Although the day is rainy and dreary outside, inside our house is being filled with beautiful fall leaves with a modern twist: Digi-leaves! Why do the leaves change color in autumn? As the days are growing shorter, the leaves stop making chlorophyll. It isn’t efficient for deciduous trees to keep their foliage through the winter.… Read More Fall Digi-Leaves!
How do we implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle in our home? You know Poetry Tea Time. You are down with the Charlotte Mason style read alongs. But let’s get down to the nitty gritty. How do we implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle every day? Here is an example of planning from behind! This summer I… Read More Brave Writer Lifestyle Planning from Behind
Are you considering using MFW Kindergarten for your first year of homeschooling? This is our third and final year using the curriculum and I thought I would share some of my thoughts as we embark on this learning path one final year. An Overview The First Two Weeks The curriculum starts out very slowly. The… Read More MFW Kindergarten: A Beginners Guide
What is my big take away from homeschool planning season 2017? I’ve been doing it all wrong! It is time to flip the way we think about planning our homeschool year! Instead of focusing on the day to day homeschool routine, we need to start by planning the feeling we want our homeschool year to… Read More Homeschool Planning: Are We Doing It Wrong?
Summer Reading. (Big Sigh) I don’t know about your kids but my kids aren’t the stereotypical homeschoolers. They aren’t generally the nose in a book 24-7 types. In fact they would much rather be playing some Minecraft, Knack or watching Netflix. It is so easy to have reading become just another chore to check off… Read More Add Pixie Dust to Summer Reading
It starts with a look. Somehow this curriculum grabs your attention from across the sea of curriculum and you just know it. This is love. So you bring it into your home and you start getting to know each other. You build that relationship. Things can get ugly, you have a fight and you are sure… Read More The Curriculum Relationship
Confession. I am bad at summer. Dreadfully horrible in fact. I still haven’t figured out the magical easy going summer that everyone is always raving about. I feel like summer makes promises. Big promises that it can never quite deliver. On one hand there is the hazy lazy relaxing summer days. Laying in a hammock.… Read More Hacking Summer Break
Dear New Homeschool Mamas, Take a deep breath. It is going to be ok. I know you’re excited. That is good. Excitement is good. This journey you are about to embark in is amazing and exciting and no one can prepare you for it. I know you are scouring Pinterest and feeling simultaneously inspired, and… Read More Dear New Homeschool Mamas,
I have three beautiful children. This is actually the first year that I am going to be teaching all three of them formally (if that doesn’t pack a bittersweet punch I don’t know what does!) This June I did a soft start and it was eye opening. Their unique giftings, personalities and learning styles became… Read More Individualized Lesson Planning
As I sat down and started to look at next year, I got overwhelmed really quickly. It is so easy to get caught up in little details of curriculum choice, philosophy and planners. And while these are all necessary, I think the first thing that we need to do as homeschool moms is to set… Read More Affirmations for Your Homeschool Year