My Homemade Calendar Notebook

My Homemade Calendar Notebook
A picture of the type of notebook I use, and a picture of two pages within my particular calendar notebook. The top is a how I structure my weekly view pages. The bottom image is my year-at-a-glance page (the key to the numbers is on the following page).

For two years now, I have made my own calendar notebook, which doubles as a journal/planner. … Continue reading

Family Game Night: Mole Rats in Space Cooperative Game

We like to play games in our family.  Board games, card games, outdoor games; we’ll play them all.  And now that my four-year-old is ready to join in the fun, it’s enabled us to take our games a step beyond Slips and Ladders and Candy Land.

 

Cooperative games have been a big hit in our house because, instead of competing with each other, we all work together to win or lose the game. … Continue reading

Homemade Hot Golden Milk Recipe (Paleo, GAPS, Vegan)

Are you looking for a healthy, warming, caffeine-free alternative to hot chocolate?  This golden milk recipe might be exactly what you’re looking for.

 

My boys and I love this, whether as a relaxing drink before bed, or as an afternoon treat.  It even works well as a morning starter.  It’s slightly sweet, a little bit spicy (like a chai is spicy, not like a salsa is spicy), and full of healthy ingredients.… Continue reading

Owie Oil: For all those Little Bumps, Bruises, and Scrapes

I have two young children.  This means we encounter a lot of bumps, bruises, and scrapes in our house.

 

When they occur, sometimes my kids keep going as if nothing happened.  I may think, “Wow, that looks like that hurt,” but since they don’t pay it any mind, I also let it go.

 

Other times, they simply want an acknowledgement from me that, indeed, that looked startling or painful. … Continue reading

Little Reminders of Love

Little Reminders of Love
Two pencil holders, one for each of my boys, made by sweet friends of ours.

We homeschool our boys.  Last year, my oldest son took a once-a-week art class.  That was the extent of our formal, every week classes.  This year, he’s taking three classes.  The same once-a-week art class, a nature class, and an all-day enrichment class that covers a variety of topics (robotics being the most exciting part for him).… Continue reading

Learning is Fun: Making Bead Necklaces

My 4-year-old has recently become very interested in necklaces.  He’s always had a bit of interest in my necklaces, but it never really stuck.  Then his big brother bought him a cat necklace at the Artisan Fair where his big brother had a booth, which immediately turned my 4-year-old into an every day necklace wearer.

 

Following the introduction of the cat necklace, we took a family trip to Michigan, where – in addition to lots of family gathering and fun – we cleared out my [deceased] mother-in-law’s belongings in order to donate them to a local women’s shelter.… Continue reading

When a Random Comment Reflects Learning

My four-year-old getting ready to carry the beetle to our garden after his talk with it.

After they find out that we homeschool, people often ask me how I know my kids are learning.  After all, while kids in schools (and even some homeschoolers) take tests, I don’t test my children.  And the answer is, in a myriad of ways.

 

Sometimes I know they’re learning because they demonstrate a skill. … Continue reading

Learning by Doing: Manning a Table at a Local Artisan Fair

My 8-year-old manning his booth at the artisan fair.

Last year, my elder son made a family friend a series of four bead ornaments depicting the life-cycle of a caterpillar (an egg, a caterpillar, a chrysalis, and a butterfly).  She loved them, and suggested that he start a business selling them.  My then 7-year-old leaped on this idea and began to make ornaments to sell.… Continue reading

Make your own Organic Cotton Food Wrap

Are you looking for ways to eliminate more plastics from your life?  Here’s a simple way to stop using plastic wrap as well as most plastic bags.  It’s an organic cotton food wrap.

 

You can use it to top a glass bowl.  Goodbye, plastic wrap.  You can also use it to wrap fruits and vegetables, cheese, a sandwich, or whatever else you desire. … Continue reading