For two years now, I have made my own calendar notebook, which doubles as a journal/planner. … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
No matter our circumstances, we can still choose how we respond. And today, I choose to be happy.
“The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.” –Robert G. Ingersoll
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
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
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
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