For Mamas, Homeschool October 12, 2016

Our Homeschool Room Makeover & Why We Ditched the Kitchen Table

Our first year of homeschooling was last year.  While I invested way too much money and research on curricula (way, way too much) I only bought a few storage boxes and a rolling cart to store books on.  I set up on a corner of the kitchen table and that’s where  we did school, hence “The Kitchen Table Classroom.”  This year a homeschool room was a priority.  We needed a new space that allowed quiet and focus.

 

For Mamas, Homeschool September 30, 2016

Benefits of Cursive Handwriting & Why I Gave Up Teaching It

 

I have pretty cursive handwriting, at least when I choose to.  All those loop and swirls are satisfying to me as I drag my pen across a page.  When we pulled our children from the public school system I was sure I would teach them to have legible, if not beautiful, handwriting.  Cursive handwriting is a skill I want my kids to have. Or should I say, wanted them to have?

Drawing, For Kids September 27, 2016

Glue Drawing with Chalk

Chalk pastels are vibrant, dusty sticks of super blendable color- which makes them perfect for young artists!  This unique technique combines dried glue outlines that give a little structure to bold and bright chalk pastels colors! 

For Kids, Three Dimensions September 22, 2016

Acorn Necklaces Made with Baked Marbles

We like a good craft at my house.  Even better when it uses natural (free materials), has impressive results and comes together in only a few minutes.  These acorn necklaces made with baked marbles fit the bill!!

One of the best things about this project is your kids will be able to do almost all the work themselves (minus removing the pan from the oven) and they will have some sweet little gifts to bestow upon their people!  

For Mamas, Homeschool September 19, 2016

The Best and Worst of Homeschool

There’s a lot of good stuff about this homeschool lifestyle we have chosen. Here are a few of my favorites.  And you know that little voice of doubt, that little devil that sits on your shoulder and whispers doubts in your ear.  As a homeschool mom I have one of those too.  If I’m being honest all of the best things about homeschool have a flip side to them; some real and some imagined. I’m gonna share those too.  Because, really, doesn’t it feel good to know we all have the same worries?  This is the best and worst of homeschool at our house!

For Mamas, Homeschool September 8, 2016

How We Homeschool in Four Days a Week

 

Being out and about with four kids can be a spectacle.  Three of my four are boys so there is usually some type of loud, mildly inappropriate noise and distracting, repetitive movement happening somewhere in my group.  My kids are all tall and big for their age so people assume they are all several years older than they truly are.  People stare.  The introvert in me wants to crawl under a rock and wait for them to grow up a bit before we venture out again.

For Mamas, Staying Creative September 1, 2016

The Bunk Room Project

It all started with an innocent Pinterest board titled “Bunk Rooms.”  We were in the process of taking our unfinished basement and making it about 50% finished.  Thereby (good enough) for kid use.  We have a fairly large home and we use every square inch.  We love to entertain and host and our kids do the same.

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