Our Homeschooling Lesson Was Almost Foiled by an Organic Apple!

We started out by talking about seeds, how each plant makes its own seed and how that seed makes a new plant of the same kind. I love to make a point with an actual demonstration or physical activity of some sort. We headed to the kitchen to look at some seeds and have a snack. Why not? I explain again, when I open up the apple, we will see apple seeds. This is what we got:...more

Lots of Love to Give! Building your Family through Adoption

 GREAT show today! Excellent adoptive parenting tips and bonus info on homeschooling....more

Homeschool vs. Public School: Is There a One Size Fits All Education Model?

One of the following stories is true. Can you tell which one it is? (No skipping ahead!) Story 1: I believe in public education. I am a product of public school. I think the education I received up until my high school graduation was an excellent one; I was usually sufficiently challenged, I was given lots of opportunities for both academic enrichment and involvement in other activities, and I headed off to college well-prepared for the rigors that lay ahead. After completing college, I worked for a year, then headed to grad school. I consider myself smart, capable, well-educated, and a perfect example of how public school can work better than many are willing to admit. ...more
Love this! Thank you for making the point that 'one size doesn't fit all' :) I am a homeschool ...more

Taking Homeschooling Out of One's Home

Names are humorous issues. Get the word "homeschooling." What does that make you feel of?In the event you stated, "School at house," I am not surprised. Residence + school seems to equal school at house.Only two items are wrong using this type of definition:(one) Homeschooling is not "school." It's a entire diverse approach to education.(two) Homeschooling does not have to all take location at house.If Homeschooling is not School, Then What exactly is It?Homeschooling, correctly comprehended, is education designed by parents....more

Back to (Home)School Again

My oldest son just asked me if I was ready to start back with homeschooling again.  For a split second I considered answering truthfully and saying, "Are you kidding me?  No way!".  Instead, I just smiled and nodded and said, "I sure am".  It is just easier that way....more

Learning How to Balance It All

I have been in the midst of adjusting to a new life. You see, for the past five years I have been a stay at home mom. During that time, I worked from home for a company. Then the downsizing and changes took place and I found myself needing to find some kind of employment. So I decided to take a job outside the home.Did I mention that we homeschool our teenagers as well?This has been a very big adjustment for me. I am still adjusting. I won't lie. But ya know what? I am learning. In fact, I am learning alot during this time....more
Balance is key to keeping it all together. I hope you enjoy working outside the home and I bet ...more

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

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.



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