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With summer here it is time to head back into the pool for some fun under the sun. One way to help bring fun into your lessons is to use pool noodles in them. There are a lot of ways to use and modify pool noodles to use in school lessons, but I wanted to make it a little more fun. After some experimentation I found that if I cut a pool noodle into little pieces,...

Sometimes learning can be a tough process for children. When you are learning at home in a homeschooling environment your children can get just as anxious as children in regular brick-and-mortar schools. At some brick-and-mortar schools there are recesses and down time between classes or subjects to help re-focus children, or at least reset their attention and focus...

Sensory activities can be fun and educational for all types of learners. If you have a child that learns from sensory activities it can be daunting finding different things for your sensory bins to keep your student’s enticed while learning. A simple way to add some fun and variety to your sensory learning is to re-task older toys, when appropriate. Recently the...

Reading aloud and encouraging play are two of the best activities you can provide for young children to help them learn.  Thematic play is a fabulous way to combine books that your children enjoy reading with activities that can enrich the messages and lessons within a text.  Thematic play allows children and parents to focus on broad concepts...

Have you ever noticed that there aren’t too many curricula out there that combine active kids and hands-on learning and that really engages their interest? Why is that, anyway? Well, Carol J. Alexander (who has a terrific blog for adults, too) was kind enough to send me her Lessons From the Homestead curriculum series to try out and they have been such a hit...

One of our favorite artistic endeavors this year has been learning the Waldorf technique of wet-on-wet watercolor painting. It’s very simple for the beginners and the effects are just lovely! Don’t be surprised when your kids begin to create more of these masterpieces than you can keep up with. They lend themselves to many uses…..book covers, bookmarks,...

This school year, we switched from Charlotte Mason-style homeschooling to Waldorf with my 7 year old. I’ll be writing a monthly post about Waldorf and what we’ve learned so far. Hopefully some of you who have considered it, or are trying to decide what to use, will find it useful. This is the first post in the series. One of the most basic pieces in your...

As my children have gotten older, I’ve been more intentional about surrounding them with powerful words, through quality books, and most recently, through famous quotes. The girls each have a composition book and each week they are tasked with finding a quote that speaks to them and neatly copying it in to their book. After they choose the words they...

Experts have argued that pushing toddlers and preschoolers to learn information too fast and too early through formal training is unnecessary and potentially even harmful in the long run; however, utilizing educational tools and resources to have fun is totally permissible and at times a real life saver for keeping little hands busy.  If a little learning takes...

If you have children who get “up” in energy and then can’t downshift, you probably know that the best way to help them is to keep a predictable rhythm to your days, and to have a mental pocket full of quick activities (AKA “brain breaks”) that signal a change in speed and help them learn to find their own “off” switch. With...

Being a homeschooling mom that lives rural, sometimes it is better to allow the fingers to do the shopping. On those easy shopping trips over a cup of my favorite coffee I sometimes let my Amazon Prime membership earn its weight in gold. Then, a few days later we get a bunch of boxes on our door step. With the right project in mind, I started saving some boxes...

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