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, March 22, 2018

How & Why Your Homeschooler Should Plan Your Next Trip

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Travel can be an amazing, delight-directed learning experience. Meeting new people, seeing new things, and tasting new foods can all lead to growing well-rounded kids who have a true appreciation for the world around them. Not only that, but frequent travel can also help with problem-solving skills and teach traditional subjects such as geography, history, and science in a natural way.

That said, if you want to take full advantage of a travel adventure, you really need to start at the beginning. You see, planning for your travels can be just as educational as the actual trip itself.

That said, I highly recommend letting your kids in on the planning process. In doing so, you'll not only help them learn useful skills, but also fine-tune their current knowledge in a variety of areas.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Teaching All Ages with Living Picture Books

Teaching All Ages with Living Picture Books-tips and book lists

Written by Jessica.

When my children were each preschool-aged, I taught using thematic units that were about a week or two long. Often these were on seasonal topics (Apples, Leaves, Animals in Winter, Turkeys, Snow, Spring Weather, Seeds and Plants, Pond Life), with other fun topics thrown in about topics of current interest (Trains, Firemen, Pets, etc.). Creating thematic units simply meant that I’d choose piles of beautiful picture books on a topic and then add in hands-on art, so-simple “science,” and print-and-go thematic math and letter activities that I found for free online. It was perfect for each of my preschoolers and worked for including younger tots, too.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Camp 10...Because the World is Your Classroom

Hiking on a Camp 10 trip to South Africa

Are you looking for a global experience that combines outdoor adventure, Christian discipleship and college credits?

Camp10 is a unique three-week summer abroad program in South Africa that develops young Christian leaders to be effective in a multi-cultural setting. Through challenging lectures and cultural trips in a community of Christian peers and scholars, you will build valuable life skills and take home unforgettable memories—and pictures.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

What We're Reading in March 2018

What We're Reading in March 2018

How is it March already? Where has the time gone? We are 2/3 of the way through our school year and are careening pell-mell towards summer. Where are the brakes on this thing, anyway? Any chance these days with my children can slow down just a little bit?

Somehow reading good books together stops the clock...or at least dials it back to a gentler pace, if only for a little while. Cuddling together on the couch to enjoy a shared story has always been my favorite way of pushing pause on the frenzy of the day...of the week...of the year.

Here's what we're reading this month.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Kente "Cloth": African Print Project

Kente "Cloth": African Print Project

In the heart of Ghana, West Africa you'll find Kente draping the shoulders of the Akan people. Kente means "basket" and is a fashion featuring silk and cotton fabrics which are woven together in bright, geometric patterns. Kente was once a sign of royalty, but is now worn to show ethnic pride during celebrations such as weddings and funerals. 

The colors of the Kente fabrics hold deep meaning to the people and signify everything from politics to fertility, from religion to science.


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