When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

When You’re a Neat Freak and Your Child Isn’t

A few months ago Jimmie wrote What My (Messy) Artist Daughter Has Taught Me. I totally got that post as I had been thinking about the idea of being a neat freak when your child isn’t. It sounds like my Caroline and Jimmie’s Emma are a lot alike. Creative, empathetic and funny describe Caroline for sure.

Jimmie wrote:

But Emma is not bothered by messes. In fact, she says she likes to have all of her possessions visible (on the desk or on the floor) so she can know where everything is.

That sound you hear? That’s my head exploding because I … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (August 4)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

The Joy of Doing Nothing – Mama PhD reflects on her decision to not send her children to camp and how that impacted their summer experience.

Homeschooling: Letting Go of the Vision – I think most homeschooling parents go through something similar to what Celi is discussing here. We remember the best parts of our schooling experience and wish those for our children we are homeschooling. The trade-off is our children will have experiences, freedoms and opportunities we never had.

Asynchronous Development in Gifted Children – Cait of My Little Poppies wrote … Read more »

180 day countdown

Free School Year Countdown Calendar Printable

180 day countdown

Caroline and I decided to make a countdown calendar printable that would help her keep track of how many days of school she’s completed. Each day she can cross off a number. I think this will be a great visual reminder of what we’ve accomplished and how much we still need to do. Even though we are relaxed homeschoolers who “do learning” every day, I’m trying to add a bit more structure to our homeschooling. I’m also trying to help remove the ambiguity of what a “school year” entails. I’m thinking a concrete visual will be a good tool … Read more »

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

Why We Decided to Stop Eating Together as a Family

One of the oft-cited cardinal rules of having a strong family is eating together as a family. I agree with this in theory. I do think a lack of regular and meaningful family time is a significant problem in our culture. In our case, because we work from home and homeschool, we have the opportunity to basically eat three meals a day together, seven days a week. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?

However, there’s also reality.

At one point, David and I realized that we would all be a lot happier if we dumped the idea of eating breakfast as a family.

David … Read more »

2015 Omnibus

A Win-Win Situation This Week

2015 Omnibus

I’m not a salesperson. I’m a woman who cares about people and likes to help them find the answers and resources they need. That’s what my blogging has always been about. I write and create because I have experience and knowledge that I want other people to benefit from. So creating a big post where I’m using all these subtle sales tactics to get you to buy the 2015 Omnibus isn’t me.

I’m telling you about the Omnibus that I contributed to and why you should buy it for the same reasons I sit down and write blog posts … Read more »

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life changing!)

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life-changing!)

Tidying Up Our Homeschool Learning Room (It truly was life changing!)

I wrote a few months ago about “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and the impact it has had on my thinking. I believe part of the reason The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing resonated with me is I read it at just the right time. We’re going through some major transitions in our home, homeschooling and parenting.

This week Caroline packed away the baby doll bed and high chair her grandpa made her. (Sniff!) She wants to do more young lady-ish things with her room. She still enjoys … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 28)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Why Don’t People Train Their Children Better? – Kendra shares what Jesus taught her about grace toward other moms and the struggles they have that we can’t clearly see.

Free Range Chickens and Free Range Learning – From shiny packaged educational programs with CDs on the shelves to realizing life and learning was happening all the time around them.

I Knew I Needed to Investigate Homeschooling When… – Penelope tells the story of when she knew she had to consider homeschooling her boys. Many other parents share their moment in the comments.

Why … Read more »

Protect Your Family With Internet Accountability and Filtering

Internet Accountability and Filtering with Covenant Eyes

Protect Your Family With Internet Accountability and Filtering

I received a one year subscription to Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability and Filtering in exchange for reviewing the service. All opinions and content are my own.

We are heavy technology users. Between working from home, homeschooling, and having a daughter who learns best with technology, we utilize our laptops and Kindles a lot every day. I want to allow Caroline as much freedom to use technology as possible since it is a big part of her life, but I am also deeply committed to keeping her from destructive and harmful information online. I started researching different options and was pleased … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 25)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Slow Homeschooling Training for a Fast Mama – Oh boy. Do I ever relate to this. I’m a list checker. I want to Get. Things. Done. My daughter is so not like that. She takes her own sweet time. I don’t even think she thinks about time. LOL! I, too, have learned the power of letting her set her own agenda as much as possible.

The Hangover from Fun – The post vacation, post Christmas, post birthday, post anything awesome meltdowns and all around general crabbiness as you re-enter regular life. Yep. I’ve learned … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 24)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Our Year Without Groceries – What happens when a child inspires the family to live for a year without a grocery store or supermarket?

Exploring Online Learning in Our Homeschool – The internet is a fantastic resource for families. Here is a look at some unique courses a fourteen year old has taken advantage of online.

The Profound Way Schooling Harms Society – Lengthy, but very thought-provoking.

Take Boredom Seriously – While we often say that it is good for kids to be bored, can it be a true problem? It may very … Read more »

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

Are you thinking about homeschooling your kindergartener? Congratulations! Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience. So what do you need to know about how to start homeschooling a kindergartener?

If you feel overwhelmed or even a bit anxious, that is totally okay! It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed when taking on a new challenge. But starting in kindergarten is a great opportunity to get to know your child and yourself with very little academic pressure.

I’ve compiled a list of posts and articles I’ve written that I hope will help you think through some of the aspects of homeschooling. Our … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 23)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

When Gifted Students Don’t Measure Up – Is it all about the grades? What does a great grade on a test prove? What does a bad grade on an exam prove?

Tips for Motivating Gifted Kids – Gifted child does not automatically equal highly-motivated learner. What do you do when you have a gifted child who isn’t motivated?

Why We Should Stop Worrying if Other People Like Our Kids – Are we raising unique individuals or non-thinking conformists?

Apple Unit with Craftivity

Apples is a full unit featuring reading, writing, vocabulary, math and science! … Read more »