Favorite Homemade Valentine's Day Cards

With Valentine’s Day looming, I thought I’d better round up some ideas for ya’ll. My kids, like most, really enjoy Valentine’s Day~making special cards for their friends and family, and call us old fashioned, but we still enjoy decorating Valentine’s Day boxes to house all those special love notes. But this year, I gotta admit, I’m behind.  I don’t have as much time to do what we’ve done in previous years, and those ready-to-go Valentine’s from the grocery store, with… Read more »

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I managed to sneak out of the house this morning for a half and hour walk in the winter-wonderland that was my neighborhood.  It was good and cold and beautiful, and as snow whipped up and into my cowled face, I bowed my face, and shared some time with my Lord.  I admit it was an odd morning to go walking, but why not? On my way back home, I ran into a neighbor several streets down, who was out… Read more »

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I was recently encouraged by a fellow blogger and homeschooling mama when I read about a spending freeze she and her husband tried. I felt immediately convicted because I am an impulsive spender, craft hoarder, and grocery-budget buster.  And I really want to do better. Doing better would bless my husband and show him, in a very measurable way, that I appreciate and respect the hard work and sacrifices he makes for our family, so that I can stay home, keep my… Read more »

Frozen Watercolor Balloons

Saw this on Pinterest a couple years ago, and on a whim, the kids and I gave it a try yesterday. You know, since the forecast called for something like -29* and what else can you do when it’s that cold outside?  We used balloons and watercolor paint that we had on hand.  We filled those babies up before bed, and I’m sure we all dreamed of how amazing they would look.  I know I did.First thing in the morning,… Read more »

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Earlier this week, I shared about History as Storytelling…I hope you didn’t miss the great video interview with Jim Weiss. Today we’re going to go even deeper by looking at teaching History through Role-Playing. Of course, this is not a new idea.   Williamsburg and Plymouth Plantation and Hale Farm and Gettysburg and countless sights and historical destinations across our great land bring History to LIFE for their visitors through the use of costume and role-play. Why are these so… Read more »

100th Day of School Ideas

Hi Ya’ll. At the end of this week, we’ll reach our 100th day of school and will be having a little get-together to celebrate with the kiddos of our co-op. Do you count up to 100 days in your classroom?   The 100th day of school can be a pretty big deal for those Kinders and 1st graders, and it’s fun to find creative ways to help them understand the concept of 100. First, you can read all about hosting… Read more »

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CLICK HERE to WATCH Jim Weiss Interview  on Teaching History Through Stories Hi friends. Something neat I wanted to share with you this morning, that any of you who are using the Classical model of education will especially appreciate…it’s an absolutely  inspiring interview with Jim Weiss on the difference between teaching HISTORY in order to memorize important facts, names and dates, versus History as storytelling.  I just loved this interview–especially Jim Weiss’s stories of Sir Francis Drake (2:55) and Harry Truman (6:02)…. Read more »

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Some years, the number feels weightier than others.  This year. I feel 35. No longer young. Not yet old. 70 years, more or less, are appointed to man, so what is 35 if not an in-between number? I feel that this year—that “between-two-ends” feeling.  I’m right here, in the midst of the whole grand picture, and I see my life as the pages of a book, being written and slowly filled. Coming today to this unfamiliar half-way point, I can’t… Read more »

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This Week… What We’re In Awe of: These gentle giants, and our amazing Creator God. What We’re Creating Together: Science and Art collide once again as we all work together to create original watercolor and oil pastel sea creatures for our Ocean-themed classroom area.  These have been an absolute blast to make this week, and about every 2 days, I let the kids each do another one.  The rainbow-y fish were cut out from scraps of painted watercolor paper!  … Read more »

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Hey fellow mamas.I have been writing down my schedule for you all this week, but realized as the week went on, how very different each day can look from the day before or the day after.  Some days we are totally on it, and it’s mostly smooth-sailing and well-planned and I feel the reward of our hard work because we get to enjoy more leisurely afternoons where we are free to devote time to other things.But other days…just don’t go as… Read more »