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
What do you do in mid-March if you live in southwestern Ohio? I plant peas!!! Yes, I plant them, from seed, in the ground. The fact is, peas will germinate in soil as cold as 40 degrees. Early peas taste great, get you out working in the garden when most folks are still dreaming of planting vegetables, and they do a fantastic job of prepping beds for future crops. Like all legumes, peas can take nitrogen directly from the air with the help of nitrogen-fixing soil bacteria.
Types of Peas
Vine length varies from one variety to another, and long-vined peas need a taller trellis than compact varieties. Both compact and long-vined peas are available in four types, which vary in pod and seed characteristics. Although I only grow one type of pea, I will explain why later, I am giving you information on all four varieties. Continue reading
My mother is an avid quilt rescuer — and I say rescuer (and not collector) on purpose. She is not looking for pristine show quality quilts. She wants the ones that have been forgotten in a attic, loved to pieces, or are being thrown over furniture in a moving van. She has developed a fantastic method to clean these old dirty quilts and I asked her to write this post and share it with everyone.
LollyBaba’s Old Quilt Cleaning Method
After retiring I needed something to fill my days other than going to the senior center and playing cards all day. I come from a long line of quilters, however my hand sewing skills are not great. When I hand quilted the first time my mother said “those are not quilting stitches, those are basting stitches.” She was correct, my stitches were entirely too long for a quilt. However, I still wanted a way to connect with the generations of quilting women in my family. Continue reading
I get asked all the time: “Is the Instant Pot worth it?”
To which, I respond with a resounding YES!
I happily gave away my slow cooker for the Instant Pot and haven’t regretted it for one minute. After all, look at everything the Instant Pot can do: Continue reading
You remember that game called Desert Island? (You know — the one where you pretend you’re stranded and can only take three things with you?) I detest playing that game (and not because I think it is a waste of time). Rather, it’s unrealistic. The point of the game is to name your three most precious items you couldn’t live without. But let’s be real: if I’m on a desert island, the last thing I’m really going to want is some precious memento. Give me a knife, a field guide to non-poisonous plants, and Robinson Crusoe to help keep me alive!
But I have given great thought to my book collection. When we recently sold our house, I packed away 90% of our book collection. There were only a few books that got to stay out for 6 months. Which made me think: if I lost all of our books in the move (or worse, we had a fire), what would be the first 6 books I would immediately purchase again? Continue reading