The Donkey in the Living Room, by Sarah Cunningham, beautifully re-tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals and people present. In an "Elf on the Shelf" style tradition, Cunningham suggests parents wrap the pieces of their Nativity set and hide one for their children to find each day leading up to Christmas. ... Continue Reading →
Our trip to Olympic National Park last summer lit a spark in our preschooler. He refers to our adventures there almost daily, and whenever he is looking for something to do, he suggests we hop on a plane and go back. We try to base our learning activities around his interests, so when Homeschool Complete... Continue Reading →
Estimation 180 helps students build number sense and practice using different units of measurement. Designed by math teacher Andrew Stadel, the website presents students with a different photo each day and asks them to estimate some quantity shown. Each day also has a Google form where students can submit their answers and see all the... Continue Reading →
Did you know Charlotte Mason said little kids should be outside for six hours a day in fair weather? That sounds awesome to me, Charlotte. Unfortunately, our schedule is a bit tight for that right now. Since making the daylight savings switch, we leave home each morning right around sunrise and usually get back right... Continue Reading →
My husband and I are Gen-Xers living in a Millennial world. We don't buy into all of the aggressively cute self-aggrandizing of modern parenting. When we found out Baby #3 was on the way, we didn't browse Pinterest for a sickly-sweet photo op idea. Instead, we just told our kids. But we also recorded it,... Continue Reading →
It's not too early to get out my Christmas stuff, right?? I'm feeling very festive today as my post on decorating for the holidays with young children is live on Life of a Homeschool Mom. Check it out now!
Be warned: This is not your average home school. This is in fact a radical experiment in home schooling -- two working parents and two preschool-aged boys spending our evenings and weekends in rich, meaningful activities as we grow and learn together. Wonder if we're pulling it off? Subscribe to follow us and find out!
It's the first week of November. The stores are already pulling out the Christmas gear, and like most parents, you're getting serious about the kids' wish lists. While you're perusing Toys'R'Us's list of must-have battery-operated junk, it may occur to you that there must be better options out there. And you're right. Active Toys Make... Continue Reading →
While walking home from our neighborhood playground, my boys discovered some brilliantly colored maple leaves and could not resist collecting them. At first, I attempted to press them in wax paper to preserve them, but I encountered three issues: The wax paper refused to seal on one side. It was the end of the roll,... Continue Reading →