Loose the “S” word during Summer, have fun..do as homeschoolers do

I have been coming across blogs here and there about the stress of having their children home for the summer months. And I can’t help but wonder why. Summer is such a wonderful time of the year. There is so much to do. Homeschooling changes your view on things.1. It makes you thankful that you get a lot of quality time with your kids2.  It teaches you patience… or I should say, your children teach you patience.3. It makes realize exactly how weird your kids really are, and it’s ok to laugh at them....more

Everyday Should be Mother's Day

Well, tomorrow's Mother's Day. Everyone is making it such a hot topic. That makes it difficult for those who are not mothers or who have lost their mothers. So much commercialism goes into the day and the meaning almost gets lost. More is spent on brunches and flowers and cards then anything. I don't expect much for Mother's Day. It's not like my son is in a school where they have them make you surprise cards that they hide in their school bags, the kind you find on Friday when they come home....more

6 Free iPhone Apps to Get Tiny Techies Learning Outdoors

My educational philosophy is that a genuine, physical connection generates the best learning opportunities. Children can use all of their sense to explore, ask questions, and perform experiments in the giant laboratory of the natural world. ...more

just downloaded Project Noah for Charlie.

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Vitamins, Coffee and Lots of Prayer

Oh my word, what a day! I am just sitting down now. My child had his shower and said his prayers and is sleeping. Today was my day to wash the bedding, so it added to the laundry load. A minute ago, our chocolate lab took his metal feeding bowl and dropped it at my feet, making a very loud clanging noise which I think woke the entire house. He wanted water. I think he is a combination of Snoopy, and Marmaduke in one dog. Today was a bit more difficult school-wise for a few reasons. When we got up, it was dark and dreary out....more

You Are Not the Center of the Universe. You're Welcome.

On Friday night, Sean and I took Rebecca to see the new Disney documentary African Cats. It was filmed on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, one of the stops on our Kenyan adventure last summer. We thought it would be neat to be able to say, “We’ve been there!” Of course, we didn’t plan to say it during the movie -- that would be rude. Unfortunately, the mother and five-year-old boy behind us had no such misgivings about talking during the movie. And they talked and talked and talked through the entire thing....more

I just read your post - thanks for linking to mine. Glad we were on the same ...more

The Royal Wedding - Using it as a Homeschool Lesson

Right now, it's 7:19 a.m. in Toronto and Prince William is married - the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! My son - the true boy that he is - is still sleeping. He couldn't really care less about weddings, let alone a Royal one! The picture on my original blog post was taken at my husband's and my vow renewal that we had this summer. It was far from a Royal wedding - but it was a wedding....more

Homeschooling in a Storm

It is on a day like today, when the house feels like it is about to be blown over by the wind outside, garbage is hitting cars on the roads, and even the Burlington Bridge is closed that I am grateful that I am homeschooling our son. I know where he is and he is working calmly beside me. He is presently taking a test on science and the formation of the world. It is distracting him from the patio furniture that is blowing around in our backyard. My husband just got in as well. The roads were treacherous for him but he was safe....more

Homeschoolers, Unite!

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Wah! Wah!

Wah! Wah! Agh! I've hit a wall. It doesn't happen often. I feel like I have a pretty high tolerance for lack of sleep and the physical demands of running this household. But right now, I'd like to run up the white flag. The baby is throwing up, has been for days. He was already treated once in the ER for dehydration, and from what I can tell, might be headed there again. The hot water heater has been acting up and "the dishwasher of my dreams" has turned into the 'dishwasher of my nightmares' which necessitates *LOTS* of washing dishes....more

They are growing up.....and that's ok by me....

I just want my kids to be themselves.....really. It seems like there is so much information out there about connecting with our kids, doing a better job than the "obviously detached" generation of parents before us, reading our kids "signs"...but even still.... so many parents can't do it. Why does it seem so easy for some to turn down the volume on their children's voices? I knew early on in my journey of becoming a mom that the one thing I wanted so badly for my child(ren), was to simply grow up.... That's right...I WANTED them to grow up....more