The Rant of a Flustered Mother

Life is too chaotic right now and it’s finally starting to get to me....more

#NaBloPoMo Day 21 A Year Almost Over

A year is almost over.  Next week is Thanksgiving.  Then we are into December and all that goes with preparing for Christmas.  Then it is time to prepare for a new year.  This is a time to reflect on the year that has been.  What went well?  What do I wish I had done differently?  What changes do I want to make in the upcoming year? ...more

From my Son’s Bookshelf | Books for Reluctant Readers

9 out of 10 middle grade aged boys agree: stories with gross humor beat…any other story! As a mom of a now teenaged boy, I recall rather vividly my occasional struggle to make him read–preferably every day!...more

NaBloPoMo Day 20 Thankful Thursdays

Today is day 20 of the NaBloPoMo challenge. Today I am thankful for the 20 posts I have written this month - including this one.I am thankful to be able to participate in the "Before Amen" Online Bible Study through Proverbs 31 Ministries.I am thankful for the new homeschooling law that just passed in Pennsylvania.I am thankful to have spent the last 4 days with my husband.I am thankful for children that love each other and take care of each other....more

Nature Study - An E-Book Review

     I was recently given the opportunity to do a review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. I received their e-book Creative Nature Study for free in exchange for my honest review of the book and how well it worked in our home school. If you are interested in the e-book, you can find it here at their website....more

The Best Thanksgiving Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

By Denise WorthingtonYou would think that choosing a few favorite Thanksgiving books appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers would be easy, but I wanted to be thorough, so I went on field trips to the library, the bookstore, the used bookstore, and did online research. I polled contemporaries—meaning other grandmothers. Apparently grandmothers, or at least the ones I know, spend a lot of time in the children’s section of bookstores, and everyone had an opinion. The problem wasn’t having enough to write about, but having too many Thanksgiving books to choose from....more

Make homeschool curriculum work for you

After homeschooling 19 years, I tried a lot of curriculum, as in enough to begin my own homeschooling store. When things weren’t going well in our school, I tended to browse curriculum catalogs, ask opinions on homeschool forums and e-lists, to find a solution to our then current crisis. I found this quite common during the November slump as well as during winter burnout....more

Family time

Because we’re a homeschooling family, we get to hang out together on a regular basis. Even so, special family nights have evolved over the course of the years, out of a sense of want instead of need (which I find unbelievably cool). Our current family night is Sunday....more

Farm Preschool Scavenger Hunt {Homeschool Preschool Projects}

This is a fantastic fall activity to do with your little ones! Bundle up, pack a snack, and head to your local family farm for a fun scavenger hunt!...more