My Top 5 Reasons for Choosing Home Education

It's my experience that many homeschooling families spend a lot of time defending (some well, some not-so well) their decision to home educate their children. I was having dinner with some truly admirable women from church and they shared the amount of guilt they experienced because they're unable to be at home with their children. … Continue reading My Top 5 Reasons for Choosing Home Education

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Chicken Treats

It is reeeally cold outside. So that means our time outdoors is limited and that makes for one antsy mama and an extremely rambunctious 2 year old. Today, our "science lesson" involved a nature walk searching for pinecones in the woods. We discussed pinecones and found some good specimens, then brought them inside to turn … Continue reading Chicken Treats

Organization Progress

I copied a page out of my old Employer's book and decided to label things. The idea behind the picture and word labels is that it enables children to associate words with images (think about how most people learn a foreign language.) And to then associate the picture on the container with the contents inside. … Continue reading Organization Progress

Teaching Your Toddler

My son is a great kid.  I don't mean he's perfectly behaved or never throws tantrums. Quite the opposite actually. He's just really great at being a kid; really loud, curious, smiley, goofy, weird, sticky, tactless, sticky, and did I mention curious? When I was working in North Carolina as a substitute teacher and subsequently … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler

This is the Day

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24, NKJV I've been trying to finish the same cup of morning coffee since 7:00 AM. It is now a quarter til noon, and I'm still not through it. Perhaps that's responsible in part for my impatience today. My toddler is also having … Continue reading This is the Day

Homemade Glue Recipe

I have searched the internets far and wide for a glue recipe without milk or flour. 1) I want it not to smell like sour milk and last longer than a day. 2) we're allergic to gluten and corn here so flour and corn starch/syrup are right out. I finally found a recipe along with … Continue reading Homemade Glue Recipe

Why I Prefer Child-led Learning

Today we learned about thunderstorms and tractors. Two relatively unrelated topics, but apparently, they intersected somewhere in my two-year-old son's brain. I really love the child-led model of learning. Children have a natural curiosity and desire for knowledge and understanding that is remarkably lacking in many adults. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us … Continue reading Why I Prefer Child-led Learning