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Top 10 Posts of 2016

Here it is again…the beginning of a new year. I thought I would kick off the year by sharing the top 10 posts of 2016! New Years is one of my favorite holidays for the same reason Mondays are my favorite day of the week (I know…I’m probably the only one!). I love them…

Our Favorite “Special Needs Friendly” Curriculum

We have been homeschooling on and off for about five years now and although I love to search the Internet for a new special needs friendly curriculum, I have definitely settled on a few favorites. These are my go-to curriculums when I am planning our year or refining our term; I am pretty sure when it comes to certain…

Must-Read Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Classic literature. Living books. Fairy Tales… If any of these phrases describe your homeschooling experience, you will inevitably come face to face with a very large book containing the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen. If you are committed to reading unabridged literature (and Charlotte Mason would want you to be…ahem…;)) then you will probably find…

Are You Missing Something Crucial in Your Homeschool?: A Look at Family Time Fitness & a Giveaway

I received a complimentary year of Family Time Fitness Fitness 4 HomeschoolTM in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I am not exactly what you would call…athletic. It’s not that I don’t want to be – I would love to be that person who…

Break Week for Those Who Homeschool Year Round

This week is a break week for us. Yes, even those of us who homeschool year round need to do this to prevent burnout…not just for the teacher, but also for the kids. Our homeschool operates in 12-week terms but 12 weeks was too long to go without a break. We ended up taking the last week…

Summer Schedule & Curriculum 2016

Hot off the press…our summer schedule & curriculum! Just to be clear, this is what our best days look like – the day I persevere to have. That being said, many days do not actually go like this. I keep our daily routine up on our fridge for days I feel really frazzled and off, then I can…

Exciting News from Hoffman Academy

Last summer I wrote a post reviewing Hoffman Academy, telling you how to get free piano lessons for your kids (or you!). Today I have a guest post with more exciting news from our friends at Hoffman Academy… Joseph Hoffman has always wanted one thing, for more people to be able to learn music and to love it while they…

Why “All About Reading” Really is All That

I received a complimentary level of All About Reading in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I adore reading. It’s not just a pastime in our home…more like an obsession. Books can be found in every room of the house. One of…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: Living Books

I was a fan of living books before I even knew what they were. …a child at a garage sale, flipping through yellowed pages for a treasure. …a school girl in my history books, craving the real story behind the dates. …a college kid, unable to resell my books because they were just too good (One of…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: What is Twaddle?

Of my Charlotte Mason journey so far, this is hands down my husband’s favorite part… Twaddle. Not so much the meaning, but the words itself…it sounds like a bodily function to me and apparently to him, as well. It’s fun to say but what in the world does it mean? Simply Charlotte Mason…

Meeting Charlotte Mason: A Lifestyle, Not Just a Philosophy

I’m so enamored I can hardly sit still or think about anything else. I find myself sneaking away to read a few paragraphs from her books and aligning my life with her ideas. Reading her has re-awoken my standards. Not in a distorted, idolizing way – but in a motivated way. It’s been one of…

What is the Best Homeschool Approach for a Child with Autism?

I’ve just finished my series, Autism: Diagnosis, Resources & Therapies. In Step 7, I discussed how to choose the right education for your child with autism. If you chose homeschool, this post is for you. There are six main homeschool approaches – or “styles” – out there. I’m going to very briefly touch on…

Free Piano Lessons for Kids: A Review of Hoffman Academy

I received a complimentary unit download from Hoffman Academy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. Free piano lessons for kids? Sounds too good to be true, right? Except…it’s not. For years, I’ve wanted the boys to enjoy piano lessons…

How to Love Math: A Look at Math-U-See & a Giveaway

I received a complimentary level of Math-U-See in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. I grew up hating math. See, I was always the kid who was really great at writing, reading and english but not so great at math and science. I quickly…

Summer Schedule & Curriculum

Summer Schedule & Curriculum 9 weeks (5-25—7-24) Summer Goals: Crave people, outdoors & knowledge Independence through Habits Rise & Shine Me: Quiet Time & get started on A.M. Routine: check to do list & calendar, plan dinner, get ready, make bed, take vitamins, start laundry, empty dishwasher, check garden, reply to blog comments, 10 minutes on…

Summer Workboxes

‘Tis the season… Summer homeschool. Before you think I’m the mean mom, forcing my kids to the kitchen table, you should read this. 🙂 So what’s in the summer workboxes this year? 1. Morning routine sheet & Schedule of the day 2. Copywork We are working on perfecting the way the boys write their full…