Santa Claus

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Every year in December Christmas fills our lives with bright lights, beautifully wrapped presents, hot chocolate and baked goodies, caroling and the gathering of family and friends. For those of us who are Christians, Christmas also means celebrating the birth of our Savior and rejoicing in God's gift of eternal life. But what should we do with Santa Claus? There are those who think Santa is a harmless fairy tale that brings excitement to the Christmas celebrations. Others incorporate the fun … [Read more...]

Christmas Books

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Thanksgiving has come and gone which means it's time to pull out the Christmas decorations and our family's  favorite Christmas books. There's just something special about snuggling with a child on the couch and reading a book while being surrounded by Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree weighted down with lights and ornaments. Here are some of our favorite books to read during Christmas time.  And since I am hoping to add to our collection this year, I'd be delighted to hear … [Read more...]

Saving My Sanity {Homeschool Tips}

saving my sanity homeschool tips from a mom of six

Homeschooling can drive a mama crazy sometimes! Believe me when I say that I have had my moments of wanting to give up. (You can read about one of those times here.) Thankfully the Lord has encouraged me along the way and even directed me to find some creative ways to stay sane while homeschooling my crew. Here are 5 sanity saving homeschool tips that have been working for me this year: 1. Letting go of the idea that I have to homeschool everyone together at the same time. I wrote more … [Read more...]

Divide and Conquer Homeschooling

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Siblings snuggling up next to their mom as she reads the daily read aloud. A table full of kids listening to their mother explain their history lesson. A family learning together in their home. This was my idea of homeschooling. These were the images I replayed in my mind as more children were added to our family. I couldn't wait until they were all old enough to join in on the homeschooling lessons. We would all be learning together. Except together wasn't working so well.... My oldest … [Read more...]

A New Favorite for Preschool and Kindergarten {Rod and Staff}

preschool and kindergarten workbook review

I've never been big on investing lots of money on preschool (or even kindergarten) curriculum. I'm happy letting my kids play all day and leaving the formal education until they are older. However, it's always nice to have a few things on hand for when my kids start showing an interest in doing school work at the table with their older siblings. In the past I've kept the Developing the Early Learner workbooks on hand (and still do) but recently I came across some cheaper preschool and … [Read more...]

Reformation Day

Reformation Day

It's October, which means leaves are changing color, trips are being taken to the pumpkin patch and many of you are gearing up for Halloween. But did you know that Reformation Day is in October as well? On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. His actions sparked the Protestant Reformation and his teachings emphasized mans sinfulness, God's grace and salvation through faith alone. Martin Luther wasn't the only man … [Read more...]

Organizing Puzzles

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Puzzles, puzzles everywhere! I've been trying to figure out the best way to store my children's puzzles for years! Boxed puzzles take up so much space and wooden puzzles are difficult for my little ones to pull out when they are stacked on top of each other. I took some time this summer to reorganize a closet in our home and used it as an opportunity to tackle our puzzle problem as well! Here is what I came up with. I used four file trays to stack wooden puzzles. I was able to get 3 or 4 … [Read more...]

Two Quick Tips for Homeschool Newbies

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Are you new to homeschooling? If so, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed! I know how daunting homeschooling can seem when you are just starting out. Here are two tips that can help you get off on the right track as you start your homeschooling journey. 1. Commit to two full years of homeschooling. Most families find that the first year is full of challenges as the entire family adjusts to homeschooling. When you commit to home education for two years you can take the challenges of … [Read more...]

Exploring Grace Together

Exploring Grace Together book review

*This post contains an affiliate link* Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family is a wonderful resource for family devotions that is geared towards children but relevant even for adults. The book contains 40 short devotions that help children deal with problems and emotions by pointing them to the grace of God found in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Each day offers a scripture, a short story and a few questions to aid in family discussion. I have been reading … [Read more...]

From Primer to Calculus: Why We Use Math U See

Why we use Math U See, a review

Of all the curriculum that we have used over our ten years of homeschooling, Math U See is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It has provided my children with a solid foundation in math while helping them understand the concepts in addition to memorizing facts and formulas. As a kid, I was pretty good at math. It was easy for me to memorize formulas and follow the step-by-step process to get the correct answer but I never understood why those formulas worked. Then I … [Read more...]