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 monthly newsletter. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Best Books for Little House on the Prairie Fans

She's been called one of most influential children's authors in American history. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved pioneer series have been capturing the hearts of young readers for nearly a century, including my daughter.

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I remember snuggling on the couch years ago with my then 2-year-old girl and enjoying the Little House picture books together. Those simple illustrated stories lit a spark in her for pretend prairie play. She spent many days wearing a bonnet and eating her weight in homemade molasses candy. By her fifth birthday, she and I were reading the original chapter books and she requested to have a Little House on the Prairie-themed party to introduce Laura to her real-life friends.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Experience with My Father's World Adventures in U.S. History

Written by Jessica.

I’ve never been a fan of pre-packaged or all-in-one curricula. I’ve always thought that part of the advantage of homeschooling is being able to pick and choose the curriculum for each subject and come up with a personal plan for the school year that’s unique to each family or child within that family. Gathering curriculum and piecing things together always seemed more frugal, more tailored, more…homeschool-y? And then, there was last summer.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What We're Reading in June 2018

This just in...

Homeschool mother goes to a used book sale and comes home with an excessive amount of books. And also...water is wet!

This was me last week at the Teach Them Diligently Ohio conference, and I'm not sorry. Not even a little bit.

I was giving a few workshops at the conference, but on my downtime, I buried myself under a pile of books in the vendor hall. I came home with a bag full of treasures. (I shared them all in my Instastories the other day. Did you catch it?)

Some of them, I'll be giving away. Some of them, I'll be tucking away. The rest, I'll be passing around to my kids to be read in the coming days.

(We've turned the page on the 2017-2018 school year, so the grade levels listed reflect the graduation of each of my kids.)

Here's what we'll be reading this month.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Teaching Textbooks 3.0: Learning for the Digital Age

Teaching Textbooks 3.0: Learning for the Digital Age #homeschool #curriculum #math

Once upon a time, I hated math and my kids did too. But then I Providentially stumbled upon Teaching Textbooks and like manna from the heavens, it was exactly what we all needed. My kids love math now. In fact, it's not unusual for my oldest son to plunk away at long division and complete an entire assignment even before the rest of us have rolled out of bed in the morning.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Top Resources for Developing a Christian Worldview of Current Events

Top Resources for Developing a Christian Worldview of Current Events #homeschool #parenting

Written by Abby of 4onemore.com.

As a Christian parent, it can sometimes be difficult to keep my kids informed about current events. So many headlines are frightening, gritty, and brimming with adult themes. And while I want my kids to experience the world, I don't want them to be crushed by it. Rather, I want to give them bite-sized chunks of history-in-the-making and teach them to view current culture through a Christian worldview.