We are a very plugged in family. Between working from home and homeschooling, at least one person in our home is accessing the internet almost all of our waking hours. Many times all three of us are on at once via Kindles, laptops, smartphone, etc. This includes Caroline who is already quite savvy with utilizing a laptop, a Kindle, and an ipod. I struggle with trying to strike the balance between allowing her freedom to learn and play online with keeping her from harm lest she end up in some corner of the internet that is a cesspool of … Read more »
Sunk cost is an economic term, but I’ve learned it is very applicable to parenting, homeschooling, and life in general. If you aren’t familiar with it, about.com defines sunk cost this way:
“Sunk costs are costs that are unrecoverable (i.e. nonrefundable) and represent past expenditures. These should not normally be taken into account when determining whether to continue a project or abandon it, because they cannot be recovered either way. It is a common irrational instinct to count them, however.”
The key words in that definition are irrational instinct.
This is a challenging concept for many people to grasp and … Read more »
I am always on the search for ideas to make math learning fun. Hands-on, active games are always a good possibility for our family so we were excited to try one of the limited copies of HoliMaths X, a new multiplication math practice game.
I received this product for free and was compensated for my time to review it. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
Multiplication Practice Math Game
HoliMaths X is a family multiplication strategy game that can be played ten different ways and with one to six players.
Caroline … Read more »
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young and pictures by Arnold Lobel [Purple House Press, 2004] is the delightful story of a little gray squirrel who lives “in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree.” First published by Parents’ Magazine Press in 1964, this classic book has been enjoyed by generations of children. It teaches important themes such as friendship, bravery, and love in the context of the charming illustrations.
The picture book can be a great launch story for a variety of learning activities, creative writing, and art projects. It is perfect for early elementary aged learners.
Miss … Read more »
One of my homeschool parenting aha moments came when I realized we had the freedom (and responsibility) to fully embrace that we are a creative family. Prior to that moment I had always felt that I needed to structure life and homeschooling responsibilities in such a way as to allow time to be creative as much as we could fit it in. Instead I realized that above all else we are a creative family and the rest of life needed to be structured around that fact.
It might not sound like a big deal, but the shift in my mind … Read more »
Today I would like to introduce you to three pictures books featuring girls worth knowing. The three girls lived in different places and different times, but they all share one thing in common – a desire to imagine, create, and change their world.
(Sidenote: I receive free books to review all the time and only share a small percentage of them with my readers. These three are very good!)
Ada’s Ideas – The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer
It’s that wonderful week of the year when a bunch of bloggers from the iHomeschool Network do a massive Back to School Giveaway.
This year I’m doing a Back to School Shopping Spree and giving away two gift cards. The first is a $25 Amazon gift card so you can buy pencils or sketchpads or graphic novels or chocolate (or whatever else you need this year!).
History is one of my favorite subjects, but I never had the opportunity to listen to high quality audio dramas when I was younger. At least not the kind that Heirloom Audio has created. I was excited to receive copies of four of their audio dramas to listen to. Now I am excited to share with you my thoughts about how I would suggest using these dramas with your own family (as well as a great offer at the end!). This post is sponsored by Heirloom Audio. All content and photos are my own.
These are the … Read more »
As we wrap up with the last day of the 10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement, I’d like to ask you to get involved. I’d like to celebrate our homeschool successes.
It’s easy to focus on the things that don’t go well. That’s why I started out with The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year and a printable you can download. But the truth is that we all do so much well and we tend to overlook it.
We play it down.
We think the successes aren’t as important as the obvious failures.
We don’t allow the successes to shape how we … Read more »