Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?

What's so great about a vernal pool? A lot, it turns out. For us, it all started with a picture book. A beautifully illustrated picture book by Kimberly Ridley called The Secret Pool. It's a book that is absolutely packed with information about vernal pools, seasonal ponds that provide a habitat for a variety of … Continue reading Homeschool Nature Study: What’s so Great about a Vernal Pool?

Starting the New Year with A Year of Tales

There's something so beautiful about the wide open space of a new calendar year, isn't there? It's a chance to start fresh. The first few months of school have centered around creating routine and a sense of normalcy for my girls in the midst of challenging circumstances. Although we start our school day a little … Continue reading Starting the New Year with A Year of Tales

What to do when your homeschooler just isn’t getting it…

Last week, one of my daughters wrote in cursive. We had worked on it last year but then set it aside and focused on fine-tuning their printing instead. Cursive just wasn't sticking. A few weeks ago, I re-taught the letter "a" in cursive, but the days have been busy and I never did get around … Continue reading What to do when your homeschooler just isn’t getting it…

The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

Slips of white paper curled and blackened as flames licked the edges. We gathered round, my three daughters and I, and watched our handwritten words fade into fire. And then they were gone, and all that was left were a few glowing embers and a bowl full of ash. I added a little bit of … Continue reading The Grace-Filled Homeschool: Rituals that Touch the Heart

One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool

Up until last week, my daughter disliked writing. Perhaps dislike is not a strong enough word. Writing was right up there with skinned knees and red sauce on her spaghetti. It pained me because writing is what I love the most, next to Jesus, my family, coffee and my hidden stash of chocolate (the one … Continue reading One Simple Thing That Ignited a Love of Writing in Our Homeschool