40 Fun Writing Tools for Kids

When I was a kid I loved writing with fancy pens and paper. Oh, who am I kidding, I still do. Kids are the same way. Fun writing tools for kids make writing more desirable. Kids will choose the cool writing tools 9 times out of 10. Think about it. Why do you think Crayola […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Great Homeschool Field Trips

One of the great things about homeschooling is the amount of flexibility we have with scheduling field trips and learning adventures. In a typical public school classroom, kids will only take a few field trips over the course of a school year. At the school where I taught kindergarten, we were limited to two field […]

Legoland for Homeschoolers

We recently took an end of the summer trip to Florida to visit family and have a little fun. While we were there, we took some time to visit Legoland and Disney World. We had a great time of connecting as a family, with a little learning sprinkled in. As I was sharing pictures of our […]

Homeschool Assignment & Chores Sheet {Free Printable}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SchoolYearReady #CollectiveBias Over the summer, I had a serious conversation with our oldest about our homeschool. Jonah just turned eight and he’s feeling the desire for more freedom. As a momma, I’m feeling the tension as he’s trying to […]

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 […]

How We Use Fact Cards in Our Homeschool

My oldest son has an incredible ability to remember facts. I’m constantly amazed at how much he can remember and recall. He loves to soak up knowledge from nonfiction and informational books and fact cards. Truth be told, he’s a bit of a fact junkie. He loves to try to stump us with new facts […]

6 Tips for Correcting Pencil Grip

Learning the proper pencil grip can be a little tricky for kids–and it’s so important for handwriting! If they learn how to grip the pencil incorrectly and are allowed to continue without correction, it is a hard habit to break. Thankfully, there are methods to correcting pencil grip in kids. It will take some work and reminders, […]

Brain Chase: Summer Learning Adventure for Kids

Homeschool Mom Confession: By the time we hit summer, I’m feeling done with anything that looks like learning…and so is my school-age son. Chances are, your kids feel that way, too. The problem is I know the importance of kids exercising their brain over the summer to prevent summer learning loss–I am a certified teacher, […]

Leo’s Pad Preschool Learning App

The draw of the iPad is intense with our three year old. He’s often found climbing on things to find it and has figured out the password to unlock the home screen to let himself play his favorite preschool learning apps. Honestly, I don’t blame him–I love fun technology, too. Usually, when Asher plays the […]