• 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…

  • 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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  • Community,  Literacy,  Resources,  Self-Care & Parenting

    Journaling With Kids

    Do you keep a journal for yourself? How about your kids? I know it’s not always easy or convenient to make time for journaling, but it’s such an important and rewarding activity. I hope I can encourage you to light a spark in recording your thoughts and feelings! I recently found out about Loom Journals and boy oh boy are they AMAZING! Each gorgeous book is an heirloom to be treasured for years. I am so excited to be using these with my children. Loom Journals was kind enough to offer me a discount for my subscribers, so stick around and take a look so you can save on your…

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  • Literacy,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Curriculum Add-Ons

    As with any planning process, new things pop up out of nowhere! It is important to me to follow my children, so if they show interest or ask to incorporate something new, I’m happy to oblige.  I have found some extra studies to include in our 2019 school year and I am so excited to share them with you!   Enrichment Extras As I mentioned in my last blog post, I wanted to be more intentional about incorporating fine art studies in a structured manner. Fridays are already our enrichment day, so I thought a once-a-week loop would be lovely way to ease into this and wrap up our week…

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  • Literacy,  Nature,  Resources,  STEM,  Unit Study

    2019 Curriculum Tour

    What Are You Using? At back-to-school time each year, the big question always seems to be: What Curriculum Are You Using?   I, for one, LOVE seeing what other families have chosen to use. It’s so inspiring to find out about new resources and how those choices work for others. I have certainly incorporated various curricula into our homeschool because someone else shared it and it spoke to me!   First, A Few Encouraging Thoughts With this being said, I feel it’s so important to listen to our hearts and our children and choose what is best for them. I shared my thoughts on a recent planning post where I…

  • Literacy,  Nature,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Summer School with The Peaceful Press

    Do you school through the summer? We learn year-round, but aim for a more relaxed routine during the summer. In summer, we like to lean a bit more toward ‘lifeschooling’ by learning life skills and learning from what is around us. This summer has been a perfect opportunity to use The Peaceful Press guides in an unschooling manner.   The Playful Pioneers   We started our summer by beginning The Playful Pioneers. This curriculum is so gentle and allows for slow-paced days filled with enrichment and closeness. The Playful Pioneers includes poetry, copywriting, history, cooking, and more all based on the Little House On The Prairie book series. It begins…

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  • Literacy,  Resources

    Bookish Crafts

    Do you love children’s books as much as I do? I don’t know if it’s the fun and engaging language or the beautiful and striking illustrations, but I am all about picture books! I can’t get enough of them. When a particular kids’ book really strikes my fancy, I try to come up with a craft or activity to go with them. Some are incredibly obvious and some take a little more thinking-outside-the box with creative planning. Either way, they compliment the story nicely and provide an immersive experience for my children. Today I’m going to share with you our three latest bookish crafts we’ve created for some truly amazing…

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    Literacy,  Resources

    New Releases For Early Readers

    I love our collection of classic and vintage children’s books. Nothing beats cuddling up on the couch and reliving the stories of my childhood with my own children. But, when choosing books for our children, we mustn’t only look to the past. There are always beautiful and engaging titles coming out that will soon become the ‘classics’ of the future generations. Today I am sharing with you 5 brand new picture books for early readers that you are going to love! (and since it’s the season of gift-giving, you might consider picking these up as presents!) The List The Rough Patch by Brian Lies A Parade Of Elephants by Kevin…

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  • Literacy,  Unit Study

    Poetry Tea Time

    What is Poetry Tea Time? Poetry Tea Time is a term coined by the wonderful Julie Bogart from Brave Writer. She is brilliant, intelligent, and fun! Julie comes up with incredible ways to raise lifelong readers and passionate writers. Poetry Tea Time is quite simply a time to gather with tea (or any drink of your choice) and read aloud poetry. This is meant to foster bonding and inspire critical thinking. Delighting in the finer things in life that are often overlooked is a luxury we should all make time for. It calms us, it soothes our souls, and it draws us closer; to one another and to literature. How…

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  • Literacy,  Resources

    Early Literacy

    How do you grow your child’s vocabulary and literacy skills? Do you read aloud? Do you do weekly spelling tests? Do you play Scrabble? There are so many fun ways to challenge our kids to learn and today I’m going to share one of my favorites with you! I don’t have a name for this activity, but it’s essentially learning by context clues alone. It’s a wonderful exercise and is helpful in many ways, but my kids just think its an awesome game and they always ask me to keep going! So let’s get down to it! I will include original passages I’ve wrote for free on my FREEBIES tab,…