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Create exciting lesson plans with just one question: “How?”

Create exciting lesson plans with just one question: “How?”

Want to create fun and interesting learning opportunities but don’t know where to start? Stepping outside of our curriculum (and comfort zone) for new and exciting learning is a risk worth taking. If you ask the right questions, you’ll find endless avenues to explore and […]

Need to divide your attention? Keep your kindergartener content with this fun and easy phonics lesson

Need to divide your attention? Keep your kindergartener content with this fun and easy phonics lesson

Do you have a workbook-loving kindergartener? They’re going to love this fun phonics book. And you’re going to love the quiet time you get while they work! I thought this printable phonics book was a great idea! It’s easy to print out and assemble, would […]

Tales from a Temporary, Voluntary Single Dad: Day 2, dishes are annoying, and other patently obvious observations.

Tales from a Temporary, Voluntary Single Dad: Day 2, dishes are annoying, and other patently obvious observations.

NOTE: I in no way think that I am doing the load of a single parent. This is covering for Mom for a few days, in which she put a ton of work into making things as easy as possible. But it’s been interesting hearing […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.15

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.15

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ~Lemony Snicket Amen to that! Books are a lifeline to learning and entertainment. If you are never without a book, you’ll never be bored. TODAY’S GOAL:  Stash a book or two from your personal […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.14

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.14

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.14 A normal dad school day under slightly less normal circumstances. This is day 2 of my Tales from a Temporary, Voluntary Single Dad. Leah is out of town, and I have the two kids by […]

Tales from a Temporary, Voluntary Single Dad: Day 1, just like most any other day.

Tales from a Temporary, Voluntary Single Dad: Day 1, just like most any other day.

NOTE: I in no way think that I am doing the load of a single parent. This is covering for Mom for a few days, in which she put a ton of work into making things as easy as possible. But it’s been interesting hearing […]

Boost kids’ confidence around animals — ‘Meet a cow’ program at Wolcott Mills 🗓

Boost kids’ confidence around animals — ‘Meet a cow’ program at Wolcott Mills 🗓

Are your little ones nervous around animals? Create confident kids by giving them a gentle, fun introduction to animals. I found a great way to make this happen! Check out this Meet a Cow event at Wolcott Mills Metropark. The farmers and staff at Wolcott […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.14

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.14

“Every artist was first an amateur.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson We tend to look at successful artists as being born as amazing artists. While there is no doubt lots of natural talent, focused work on their craft how they became great. Have you ever wondered what […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.14

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.14

“Every artist was first an amateur.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson We tend to look at successful artists as being born as amazing artists. While there is no doubt lots of natural talent, focused work on their craft is how they became great. Have you ever wondered […]

Engaging music study, no work! Classics for Kids podcast

Engaging music study, no work! Classics for Kids podcast

Finding resources is a never-ending process for us as homeschool parents. Want to provide in-depth learning experiences for your kids, but find it exhausting sometimes? Me too! I’m about to make your day a little easier! Classical music appreciation is something many homeschool parents want […]

Look at math in a new way: Change your homeschooler’s point of view

Look at math in a new way: Change your homeschooler’s point of view

To be effective educators, we’ve got to be able to look at things from different perspectives. Do your kids see math as an unrelatable chore? Turn their idea of math on its head! I’ve got an viewpoint-altering resource for you. The imagery in this video […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.12

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.12

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.12 So… the easy-going moment has passed… Last week was a nice respite, but we’re back to picking, resisting, sighing, giving up… none of which is calculated to make me happy. For the most part it […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.13

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.13

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” ~Albert Einstein Facts forgotten are time and effort wasted. Learning that starts with interest is meaningful to the student and stays with them. We really are trying to educate our kids, […]

Prove you’re a lifelong learner: Take this quiz with your kiddos

Prove you’re a lifelong learner: Take this quiz with your kiddos

Want to model lifelong learning for your kids but don’t know where to start? Don’t fall into the trap of making things harder than they need to be. We value each small learning opportunity for our kiddos, don’t we? We should place the same value […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.12

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.12

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for by ardor and diligence.” ~Abigail Adams Most people have certain subjects that come easily to them. But there are always areas that require struggle and determination. That doesn’t mean we’re failing, merely that we’ll […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.12

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.12

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for by ardor and diligence. ~Abigail Adams Most people have certain subjects that come easily to them. But there are always areas that require struggle and determination. That doesn’t mean we’re failing, merely that we’ll […]

Make science sweet with syrup STEM lessons — Maple sugaring at Indian Springs 🗓

Make science sweet with syrup STEM lessons — Maple sugaring at Indian Springs 🗓

Get some serious STEM learning in — over breakfast. Go beyond how maple syrup is made and delve into science and technology with your kiddos. The Environmental Discovery Center at Indian Springs is taking pancakes and syrup to a whole new level. Check out this […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.11

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.11

“Wise and purposeful letting alone is the best part of education.” ~Charlotte Mason When kids are left to their own devices, they have the opportunity to put to use all the things they’ve learned with you. If we never leave them alone, children won’t turn […]

Socialization starts at home: 10 essential behaviors to model for your homeschooler

Socialization starts at home: 10 essential behaviors to model for your homeschooler

Worried that you’ll raise the stereotypically socially awkward homeschool child? There’s no need to worry if we approach this topic with intention. There is absolutely no reason for your kids to turn into poster children for this silly stereotype! Your family is already centered around […]

Week in Review — February 04-08, 2019

Week in Review — February 04-08, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was full of little moments to celebrate and productive work.            Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: Celebrating simple things keeps us positive about our homeschools and our lives. You can […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.07

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.07

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.07 Sorry for the delay: we lost power toward the end of the school session, and didn’t get it back until the evening. A pretty straightforward school day until the end, when Tyboy decided to push […]

Get engaging learning ideas by always asking ‘How?’

Get engaging learning ideas by always asking ‘How?’

Need some exciting learning ideas? Get in the habit of asking “How do they do that?” and you’ll never be short of ideas. Ask that question about at least one thing every day and your whole family will be smarter and wiser for it. I […]

Have midweek fun with public school friends — President’s Day hike at Maybury State Park 🗓

Have midweek fun with public school friends — President’s Day hike at Maybury State Park 🗓

Make time for fun with your public school friends. Do your homeschoolers have public school friends they wish they could see more? Do you have a friend you wish homeschooled so your families could spend more time together? Call your friends and save the date […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.08

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.08

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.” ~Mortimer J. Adler Are you a re-reader? Revisiting books highlights progress, new interests and even weaknesses. […]

Make creating STEM lessons easy — With your kids

Make creating STEM lessons easy — With your kids

Create STEM lessons the easy way, Mama! Turn a field trip into lesson-planing inspiration by observing your kiddos’ interests. It’s easy to capture your kids’ attention when you create lessons based on what they love. The STEM Playground at Michigan Science Center would be a […]