• Literacy,  Resources,  Unit Study

    2020-2021 Curriculum Tour

    I’ve curated and coordinated all of our upcoming studies for the 2020-2021 school year and I am so excited to share it all with you! This school year, our children are “in” 1st and 3rd grade. We’re going to be continuing core curriculum we began last year (like TGATB L.A. Level K and Level 2–totally FREE in downloadable pdf form!), handwriting books (from Learning Without Tears), math (Elementary Arithmetic Book 1 from Simply Charlotte Mason for my daughter and Singapore Dimensions 2B for my son {click here for full blog post review on each of these math curriculum}), as well finishing up our Early American History curriculum from Beautiful Feet…

  • Community,  Q + A,  Self-Care & Parenting

    Q+A with Sarah Ruth

    Q+A with Chickie & Roo Ep.3 Today we’re chatting with a sweet friend named Sarah Ruth Owens. She is such an inspiration in so many ways. Sarah Ruth is the unequivocal Nature Mama and a truly beautiful heart. Let’s hear what she has to offer about making nature a prominent part of our homeschools.     How many children do you have and what are their ages? Three boys. They are 7, 5, and 3 years old.   When did you begin homeschooling and what is your purpose behind this life decision? We started at birth? Haha. In all honestly, that is sort of our philosophy. We feel strongly that…

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  • Community,  Resources

    My Favorite 40 FREE Printables for Education and Fun

    Update: This list is now above 100+ and counting! Feel free to leave a comment below or email me any additional freebies you’d like to see on this list! My Favorite 40 FREE Printables & Resources Creative and quality resources don’t have to be expensive or a drain on your pocketbook. In fact, they don’t have to cost anything at all! Today, I’m sharing a round-up of my favorite creators, blogs, websites, and more that host free printables and resources all year long. Below, you’ll find the compilation separated by subject/theme for your ease of searching. And if you haven’t checked out my free library, click here to scoop Chickie…

  • Community,  Q + A,  Self-Care & Parenting

    Q + A with Stephanie

    Q + A with Chickie & Roo: Ep. 2 Today, we’re sitting down with Stephanie from StoriesBeginAtHome to learn about her perspective as a home educating mother. She is exploring the rather uncommon topic of hybrid homeschooling. I personally feel that a lot of parents considering homeschooling for the future might benefit from hearing how and why she has chosen this path! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Stephanie in person recently, and she is every bit as outgoing, joyful, and amazing as she appears online! Stephanie is a true inspiration to me as she navigates a full family, busy household and a creator career. As you read her…

  • Literacy,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Study with Lily Huckleberry for FREE!

    The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry The moment we laid eyes on The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry books, we instantly fell in love! If you have not heard of this amazing series, you are missing out! To date, there are 2 completed books: The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Scandinavia and The Adventures of Lily Huckleberry in Japan. The third installment is in progress and will take place in Mexico!   The wonderful creators of these magical stories have generously designed FREE educators’ guides to go along with their books! Now, when you read an Adventure of Lily Huckleberry story, you can dive in and learn more about the country she…

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  • Nature,  STEM

    Make your own Moon Craters

    Moon Craters Learn how to make your own moon craters for a fun sensory play experiment! Whether you’re studying space or just looking for an engaging outdoor activity, making moon craters is perfect (and for all ages!) This activity combines: sensory play, math, science, and more for an invitation to learn and explore. The quick video below gives an overview with full materials and instructions below!   Setup Due to the inherit messiness, this activity is best to setup outside. If you’re in a warm climate, you might choose to use flour or sand for your ‘lunar surface’. In cold weather, snow would be a fun alternative! Keep a few…

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  • Community,  Q + A,  Self-Care & Parenting

    Q + A with Lisa

    Q + A with Chickie & Roo: Ep. 1 Today, we’re sitting down with the incredible Lisa from Wilkinsonnest to learn a bit about her experience as a home educating mother. Lisa is a true inspiration to me as a mother and a homeschooler. In the time I’ve gotten to know her, I have gleaned just a glimpse of her abundant wisdom and it is astounding. Having a relationship with Lisa, makes me a better mother. I hope you will receive her words below as a gift: to identify with, to learn from, and to carry with you. How many children do you homeschool and what are their ages? I…

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    Pom Pom Christmas Tree Craft

    Holiday Crafts Do you have tried and true holiday crafts that are a tradition for your family? My absolute favorite holiday craft from childhood are orange pomander balls. They’re simple and quick and create the most incredible aroma throughout our home. Although we do these every year (we delighted in these Thanksgiving morning this year), I wanted to try something new and different as well! Enter: Pom Pom Christmas Trees! These are so simple, very affordable, and perfect for all ages. With only 3 supplies, everyone can get creative crafting their own rainbow of color this Christmas! You will need: + Styrofoam Cone Prisms (We used two, one 10″ tall…

  • Resources

    2019 Holiday Gift Guide

    The Holidays Are Coming…   Do you have everything you plan to gift to the littles in your life? I like collecting gifts early, around September, so that I am not rushed during the slow season. For me, the holidays are about family: dancing, eating, laughing, story-telling, singing, playing games, cuddling up, and visiting. Not shopping. I am not particularly a fan of jam-packed parking lots, long lines, and the pressure of a ‘sale’. I do, however, enjoy online shopping and supporting small shops for each holiday season. Below, I’ve curated a simple list of potential gift ideas for children. These are things that are fruitful, quality, long-lasting, and can…

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  • Resources

    Math Review-Singapore & Simply Charlotte Mason

    MATH It’s quite a point of anxiety for most people. Families are paralyzed by the curriculum choices. Some parents find they need to switch when one curriculum isn’t working-only to find they don’t care for the replacement option either. Most math curricula can be quite pricey-especially the ones that include games and manipulatives. Not only is it an investment into our child’s future, it is an investment financially as well. Singapore Dimensions I was certainly in the former group. I was so scared of choosing ‘the wrong’ curriculum, that I simply chose none at all. I worked with my son through manipulatives, games, worksheets & workbooks until I felt his…