Books About Bugs for Kids

Books About Bugs

As the weather grows warmer here in Michigan, my kids have started spotting ALL.THE.BUGS., and their interest in learning more about the bugs they find has been sparked again. One of our favorite way to learn more about any topic is to gather lots of great books about it and… Read More »

Pull Your Weight

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Learning together at home with your kids can be fun when you explore scientific laws, like Newton’s Third Law, with a hands-on approach. Put away the text books and work together to study pulleys, cranes, and more with the GROOVY LAB IN A BOX monthly box: “Pull Your Weight.” “Pull… Read More »

Embracing Our “New Normal” (Including Healthier Snacking)

Embracing Our New Normal

Remember how I’ve said over and over that no two seasons of life look alike at our house? We’ve entered a new season of life once again, and our daily schedule has taken a hit. I thought I’d share a quick peek into our “new normal.” Why a “New Normal”… Read More »

8 Ways to Foster a Love of Learning in Your Children

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My friend Colleen at Raising Lifelong Learners has graciously given me the opportunity to talk to her readers today about fostering a love of learning in their children. 8 Ways to Foster a Love of Learning in Your Children Won’t you join me on her blog today? —  



100 Books to Read With Your Child

100 Books to Read with Kids

Reading aloud with my kids is one of my new “intentional parenting” goals, and I recently found a list of 100 books to read with kids that I thought might be a good place to start. When Jenny was little, I read aloud to her. She was (like myself) a… Read More »

Morning Comes Too Early [weekly wrap-up]

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 When I wrote Monday’s post last Friday, I had every intention of hitting the ground running first thing Monday morning. But, then my husband’s work schedule changed, and he had Monday off, making it a “family day” instead of a “school day.” So while we did manage to reset our… Read More »

Hitting the Homeschool Reset Button

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The first six weeks of our homeschool had their obstacles, but we managed to sail through them fairly well. Even when life threw us curveballs, we managed to keep up with the scheduled paced we’d set, and intentional learning was happening on a daily basis. And then mid-September arrived, and… Read More »



A Day in the Life of a Work-at-Home, Homeschooling Mom

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I’m often asked, “What do you do all day?” or “How do you manage to homeschool your kids AND work from home?”, so I thought it would be fun to pick a “normal” day and share a day in the life of a work-from-home, homeschooling mom. When I looked at… Read More »



Apologia Zoology 3 Giveaway

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This summer we are Going to the Zoo with Apologia, and we want you to come along with us! Each month this summer, I’ve been giving away a copy of one of the Zoology texts along with the coordinating notebooking journal (we love these!!) to one lucky reader. This is… Read More »

Developing Lifelong Learners with #ZooApologia

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We had great hopes for “doing school” all summer long – we even acquired “special” curriculum for our summer learning adventures – but when life happened, all thoughts of formal learning went out the window. Thankfully, my kids have an internal drive to learn about the world around them, and… Read More »