Being a mom is a pretty big job. And being a homeschool mom? It's tough too. There are days when you have nothing more to give but still must give more. On those days, there's nothing sweeter than to carve out a few moments to curl up with a life-giving book. A book written by … Continue reading Christmas Gift Ideas: Five Inspiring Books for the Homeschool Mom
It's messy. Even on the best days, homeschooling is messy. I'm not just talking about the books strewn across the table, the toys strewn across the living room and the dirt, grass, leaves and shoes strewn across the front entryway. It's the conflict that can arise when four people are together—all day, every day. Yes, … Continue reading Why Did We Choose Home Education?
My husband has been away this week. Normally, the days that he's away drag long. But this time, because I was sharing at a homeschool parent support group on Tuesday night and needed someone to watch the kids, we were invited to spend a few glorious days with my parents. They are absolutely wonderful, so … Continue reading The Week in Review
Friendship, fear, life and loss: Sometimes, our little ones deal with big emotions. As a parent, I’ve found that one of the most effective tools to help me walk my children through these emotions is story-centred discussion. Here are seven books (plus discussion starters) to help you help your child navigate big emotions.
"Mom, look!" She stoops beside a rotting log, her voice loud with excitement. "Look at the way this fungus is growing — it's shaped just like a rose!" We stop in our tracks, all four of us. Even the littlest one bends low to look close. I've been asked before just how it is … Continue reading Charlotte Mason and Richard Louv: Nature Study and the “Powers of Observation” (Thoughts on “Home Education”)
Winter. When the temperature drops and the icy wind howls, there is nothing cozier than snuggling up under a blanket with your children and reading stories together. Add in some candles or twinkle lights? Gezellig! I usually start our day with picture books and read-alouds, and we all treasure these sweet times together. Especially when … Continue reading 100+ Winter and Holiday Themed Storybooks to Read to Your Child
Happy November! Halloween is over so that means ... it's Christmastime! Some of you are probably thinking that it's a little bit early to jingle those bells just yet. My husband and I have this discussion every year. He thinks that the Christmas tree shouldn't go up until December 1st. I've always thought it should … Continue reading The Week in Review