I think many homeschooling parents struggle to find a healthy mental space that is somewhere between being confidently relaxed about our children’s academic progress and being senselessly worried that we’re majorly screwing things up for them by not keeping up our end of the homeschooling responsibilities.  My 3 year old’s self portrait, created in February.Perhaps he too was beginning to feel burned out? In the past months, I’ve been teetering towards the senselessly worried end of things because I’ve been… Read more »

This morning we headed to out to Giant Eagle for a behind-the-scenes grocery store tour.  It was great fun, and OF COURSE the kids enjoyed it–I mean, food was involved, right!?!? The Eagle’s Nest director, Linda, was our tour guide, and the first thing she did was give each of my kids their grocer hats to wear for the tour.  She talked to us about the “My Plate” nutrition guide, and she continued to use the My Plate diagram as… Read more »

I don’t like to cause anyone stress.  I prefer to inspire and encourage. For example, I feel badly when I post about big projects we enjoy doing, and some of you come away with the feeling of, “Oh my word. Who on earth has time for that?!  I’m overwhelmed just looking at it.” Big frown. I don’t like to cause these feelings.  At the same time, I DO so enjoy big projects.  I frequently bite off more than I should, and… Read more »

Today, we created homemade books. Lots and LOTS of homemade BOOKS. Some are BIG and tall and rather plain (for now!). Others are teeny tiny Some are quite fancy. With embellishments or pockets to make them more interesting to potential readers. Some have flowers and buttons, and pretty scalloped pages. And nifty inside covers, perfect for tables of contents! Quite a few have fun, seasonal, kid-friendly covers.  But ALL of them are filled with pages.  Clean, blank pages, all ready to go.  They’re ready… Read more »

Happy Monday, fellow home schoolers! Well, while the rest of the western world sends their little ones back to school this week and next, and adjusts to 6am wake up calls (or earlier), groggy kiddos, the morning scramble and rush to get out the door, begins the exhausting drop-off, pick-up cycle (not to mention all the extracurricular activity buzz), gets used to a whole host of new faces and personalities, and frets about their sweet ones being gone for several hours each day,you and your little homeschoolers can… Read more »

“You shall Love the LORD your God  with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand… Read more »

Totally stole this awesome idea from http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/. Originally, I needed help keeping my 1 1/2 and 3 year old boys busy for a bit in the morning while I worked with my big kindergartener. My teacher friend, Jennie, suggested I try making one of these sensory boxes for them…  BEST IDEA EVER. Here’s our Construction Site Box: I used one of our small bins, put in a few cups of fish tank pebbles (I’m with pinkandgreenmama, no sand in the house).  Then I added some… Read more »