7 Things to Have in the Home that Encourage Learning

  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 artwork 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

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

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...]

5 Amazing Gifts for the High School Graduate

It is that time of year again when the high school seniors in our lives become graduates!  Teenagers are not always the easiest to shop for but there are some things that I think would make wonderful gifts for our graduates that they can use in their years at college or whatever adventure that awaits them!  My oldest child (son) will be a graduate next year so it is nice for me to be brainstorming … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Fall in Love with Books

We all want our kids to love to read! We want them to love going to the library and to be a lover of learning!  I think some children are born with a book in their hands, it just seems so natural for them and they love books from the time they are young.  For others though it can be different, especially for our children who struggle learning to read.  There are things we can do in our homes to … [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...]