Quotes about Learning for Your Home & Classroom

Encouraging Quotes, For Mamas July 29, 2018

Are you a teacher or a parent?  Both?  Chances are if you’re a reader here at the Kitchen Table Classroom you’re one of those and I’m certain you’ve got a real interest in how kids learn.  These free printable quotes about learning will remind you how awesome it is to be able to inspire learning!

Air Dry Clay- An Easy DIY Recipe

For Kids, Three Dimensions March 19, 2018

You know the ingredients your kiddos like to stockpile for making slime?  Those same ingredients can be made into an awesome, silky smooth white air dry clay.  

Fabric Printing (Permanently) with Crayons and Sandpaper

For Kids, Printmaking July 10, 2017

My kids love wearable art.  Making it is fun and telling everyone they made it themselves is even better!  This fabric printing method is especially do-able because it doesn’t require any specialty fabric paints or markers, just plain old crayons.

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Parents

Encouraging Quotes, For Mamas April 10, 2017

I love the idea that what you know, what you can do can change at anytime! No matter your age this is exciting news, right?

For Mamas, Homeschool August 8, 2016

Homeschool 2.0

My kids have spent the last two weeks like sloths, hanging off the edge of the couch, barely able to support their own body weight.  There has been complaints of boredom, tiredness, and and a lack of purpose that could drive an adult with a mile long to do list batty.

For Mamas, Homeschool August 2, 2016

Truths for your First Year of Homeschool

Last year this time I used a lot of trees worth of index cards and loose leaf paper crazy planning for our school year ahead.  It was our first year of homeschool and I wanted to rock it.   I literally tried to map out how many minutes of each subject, each day, for each kid we would need to accomplish to meet the requirements set forth by the state of Ohio.

For Mamas, Homeschool July 30, 2016

The Forgotten Kid

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

I had looked forward to this day all week.  My oldest, a  thirteen year old gentle giant at 6’2″ with a size 16 shoe, had been gone at basketball camp all week.  My youngest and I were out gathering groceries, preparing for a homecoming meal (okay, it was pizza)  when my phone rang.  It was number one.   Pickup time.   Turns out that pickup time was four hours earlier than I had planned, and I wasn’t there.   Forgetting a kid somewhere is jut the worst feeling as a mom, and probably not a great feeling for a kid either.  I was not nailing this motherhood thing.

For Mamas, Homeschool July 26, 2016

Rule Follower Turned Homeschool Rebel

I like rules, really, I do.

Last year this time there were boxes of books arriving at my door.  Not just any books, but curriculum. Books a person would only order if they were planning to hijack their children’s education and take it into their own hands.  Research had been done, questions had been asked, books had been read, reread, dutifully highlighted and flagged.  Only those closest to my family knew we were even considering withdrawing our four kids from school and homeschooling.  Even though hundreds of dollars of books were being dropped at my door it was hard to make the commitment out loud.  I talked around it, mumbled,  and acted like it was just this weird thing we thought about for five minutes.  Nope, we were doing it.  For real.

For Mamas, Homeschool July 21, 2016

Those Weird Homeschool Kids

There Are Worse Things Than Weird

Once upon time our family joked about weird homeschoolers.   When my kids complained too much about public school I teasingly offered to keep them home with me and teach them at the kitchen table.  Just the two of us, all day, every day, I would say.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?

Well, now we are the weird homeschoolers.

Chalk it up to one more thing I said I would never do, back before we had actual children.

Acquaintances and the public at large have had a mostly positive reaction to our lifestyle change, not that it really mattered. But, that’s not to say we haven’t been a few people worried that our kids will not be able to speak to people outside our family, or worse yet, that they develop a different worldview than that of their peers.  Gasp.

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