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Help your littles to understand “big” with this orca lesson plan

Help your littles to understand “big” with this orca lesson plan

When kids are small, everything is bigger than they are! How can we help them wrap their brains around the scale of big things when they only see them on a computer screen? We get up and show them, that’s how! In this week’s Lesson […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.07

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.07

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” ~George R. R. Martin Books have the power to put you in someone else’s shoes and change your perspective. We spend countless hours reading to our children so they […]

Homeschooling on vacation: Seek out life lessons from relatives

Homeschooling on vacation: Seek out life lessons from relatives

Near or far, extended families bring blessings and challenges. But no matter what, they provide insight into ourselves and our children. How you use that fact is up to you. There was a time when families pretty much automatically raised multiple generations in the same […]

Updated! My 10 must-haves for a kid-friendly homeschool road trip.

Updated! My 10 must-haves for a kid-friendly homeschool road trip.

Travel and homeschooling are a match made in heaven! Less-is-more is the key to success. Set reasonable goals and focus on exploration and your family will have an awesome experience. I don’t want homeschooling to ever be the reason you hold back from taking a […]

Experience socialization and cultural diversity through free music concert πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Experience socialization and cultural diversity through free music concert πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Finding common ground is a skill that smooths out the rough edges of life. We’ve got to make it a habit in our home now in order to give our kids a smooth introduction to the world around them. How cool would it be to […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.06

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.06

“The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.” ~Jane Blaustone Marriage is hard work. Mutual respect doesn’t happen by chance. Daily intention is required. TODAY’S GOAL:Β  Tell your spouse something you love and appreciate about them – in front […]

Cultivate communication with your preteens by creating conversations — Native Peoples homeschool program πŸ—“

Cultivate communication with your preteens by creating conversations — Native Peoples homeschool program πŸ—“

Parents want to establish good communication with our kids while they’re young. We take steps towards that goal with every interesting, positive conversation we have with them. I had that result in mind when I saw this fun historical program. In my experience, activities like […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.05

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.05

“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” ~ E.M. Forster Our end goal for our kids is for them to be learners, thinkers, reasoners. How can they possibly become those things if we never give them the […]

Cultivate kids who serve others at the Belle Isle Spring Clean Up πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Cultivate kids who serve others at the Belle Isle Spring Clean Up πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Want your kids to be known as kind and caring people? We’ve got to lead by example to raise caring kiddos. Cultivating a family culture of service to others is a habit that bears delightful fruit — caring children being number one. Here’s an event […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.04

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.04

“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” ~John Muir There are times when we are too preoccupied or overwhelmed with feelings to even see the plants around us. But just being surrounded by plants has a positive physical effect on our […]

Week in Review — February 25 — March 1, 2019

Week in Review — February 25 — March 1, 2019

Hey everybody!Β  How was your week?Β  Ours wasΒ  insane, exciting and exhausting. Prepping for a three-week trip for the entire family and trying to keep learning is no joke, but it ended well. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this […]

Schooling on the road, take two:  how can we make it better?

Schooling on the road, take two: how can we make it better?

How effective can we be schooling on the road? To me, this is the $50,000 question. In the grand scheme of things, schooling while driving is not the most important skill, even for a homeschool family. Any vacation that spends most of its time with […]

Improve your child’s critical thinking with cause & effect homeschool workshop πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Improve your child’s critical thinking with cause & effect homeschool workshop πŸ—“ πŸ—Ί

Adults need to understand cause and effect to function optimally. But this can seem like an abstract idea to kids. A study of weather is a great way to examine this concept with our kids. Seeing how weather systems impact humans and how humans may […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.01

The Daily Spark – 2019.03.01

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” ~Publilius Syrus Multitasking is a recipe for slipshod work. Our attention can only be in one place at a time. How often do you give yourself your undivided attention? TODAY’S GOAL:Β  Talk with your spouse […]

Homeschool on Vacation:  Making the most of your surroundings

Homeschool on Vacation: Making the most of your surroundings

New place, same focus. Learn all the things — starting with our new surroundings. As I mentioned before, with Our Habitat Home on the road, we want to take advantage of our new environment.Β  While our goal is to try to maintain (within some reason) […]

Slow down your littles with this sloth lesson plan

Slow down your littles with this sloth lesson plan

Littles love learning in our laps. Children soak up information like lizards soak up the sun when we slow down and bring them physically close to us. Grab your little one for a simple but effective lesson — right in your own lap. This week […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.28

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.28

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss It’s often said that reading can take you places. That’s often a figure of speech. But it can be literal too. TODAY’S […]

Our Habitat Home is flying the nest!

Our Habitat Home is flying the nest!

We’re heading out on an adventure, and we want you to come along! Trials and triumphs, what works and what doesn’t — we’re going to outline it here. We are on our way to warmer weather for a bit, and we want to bring you […]

Fun & fuss-free STEM early grades homeschool science lesson

Fun & fuss-free STEM early grades homeschool science lesson

Want to actually enjoy a science project alongside your kids? It’s a lot of work to design an engaging science experiment, not to mention recording your data and following the scientific method. Honestly, you might completely nix the idea just to avoid the fuss. Not […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.27

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.27

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ~Leo Buscaglia When we learn something, it becomes a part of us physically. Our brains create new pathways to store that information. How we use our knowledge can change others too. TODAY’S GOAL:Β  Identify how you […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.26

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.02.26

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.26 A new week, a new teaching opportunity! Sooo… After last week, what would be the mood of the littles? And the teacher? Let’s find out! Noodle and I re-read a BoB book she read on […]

No microscope? No problem. — Vernal pool homeschool science at Oakwoods Metropark πŸ—“

No microscope? No problem. — Vernal pool homeschool science at Oakwoods Metropark πŸ—“

Nature centers offer homeschoolers an amazing science education. Worried that your kids will miss out on science because you don’t have the right equipment? No need. Get your kiddos some experience with a microscope for under $5! This vernal pools program at Oakwoods Nature Center […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.26

The Daily Spark – 2019.02.26

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” ~Marie Curie Discoveries are frequently made by passionate people. Passion for a subject usually starts with intrigue and beauty. What ideas do you find intriguing and beautiful? TODAY’S GOAL:Β  Buy out ten minutes for […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.26

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.02.26

“”I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” ~Marie Curie Discoveries are frequently made by passionate people. Passion for a subject usually starts with intrigue and beauty. What ideas do you find intriguing and beautiful? TODAY’S GOAL: Marie Curie’s love of science […]

Master the metamorphosis of motherhood

Master the metamorphosis of motherhood

Do you ever look in the mirror and not recognize the woman reflected back? Motherhood can feel like an out-of-body experience at times. But does it have to? Not if you remember to value the best pieces of yourself. I recently read a post from […]