Enjoying and Feeding Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Enjoying and Feeding Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Enjoying and Feeding Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

While we were preparing lunch today, I remarked that I thought the rose-breasted grosbeaks should be returning soon. It’s usually the second week of May we start to see them at the feeders in our part of West Michigan. Five minutes later I looked out and there he was! The first grosbeak of the season.

Many people choose not to put out birdseed in the spring and summer since the birds have an abundance of food around them. We feed year round for two reasons. One, the birds are like my pets. Two, if we didn’t feed all year we … Read more »

The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space

The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space

The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space

Shortly after we moved to the Cute Little Town, I saw this article online: A rural life is better: Living in a concrete jungle is stressful and makes you more prone to depression. From the article:

Scientists have confirmed what every urbanite has long suspected – life in the city is more stressful.

Researchers have shown that the parts of the brain dealing with stress and emotion are affected by living among the crowds.

Our new house has so much more green space, trees and sky than our old house. Behind our house is another cul-de-sac, but the houses behind … Read more »

Growing Vegetables and Herbs with Your Kids

Growing Vegetables and Herbs with Your Kids

Growing Vegetables and Herbs with Your Kids

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Sallie Borrink Learning.

Since Caroline was tiny we have tried to provide her with a wide variety of hands-on learning activities and opportunities so she would understand how the world works. One area where we’ve done this is by planting gardens. At one point we had two large square foot gardens. More recently we’ve had to simplify life and we’ve scaled back to pots on the deck. The important thing is making sure she understands the life cycle of plants, how food … Read more »

Build an Amplifier - Part 1

Building a Amplifier with EEME – Part 1

Build an Amplifier - Part 1

We are all about real life, hands-on learning in our home and the opportunity to learn about electronics with EEME was a great one for us! David and Caroline are in the process of building an amplifier from scratch.  It is a six step process and today I’m going to share a bit from their first step.

EEME offers a number of different online lessons and hands-on project kids. This is the first part of the amplifier.

There are excellent videos that walk you through each step of the process. They are clear and well-done.

Caroline said … Read more »

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway

TPT Gift Card Giveaway!

TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale and Giveaway

Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Teacher Appreciation Sale this week on May 3 and 4! If anyone deserves a sale it’s teachers and homeschoolers!

The extra good news is I have 2 $10 TPT gift cards to give away! Woo hoo! But you need to enter right now because this giveaway is only running for a couple of days! There are three easy ways to enter below.

Simply enter below and check out my TPT store! Everything in my TPT store will be 28% off if you use the code CELEBRATE – including these great products. (Click any to … Read more »

Negotiating with My Child - The Why and How

Negotiating With My Child – The Why and How

Negotiating with My Child - The Why and How

When Caroline was little, redirection worked amazingly well. However, when we reached the point when distractions and redirections no longer worked, I realized I needed to figure out a way to come to some kind of agreement with this child who had an iron will and a mind of her own (from the womb). Thus began the negotiation phase of our relationship.

Pinterest is full of pins that link to articles about why people don’t negotiate with their children. Some people call a child’s persistence nagging. I never thought of persistence as nagging. I chose to think of it is … Read more »

Getting Started with Geocaching

Getting Started with Geocaching

Getting Started with Geocaching

Geocaching is the intersection of old-fashioned treasure hunting and space age technology. Using a special geocaching app on your smart phone, you seek out caches hidden literally all over the world. The caches range in size from huge to micro. Getting started with geocaching is super easy!

The geocaching program shows you which way to walk. When you get within twenty feet or so of the cache, the programs dings to let you know you are close. Then you have to figure it out from there!

Caroline and David started geocaching as soon … Read more »

Realistic Expections in the Age of Pinterest 2

Realistic Expectations in the Age of Pinterest

Realistic Expections in the Age of Pinterest 2

I feel as though I straddle two different worlds. My childhood was during the 1970s so I remember life before the technology we think of as essential today: computers, answering machines, VCRs, video games, calculators, cordless phones, cell phones, remote control TVs, etc. I can put myself in that time and know what it was like to need change for a pay phone, have no way of getting in contact with someone quickly, and watching only three television channels. I learned to use a computer my last year of college. I didn’t own a cell phone until … Read more »