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School takes place in our kitchen, on the run, and out in the “real world.” Sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s maddening. One thing is for sure though- It changes every day.

Homeschool

Coding Books for Kids: A New Kind of Literacy

Are literacy skills and technology really enemies?  Could screens really be the death of imaginative play and creative thinking?  Technology can be a time suck, even an addiction for young, smushy brains (or forty year old brains, for that matter.)   Using some creative resources, such as these coding books, can ensure that you child stays on top of the technology curve while growing their own literacy and problem solving skills.

Using creative resources, such as these coding books, ensures that your child stays on top of the technology curve while growing their own literacy skills.

If you’ve been to the Kitchen Table Classroom before you know that books are pretty much my answer to everything.  A problem, a question, an idea; just go read about it.  I’m a researcher at heart.  Despite the amazing resources available online I still love a real book.  Books feel solid, permanent, and trustworthy.  Combining book learning with the futuristic skill of coding feels like the best of both worlds to me!

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Homeschool, Mom Life

Why a Starting Mom Blog Isn’t Just One More Thing To Do

Cook, wash, teach, taxi, host, clean up, aaaaand repeat.  That sequence sums up the rhythm of most of my days.  I’m a stay at home mom teaching our four kids at home.  I certainly do not need one more thing added to my “to-do” list, right?  So why in the world would I freak out and start a “mom blog?”

 No mom needs on more thing added to the "to-do" list, right?  So why in the world would start a "mom blog?" What's in it for you? A lot!

I spend more than a couple of hours each week crafting examples for my blog, writing posts, and creating pretty images that Pinterest will hopefully love.  My blog is the one thing on my “list” that doesn’t really have to be done.  It’s completely optional, my choice.  Why struggle??

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Homeschool, Printables

Year Round School- Why we Homeschool Through the Summer

When a stranger or acquaintance asks one of my kids if they are on summer break yet I can count on my kid to break out the puppy dog eyes.  They will most likely respond with a pitiful “We don’t get a summer break.  We’re homeschoolers.”  Ha.  Technically you could say we do year round school.

We do year round school at our house because it work for us. It provides some freedom to our school year and structure to our summer!

It’s true, we do not take the entire summer off.  But it’s not as rough as those little people would have you believe.  Once we get in our summer groove it’s easy stuff.  School is just a art of what they do each week, on their own time.

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Homeschool, Homeschool Art Class

Art Books to Help you Teach Art Even if You’re Not an Artist

Teaching art should be fun.  It should be easy because there is no right answer.  Sometimes I think that’s the part that trips us grown ups up.  No right answer.  How do we know when we’re done, if we did it right, if it’s good?  Check out this list of art books to help you teach art to you kiddo and maybe make some art yourself; even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!

This list of art books is for those mamas that maybe don't consider themselves artists. These art books can inspire a single lesson or an entire curriculum.

As a homeschool mom I’m responsible for teaching my kids every subject.  (I know it sounds crazy, but we love it!) For me teaching the visual arts is the icing on the cake.  In another lifetime I was an elementary art teacher and the need to “make” still runs strong in me.

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Homeschool, Homeschool Art Class

Home School Art & How to Teach It

Homeschool mamas have a lot of things on their “to teach” list.  It’s easy to let the extras, like home school art, slide because they seem, well, less than necessary.

Homeschool mamas have a lot of things on their "to teach" list.It's easy to let the extras like home school art slide because they seem less than necessary.

I could wax on and provide research that says that the arts are both necessary and beneficial.  But, I’m guessing you pretty much already guessed that.  And mostly, the arts are a great way to have fun with your kids!

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Homeschool, Mom Life

Internet Safety and Our Kids-What We Use & Why

I have a love hate with technology for my children.  I see the potential for technology to literally teach them anything they want to know.  Technology can connect them to the world in a way that wasn’t possible to imagine when I was a super awkward cool 12 years old walking around with my Discman. With a little internet safety savvy that big wide world/technology connection can continue being a positive!

Limits.  It's all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety.

Limits.  It’s all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  This is a difficult balance even as an adult.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety and has ended the “five more minutes” argument.

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Homeschool

Best Growth Mindset Books for Kids

A fixed mindset implies that you are born with a fixed amount of talent and intelligence.  Whatever you can do today is pretty much what you will able to do in the future.  Kinda’ depressing, am I right?  A growth mindset implies that most skills and knowledge can be learned over time through perseverance and practice.  Keep trying and you’ll get it!  This collection of kids books  help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

Opening your children's eyes to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning. These growth mindset books will help do just that!

Opening your children’s eyes (& maybe your own eyes) to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning.  Practice, trial and failure, experimenting are all hallmarks of a growth mindset; and not coincidentally also qualities of the  great minds!

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Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Parents

Growth mindset is kind of a buzz word lately.  I’m all in when it comes to self help or anything that will inspire me to be a better version of myself.  This growth mindset idea really struck a nerve in me because it’s something I struggle with and I see popping up in my own kids.  These growth mindset quotes are just little snippets I like to remember to keep myself looking forward!

I love that what you know & what you can do can change at anytime!  This is exciting news, right? These growth mindset quotes are good reminders of just that

I’m not good at trying new things.  Let me rephrase that; I’m not good at trying new things in front of other people.  I love learning new things but I prefer time to process and practice them without an audience.  I hate being the center of attention and being at the center of an audience because I’m failing at something is something I try to avoid at all costs.

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