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

STEM Resources for Your Homeschool

STEM Resources for Your Homeschool

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are important for student success. These subjects are taught in an interdisciplinary and applied approach as we realize that is how students learn most effectively. Melanie from over at FinchNWren shares about what they use for Marine Biology, a great book unit on To the Laboratory!, and Science and Density: Lava Lamps Jennifer from over at Faithful Homestead shares some STEM Projects from Everyday Items Jennifer over at Chestnut Grove Academy has a 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

Teaching Special Learners

Teaching Special Learners

Did you know that ‘special educational needs’ has a legal definition ?  It refers to any child who is currently experiencing a learning difficulty whether permanent or temporary.  Many children will have special needs of some description during their educational journey. They may need extra help in a range of areas, for example: schoolwork reading, writing, number work or understanding information expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying making friends or relating to adults behaving properly in school, at home or social events organizing themselves some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school or 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

Valentine’s Day Resources

Valentine's Day Resources for Your Homeschool

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:3.  Love is not just a feeling,  true love shows itself in action.  Valentine’s day is an excellent time to help our children learn how to express love and to let those we do love know just how deeply we do love them.  Today the crew have a wonderful basket of love to share with you. Jennifer from Chestnut Grove Academy has some practical Valentine’s Day Activities (Recap) for you. If you have tots at home you can also find Colors for Tots – 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

Presidents Day Resources — A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents Day Resources - A Collection of Ideas for Your Homeschool

Presidents’ Day originally started out as Washington’s Birthday. The holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Did You Know? President’s Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president. Four chief executives—George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February, but Continue reading

Out of the Box Games — Snake Oil Giveaway — 6 Winners!

Snake Oil Giveaway

Since 1998, Out of Box Games has created fun and original party, card and board games that encourage families and friends alike to make the most of time spent together. This award winning company strives to make the games they create easy to learn, fun to play and filled with opportunity for real interaction. Recently, members of the Crew reviewed Snake Potion from Out of the Box Games. In today’s giveaway, 6 of you will have the opportunity to win this fun family game. The Old West was filled with slick snake oil salesmen. The object for Snake Oil is Continue reading

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

The Perfecting of an Imperfect Day

Have you ever had something like this happen to you? I am starting what seems to be an endless day of errands and activities. The day itself is miserable. Gloominess seems to hang off of every street pole and tree branch. I am already tired and it’s not even 9:00am. But…I know what will fix it. A nice cup of coffee. My mouth has been ready for it since I pulled out of my driveway. I like my coffee sweet and creamy. I can almost feel it running down through my fingers and toes. I pull up to the drive-thru menu. I ask for a small Continue reading