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Read Aloud to Your Readers!

    Many children are reading independently by the intermediate years. With my oldest two, it didn't occur to me to keep reading to them once they were flying solo. My job seemed complete; the skill of reading and the habit of reading were set. It was natural to read books aloud to the following two [...]

By |2022-08-25T10:00:14-07:00May 12th, 2022|Encouragement, Family Life, For Moms|0 Comments

Avoid Extra Burdens with Extra-Curricular (5 Tips)

So many options, so little time, and a limited budget! How should a family go about deciding where to invest their limited time, money, and energy when it comes to extra-curricular activities? Talk to any team sports coach and they will be able to list off all the reasons why team sports are the investment you should make. [...]

By |2022-04-07T20:45:58-07:00April 7th, 2022|Family Life|0 Comments

Clear the Confusion about Chapter Books

Some Confusion A simple and universal definition is not so easy to come by and the confusion seems to enter with the higher-level chapter books. Where is the cut-off? At what point is a book considered a novel? And does it even matter? Early Reader Books, Chapter Books and Intermediate/Middle-Grade Novels are all designed with [...]

By |2022-03-16T22:28:03-07:00March 16th, 2022|Family Life|0 Comments

Have You Been Missing Out on Wordless Books?

Invite your children to co-author a story! Literacy involves much more than reading words on a page and wordless books are an often overlooked tool in the literacy toolbox. Have you been overlooking them? I have! "Reading" wordless books increases vocabulary. Your children have two sets of vocabulary: one they can understand when they hear [...]

By |2022-12-13T20:11:27-08:00March 9th, 2022|Family Life|0 Comments

My Adult Children are Homeschooling My Grandchildren – Now What?

Welcome and Happy Grandparents Day (September 12th) to all the grandparents of homeschoolers. You have an opportunity to be a treasured resource to your adult children and their children. Keep reading to find out how. Almost 20 years ago, I was listening to a radio broadcast on Christian radio and heard the host describe a [...]

By |2022-09-07T21:22:10-07:00September 8th, 2021|Family Life|0 Comments

Beautiful Feet Books Intermediate Ancient History

I’m just going to get this out of the way first thing: I loved using this curriculum! It made it easy to have a deep and rich history experience with my kids using literature - my preferred method of teaching. Teach without a Textbook I had never heard of Beautiful Feet Books curriculum or their [...]

By |2021-11-09T09:47:32-08:00September 1st, 2021|Family Life|0 Comments

Do Mornings Well part 2

Everyone needs to define for themselves what a successful homeschool morning includes and in my experience, the definition can vary with each season of life. I had a different standard during my night-time nursing years than I do now with a seven-year-old as my youngest. As you are pondering what a successful morning looks like, [...]

By |2021-11-09T08:42:12-08:00August 26th, 2021|Family Life|0 Comments

First Language Lessons

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind Jessie Wise & Sara Buffington Elementary Grammar This is an elementary-level grammar & composition curriculum. There are 4 levels that loosely correspond to grade levels. This is a significant plus for me as we run the full spectrum of learners; those who have giftings outside of academics and [...]

By |2021-11-09T08:45:20-08:00August 18th, 2021|Curriculum|0 Comments

The Story of Science Review

Homeschool Science: The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way Aristotle Leads the Way was the main science text I found to pair with Beautiful Feet Books Ancient History (Intermediate) curriculum for my past year of homeschooling. My kids were in grades 6 and 8 this past year, and we often do Socials and Science [...]

By |2021-08-04T21:58:41-07:00August 4th, 2021|Homeschool Science Curriculum|0 Comments

Do Mornings Well! Part 1

Do Mornings Well! "Win the Morning, Win the Day!" I see this quoted often in books, on blogs, Instagram feeds, and Facebook pages that are dedicated to productivity, entrepreneurship, personal growth, and habit development. I'm not an entrepreneur, but I'm a bit of a productivity/habit/organization nerd, and over the last several months, I've been wondering [...]

By |2021-07-28T23:30:43-07:00July 28th, 2021|Homeschooling|1 Comment

Curriculum Spotlight – Science Through History

How do we know how things work? What are atoms and molecules? How do human organs function? Why are the sparkling lights in the sky?   These are questions that humans have been asking from the beginning of time, and we wanted answers. This science program tells us about those men and women who asked [...]

By |2023-01-25T21:38:03-08:00July 8th, 2021|Curriculum|0 Comments

Shadows on the Rock – Book Review

Willa Cather’s “Shadow on the Rock” is a descriptive, gentle, immersive look at life in Quebec in the late 17th century. Twelve-year-old Cecile lives with her apothecary father, navigating life between the Upper and Lower Towns of Quebec City. Cecile takes care of the young half-orphaned Jacques, listens to stories of the woods and rivers [...]

By |2022-06-15T10:20:08-07:00June 30th, 2021|Book Review|0 Comments


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