Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Let's be frank for a second- kids are oftentimes counterproductive. But, with clear instructions and guidance (at times I swear I'm a drill sergeant...) my kids can become my greatest asset. Instead of book work today for math, I brought them with me into farm mode and together we did some work for the chickens. … Continue reading Real Life Homeschool Lesson

Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Guys- I really miss having time to just sit and think. I've always been a writer; keeping various journals and diaries. I've saved numerous letter correspondences, specifically those from my husband's time at boot camp because they show the marked and rapid progression of faith in Christ at work in us during that time. Perhaps … Continue reading Cultivating a Rich Thought Life with Children

Creating a Family Schedule

Since we brought home our 4th child about 7 weeks ago, (and really even before that) our family life has been a hodgepodge of inconsistencies. We had bits and pieces of daily routines that shifted and changed based on our mood, so the kids frequently responded to the chaos and unpredictability with disobedience. My husband … Continue reading Creating a Family Schedule

Life with 4 under 5: A Day in the Life in Pictures

Bobby pin in my coffee... Baby snugs 😍 School time! Even homeschooling moms have "problem students..." Out. Like a log. Quiet time reflections Good afternoon, Captain Crazy Hair McPantslessness Keto bread win! Yay dinner! Bed time! ...kind of...

Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

I don't ever wanna hear another complaint from public school teachers about a "problem student" Having worked in public high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and pre-K, the challenges there just don't even stack up to the challenges of home educating your own children. 1) I bet public school teachers have never had their entire … Continue reading Teaching at Home vs. Teaching at School

Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

Some days, I'm on my game from the minute my feet hit the floor. Other days, the kids throw dirt in eachother's sweaty hair, effectively making a mud helmet, need baths before lunch, and then Mama kinda gives up around 4:30pm and decides to order pizza for dinner and watch Winnie the Pooh while she … Continue reading Curriculum Shopping & Sanity Day

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

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

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