Note: This was originally written September 23, 2013, when my almost 10-year-old was 21 months. As my summer to-do list gets long, I went back and found these words on my old retired blog. Because I needed to remember... "Mommy will you please play with me?" I hope you didn't notice the way I cringed … Continue reading Mommy, Will You Play with Me?
A New Year and a New Plan This is probably the most requested blog post I've ever written, and I apologize in advance that it's a brain dump, not a carefully word crafted masterpiece. As the emails, phone calls, and text messages have poured in asking me to share "EXACTLY what curriculum you use and … Continue reading Our 2020/2021 Homeschool Plan
Amazon is having a fantastic deal this week on my favorite thing: BOOKS! The deal is GET 3 BOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF 2. There are a ton of children's books included in the promo. My advice - go for the collections with this deal! If you can get a $20 or $30 already discounted … Continue reading The Best Deals During Amazon’s Epic Book Sale
One of the great joys of my motherhood has been that special season when a child starts reading chapter books on his own. I adore watching them curled up in a chair or lying on their belly on the rug with a book holding them spellbound. I actually love it when they beg to finish … Continue reading The Best Chapter Books for Kids
These books are the ones that stand the test of time, of age, of interest. They are the true classics of children's literature that have shaped my own childhood, and have become as dear as friends to my children. Any of these books would be the perfect place to start with reading aloud to your … Continue reading Top Ten Read-Aloud Books for Families
Not all toys are created equal. There are toys that are unwrapped at Christmas, played with a passion for a few weeks, and forgotten by Easter. There are toys that stick around for a few years or a few children and then find their way into the giveaway pile. And then there are toys … Continue reading The Best Toy Investments that Keep Kids Happy, Learning, and Busy
From their earliest years, I knew that the bedrock of my kids' early education would be read-aloud stories. My mother's tireless commitment to reading aloud to her children shaped my own childhood in so many ways, and I wanted to give my own little ones the same experience of the world through great literature and … Continue reading Audio Books for Kids (The Secret to Happy Car Life)
If you are a teacher, home educator, or just an avid reader, you're probably very familiar with the term "Twaddle." When I became a Mom, I had absolutely no idea what "Twaddle" meant. It was while reading Tsh Oxenreider's book Notes from a Blue Bike that I was introduced to this term that Charlotte Mason coined about a century … Continue reading Twaddle (Part 1)
#chapteradaychallenge on The Four Gospels Free Gospel Challenge Printable: Download Here When I was a teenager I heard my dad give a conference talk called, "Who is Jesus, and How Can I Know Him?" His message was life-changing for me because he put into clear, concise, relatable steps how a person can know Jesus, and how we … Continue reading Who is Jesus, and How Can I Know Him?
Free Printable to accompany the 10 Day Organized Simplicity Plan HERE. About six years ago I read a book called Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider. The book is about clearing your home and life of clutter and distractions so that you can focus on what matters most to you and your family. It's an invitation … Continue reading Organized Simplicity Challenge