Changing Teaching Styles or What to do When Your Little Girls Grow Up!

Changing Teaching Styles

When our girls were little, I found it fairly easy to know what to do with them for our school time. Colors, letters, numbers, and crayons filled our days. We went to the library at least once a week to find copious amounts of picture books, both for science and for stories to read. I was a hands-on teacher, because they needed me to be. We started with activity books from Rod & Staff, and How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. We purchased a three-hole punch and several empty binders. Every few weeks we would Continue reading

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

6 Ways Reading is Interactive

Readers often feel like blank slates waiting for the story to communicate its plot, themes, and purpose to them. They see reading as interpreting words on paper, and the story as a one-way communication of author to reader. Authorial intent is very important, but young readers need to be encouraged to interpret the narrative in a personal way. Reading can be deeply interactive. We may try to keep our mental and emotional distance from a story, but we can’t ignore how our personality, background, values, interests, and knowledge bring personal meaning to each book. As readers, we are participating in the story whether Continue reading

Homemaking, Homeschooling, And Raising Boys

Homemaking, Homeschooling, and Raising Boys

When I was growing up I never thought about being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM). I always thought I would have a “career” and my kids would go to daycare the minute my maternity leave was over But, God had a plan for my life that I could not see yet (Jeremiah 29:11). After getting pregnant with my first son, we had to consider all of our options. We prayed about our decision and God made it clear that my place was in the home take care of my family.   “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands Continue reading

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

Finding Peace in Our Homeschool

I feel so much pressure and stress lately when it comes to our home education. I admit it, right now, I feel like its just not going so well for us. And I worry because in a few more months we will have number four, a sweet baby girl, in the house too. It’s been a rougher pregnancy than I am used to. Everything makes me sick. Getting dressed makes me tired. Not so bad really. Due at the end of April – not so far away. But with three kids that are used to being very busy, very active, Continue reading

Connecting With the Dots of Geography

Connecting with the Dots of Geography

   Geography can seem abstract and difficult for kids, but it’s an important subject to teach because of its relevance to history and science. How big was the Roman Empire at its peak? What factors played a role in the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg? Why do southern Italy and northern China have such different landscapes and climates even though they are on the same latitude? A knowledge of geography can help to answer all of these questions. Geography also influences the development of cultures and folk arts. This can be pretty obvious when studying the literature or legends Continue reading

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Preparing for Christmas 2015

Strategically Overboard I love the holidays. Some people say that my love of them causes me to go way overboard. This is true. I do go overboard, and I love it. Having a mega family is always fun, but having a mega family during the holidays is just plain awesome. There are always tons of decorations, too much food, and way too many presents. My motto is, make memories because that’s what we carry with us throughout our lives. Because I enjoy going overboard during the holidays, I can’t wait until the holiday season to start shopping. I prepare all year Continue reading

Christmas Recipes Round-Up

Christmas Recipes

Some of our favorite memories of Christmas revolve around the foods that we’ve shared with friends and family.  Special tastes tantalize our taste buds and scrumptious smells tickle our noses.  The Schoolhouse Crew is no different. Certain foods just bring Christmas to life and we wanted to share some of our very best with you as you prepare your Christmas memories.  We’ve included recipes that form the basis of our family traditions — some that we enjoy around the kitchen table on Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, some that we share at cookie swaps and get-togethers with friends, and some Continue reading

Fun Christmas Crafts

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Each year, I find that sometime after Thanksgiving my homeschooling Mom brain turns off for a break, and I’m ready to spend the whole month of December doing Christmas crafts and Christmas related learning. The children are ready for more fun school then too, so each day in December I try to allow time for the children to make a Christmas craft or a new ornament for our tree. It just feels right add some Christmas fun into our regular routine. So, I wanted to take the time to share with you some of the fun ideas and crafts that we’ve done and that I’m planning Continue reading

A Collection of Christmas Stories (35 Christmas Picture Books)

35 Christmas Picture Books

In our family, holidays come with lots of traditions. One of our favorite traditions for the Christmas holiday is the special books that only come out at this special time of year. We don’t have a lot but I like to add to them each Christmas. I thought I would share with you the books that we love to read, and also the books that are on our wish list. Not all of our list are strictly Nativity books, but they are all fun stories that add to the merriment of our holiday.   B is for Bethlehem a Christmas Continue reading

20+ Christmas Resources for Your Homeschool

20+ Christmas Resources

Christmas brings warm fuzzy feelings to our hearts but it can be really chaotic too.  It is often hard to maintain our school schedules. Some of us choose to take the month off, others like to have a little light fun activity and still other homeschoolers like to continue their routines, which ever type of homeschooler you are there are many resources here for you to choose from. Last year my favorite study with the kids was on Reindeer. It was such a big hit that I have a feeling we will be doing more with it this year.  It Continue reading