Five Must-Listen Audio Series for Boys (and their families)

photo by averagejoeblogs Summer is here! It’s time for lazy days spent at the pool, backyard barbecues, and long drives to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  It’s also time for endless complaints of “I don’t have anything to do” and “Are we there yet?” Fortunately, our family discovered the joy of audio books some years ago. […]

Following His Lead

photo by mymegamaniac This summer we are finishing up our fourth official year of homeschooling.  Our homeschooling adventure has not been without its ups and downs, but even so, we’ve cherished the time teaching and learning with our boys at home.  Midway through this past year, much to our surprise, we started to feel that […]

How to Make A Self-Watering Planter for under $10

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My husband and I have  joked that we are raising two little farm boys in a townhome in Northern Virginia, not an easy task, believe me.  Our youngest once devised a plan for keeping a goat in a pen outside our living room window.  He didn’t think the neighbors would mind too much as long […]

Homeschooling When It’s Too Nice to Stay Inside

photo by Angie ~ Many Little Blessings

Spring is here!  Trees are budding; flowers are blooming; birds are chirping; and homeschoolers are finding it harder and harder to stay inside to “do school.”  Fortunately, one of the joys of homeschooling is that we don’t have to spend these beautiful spring days cooped up inside, sitting at a table, filling in workbooks, nor […]

Overcoming Homeschooling Mom Burnout {Helpful Homeschool Hints}

3 Kids Grinning

It’s THAT time of year! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, the end of the traditional school year is drawing nearer, and homeschooling moms everywhere are wearing down.  They’re getting tired, losing patience, and worrying over how far behind they’ve fallen in science, or history, or mathematics.   And while ushering the […]

Floating Hearts: A Simple Valentine’s Day Craft

Floating Hearts

Looking for a simple craft this Valentine’s Day? One that will be as fun for your oldest children as it is for your youngest?  One that won’t require days of planning or a fortune in supplies, and won’t leave you with hours of clean-up?  Well, you’re in luck.  I have an idea to share, and […]

Teaching Children to Love Thy Neighbor

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 As homeschooling parents, we work endlessly to ensure our children master the basics of reading, mathematics, and grammar. We allow caterpillars to live in jars on our counter tops and build pyramids […]

When God Pitches a Curve Ball, Pray, Then Swing!

Out with the old

Tuesday morning, math time.  The phone rings.  I ignore it.  It rings again, and again, and again.  I give in, and run to answer it, leaving the boys working on multi-digit multiplication and addition with carrying. It’s my mom.  “Your father can’t go.  His doctors have said no traveling.”    My parents had been planning to […]

Let Them Eat Cake… and Bake It and Clean Up After, Too!

Christmas Baking

Do you find the holidays overwhelming? Rushing to finish up the semester and grade assignments, planning exciting holiday activities to occupy the kids, wondering how you are ever going to find the time to finish your shopping, tidy your home, and  bake up a storm, or even a drizzle, with the kids underfoot all day […]

Celebrating Autumn with a Family-Friendly Party

Bobbing for Apples

Flying into piles of leaves, crunching along a wooded trail, collecting rainbow-colored leaves, bundling up on a crisp afternoon to watch a neighborhood football game:  it’s Autumn! Unless you happen to live in Florida. After spending the Autumn of my youth roaming between Virginia and Vermont, moving to Florida and watching the fall equinox arrive […]

Organized Team Sports: To Play or Not to Play

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“But what about socialization?” I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard that question, don’t you? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions related to homeschooling, and in my mind one of the easiest to answer. Our boys have participated in Cub Scouts, AWANA, Sunday School, Classical Conversations, ice skating lessons, […]