The Ultimate List of Summer Activities

We are done with school and my kids are ready for some fun summer activities. I've been searching the web for fun things to do this summer. Some days are so hot we just want to stay indoors and other days are so beautiful we want to spend the day outside. I gathered together a list of summertime crafts, indoor activities, outdoor activities as well as some fun educational activities for those of you who want to incorporate a little learning into your summer. {This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

A Child’s Art Box that Delights the Imagination

My children love to pull out our art box and use their imagination to create all kinds of things from abstract art to 3D creations. They didn't always enjoy craft time though. They felt constricted with pre-made crafts and got discouraged when their finished project didn't look like the sample they were suppose to recreate. I didn't like art time either. It took hours of my time to search for craft ideas, purchase supplies, prepare the materials, execute the project and then clean it all … [Read more...]

Cursive First Handwriting Curriculum

I was a little baffled when I first heard about teaching cursive before print. Cursive seemed more difficult to write and I wondered how my children were going to learn to read print if they were taught cursive first. Cursive First was affordable and it coordinated with my favorite phonics and spelling program so I decided to give it a try. I read the teachers manual in one day and quickly discovered the benefits of teaching cursive first. I have been using this curriculum for several … [Read more...]

Fix It! Grammar: Turning a Boring Subject into an Exciting Adventure

I'm going to guess that you and your child aren't thrilled with the idea of studying grammar. Diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech doesn't sound very fun. That is why I love the Fix It! Grammar curriculum from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). What Is Fix It! Grammar? Fix It! Grammar takes an exciting story and turns it into a fun lesson in grammar. Each week students will learn a few new grammar concepts that will aid them in finding and correcting errors in … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Review Spelling Words

When it comes to reviewing spelling words, most kids are familiar with writing their words 2 times each, creating sentences, or alphabetizing their spelling words. After awhile these methods become dull. In an effort to make practicing spelling more enjoyable I came up with some creative alternatives. {This post contains affiliate links.} Creative Ways to Review Spelling Words Stamp Your Words Grab your letter stamps and let your child stamp his spelling words all over a piece of … [Read more...]

5 Secrets for Homeschool Success

I remember those early years of homeschooling. Everything was new and overwhelming. I didn't know where to start or which direction to go in. Perhaps you can relate? I wish I knew then what I know now. It would have made those early years a little easier. After over a decade of homeschooling I have learned a few secrets for homeschool success. I gleaned much of this wisdom from fellow homeschool moms who were ahead of me in their homeschooling journey. I'd like to share these secrets for … [Read more...]

Science in the Beginning {Review}

Today I wanted to tell you about Science in the Beginning by Dr. Jay L. Wile. It is an elementary science curriculum that my kids and I have really enjoyed. Science in the Beginning takes the six days of creation and teaches science topics based on what God created on each day of creation. For example, on the first day of creation God created light so topics include light, color, energy and the human eye. On the fifth day of creation God created the birds of the air and the fish of the … [Read more...]

Help! My Kids Frustrate Me and My Patience is Wearing Out

This post was originally published on March 11, 2013. "My kids frustrate me!" "If they don't stop arguing with each other I am going to scream!" "I need to find a better parenting method so that my kids don't annoy me so much. Otherwise I am going to always be angry with them!" "My patience is wearing out! They need to learn to behave!" I find these thoughts swirling around in my head more often than I would like. I have friends who can testify to the same thing. I have fellow moms … [Read more...]

Preschool at Home: What do I do?

This post is the last one in my series on preschool. You can check out the rest of the articles below. Is Preschool the Best Option for My Child? Important Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Preschool Curriculum Help! What should I teach my preschooler? So you  have decided to keep your child at home with you for preschool. That's great! But what does preschool at home look like? What do you actually do? Here ares some suggestions. Things to focus on. The most important thing to … [Read more...]

Help! What should I teach my preschooler?

There are many benefits to keeping your child home during the preschool years but what should you teach your preschooler while she is at home with you? Today I want to look at some basic skills that most children have before starting kindergarten as well as encourage you with a bit of wisdom I've learned over the years. What should I teach my preschooler? Below is a list of basic skills and concepts most preschoolers know before starting kindergarten. All of these skills can be developed … [Read more...]