Get your free printable summer planner for homeschooling families that incorporates both learning activities and summer fun! Make the most out of summer with family activities.
Are you raising children who appreciate and value nature? National Get Outdoors Day is a great excuse for getting the kids off the sofas and into nature. Check out these five ways to get your kids outside.
Camping doesn’t have to be a big hassle. Make it more efficient and easy with these camping tips!
There are so many Easter craft ideas and worksheets to be found online, but using dramatic play in learning can be a more effective (and fun!) way of teaching. I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas for using dramatic play to celebrate Easter, using puppets, role play and more.
St Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays we all LOVE to have fun with! Make sure you wear green, or you’ll get pinched! It’s always fun to add a little craft or learning fun into that homeschool week to mark St. Patrick’s Day. To help with that, I’ve included 24 St. Patrick’s Day Craft’s and Learning Fun resources!
Tis the season to be… Doing everything homeschool moms always do plus 17,459 other tasks that the season demands. Oh ya, and get it all done without complaining, while covered in flour and bits of wrapping paper, and smiling and oozing warmth and appreciation for...
Cultivating an attitude of thankfulness is something we can work on all year long, but Thanksgiving provides an especially perfect platform to do so. Studying history -- at any point in time -- fosters gratitude by opening our eyes to difficulties, letting us step...
This Thanksgiving why don’t we work to give people something to be thankful about? Put the thanks in their Thanksgiving with random acts of kindness.
Christmas can be a magical time. The decorations make our house look festive, there are often yummy smells in the air, our hearts are full as we contemplate giving to others, and our kids are on their best behavior. Well, they’re on their best behavior when they remember they should be. Unfortunately, Christmas can also be a stressful time. We have many extra demands on our time, there are multiple family commitments which make our weeks hectic, and we often feel like we have to maintain a frenetic pace to keep up.
Every family has very unique holiday and Advent traditions that are often passed down through multiple generations. Our family is very culturally diverse and we have adopted a great deal of them. We are one of those families that really goes all out. Every single year. We’ve been known to overwhelm and even scare some of our friends. With that in mind, I’d like to share some traditions we’ve adopted though the years, and hope you do too.
Homeschooling during the holidays can be tough! There is so much excitement in the air with thoughts of family and good times to be had. Take the time to plan ahead and include fun ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in your homeschool. You will be so thankful that you thought ahead and found ways to engage your kids as you prepare for this holiday.
May, according to the Association of American Publishers, is Latino Book Month! I am a Latina. My mother’s side of the family is Hispanic (Puerto Rican by birth and culturally Cuban), and even though I’ve always been a voracious reader, I have to be honest that I’ve been a little short on books written by Latina authors. So the researcher in me got to researchin’…
As a lifelong New Englander, one of my favorite things to experience is the transition from winter to spring. As the days lengthen and the sun shines brighter, we open our windows and turn our faces toward the sun. Everyone is happier, lighter. There is an energy that is hard to describe unless you, too, have survived a long winter. Creating a Spring Bucket List during February and March is a wonderful way to stave off those late winter blahs! It gives you hope for a sunnier, happier future.
Earth Day is a fantastic way to include important reminders in your homeschool about taking care of our environment. All subject areas can be addressed as you look at what Earth Day is and how to celebrate it. Along with educational lessons, you can spread the vital message to your children about taking steps to help the world we live in.
April is National Poetry Month! Poems, in their many styles and forms, are being celebrated all around the world. Have you considered incorporating the celebration of poetry into your homeschool?
Everyone loves picture books! Those of you with little ones have the privilege of reading these delightful gems every day. Those of you with older children might see him or her tiptoe in the room to quietly listen as you read to your younger ones. This blog hop is in honor of our love for picture books, no matter how old our children are. A Book and a Big Idea shares a treasured picture book and one or more activities to enrich the story. The Big Idea may be a craft, a recipe, a printable, anything goes!
Easter time is my favorite time of year. It’s the best time for new things, growth, and improvement. What better way to enjoy springtime than by learning new Easter signs in sign language? You’re right, there’s not much better. Sitting around the dinner table is my kids’ favorite time to ask me how to sign some new word they just thought of.
St. Patrick’s Day…the one day of the year when EVERYONE can be a wee bit Irish. Join us for a massive linkup of resources that celebrate the missionary Saint Patrick and Ireland.
Last winter was brutal. A poorly-timed home renovation, every virus that crossed our path, and the snowiest winter ever in NH. All of these things made for a conglomeration of crabbiness that lasted from November until almost April. This winter, I’m determined to make up for lost time. If this winter ends up being a repeat of last winter, I am prepared.
What do you do when snow days come? Do you take the day off and send the kids out to play? Do you dive into a snowy unit study? Do you throw your hands up in frustration as the kids start bouncing off the walls because they are cooped up? Join us as we explore ideas, learning activities and fun tips for making the most of your homeschool snow days.
As the season changes to winter, many of us experience changes as well…in mood, sleep patterns, energy, and even food cravings. For many people, these changes lead to seasonal depression. Whether you have slight or severe winter blues, these lists of suggestions and encouragements will be just the pick-me-ups you need this winter.