Fairy Tale Activities for Early Learning

Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes are some of the first literacy experiences young children have. These stories and rhymes are often told while sitting on a lap of a loved one and become favorites for years to come. These early literacy experiences are important for many reasons and are a staple of childhood. The fact […]

5 Resources to Help You Tackle Your First Year of Homeschooling

When you first start homeschooling, it can be very overwhelming. Do you join a co-op? Which homeschool curriculum should you buy? How do you report grades? Can you really do this? It’s enough to make your head spin. Even though I was a public school teacher before I started homeschooling, I still had a ton […]

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2015-2016

It’s hard to believe that it’s already getting close to time for Back to School, or in our case, (NOT) Back to School!  I recently started organizing our homeschool curriculum and preparing the weekly folders, so I’ve had school on the brain. Add in the school supply sales I’ve seen, and I’m in full-out planning mode. […]

7 Free Homeschool Products for the Summer

By the time summer rolls around, we’re all ready for a break at our house. But, in order to combat against summer learning loss (and to help this mom keep her sanity) we’re using several fun online programs, keeping reading logs, and letting the kids pick some fun ideas from my Pinterest boards. There may […]

iHomeschool Studio: an online homeschool conference

I love to go to homeschool conferences. I love the encouragement, feeding my brain, and gleaning tips from other homeschool moms. They are like breath of fresh air and I always walk away feeling refreshed and energized in our homeschool journey. But sometimes, a trip is more trouble than it’s worth….Packing everybody up. Paying for […]

90 Must-Have eBooks for Your Homeschool Year

As a public school teacher, my summers were spent sitting in professional development learning new teaching strategies to add to my teaching toolbelt. Now that I’m a homeschool mom, I have to educate myself. While I’d love to go to homeschool conferences all the time, it isn’t always feasible. Going to conferences means investing time […]

Our Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014

I find it hard to believe that we are entering our second year of homeschool. How is it possible that I have a First Grader?!?! We loved My Father’s World for Kindergarten, so we have chosen to stick with them again for First Grade. We were so excited on “Box Day“, the day we received […]

10 Ways to Boost the Power of Playdough

Whether you love it or cringe at the thought of cleaning it up, there’s no denying playdough and fine motor skills go hand in hand. Poking, squishing, and rolling “snakes” are important work for little finger muscles on the road to learning to write. The irresistible dough gives little hands lots of practice in mobility […]

What Are Fine Motor Skills and Why Develop Them?

I’ll never forget my first day of teaching kindergarten in an inner-city school with struggling students, half of whom didn’t speak English when they walked in my classroom. As I supervised students working at the art table, I noticed that none of my students were holding their scissors correctly. Later in the day, I watched […]