Positive Reinforcement For Kids

Over the years we'd been asked about our "bead earning chart" a few times by some of our fellow parents. We're not judging your techniques or suggesting you try our way because it's the ONLY way. It's just one that has worked in our situation and we have heard many times how it seems like a great idea.  Today we're going to share how it came to be and why we think it's so great. When we started potty training Pie, it became obvious that she had a currency. Back then it was stickers, my goodness did she love stickers, mini marshmallows, and mini m&m's....more

The One with the Travel Bag - 14 Travel Ideas for Kids

We don't travel often, when we do it's usually by car and to visit our "hometowns" up north. Pie loves to see all of her extended family, especially the grandmas, grandpas, and great aunts and uncles that spoil her, and the many rapidly growing number of cousins. The trip is usually about eighteen hours and we stay overnight in a hotel on the way up. Pie has done the trip a handful of times and each time she's been a little older and a little easier to entertain.  ...more

Early Readers - 8 Favorite Barn Books

So much to share, so little time to write! Or think! The beginning of the school year is always very busy, so you can probably relate. Finding a new groove is never easy and sometimes takes a little longer than you expect.  Even though we've been reading a lot more lately, we've had little time to share some of our favorites! Slowly, we're getting back on track! ...more

Early Reader Books - 15 Favorite Back to School Stories

Recently, when we met with our virtual school classmates and teachers for this year at a local library, we spent a while checking out all the back to school books. We found some really great stories to share for this week's favorites post.  While many of our friends are still enjoying their last moments of Summer vacation, we're excited to be back to learning new things. Maybe a small part of us is a little jealous and longing for the long relaxing days of Summer....more

Another Year's Education Perspective

When another parent asks me why we chose to homeschool, I find it very easy to explain our decision. The answer is a simple one, it works best for us. It doesn't work for everyone, but fortunately we're all given the freedom of choice. If your child works better in a structured classroom, then that's what you should do. If your child requires special attention, you should find the best form of support possible. If your child is extremely intelligent and wants to learn more than school has to offer, follow their vision and watch them fly....more

Early Reader Books - 10 Favorite Bedtime Books

Normally we do four favorites but it was too hard to pick just a few when we had so many great ones to share. Every night we have a story time, whether we're home or away, on the road in a car or snuggled into bed, Pie picks three for Pops McGops to read and one for herself. Since we do our reading during the day for school or just because, I get to do the songs.  Some may find our bedtime routine a little extreme... Some nights it feels that way, especially when she pulls out all her favorite stalling tactics....more

15 Documentaries for Kids to Watch During the Slow Days of Summer

During the summer months we don't apply as much pressure on Pie to focus on school. She's able to spend those three months following her own passions, exploring new things, and adventuring outside of school. However, we do urge her to do things like write letters, read books, and learn new things. ...more

14 Books On Video for Early Readers

Revisiting my favorite books from when I was a kid might be one of my favorite parts of being a parent. Remembering how much I related to some of the characters when I was a child is like revisiting the past. Watching Pie now find her own connection to those characters is something that will never get old for me. Growing up in the digital age is much different for her than it was for us 80's kids. However, some of the 80's video versions of those books are way better than today's. ...more
dailymomtivity We love using youtube for stories when we're on the road or can't get to our ...more

Early Reading Books - Four Favorite Heart Warming Stories

Way back before Pie was born we started our collection of story books and board books. Some were given to us by our family, others we found while thrift shopping, and even more at local consignment shops. We have a very extensive library at home but that never stops us from visiting our local library for titles we don't own. Some of Pie's favorite stories are pretty heart warming and they might be some of my favorite kinds.  ...more

Early Reading Books - Four Favorite Silly Stories

Reading repetition played a major role in Pie's early reading skills. Reading the same stories may have made us a little crazy, over and over, every night for weeks and sometimes months. We sometimes thought she would never want to read another new thing again. Then she started to pick her own books to read, part of our bedtime routine. Interestingly enough, it was the books she made us read so many many many times. ...more