How To: Encourage Reading in Your Kids

How do I make my children love reading? I’ve heard this question multiple times.  In one sense, I can’t make my children love reading. I can read to them and make them listen to books, but I can’t force them to enjoy an activity. My job as their mother though is to create an environment thatContinue reading “How To: Encourage Reading in Your Kids”

The Best Advice for New Homeschoolers

We recently had some new neighbors move in next door, and we were thrilled when we were able to meet them.  It’s always fun to hear people’s stories.  Come to find out we are both originally from California!  Crazy! Anyway, we chatted for a few minutes asking all of the fun first questions.  And itContinue reading “The Best Advice for New Homeschoolers”

A Lesson in Parenting

I learned a valuable parenting lesson from a fictional rabbit.  In “The Green Ember,” Pickett, a young rabbit, feels like he has been abandoned by family and ignored by the people he loves. Now that’s not really true…but regardless he feels unloved and unaccepted. Pickett finds a brusque, crusty old rabbit who is a warrior.Continue reading “A Lesson in Parenting”

Simple Ways to Add Beauty to Your Homeschool Day

It can be hard as a homeschool mom to find the time and the motivation to add beauty to our homeschool days. Our culture–the academic milieu of our day–emphasizes grades, achievement, and the 3 R’s. Even though we’ve chosen to opt out of the public school system, it can still be a challenge to letContinue reading “Simple Ways to Add Beauty to Your Homeschool Day”

Ambleside Online: Planning Year 7

It’s that time of year for us.  The quiet space between school years where I intentionally plan out what the next year will look for us.  As my oldest only has one more year of junior high before high school, I’m going to be working on helping him hone his time management skills and planningContinue reading “Ambleside Online: Planning Year 7”

Keeping Company – First Grade Timeline

“We want to give reality to history by showing that it is not something remote, to be found in books only; we want to show that the life of each child forms part of history; then we may lead him on to see that the whole world is different for each man that has lived,Continue reading “Keeping Company – First Grade Timeline”

Review: Juniper Grove Journals

I first saw pictures of Juniper Grover Journals pop up in pictures on Instagram. The striking covers and sleek design of the inserts immediately caught my attention. I added a journal to my mental “To Buy” list. I finally took the plunge so to speak when I decided to begin both a calendar of firstsContinue reading “Review: Juniper Grove Journals”