
Photo by Travis Gergen on Unsplash

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Are you headed to Walt Disney World soon? What if I told you that you can give your kids the science, history, and geography homeschool lessons of a lifetime during your magical trip? It's true. As roadschoolers, we use Disney World for educational purposes all the time. And with a tiny bit of prep work, you can too.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Ticket Journey to Obedience

The Ticket Journey to Obedience

Written by Krista Smith.

If there's one thing I pray for on repeat, its, “Help me, Good Lord, to raise children who’ll follow you with abandon…without losing my mind…or getting too many more grey hairs…Amen.”

There are days when it seems like I can’t go 15 minutes without a rebuke or a correction. (You know the days.) I'd rather figure out what is going on in the hearts of my kids than just "get by" or make it to the end of the day. I'd like to lead my children in the way they should go--to find a salve to their souls and to mine.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

When Homeschooling Feels Lonely

When Homeschooling Feels Lonely-One Mom's Story

Written by Jessica.

Homeschooling is so common these days that it seems like everyone knows someone who homeschools, used to homeschool, or who’s thinking about doing it. There are more curriculum choices and online resources than a homeschooler could use in a lifetime. School districts and homeschooling laws have become friendlier. There are homeschool co-ops and classes popping up everywhere. Many homeschoolers say that it’s so easy to find activities and to connect with other homeschooling families that there’s not enough time to fit it all in.

But, that isn’t true for everyone. Sometimes homeschooling can feel lonely.

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?


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