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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 »

Do Moms Need Me Time

Do Moms Need “Me Time”?

Do Moms Need Me Time

This post was originally published March 9, 2009, on my previous blog. I’m republishing it as is. I was tempted to edit it since I would word things differently now, but if I did the discussion that follows might not make as much sense. At the time, Caroline was two and a half years old. I will add my current thoughts about “me time” later in a new comment.

I’ve seen different places around the internet that suggest that moms, especially Christian moms, don’t need “me time” or time to themselves.  In fact, to want “me time” is deemed selfish … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 22)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School – The title is misleading. The bigger take away is whether children respond best to direct instruction or modeling an inquisitive approach to life.

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet – This is really good news for me as the mother of a daughter who has gone through periods of obsession with both Minecraft and Duck Tape. LOL!

Since when did obedience become the epitome of good parenting? – Are threats, bribes and immediate, “cheerful” obedience the best ways … Read more »

Our Homeschool Learning Room 2015-2016

Our Homeschool Learning Room for 2015-2016

Our Homeschool Learning Room 2015-2016

This will be our fifth year of homeschooling as Caroline heads into fourth grade. Each year our homeschooling has changed because we’ve changed as a family and grew to better understand Caroline and her educational needs. Our homeschool learning room reflects some of those changes.

If I were to be most accurate with showing pictures of where learning takes place for our family, I would include pictures of our local public library, Caroline’s desk in her room where she has a laptop, her bedroom where she plays and creates, and her bed where she uses her Kindle and … Read more »

Homeschooling Curriculum Plan for a Gifted_2e Visual Spatial Learner

Homeschooling Curriculum for Gifted/2e Visual-Spatial Learners

Homeschooling Curriculum Plan for a Gifted_2e Visual Spatial Learner

This year my curriculum post is going to be a bit different. (You can see my past ones here, here, here and here.) I’m writing about homeschooling a gifted/2e visual-spatial learner. Kind of specific, don’t you think? And yet that is the world that we live in at our home.

We’ve undergone a significant shift in our homeschooling philosophy over the past year as we’ve come to a greater understanding of Caroline’s giftedness/2e situation and more about the fact that she is a visual-spatial learner. I can easily see at least … Read more »

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

One of my most frequently pinned posts is The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!). So many people remember these from their childhood and are thrilled to find them again! There is another set of paper dolls called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. These are super cute too!

The set includes the four Gingham girls as well as a Grandma paper doll. There are lots of sweet clothes and furniture to cut out as well.

And don’t forget about the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls! This is a fun set for pretending with Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma … Read more »

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

I started my teaching career 25 years ago this fall. When I think back to what I didn’t know, I’m amazed at what I was able to accomplish that year teaching a group of twelve third-fourth-fifth grade students in a brand new school that consisted of four portables. The reality is most teachers are inadequately prepared when they step into their first classroom, even if they graduate from a top program like I did at Michigan State University. There is no way to know everything. You must learn as you go.

I have often wondered why they hired … Read more »

A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

A Busy, Messy House and Homeschooling Stress

Is your house busy? Is it messy? I suspect for many families this is a significant area where they need to make changes in order to overcome homeschooling stress. However, this is one of the stress factors that is easy to identify and can be acted upon rather quickly in most homes.

The bottom line is this.:

Find a way to clean out your house. Find a system to keep it cleaned out.

I know that sounds simple, but it will never fix itself. You must attack it ruthlessly.

Get Rid of Half of What is in Your House

I’m not joking, but get … Read more »