• 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,  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…

  • 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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  • 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…

  • 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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  • Nature,  Resources,  Unit Study

    Gardenschooling

    Gardenschooling (A Month Long Unit Study) We have concluded yet another wonderful month-long unit study; this time all about GARDENS! I’m excited to share our resources, activities, and handicrafts we used to make this a super special month! This is something we all participated in as a family, from start to finish, and it has been wonderful learning and growing together. The Curriculum We used the Peaceful Press Garden Guide as our main spine in addition to From Seed to Table by Creative and Growing Kids and the Garden Unit Study (upper and lower elementary) as well as freebies from my shop! These lesson plans are gentle yet thorough and…

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