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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.

March 5, 2018

Printable Writing Paper for Kids- Twenty Versions of Lined Paper to Print

I’m a homeschool mom so making sure my four kids are fluent writers is at the top of my daily to do list.  Practice makes perfect so we write often and in lots of sneaky ways they don’t even recognize as “practice.”  This free printable pack of twenty sheets of lined paper to print is a fun way to provide a template for your child’s books, poems, journals, or reports.

October 5, 2017

Python Programming for Kids- Best Coding Books to Teach

Are you pretty much a computer genius?  Nah, me neither, at all.  The awesome thing about the books in this list is that they put the world of computer coding in reach of all of us.  This list specifically features the best coding books that  teach Python programming for kids.

August 29, 2017

Growing Kids with Grit-Pretty Printable Quotes about Grit and a Book List

What is this new buzzword “grit” anyways and why do we want our kids to have it?  It sounds unpleasant, right?  It’s not.  It’s a goal for raising kiddos that know how to keep working hard towards a goal even when times get tough.  Check out these pretty quotes about grit.  (Even grit quotes can be pretty, right?)  Find out what grit is and how to inspire it in your kids; and maybe even in ourselves.  After all, the learning should never stop!

July 4, 2017

Books to Set the Imagination of Your Kid Inventor on Fire

Making doesn’t have to be art and it doesn’t even have to be pretty to look at.  To me “making” is about bringing something into being that didn’t previously exist.  It might be useful like a machine or delicious as in dinner.  These books about making are sure to inspire your kid inventor to make something new!

June 28, 2017

Scratch Programming Books- Coding Books for Kids

Wanna learn something?  Then find a book about it and get busy.  That’s pretty much my strategy to teach or learn anything; books.  Despite all the online tutorials and directions that are available I still love opening a book and seeing what information it holds on each page.  These Scratch programming coding books build a bridge between technology and literacy.  What a win, right?

June 5, 2017

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.

April 19, 2017

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!

April 17, 2017

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 growth mindset books  for kids help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

March 22, 2017

Homeschool Evaluatiuon Preparation, Encouragement, and Printables

Last year this time I was just beginning to think about wrapping up our first homeschool year.  Here in the state of Ohio we must notify the state each year of our intent to homeschool.  At the end of said year we can either choose a homeschool evaluation or  have our student take a standardized test.  I chose to have my four kid’s work evaluated by a local licensed teacher and here’s how that went down. (Hint, there’s a lot of hand wringing and pukey stomach stuff involved.)

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