Why Adults Should be Reading Kid Lit - why I'm spending so much time reading Juvenile Fiction selections
You know what’s on my bedside table more often than not these days? Children’s books. No, I don’t mean picture books (which I’m already reading en mass to three little girls who beg me to from sun-up to sun-down), but what my children call “chapter books”. Why would a grown woman, especially one who is striving for …
Not "Back-to-School" 2016
I’m sure your newsfeed has been as full of first day of school pictures and posts as mine has been! Public schoolers and homeschoolers alike are excited about sharp new pencils, shiny new books, and a fresh start. And there is something almost intoxicating about the shopping isles full of school and office supplies in August …
Getting Started with French {Review} - Getting Started with French is a great way to introduce French in the homeschool!
Foreign language learning is definitely challenging for many homeschoolers, I know it sure has been for me. And as a Canadian living in a bilingual environment, I have always wanted to be able to teach my children to speak French. But without a formal course of study, our efforts have not been very productive — …
Every family has its own unique culture, but if you are not intentional about building the family culture you want, you just may absorb the culture that surrounds you (for better or for worse!).
Several years ago, when I was a new mom, I remember a colleague of mine chastising me for  not to putting up a Christmas tree on that particular year. “Alison,” she said, “traditions are important. This is your daughter’s childhood”. Maybe she was a bit crazy (my daughter was only a year old after all), but …
For Better or for Kids - a vow to love your spouse with kids in the house {BOOK REVIEW}
With divorce rates hovering around the 50% mark (and some say this stat is accurate even among Christians), we would all be wise to stand up and take notice. It surrounds us everywhere: in our neighborhoods, families, and yes, even our churches. Despite what the fairy tales may have led us to believe, happily ever …
schoolroom
We don’t have a “schoolroom”. You can walk through every room in my home, and you will not see any alphabet posters, 100’s charts, or “learning centres”. It’s quite possible that a complete stranger could take a walk through my home and not even know that we homeschool! It’s pretty important to me that our …
2016 Reading Plan - Update!
  A month or so ago I noticed that my desire and motivation to keep plugging away at my 2016 Reading Plan had wained and I was really having to force myself to read.  My list involves some pretty heavy reads(for me anyways!) and it really began to feel like work, drudgery even, to keep on. Then …
Why I don't have an assigned reading list in my homeschool
I’m a book hoarding, classics loving, library visiting, book worm, homeschooling mama who loves a good book list more than just about anything! You might be surprised however, that I don’t have any required or assigned reading lists for my children in our homeschool. What? No assigned reading? Won’t my children only read comics, Disney …
FlipStir Puzzles - a new twist on puzzles!
Puzzles are always a popular activity in our household. Years ago, when my oldest was kindergarten aged, making puzzles was even an item on our daily homeschool schedule. We have a good collection of puzzles these days, everything from simple wooden puzzles with peg handles for the littlest toddlers, all the way to the 2000 piece …
Homeschooling for Discipleship: viewing homeschooling through the lens of discipleship - www.learningmama.com
There were many things that initially drew me into homeschooling — I loved the idea of allowing my children more time to play, to develop at their own pace and on their own schedule, spending more time with them, choosing the content of their curriculum and exposing to them to what I saw fit when …
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