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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…

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…

How to Get Your Child to do Something He Doesn’t Want to Do

“I don’t want to go to school!” And he meant it. Many kids will be apprehensive about trying something new or doing an undesirable activity, but it seems that for children with autism – where the world is very black and white – it is near impossible to get them to change their minds. So just…

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…

Boost Attention & Concentration this Summer with BrainBeat

I received BrainBeat in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer in the footer for more information. Summer is a time for relaxing but it can also be a time for working on important habits and skills while the kids are out of school. One of the things we’ve been doing…

How to *Finally* Organize Your Art Supplies

This is the follow-up post to my temporary moment of insanity that actually turned out pretty well. You can read The Homeschool Season Itch here. 🙂 So I got everything put together nicely, rotated the kitchen table and rearranged the workboxes. I organized the shelves with games, manipulatives, books and puzzles, but my largest accomplishment was concerning the art supplies…

A Little Change this Christmas Season

We all need a little change. Change keeps us on our toes. Change chases away monotony. Change helps avoid apathy. And change can help our hearts grow. Last Christmas, we started a tradition with the boys for the season – the “Change” jar. We pick a charity we’re giving to and all the change goes in…

Morning Routine Visual Schedule Board with *FREE* Printable

Alrighty everyone… It’s PROJECT TIME! I’m semi-crafty but I don’t usually take time on the blog to enjoy that with you.  Today, we’re creating a morning routine visual schedule board to help you and your littles get ready. When the boys were diagnosed, I had no idea how much Velcro…