Readers in Residence Homeschool Reading Curriculum

In the younger years, we are so focused on teaching kids how to read using phonics and decoding skills. But what happens after that? Do we send them off into the sunset with a book in hand and never teach reading again? No! Kids need to be taught things like context clues, making predictions, making […]

Box of Preschool Busy Bags Giveaway

Busy Bags have been pretty popular around here for quite a while. With the new release of my book, Busy Bags Kids Will Love, I’ve been in busy bag mode. I thought it would be fun to bless a reader with a box of busy bags that are ready for them. All of these (except […]

How to Visit Orlando Without Going to Disney

When anyone mentions they are going to visit Orlando, Florida most people automatically think of Disney. While I admit most of our time in the past has been spent at Disney when visiting Orlando, this summer we spent some time experiencing the other great things Orlando has to offer. Most of the time my kids […]

My Homeschool Planner

A good homechool plan can make or break a year. That’s why I’ve searched high and low for a good homeschool planner. Every year I go to the homeschool convention and look at the fancy homeschool planners at various booths and every year I decide they aren’t for me. Either I don’t like the way it’s […]

100 Things Kids Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten

This list of 100 Things Kids Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten will help set your child up for success in school. It’s always a good idea to know what your child needs to know before kindergarten. Preparing children for success in school is one of the top priorities of most parents. Knowing what the expectations are for […]

Two Peas in a Pod Cupcakes for Twins

I recently had the honor of making cupcakes for a twin baby shower. My idea for the twin baby shower theme was “Two Peas in a Pod”. Cupcakes are my specialty and I’m known for making the best buttercream icing around in my circle friends. I often try to make shaped cupcake cakes, but since […]

Japan Books for Kids

Our homeschool study of countries and cultures has us reading lots of books from the library. This time it was books about Japan for kids. We loved reading these Japan books for kids to learn about Japanese culture from the nonfiction books and hear some great stories from the fiction books. Our trip to the […]

Crockpot Chex Mix

I love a good chex mix snack. Some chex mix recipes are all about the salty flavor, while others are sweet. This Crockpot Chex Mix recipe is just the perfect mixture of salty and sweet. It’s great to have around for a snack mix at a party, for a holiday neighbor gift, or just to […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Nutter Butter Cookies

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is my absolute favorite flavor combination, so it’s no surprise that I love these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Nutter Butter Cookies! With just a few ingredients, you can make these for the chocolate and peanut butter lover in your life. These would make a great quick snack or an easy dessert to take to […]

The Ultimate List of Winter Books for Kids

Brrrr! It’s time for snowflakes and warm soup. With the colder temperatures and lots of time spent indoors, it gives us more time to sit on the couch together and read books. I love to go to the library and load up our book basket with books that go along with our homeschool units or […]