Encouraging a Love of STEAM in Preschoolers

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The following is a guest post by Amanda from The Educator’s Spin on It I am a stay-at-home Mom who believes that it is my job to be my child’s first teacher. Sure, I like to connect with my friends via Facebook, share a tweet, and pin my favorite activities, but when it comes down […]

Random Acts of Kindness: An Advent Tradition

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Each year I read all sorts of posts, articles, and status updates about the random acts of kindness people plan or do during the holiday season. {You can find many of these on my Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest board.} A few years ago, I read them to my kids, and we talked about how Advent is a […]

Homeschooling Twice Exceptional Kids

Homeschooling Twice Exceptional

If you’ve never heard the term, twice-exceptional is the label given to kids that are identified as gifted and also have a learning difficulty of some sort. Some may have learning disabilities, anxiety issues, Tourette Syndrome, ADD with or without hyperactivity, sensory processing disorders, while others may suffer from anxiety disorders or depression. The combinations […]

Geeky Gifts for Geeky Kids

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Do your kids have definite opinions on the merits of one Doctor over the other? Think that Harry Potter, Luke, and Percy Jackson should all join forces and save the world from all evil for all time? Have trouble deciding what they’d rather do – take a part the old computer tower in the attic, […]

Finding Community: Building a Support System Online and In-Person

Finding Community Building a Parenting Support System Online and In-Person

Homeschoolers – especially those that have been doing this awhile – laugh at the question that is most often brought up by concerned family and friends. The socialization question really is quite amusing, as kids have opportunities to be social in so many ways. There are classes, co-ops, park days, grocery shopping, conversations with the […]

The Imperfect Homeschool

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Do you do what I do? Lament about your imperfect homeschool, while comparing yourself to others you know? Their homeschool looks perfect. Their kids are getting work done before leaving for co-op, while you’re running around crazily loading up backpacks, throwing cheese cubes and pretzels into plastic baggies and calling it lunch, while barking at […]

Paint Your Own Wrapping Paper

Paint Your Own Wrapping Paper

During the holidays, I try get to my kids involved in as much of the preparation as possible. Holidays – an the preparation for them – are the memory builders of childhood. One way I include them is by encouraging them to make gifts, cards, and wrapping paper for our friends and family. Over the […]

Mom Hack: Keeping Tabs on Your Kids

Keeping Tabs Using a Baby Monitor for Older Kids

Let’s face it. There are lots of times you’d like to be a fly on the wall when your kids have friends over, or when they’re in another room playing with their brothers and sisters. I know that I want to hear what’s really going on downstairs in the playroom while I’m upstairs trying to […]

Teaching Kids to Help Others

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This is a guest post by my friend Angela from Homeschool Innovation. Children are natural born helpers. From the time they are very small they are watching everything we do, and they want to be like us. Think of your baby in the high chair learning to eat on her own. Once she gets the hang of […]

Should I Test My Gifted Child?

Testing Gifted Children

To label or not to label… that is an important question to ask as you journey through the world of parenting gifted kids. Children who can be intense, difficult to manage, asynchronous, and amazingly spectacular… often at the same time. Is testing gifted children important? Maybe.     The issue of testing {and labels} is […]

What To Do About Bedwetting

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According to the National Institutes of Health, over 5 million children ages 5-12 struggle with bedwetting, mine included. When I was asked to try the new GoodNites® machine-washable underwear with disposable absorbent inserts, and share about them, I jumped at the chance because, while I’ve been compensated for my time, this is a real problem […]

Strategies for Teaching Gifted Children at Home

Strategies for Teaching Gifted Kids at Home

Gifted kids are a puzzle because each child is so totally different from one another. Yes, they share similar characteristics and defining qualities, but they are interested, passionately, in different things, and fuel those interests in incredibly varied ways. There are many strategies for teaching gifted children at home. So, if you’re homeschooling your gifted or […]

Learning About Composting Worms

Learning About Composting Worms

We’ve been interested in ecology and simple things we can do to make the world better for a long time. And with Logan’s love of all things creepy-crawly, it was easy to pull together a worm study, while doing a good thing for our yard. I try to instill a value of God’s creation in my kids. […]

Simple Fall Family Celebrations

Simple Family Celebrations

Creating simple fall family celebrations with your kids can build a strong sense of unity and create lifelong relationships between siblings. They share something with each other that nobody else does. They have memories of family celebrations with one another that are unique to them. These family celebrations can center around milestones, holidays, seasons, the […]