7 Things to Have in the Home that Encourage Learning

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  This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more info. In my household I have an artist, a musician, and a builder (think LEGO sets and plenty of them). When I walk in my living room and see art work and pencils and LEGO sets everywhere I just smile and am proud this is a home where learning takes place. Trust me, I have come a long way here!  I … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Encourage Learning in the Home

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Learning and knowledge are wonderful things, however our kids don’t always see it that way. Many times they have a negative outlook on learning because the only thing they can think of when hearing that word is school work. It doesn’t have to be that way.  There are several things we can do to make our homes a home where learning takes place naturally.    We want to give our kids a love of … [Read more...]

5 First Day Back to School Traditions

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We are homeschoolers but we love the 1st day of school just like everyone else!  I can't always guarantee they will love the work load but they will love their 1st day of school traditions!  I always try to make a big deal of the first day to make it special! Here are our 5 favorite first day of school traditions! A Special Breakfast - We always do a box full of fresh doughnuts on the first day … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Back to School


Summer time goes way too fast!  Very soon we will be preparing for back to school!  Now back to school for us is back to school at home because we homeschool but even with that we have to get our minds and bodies back to "doing school" and it takes some preparation!  For many families back to school will mean sending their kids to a different building every day with a new teacher for the year!  I … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Kids Love History


I love history!  Truly to me there is no more beautiful subject to study!  It is unfortunate to me that history gets a rap for being boring, I think it is anything but!  I think the reason history often gets the reputation of being dull and dry is many children learn just using text books and they are not usually the best resource for adding excitement to a subject!  There are ways to bring … [Read more...]

The Answer Is Always the Family Dinner Table


A lot of people seem to be talking about how important the family dinner table is—not what’s on the table, but rather what the family does when its members gather around the table.  I couldn’t agree more. When my parents were in their 80s, they moved into our home.  My husband and I had three children—3, 7, and 9.  Now, we didn’t always mange to sit down to dinner as a family (my work kept me … [Read more...]

How to Make Back to School Supply Buckets!


Making the first day or the first week of school special can really help get your children excited about school. I love to have a special surprise at the table when they wake up the first day back. If you do all year school you could schedule this sometime after one of your breaks. I usually get some kind of different container each year; I like to get one they can use for other things such as … [Read more...]

How to Transition from Summer to School Time


It can be tough for children to transition from summer to school time! For the most part homeschooling moms love the new school year.  They have planned, bought new school supplies for the kids, and have prepped their school rooms or area of the house for the exciting new school year.  However, your children may not be as excited.  They have just had a fun summer of swimming, camping, vacations, … [Read more...]

5 Things Your Kids Learn Using Book Basket


As homeschoolers we have used a curriculum called My Fathers World for the most part for our history, science and bible.  The author of that curriculum suggested a thing called book basket and it has served us well for many years! I wanted to share with you the benefits of this educational tool and also let you know that you don't have to be a homeschooler to use this.  For a matter of fact … [Read more...]

10 Favorite Treasury Books

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It is National Reading month!  What better way to celebrate that than with a great book list! I love treasury books!  There is just something special about one big book full of great stories or the "best of stories" from particular authors.  They are wonderful for gifts or adding to your library!  Treasury books also make great books to take on trips, instead of taking several bedtime or read … [Read more...]