Month: September 2018

Week in Review – September 24-28, 2018

Week in Review – September 24-28, 2018

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was one of both work and rest.  A week that spanned a large portion of this country, and ended at home.  It was a good week! Here are a few things I hope you will take away from […]

Homeschool Science Hits the Kitchen – “Good Eats: Reloaded”

Homeschool Science Hits the Kitchen – “Good Eats: Reloaded”

I cannot tell you how many times cooking has been part of our science study around Our Habitat Home.  Rookie Woman started cooking in the elementary years.  Man Cub used an Alton Brown recipe on Good Eats as his copy work and then we made […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.28

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.28

“It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.” ~Dorothy Evslin As someone who perpetually grumbles over fingerprints on the walls, this was a gut-check. Choose to relish the fingerprints. Choose – with […]

Homeschool Math Lessons From a Box of Spaghetti

Homeschool Math Lessons From a Box of Spaghetti

Curiosity is a shared trait among life-long learners of any age.  Here’s a fascinating article to share with your kiddos as a homeschool math discussion. As a bonus, it can be part of dinner too! Make tomorrow spaghetti night, put on a pot of tomato […]

Improve Your Homeschooling by Re-Reading Your Favorite Books – 5 Tips to Get the Most From Your Favorite Reads

Improve Your Homeschooling by Re-Reading Your Favorite Books – 5 Tips to Get the Most From Your Favorite Reads

There is such a thing as too much information.  Without time to digest, to meditate and apply what we have read, we have no connection to what we have learned.  Without a connection, our brain may very well delete the information.  Re-reading important books is […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.27

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.27

“The story of a mother’s life: Trapped between a scream and a hug.” ~Cathy Guiseswhite Between the screams and the hugs exists an odd land of mixed emotions. Our life stories are written there in that space. Whether or not they have happy endings is […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.26

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.26

“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding others, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” ~Pearl S. Buck There’s no question that scolding tends to be a part of mothering. We wouldn’t waste our time and […]

Homeschooling in the Moment — There’s No Rush

Homeschooling in the Moment — There’s No Rush

It’s amusing to me that despite all the excitement of this road trip we have been on, my personal favorite moment is captured in the image above.  This was one of the very few moments of stillness and quiet I had in the last three […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.25

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.25

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” ~Lisa Althor There are so many moving parts to motherhood. Add the educational job you have taken on, and you are truly a superhero…or at least an air-traffic controller! Take a moment and […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.23

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.23

Today was our day for exploring Tacoma.  Our goal was to see what we could come up with to do for free.  (Sadly, our National Parks pass does not give us free access to fun sights in the city.  Who knew?! 🙂 )  Fortunately, Tacoma […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.24

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.24

“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” ~Mark Twain As a recovering perfectionist I have been known to completely avoid beginning something because I can’t see a way to do it perfectly the first time. When I first saw one of my children sit out […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.22

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.22

On the road again…today we left Portland to head back toward Seattle again — our final destination for our first try at road schooling.  We’ve been looking forward to today throughout the trip — not because we were going to see anything as epic as […]

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.20

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.20

Today’s post comes to you from Tim, as I am just plain shot from driving.  It was a good day!  Enjoy! So, a drive day from Boise to Portland. After yesterday, my expectations were low. After all, yesterday we didn’t even snap a *single* picture. […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.21

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.21

“The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed.” ~Author Unknown Like when in the middle of a triathlon, all you can think about is the pain, the worry, the training…the end. Once the finish line is crossed, the emotions […]

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.19

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.19

Whew!  Another driving day down and everybody is still alive and speaking to each other!  Huzzah! It was really an uneventful day today.  We left the Grand Teton/Yellowstone area for good this morning.  I’m now writing from beautiful Boise, ID (I have to say, Boise […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.20

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.20

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Humans are impatient – we want everything to happen now. We push and rush and over-engineer things that can typically work themselves out. But when it comes to our children’s development, patience is […]

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.18

Leah’s Vacation Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.18

Today started off by dropping Rookie Woman off at the Jackson Hole, WY airport.  She’s got to get back home to Michigan for work.  Sometimes, it’s truly bizarre to have an adultish child.  We loved having her with us for the last few days.  Tiny […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.19

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.19

“I know how to do anything – I’m a mom.” ~Roseanne Barr Parenting – approached with intention – makes us exponentially better people. We are constantly learning and adapting to become whatever our children need from us. The result is a better version of ourselves. […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.16

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.16

So today was Yellowstone Day Two — Wildlife Day! Our day started with some beautiful scenery along the Madison River. The river winds its way just along the side of the road. Long yellowish green grasses gently slope down to the river, while on the […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.18

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.18

“There is no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ~Jill Churchill Striving for perfection causes stress, not only to ourselves, but our children as well. Quit aiming for the unattainable and be content with “good enough”. […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.17

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.17

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~Albert Einstein When we are in the throes of some immense challenge, frequently our gut reaction is to look for a way out. If we stop and think, however, we see that the parts that are the most […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.15

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.15

Hey everybody!  Today was our first day in Yellowstone.  With Rookie Woman having come in last night, we all got to experience new things together, which is pretty flippin’ cool if you ask me.  Tonight I’m writing you from The Drift Lodge in West Yellowstone, […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.14

Leah’s Vacation Homeschool Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.14

Seeing as I have to go pick up Rookie Woman from the Jackson Hole, WY airport, today’s road schooling post is brought to you by Tim.  We’re all tired, so it’s a quick one. Learning on wheels — homeschool on the road. Today was a […]

Leah’s Vacation Homeschooling Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.13

Leah’s Vacation Homeschooling Curriculum – Road Schooling 2018.09.13

Today our travels and road schooling went less far afield.  This was as much of a “rest day” as we are likely to take for a while.  We explored Coeur d’Alene a little bit, let the kids play at an amazing playground for a while […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.14

The Daily Spark – 2018.09.14

“Inspiration is better than condemnation.” ~Charlotte Mason Inspiration lights a spark. Condemnation douses it. Condemnation may put a stop to a bad habit, but it certainly will not incite any positive action. TODAY’S GOAL: Present a positive action for your kiddo to take along with […]