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Welcome! I’m so glad you are here! I hope you will take the time to subscribe so we can stay in touch. (You’ll also receive a gift from me!)

I’m Sallie, teacher by training turned writer and now homeschooling mom of Caroline. My passion is to provide products, encouragement, and information that helps others discover and do what works with their children. I also write about living a cozy life as a highly introverted person.

This website is my home online and where I devote my time. After much trial and error with social media such as Facebook and Twitter, I made the choice to not spread myself too thin and base my interactions here. So I welcome comments and do my best to respond to them in a timely manner. Please join the conversation. We can all learn a great deal from each other so please share your insights and knowledge in the comments of posts that resonate with you.

This site is best viewed from a laptop or desktop computer for two reason.

One, because there is a lot here!

But even more importantly, because I have designed it to be a beautiful, restful place online. So while it is mobile ready and responsive if you prefer your phone, desktop gives you the best overall experience.

I have an extensive shop full of fun learning materials that are especially grouped around themes. Thematic learning is a powerful way for children to learn. I am in the process of greatly expanding this part of my website so be sure to subscribe to keep track of the great paid and free resources I add in the weeks ahead!

David and I met online via AOL back in the days when no one knew anyone who had married someone they met online. We met and married in eight months to the shock of many. Twenty years later we’re still best friends and happily married. Not only that, we like each other enough to work together from home. 😀

Caroline is ten eleven years old and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help her discover the exciting world of reading, history, science, nature and everything else! We’ve progressed through an interesting journey with her as an only child, high need infant, highly-sensitive and spirited child, and now recognizing that she is a twice-exceptional gifted child.

I taught in a variety of schools including private, Christian, Classical Christian, and charter.  My educational philosophy has evolved a great deal, especially since becoming a mother to the child I have. Our ever-evolving approach is some form of parent-organized, interest-led relaxed homeschooling that borders on unschooling.

I welcome emails, but please understand if it takes me a bit to get back to you.  I’m a wife, mom, homeschooler, and business owner.  I also like to sleep.  🙂

You can contact me via the contact form below.

You can also find me on , Pinterest, and Facebook.

Other things to know about me…


Recovering perfectionist

Saved by Jesus

I love to sit by the fire and read. It is my happy place.

I’m a Tri Delta (who fits none of the sorority stereotypes!)

I like old-fashioned things and so I’m a reader of Grace Livingston Hill (Some of my favorites are The Christmas Bride, The Prodigal Girl, The Substitute Guest, Beauty for Ashes, April Gold, and The Honor Girl.)

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  • We would like to order the 3×3 bingo cards. How soon are will we be able to get them? We need them by next Tuesday. Thank you.

  • Karen,

    The cards come as a downloadable file so you can have them instantly. You will receive a link to a PDF file and then you can print them off on your end. You can buy them right here via PayPal.

    Thanks for asking and let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Wow! Impressive giveaway! It is huge! I can’t seem to get the link to work for following Mrs. hug-bug on Pinterest. I tried searching for her but that didn’t work. Can you please email me the link? Thank you.

  • I am new to your blog and was curious how old or what level Caroline is. I have an only child, as well, who sounds a lot like Caroline in learning style and temperament. My girl is three, but very interested in school on her own time and with lots of variety. Her best time of day is evening for focusing on school. We are mastering basic skills and accomplish parent-directed play which we call “school”, but she begs for more school. I am always trying to prepare for the future. Your blog sounds like only a few years ahead?!

  • LeAnn,

    Thank you for your comment. Caroline will be seven in late September. She is technically in second grade although she is far beyond that in some areas and not up to that in others (like most children).

    I’m pretty much an advocate of lots of free play while children are little. We did give Caroline lots of learning things to play with and lots of books, but I did very little direct instruction with her (even last year). We started letting her play on the computer when she was in kindergarten and we were really selective about the DVDs we let her watch. We don’t watch TV and we didn’t let her watch DVDs until she was almost two. We read multiple books to her every day starting around six months. And we talk a lot. I think reading aloud, lots of adult conversation with her (not talking down to her, ever), and giving her many interesting things to play with has served her well.

    If you look through the archives here, you’ll find some posts about preschool and kindergarten. But not a lot because we were so open ended there wasn’t a lot to “report” on and because I try to protect her privacy as much as possible. 🙂

  • My first-graders loved your Pilgrim Sentence Scramble. I divided them into groups and had them help each other to figure out the order. It’s now part of my Thanksgiving Unit.

  • Hello! So I was (foolishly) under the impression that the color/shapes bingo was a PDF download. Could you confirm that it is going to be shipped and give me an idea of when I can expect the cards? I am planning on using it in my class in 2 weeks.

  • Hi Reeny – They are a download. You should have received a download link within a minute or two. I just emailed you the file at your aim email. Please let me know when you receive them. Thank you!

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