Sometimes you just need some fun to spice up the mundane parts of life. Whether you’re practicing math facts, memorizing notes on the scale, or reviewing the periodic table — games can bring a whole extra element of fun.
My son has been receiving speech therapy for awhile and our speech therapist has been a MASTER of doing “review games” — taking a fun toy, game, activity and using it as a tool to review. She has taught me how you really can use ANYTHING to make a fun game. Continue reading
When I first began dreaming of homeschooling, I had this luxurious idea of my kids and I huddled around a sunlit table, pouring over books and performing perfect little experiments together while the birds chirped outside and the flowers outside garden window smiled at me.
Do you SEE that sunshine? Ah, now I look back at this photo and just LAUGH. I thought I had it all together back then.
You see, the seasons of life have a way of changing.
Not long after receiving our Celiac disease diagnoses (yes, plural), my kids began receiving Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Physical Therapy every week. We spent at least 6 hours a week shuttling back and forth for these [medically necessary] events. And this didn’t include doctor visits, grocery shopping, library trips, playdates, or homeschool co-ops.
AH! I thought I was going crazy!
I quickly learned the value of Car Schooling — that is, taking homeschooling on the road.
If you’ve just received your first Instant Pot, welcome to this amazing new way of cooking!
Unfamiliar with the Instant Pot? It’s an electric programmable pressure cooker that cooks food quickly without compromising food quality or integrity. It can:
It can also serve as a yogurt maker and rice maker. AAAAAAAAND you can make up freezer meals and cook them STRAIGHT from frozen — no thawing!
Not sure where to start first? Check out our list of top 10 easiest IP meals.
It’s been a challenge for our family to implement any sort of chore system over the years. Part of the problem is that the systems I have tried rely heavily upon me for successful implementation.
- I’ve tried chore charts (kid sees card, completes card, flips it over when done).
- I’ve tried bribery (“Hey, I’ll give you 25 cents for XYZ”).
- I’ve tried just assigning tasks willy-nilly and saying you’re-part-of-the-family-so-do-it.
While each have worked, it really required ME being mindful and constantly remembering that this system needed to be used. I didn’t like that. In a word? I needed my kids to have OWNERSHIP. Continue reading
Handwriting Without Tears is – hands down – my favorite handwriting curriculum for little people. It’s a manuscript-style (as opposed to cursive) program that specializes in reducing all pen strokes to two basic shapes: straight lines and curves. I find this reductionist approach simplifies handwriting for little learners and makes it approachable.
If you want to read more about the HWT philosophy – which really is extremely well thought out and quite excellent – see their website. I love that the program is simple, easy to understand, approachable, consistent, affordable, and FUN. Continue reading
This post is the first in a series: How To Get a Homeschool Space That Cleans Itself.
A few years ago, I came across a book that completely upturned my life called The House That Cleans Itself. It’s a simple, easy read — and insanely practical with step-by-step advice and humor, as well.
I’m the sort of person who people describe as “organized” — which is true. I love organization. However, I’m also TERRIBLE at keeping things tidy. Confession: my nickname growing up was Messy Bessie…
I hated this about myself. So I did the only thing I knew to do: I read books, scoured magazines, and looked for ways to organize better. And as you can probably guess… none of them really worked longer than a few weeks. Continue reading