New Every Morning and Normal -er (and our curriculum for 2013-2014)

New Every Morning...

So. You didn’t hear from me last week because we started full-time-homeschool on Monday and it was the best week of my life. Actually– It wasn’t. (Thankfully this photo wasn’t really from this past week, but if you want the back story, you can find it => here.) The truth is, last week… I wasn’t [Read More…]

When You Forget That You Bought Praying Mantis Eggs…


And… This is what happens when you forget that you bought 2 praying mantis eggs and that each eggs contains 200 babies and that you meant to put them in a jar so that you would remember to watch them hatch so you could put them outside and not forget to make sure not to [Read More…]

Where Should Your Kids Go to School? (25 questions to consider)

school options

    Yesterday our kiddos’ school sent home the registration packets for next year… It always comes as a bit of a shock each Jan-Febr-uary when this happens. 2013- 2014?  Already? But most schools start opening up registration at the beginning of February and I know that in our area, many of the magnet schools [Read More…]

Our Favorite Fall and Autumn Picture Books

Fall Picture Books

  It will soon be the first day of Autumn… And while I eagerly anticipate each and every season, Fall is probably my favorite. There’s just something about the changing leaves and pumpkin seeds and misty mornings and cider and apples and squirrels and… When our children were very little I started collecting seasonal books [Read More…]

Creating a Nature Table (with The Better Mom)


So… This post feels kind of like throwing a housewarming party for yourself while you’re still surrounded by unpacked boxes. Our migration to this new space is going well, but we’re still getting links to work, shifting things around and you will most definitely notice a few glitches. But– I didn’t want to miss the opportunity [Read More…]

Summer Responsibilities Charts (free printables)

 Our new laundry bin system… I’ll keep this short and sweet. We have one more official day of school left…And so I decided it was time to update last year’s– summer responsibility charts. Some may say that I’m a mean mom.As in– “School is out, now get to work !!!” Don’t worry, we’re going [Read More…]

Helping Your Child Become a Better Reader (Sharing Today over at The Better Mom)

I love watching our children read and enjoy books.I love reading books to them.I love reading books with them. Pretty much–I just really like books… And the doors of– wonder and opportunity and beauty and truththat they throw wide open for those who can read them. Please join me today over at The Better Mom, where I’m sharing [Read More…]

Helping a Pre-Reader (Phonemic Awareness and Resources)

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~G.K. Chesterton In my pre-mama-days, I was a high school English and Speech teacher.  Though you’d never know it with all the errors I find after I hit “publish”. In my pre-mama-days, I was also a certified Reading Specialist.But even with all that… I [Read More…]

Our First Attempt at a Nature Table…or Corner…or Center…or….

I love nature…The hiding rocks, scurry-bugs, and mossy sticks.The welcome flowers, promise-of-rivers, and winking stars.And I’m fully convinced that– God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther I’m convinced that we should tell our children to– Go Out and Play !!! But for [Read More…]

I’m Back On Board

…which is good.  Because it has been a while since I jumped ship. Memorizing Scripture is something we value– We know it is commanded. We know how much it helps. We know how often God calls to mind a particular passage at a much needed moment. When the kids were all really little we memorized most [Read More…]

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