Sarah Mackenzie is one of my favorite homeschoolers for inspiration about how to improve any and all aspects of my reading life. As a Sonlight Mom, I am especially encouraged by her insights into how we can integrate a love of reading into our homeschools and into the everyday lives of our children. She recently shared a motivating two part podcast entitled "Creating a Book … [Read more...] about Create a Book Club Culture at Home with Sonlight
At a recent homeschool co-op meeting I asked a fellow mom if she was almost done for the year? I was met with tears! Folks, this wasn’t a woman prone to hysterics. This was a strong woman who was raising four amazing children! Yet, her stress and overwhelm were palpable. Her tears were out of frustration. She and her kids had worked hard for months and she had no idea if … [Read more...] about Does your homeschool plan work?
A is for Angel A Door Hanger Craft with Experience God Christmas is a great time for crafting in our home. Angels are a favorite! This month's Experience God Curriculum from Mother Goose Time focused on "The Birth of Jesus." With beautifully illustrated images, Experience God offers a retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus that captivates my crew. We … [Read more...] about Angel Door Hanger
Have you read “Out of Darkness” by Russell Freedman? Louise Braille, the hero in the story loses his sight due to a horrific accident he sustains in his father’s shop as a child. He and his family struggle with his diagnosis of permanent blindness and the impact his loss of vision will have on all their lives. The author’s research and the categorization of … [Read more...] about Build Empathy With Books
We all know what it is like to struggle with kids who are tired, hungry, or just emotionally spent. Aptly named, "the witching hour," the time period right before dinner is often one of the most challenging times of the day for most parents, including me. Fortunately, there are also times of the day when the kids (and Mom too) are most likely to be at their best. For us … [Read more...] about Making Morning Time Meaningful and Fun as a New Homeschool Mom