For a long time, I've dreamed of having a light table. I probably wanted it more for me than the kids, to be honest. Pinterest is full of bright photos of beautiful light table fun. It looks like such a fun way to teach ... well, anything. But then I looked into the cost. … Continue reading Preschool Corner: 10 Budget-Friendly Light Table Ideas (and one Really Budget-Friendly Light Table Substitute)
Some call it their Morning Basket; others call it Morning Time; and still others call it Poetry Tea Time. Whatever you choose to call it, one of the most special things you can do with your children is immerse yourselves in rich and beautiful literature. I know, I'm starting to sound like a broken record. But … Continue reading Charlotte Mason Inspired: Beautiful Collections of Poems and Short Stories for Poetry Tea Time
Last week, we drove to Algonquin Park and spent some time hiking. It was "The Golden Encore"—the red maple leaves have mostly fallen but the golden poplars are at peak colour. Crunching through leaves under a canopy of yellow was glorious. It's only fitting that we're learning about autumn leaves this week. We have a … Continue reading Need an Autumn-Themed Reading Activity? There’s a Printable for That!
Last Tuesday was curriculum share night at our homeschool parent support group. It's basically adult show-and-tell, and it's the best thing ever. I learn more from these nights—from thirty women taking two minutes each to talk about their favourite teaching tools—than from any conference or workshop or talk that I have ever attended. I always … Continue reading A Charlotte Mason Inspired Homeschool Curriculum Switch Up: Math, Grammar, Art and More
I creak my eyes open and fumble for my phone, trying desperately to figure out how to snooze the soft music that sounds too loud in the stillness. It's time to wake up and I'm not ready. Within minutes, I hear the slapping of little feet on hardwood in the hallway. It's my littlest, and she … Continue reading A Peek Into Our Homeschool Day
Week three. I've already threatened to send the kids to school. More than once. September is a hard month. It's not just September. Homeschooling is a hard gig. It is by far the hardest thing I've ever done and will probably be the hardest thing I'll ever do. It's messy. Keeping up with the general tidying, … Continue reading Three Things to Remember When Homeschooling is Hard
Every winter, my parents leave Canada and drive south to Florida, towing their large fifth wheel behind them. They travel around for a few months—hiking, biking and soaking in the warmth and sunshine. They see incredible wildlife and always share the most gorgeous wildlife photos. Inspired by their travels, I’ve wanted to do a unit […]