Benefits of Hands On Activities for History When we first began toying with the idea of homeschooling, many questions plagued me. One of the most frequent was how to keep a child engaged in "boring" subjects.Now, I enjoy historical fiction and the occasional documentary, though I only had one teacher who ever tried to bring history alive, and … [Read more...]
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ShillerMath Montessori Approach to Education ShillerMath has been a saving grace in our homeschool. We tried all manner of math curricula before I was drawn to ShillerMath at a Teach Them Diligently convention. Nothing worked quite right for Mr. T. He was at a point of despising math and we ended every math lesson with both of us in tears. We used … [Read more...]
Why we ditched Classical Conversations So I'm going to forego the dramatics of telling you how heart broken I am that CC just didn't work for us. Because I loved it and fought till the end to make it work. Had it been me in "School", we'd already be signed up through Challenge IV. It is not me and it was not what Mr. T needed. He adored community … [Read more...]
STEM is a big part of our homeschool. The science part I love, I can handle the technology, but you lose me on engineering and math. The boys, on the other hand, love it all! Finding STEM activities they can do together is a big plus.I was excited to be offered the opportunity review the Focus Lessons in Paper Engineering from Pitsco … [Read more...]
Let's talk about motherhood. The part no one likes to admit to.Wrinkles. Gray hair. Hormone dysfunction. All that jazz. I must admit I've been having awesome results wrinkle wise with this Vitamin C serum and this night cream. My Teami detox tea has also helped clear up my skin so I don't look like I'm going through puberty again. So yay! The … [Read more...]
Practical Life Skills for Children - Cooking We love incorporating practical life skills into our curriculum. Cooking is a passion of mine (dishes, not so much, though). I also believe that giving children skills they can grow and build self-confidence through is important. Even more so for kids with special needs and twice exceptionalities.We … [Read more...]
Stitch Fix Men - An Honest Review You know I love my Stitch Fix. My dear friend Tina has been styling me for 16 fixes now and most of my closet is made up of Stitch Fix. They helped makeover this homeschool mom and I'm seriously grateful. When they began teasing the idea of Stitch Fix for men, I knew my hubby would have to be one of the … [Read more...]
Food Allergies and Protein Smoothies We have a plethora of food allergies here. And Mr. F has become a bit of a picky eater in that he doesn't eat much meat. He can't have dairy or peanut butter and doesn't like almond butter, and he only likes beans once or twice a week. He does, however, like chocolate and spinach and coconut milk.Now, … [Read more...]
Grocery Shopping with Kids We all know how it goes. The children regularly clean out the pantry making you feel like Mother Hubbard with bare cupboards and you have to go to the grocery store. You simply cannot put it off any longer. But why? you ask as you know whats coming.You walk into your friendly neighborhood Kroger and are immediately … [Read more...]
There is just something magical about Maple Sugaring stories and paintings. I've dreamt of visiting Vermont since I received the most wonderful coloring book from there after my Uncle and Aunt honeymooned there decades ago. I still have that book with it's thick lined drawings of snow and sleighs, and monstrous maple trees with buckets and laughing … [Read more...]