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, December 14, 2017

My Most Favorite Books from 2017

My Most Favorite Books from 2017

2017 proved to be a better than normal reading year for me. I finished 30 books. How's that for a nice round number? 

To be honest, I started a half dozen others throughout the year, soldiered through at least 100 pages of each (my personal litmus test number), but eventually set them aside for more interesting titles.

For a self-proclaimed bibliophile, 30 books a year doesn't seem like a lot. That's only a little more than two books per month. But, I'm a rather slow reader. I don't just read; I digest. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The BEST of The Unlikely Homeschool 2017

The BEST of homeschooling 2017- tons of tips and lots of encouragement

I've got my 2018 calendar spread out on the bed. I'm slowly starting to plug in writing commitments and TO DOs onto the pages. But, I'm determined to be kind to myself by holding the next twelve months loosely, writing only in pencil, or at least in erasable ink.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What We're Reading in December 2017

A list of books for December by a homeschooling family of 7

As I’m hunkered down writing these very words to you, I’m surrounded by Christmas pleasantries. ’Tis the season. “The Little Drummer Boy” is wafting somewhere in the white space of my day. Ironically, my life plays a similar melody. Like the little drummer boy, I often feel very poor. Depleted. Empty. I have nothing fit to bring the newborn King, nothing but my daily drum—the mundane beat of life: laundry to wash, meals to make, lesson plans to prepare, a husband to honor and children to teach. These are my simple daily beats—the calling that he’s given me. But, I’m determined to play my best for Him, serving quietly; homeschooling daily; finding miracles even in the mundane; laying my obedience at His cradle. These are my finest gifts. Pa-rum-pum-pum-pum.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Disneyschooling at Epcot

Here are my best homeschooling tips for learning while at Epcot
Photo by James Lee on Unsplash

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Family vacations are some of the very best times to seek out new information and make learning fun. Fortunately for my family, Disney World is no exception to this rule, meaning we use the enormous amounts of time we spend in the Disney parks to expand on our son’s education in an exciting way. We call this “Disneyschooling."

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

20+ Nativity Books That Tell the Real Story

20 Nativity Books that tell the Real Story

Contrary to the popular Christmas carol, three kings did not visit a newborn Jesus in Bethlehem. While Scripture refers to them as magi, or wise men, it gives no indication that they were kings. Instead, it refers to them as educated men who came from the East, possibly the direction of Babylon or Persia. Some theologians speculate that they were from a similar order of philosophers and foreign priests as those in Daniel's day. They were obviously interested in signs of the heavens and were willing to travel a great distance to follow the clues given in the stars and the Old Testament (specifically Numbers 24:17) to find a child who was "born King of the Jews."

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.


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