I have 5 children. My hubby and I are readers. We want to raise readers too. But how do you keep your little readers away from your beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice and promote reading as well?
About 2 months ago I was given the chance to try an online homeschool planner from Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I was given the product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to post a positive review. Here is what I found. Online Planners Make it Easy to Customize Each […]
I hate cooking. But I like eating! And my family likes eating. Not cooking is not an option, sadly. I tried once a month cooking. That was horrible. Just horrible. There are too many things to keep track of and I have 4 young children. I cannot spend all day cooking and take care of […]
What? Washable toilet paper? That sounds weird…and gross. The first I had ever heard of such a crazy thing was when I was 15 listening to a missionary describe her time in a third world country. There are places where people don’t use toilet paper? How can you live without toilet paper? I promptly forgot […]
I want to be more productive. I want to create healthy habits. But there is something stopping me. Me! I will grasp at the littlest excuse to not do something I know is good for me. Like following a routine. I know that my day goes so much better when I follow a consistent […]
As a mom, I think of everything I need to remember and do. No wonder I have a hard time thinking! There’s too much to remember. Creating routines in my day helps to free up my mind for more important things. I believe everyone needs automatic routines in their life. But there is no doubt […]
Napping is essential…for me. I have to have a nap every day. One of my favorite saying is, I take back every nap I ever refused as a child. I need a nap. My children? Not so much. At least, they don’t seem to think so. Even when they sleep well they still need some […]
Welcome to the perfect classroom. After entering the front door you will see our main classroom. It is here that you will find most of the learning to take place. It is the hub of our facility. To the left is our message board that holds all of our important information and showcases our students’ […]
I set some goals for myself for the upcoming years. Important goals. And, while I am filled with fervor to accomplish these goals now, I know exactly what is going to happen. It may have already happened by the time you read this. I am going to stop caring! Oh, it will start small. One […]
Ahh the sound of children happily humming while they clean the kitchen. You mean your children don’t happily hum and clean the kitchen? Yeah, neither did mine. Until recently. Admittedly, the happy part is hit or miss. I found a chore tracker that actually works. Once it’s set up, everyone knows exactly what chores need […]
One of the hardest parts of educating many children is the problem of the toddler. What to do with this little bundle of energy. Let them run free and who knows what they are going to get into. This problem is not limited to homeschooling. What if you have something you need to do? A […]
Toys. Parents have a love/hate relationship with these seemingly innocent things. On the one hand parents love their children. They want to bless them with exciting and interesting things. On the other hand, parents love their children. They don’t want to feel murderous as they step on yet another Lego. What’s a parent to do? […]
This post may contain affiliate links. How to make a printable schedule Once you have your piece of the schedule that never changes and an idea of what routines you want/need in the house, it’s time to put it all together to make a possible (I won’t say easy) to read piece of paper everyone […]
The previous posts I wrote on scheduling look lovely on paper. But what happens when you actually try to implement them? I know that in the long run, it works out. However, it can be really frustrating living in the now. We have had morning and evening routines for a long while now. But with […]
If you haven’t already done so, read part one of this series. I create routines based on what I need to get done, when. The basic steps to creating a routine are: * Decide what needs to be done * Write it down * Post it somewhere accessible to all What routines should I create?
How could my family benefit from a schedule or routine? When you have a schedule, everyone knows what is going to happen and when. This creates a feeling of security (or dread in the case of laundry day). This is particularly important when you have many children or young children. Toddlers, for example, thrive on […]