Homeschool Rhythms and Rituals

It’s afternoon.  We’ve just finished lunch and are clearing the table. My daughter goes to get a piece of chocolate, her daily treat after she finishes her lunch. I reach over and give her a hug and look into her eyes. “Are you ready for school?” “Sure.” “Want some tea today?” “Yes, please. Can I…

Using Songs and Music for Homeschooling

“Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning to you. Our day is beginning. There’s so much to do. Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning to you.” This song was the song that I sang every morning with each of my children when we started our our circle time when they were young. It was a great…

Nurturing a Love of Reading

Learning to read is definitely one of the hallmarks of childhood, and a particularly special on for a homeschooling parent. Not only do you have the joy of a parent watching your child learn to read but also the joy as their teacher. Remembering the point for each of my children reading journey where they…

Games-Early Elementary

THIS IS A 4-PART BLOG SERIES ON GAMES. IT INCLUDES GAMES FOR PRESCHOOLERS, EARLY ELEMENTARY, LATER ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL.  THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS THAT WILL HELP YOU FIND THE GAME EASILY. We have shifted from our normal structured homeschool style to a more unschooled style of homeschooling for the summer.  With…

Golden Age of Islam (Middle Ages) Resources and Activities

Ramadan Mubarak! Though we are not Muslim, we have several friends and followers that are. I am saddened that they have to celebrate their holy month in the middle of the Corona pandemic.  In honor of the month of Ramadan I’ve compiled our resources and activities for the Golden Age of Islam Unit that we…

Tree Unit Resources, Games, and Activities

New Blog Post: I’ve just finished a blog post going over the resources, game, and activities for our Tree Unit. This has been such a delightful unit. There is the usual list of games and book with details of our favorites and what each book contains in the post. In addition though, I go into detail about how we incorporated math, geography, writing, poetry, art, and science into the unit with a list of activities. Enjoy and be sure to tell me what you think or what I left out. Go hug a tree today. They are amazing creatures.

Paper-folding Fraction Activity

This is a math series follows our unit for introduction to fractions in grade 3.  This is one of several. Look for the others by searching “fractions.” Though we are not completely finished with the number line work, it was Friday and the end of a busy week, so we were both looking for something…

Fractions on a Number Line

This is a math series follows our unit for introduction to fractions in grade 3.  This is one of several, and I’m combining several days into one post. This part of the unit all involves number line. Day 3 My intention for our fraction work was to continue with our circles, but it was so…

Fractions-Circles

This is a math series follows our unit for introduction to fractions in grade 3.  This is one of several, and I’m combining several days into one post. This part of the unit all involves circles. Day 1 We opened our fractions unit with cutting circles. I precut 8 different colors of circles, 3 of…

Quality of Numbers

This post originally appeared as a guest post for the blog Homemade Math. I love math. I always have. I think partly because I was able to see the magic of the patterns through the humdrum of algorithms and worksheets that were mundanely fed to us in school. I was lucky in that. So many…

A Little Geography with your Valentine Exchange?

For the last few years we’ve participated, and this year hosting, a valentine exchange through social media. You can find exchange groups on Facebook.  We’ve used this as a fun geography lesson.  We take the valentine stamps and sometimes stickers, cut them out and tape them on our map. We color in the states that…

Patterns in the Multiplication Chart

  *A note about the numbers.  In this piece to try to keep things clear, when I speak of the multiples or a particular number, I am writing the numeric symbol for the number i.e. “9.” If I am not talking about the number but describing an amount, I am spelling it out i.e. “three…

Making a 100 Chart for Math

I adore Grimm’s Counting with Wooden Number Chart, but I couldn’t move past the $140 sticker price, though I think it’s well worth it. Still I really wanted a 100 chart like this, because we will be using the 100 chart a lot this coming school year for my youngest. I wanted something “whole brained”…

10 Tips for Rearing Butterflies in your Classroom

We have so enjoyed rearing butterflies over the years and observing their life cycles. Here are my 10 tips to get started on one for yourself. Of course I’ve listed a couple of activities and lots of our favorite BOOKS! Hope you enjoy an easy read on this Mother’s Day.

An Inspiration in Math for One Small First Grader

With everything there are trade-offs. It’s the same for homeschooling. Sometimes when I am planning I come across an activity or discussion that I think would work so much better in a group dynamic.  It doesn’t happen too often, but often enough.  Sometime, like with physics for my 13-year-old son this year, I just decide…

Fall Window Cling Tutorial

One of our favorite things to do in the fall is to make window clings to place on our windows for decoration. There is a little bit of wait time involved, but this project is it rather easy one and a lot of fun. The overall project includes making lead lines with black fabric paint….

Native American Inspired Beading Tutorial

  I had some requests on instructions for the beadwork that my children did for our Native American studies. This activity can lend itself to a variety of ages. Some things to consider when choosing what materials might be appropriate for your child:   The size of the loom. The size of the string and…

Using nesting shapes when playing with math

Nesting shapes are a fun, visual way to explore shapes and math.  In addition they lend themselves to flexibility of ages and a variety of mathematical concepts.  I’ve written a short tutorial in making them.   First take a piece of cardstock 8 ½ by 11 and mark 1 inch strips lengthwise. Cut out those…

Sumi-e for Japan

This year we have been doing a “travel buddies” geography for my youngest who is doing kindergarten, mostly because she doesn’t want to be left out of “school” and needed something like her brother. It has been so much fun.  We were approaching Japan, when I had a spark of inspiration. Scrolling through my instagram…

Some books we are reading this week:

Boo to You by Lois Ehlert Big Pumpkin by Erika Silverman The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by Sam McBratney I Spy Spooky Night: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan Old Devil Wind by Bill Martin

Turtle Tessellation Tiles and Pentagon Spirals

We are finished with our homeschooling year. Well…almost.  We didn’t get to math this year, and so as we shift our focus to more fun, and a less strictly academic theme to our schooling (because who are we kidding? Homeschooling is a lifestyle; there really is no “summer break,”) we will be doing our math…

Body Systems through Art

Last fall a homeschooling friend and I made a trade.  I taught her children biology; she taught mine Spanish. That trade has been one of the best things I’ve done. Not only did my children benefit from her native tongue, but her children were delightful to teach.  Biology became so much more fun with friends….