Encouraging the reluctant reader, part two

Schooling a reluctant reader can be difficult for both parent and child! The reasons for the reluctance can vary from a medical situation that delays reading to just plain boredom. In this post, I address the reluctant reader who is bored, too busy or not ready.

Schools of Thought

God and math

So often, it is easy to see all the other subjects so clearly in the Bible; there’s language, history, poetry, science, music and geography, just to name a few. But somehow, when it comes to math, and we scratch our heads and say, “Math is neutral, right?”

Why I started paying my kids an allowance

Every parent has gone through this issue. Do you pay your kids for doing chores and household work? We decided that teaching our children financial responsibility was very important. In order to accomplish that, they have to have a little bit of their own money.

Cooperation is Key

So today let’s talk about “Outside the House” and what that means. I am going to just admit right off the bat that this is a hard subject for me to write. I am not an outside of the house kind of gal. I am a homebody. I like my home and am very content to be here most days.

Getting Organized

Preserving Picasso

The first time your child runs up to you, crayon-drawn picture in hand and declares, “mom, I made this for you,” doesn’t your heart just melt? Here are a few tips for keeping, displaying, and cherishing these masterpieces for years to come.

Why School Year Around?

This is a question many homeschoolers ponder at some point in their journey. As a year-around schooler, I can tell you there are definite rewards to adopting this schedule! Thinking about ditching your county’s school schedule? Here’s some reasons why it’s a good idea.

3 important mindsets for getting housework done

I find sanity in knowing what is expected of me and getting it done. I like having all the checkmarks checked off a list so I can feel like I accomplished something. Then I became a mother. I quickly realized that there is no, “getting it all done.” Sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and remind myself of a few things.

Glimpses of Life

A simple Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be a very big and expensive event. Folks spend tons of money buying flowers, cards, chocolates, jewelry, expensive dinners out, and so much more… but Valentine’s Day means something else to us.

Is it Really an Interruption?

How do you deal with your little ones when they pull you away from a project, you know, for that all-important game of peek-a-boo, or to read the story “just one more time”? At this point, do you barely engage with your child, hoping that a brief acknowledgement will do the trick?

My Word For 2018: HOPE

Another year is gone. Another one is beginning. 2017 was a very difficult year for me. I had major surgery. We had lots of family things happen. We got behind. We lost hope for a time.

Home Life

My boys are obsessed with Star Wars

I know Star Wars is huge in a lot of homes. I love that my boys love it. But I also want them to love learning. When we incorporate their favorite things into their learning it becomes something they actually enjoy.

Soup! It’s what’s for dinner.

Beat the winter blues by cooking up some soup. The versatility of soup is perfect for homeschooing families that want to make a large batch of something that can be reheated the next day or later in the week. These are some of my go-to soup recipes that are served often in my home.


Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday I was taking nature walks, giving spelling tests, and teaching phonics lessons. Now I have entered a different season as I have three kids in college.

You can now move that tassel

Congratulations! How many of us have uttered that word this spring as we shook the hand of some well-deserving young person? High school graduation is ubiquitous. It happens all across the country; in small towns as well as in high schools as large as many small towns. For students, it’s a time to pause and bask in the attention before they turn their eyes toward the next phase of their life.

Instilling a love for the Word

We all have heard different statistics concerning the numbers of youth who turn from their childhood faith in college. Some say 70%. One resource is quoted at saying 86% and one goes as far to say 94%. This shouldn’t be the case, but it is.


Teaching life skills – part 2

Teaching life skills can be whatever you think it should be. The skills I have listed here are just a few. Implementing life skills is easy to do every day. Just start with the basics and go from there.


Learning on the go

If you’ve never car schooled before, it’s definitely time to you tried this time and sanity saver. Instead of looking at time spent driving as lost time, think of it as a way to educate a captive audience!

Favorite Christmas Books

Reading is a huge part of our homeschool. There are lots of days that consist of only reading books. It is my favorite part of homeschooling. My children have a love for reading as well. Since I have a nice sized home library, we choose books from our own shelves before going to the library. We do try to visit our local library at least once a month for additional books we are interested in reading.

Gearing up for Christmas

Some people might think it’s a little too early to start thinking about Christmas but not for me. I like to shop early and get it done. I also like to get my cards written early so I can mail them out on December 1st.

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