Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children

Parenting is always a little stressful. That just comes with the territory of being responsible for other tiny, virtually helpless humans. But there are certain circumstances that can make parenting particularly challenging. For my husband and I, that is being introverts with extroverted children. I am an introvert. I never knew that, because I've always … Continue reading Introverted Parents with Extroverted Children

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2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

This is my first year shopping for homeschool curriculum! And while it's exciting, it was also really intimidating. There are so many resources available, I had a hard time narrowing down what was necessary, what would work with my kids and their learning styles, what we've already mastered, what we need to work on... There … Continue reading 2018 Homeschool Picks: Pre-K (2-3 years)

Keeping the Kids Engaged

I realized today what a challenge I have ahead of me in keeping each of my children engaged throughout the day. What do I mean by "engaged"? Actively listening, learning, and responding in obedience through structured and unstructured play and instruction. I've noticed that when the majority of my son's day is dedicated to "free" … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Engaged

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

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

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