Month: March 2019

Week in Review — March 25-29, 2019

Week in Review — March 25-29, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was exhausting, with bits of meaningful learning — both planned and serendipitous. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: When feeling sick, start slow and celebrate as you go. Taking time to […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.28

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.28

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.28 So, Leah always gives a theme or a challenge for each curriculum. Sometimes I do them, sometimes I want to do them but forget, and sometimes I say, “Umm… No.” (Or maybe, “Not today.”) Today’s, […]

Lifelong learning requires humility

Lifelong learning requires humility

Meaningful life lessons are often humbling and painful. But the pain means you’re growing as a homeschooler and as a human. What’s the opposite of an “Aha!” moment? An “Uh-oh!” moment? Yep. I know this because I just experienced an “Uh-oh!” moment of revelation a […]

Seek beauty to restore your mind with Flower Day 🗓

Seek beauty to restore your mind with Flower Day 🗓

You’re constantly giving of yourself. You need to put something back. Never underestimate the power of beautiful things to restore your mind and heart. In a recent post I talked about how “Moments of peace and beauty feed our minds and hearts as homeschool mamas.” […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.29

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.29

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw Pouring all our energy into creating amazing kids is pointless. They’ll create themselves – that’s their right as humans. But you do get to create an amazing you. TODAY’S GOAL:  Choose one activity, […]

Show your littles how observation leads to understanding: Aardvark lesson plan

Show your littles how observation leads to understanding: Aardvark lesson plan

As adults, keen observational skills give us an edge in life. How can we help our littles gain that edge? The ability to observe the people and the world around us and understand why it functions the way it does is often the key to […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.28

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.28

“I can’t change history. I don’t want to change history. I can only change the future. I’m working on that.” ~Boris Becker Trying to change what is past is not only futile, but breeds regret. Regret paralyzes you. Learning from the past and using it […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.28

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.28

“I can’t change history. I don’t want to change history. I can only change the future. I’m working on that.” ~Boris Becker Trying to change what is past is not only futile, but breeds regret. Regret paralyzes you. Learning from the past and using it […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.26

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.26

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.26 I am sick. Not the worst I’ve ever been, but this is definitely a worse-than-average cold. I’ve actually been some variation of sick for like three weeks now, and it’s truly felt like three different […]

Try hometown tourist homeschooling: Pewabic Pottery hits the streets of Detroit 🗓 🗺

Try hometown tourist homeschooling: Pewabic Pottery hits the streets of Detroit 🗓 🗺

Playing tourist in your hometown builds excitement and appreciation for where you live. Get out and celebrate a Detroit institution with your family — history and art education will come along for the ride! Pottery displays and children are not necessarily a match made in […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.27

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.27

“The more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” ~Voltaire Our motivation for learning colors how we apply our knowledge. If we learn for joy and understanding, our knowledge will breed humility and make us approachable. If […]

How to handle the “Grocery Store Inquisition” – Rookie Woman’s advice for homeschool parents

How to handle the “Grocery Store Inquisition” – Rookie Woman’s advice for homeschool parents

People feel they have the right — the obligation — to interrogate homeschool kids in public. Your kids need your affirmation and guidance to define themselves in a way that surpasses outside judgment. A few weeks ago, I attended the Wild + Free conference in […]

Simplify your surroundings for a happier homeschool

Simplify your surroundings for a happier homeschool

Homeschooling can become more about the stuff than learning. Streamline your surroundings to breed peace and joy in your family. Many parents fret about whether they’re giving their kids enough. Enough toys, books, space. But what toys, books and space give, they also take away. […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.26

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.26

“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” ~Chinese proverb Our children’s thoughts and true feelings take some work to get to. We can’t expect them to reveal their hearts to us without effort on our part. We’ve […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.26

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.26

“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” ~Chinese proverb Our children’s thoughts and true feelings take some work to get to. We can’t expect them to reveal their hearts to us without effort on our part. We’ve […]

Show kids what a farm is really like — Chow time at the farm 🗓

Show kids what a farm is really like — Chow time at the farm 🗓

For kids, farmers are something they sing about or see in picture books — not exactly a realistic image. Here’s an event that’ll change their mental image of farmers from cartoonish to clear. Kids tend to have a cartoon-version of farming in their minds. Their […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.25

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.25

“If you feel like you’re not enough, that is an opinion, it’s not a fact.” ~Amy Porterfield You’re allowed to feel like you’re not enough on occasion, as long as you remember that it’s not true. You are your kids’ mama, and you know and […]

Week in Review — March 18-22, 2019

Week in Review — March 18-22, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was  a mix of the mundane and exciting. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: Do your best to maintain gratitude for the good days. Patience and understanding are key to creating […]

Buy some time with this fun & easy STEM coin-counting activity

Buy some time with this fun & easy STEM coin-counting activity

Finding independent activities for kids is tough, especially for small children. This one is easy! Homeschool parents are on a perpetual quest for quiet learning activities for our kids. Whether we need the quiet time for ourselves or to devote to older or younger siblings, […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.22

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.22

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~Thomas Merton When was the last time you looked at a piece of art for your own enjoyment and edification? Making time to discover and appreciate art is an easy way to […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.21

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.03.21

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.21 So, my last day of schooling in a new and interesting place, and Leah helped us to take advantage of it! We also had a couple of new or returning favorites to add to the […]

Can you explain? Challenge your knowledge to become a better teacher.

Can you explain? Challenge your knowledge to become a better teacher.

Learning and teaching go hand in hand. To be effective teachers (or educational guides — I’m not a big fan of thinking of myself as a teacher!), we must first be good learners. Last week I gave you an overview of the Feynman Technique for […]

Show your littles the big picture: Bullfrog lesson plan

Show your littles the big picture: Bullfrog lesson plan

Even small children can see the big picture — if we help them. Here’s how a small animal can lead to big ideas. Little kids live in the here and now. They think about mainly what they can see, hear, touch, taste or smell at […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.21

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.21

“Measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.” ~Galileo Galilei The public school system uses grades as a quick and easy way to measure progress (or lack thereof). When dealing with thousands of kids, this makes some sense. But you’ve opted […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.21

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.03.21

“Measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured.” ~Galileo Galilei The public school system uses grades as a quick and easy way to measure progress (or lack thereof). When dealing with thousands of kids, this makes some sense. But you’ve opted […]