Tips for Snacking on the Go

Tips for Snacking on the Go #WhenImHungry #ad

Do you ever have those moments of crankiness, where you’re irrational and crabby, and then come to realize that you haven’t eaten anything in awhile? I do, and so participation in the compensated #WhenImHungry campaign from #CBias and its advertiser was the perfect opportunity for me to share my tips for avoiding the “Mommy Monster,” […]

Homeschooling Gifted Kids: What it’s Really Like

Homeschooling Gifted Kids - What it is REALLY Like

Homeschooling is a great educational option for gifted children. And the number of parents making the choice to bring their kids home is increasing every year. But, what is it really like to homeschool a highly gifted child with boundless energy, overexcitabilities, and possibly other issues too? I asked some experts – moms like you […]

Win-Win Snacking for Toddlers

Win Win Snacking for Toddlers

I’m telling you – snacking for toddlers is a big thing. And mine seems to want snacks all. day. long. That’s why when I find something that satisfies his toddler-world definition of a snack {apparently neither carrots nor string cheese count}, and my definition of healthy it’s a win-win moment. And I love sharing about great […]

Inspiring Creativity with Different Variations of Well-Loved Fairy Tales

Inspiring Creativity with Different Variations of Well-Loved Fairy Tales #StreamTeam Netflix

My girls love any excuse to have friends over, and slumber parties are their favorite gatherings ever. When Netflix offered us the opportunity to pre-screen the new season of the show Ever After High, and host a Rebels vs. Royals party, we knew it was the perfect time for a sleepover.   And I knew […]

Science Essentials for Little Ones

Science Essentials for Little Ones

We run a pretty eclectic homeschool here, and our favorite science materials aren’t curriculum at all. We prefer things that inspire open-ended play, exploration, and creativity. Three of my favorite homeschool bloggers and I were thinking about what we’d do if we had $100 to spend on anything we wanted online to enhance our homeschools. […]

Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety

Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety

I’m willing to bet that every person reading this has experienced anxiety, depression, or stress at one point or another in their life. And I’m willing to bet that it wasn’t a pleasant experience. For as many as one in eight children, though, anxiety is a daily struggle. {According to the Anxiety and Depression Association […]

Ultimate Adventure Stories for Kids

Ultimate Adventure Stories The Adventurous Mailbox Subscription for Kids

I’m always looking for innovative ways to hook my kids’ attention and show them that learning is fun – and everywhere. My newest favorite discovery is The Adventurous Mailbox, a unique adventure stories book subscription that sends geographical mysteries right to your kids in the mail. I was thankful to have the opportunity to receive […]

Teaching Language Arts with Movie and Book Pairings from Netflix

Teaching Language Arts with movie and book pairings from Netflix #streamteam

It’s no secret that we love using Netflix to enrich our homeschool and to entertain our family. It’s especially helpful on sick days… It’s been a part of our lives since we pulled the plug on cable TV a few years ago and began to simplify. And we love our commercial-free watching. Recently, I shared […]

Organizing Your Play Room

Organizing Your Play Room

Play is the most important work of childhood. Through creative play, kids become thinkers, problem solvers, and so much more. But, just because play is important doesn’t mean their play area has to be a complete mess. Consider some of these simple tips for organizing your play room efficiently – and finally get the space […]

Studying Mealworms with Kids

Mealworms Hands-On Unit Study for Kids

Mealworms are easy and fun to raise. They’re low-maintenance, and the perfect introduction to lifecycles for young scientists. Studying mealworms gives kids a chance to observe, care for, and experiment with living creatures in a hands-on way.     Head to your local pet store, and grab a tub of mealworms today – or get […]

Psychomotor Overexcitabilities: Helping Your Child Thrive

Psychomotor Overexcitabilities: Helping Your Child Thrive

It was years ago, but it’s a day that is firmly etched in my mind. The Monday before Thanksgiving break, my then first-grader got off the bus with his head hanging. “Mom,” he said with tears brimming and threatening to fall, “if I can’t get all green on a two-day week, then I’ll never earn […]

Homeschooling Gifted Kids: A Day in the Life

Don’t you wish you could be a fly on the wall of homeschooling households around the world? To see what a day in the life looks like when homeschooling gifted kids – or any kids? I do. And, while no day will ever look the same as the last around here, I’m sharing an account […]

Music Appreciation at Home

Music Appreciation at Home with Zeezok Music Appreciation Curriculum

Cultivating a love of music is important, but sometimes seems overwhelming to an already-stretched-thin homeschool mom. My children love music of all kinds, and enjoy working with it softly playing in the background, but I’ve struggled to find a great way to teach music appreciation to them without seeming like I’m piling on one more […]

Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids

Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids

The mornings we need to be out of the house at a certain time look something like this – a child is complaining about the seams in his socks, while another is having an animated sing along with her stuffed animals, completely oblivious to the fact that she has her shirt on backwards and her […]

Stress Busting Sparkle Dough

Stress Busting Sparkle Dough Recipe

Each month I’m teaming up with some of my favorite kid bloggers to bring you fabulous sensory dough recipes. We hope that the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series will be a one-stop destination for all of your sensory play needs. This month we’re playing with sparkle dough! Since our thoughts are consumed with Saint […]

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Necklaces

I have used essential oils for over 25 years to keep my family and me healthy, and recently my kids have taken an interest in learning how and why they work so well. Since following the kids’ interests is an integral component of our homeschool, we’ve been using oils in crafts and make-your-own products lately, […]

Animal Science Subscription for Kids

Junior Explorers Animal Science Subscription for Kids

There are so many great options when it comes to enriching and homeschooling our children these days. I especially love having activity kits and subscription boxes on hand for those days I need something extra or to pull out when the kids want to learn more about something. And, subscriptions for kids have come a […]

EdExpo 2015: Top Ten Teacher-Chosen Products of the Year

EdExpo2015: Top Ten Teacher-Chosen Products of the Year

Last week I was thrilled to participate in a unique opportunity. The Education Market Association invited me to join them and a team of fifty education bloggers in Atlanta for their 2015 EdExpo. Our job was to walk the exhibit hall, check out all of the fantastic educational games, toys, resources, and programs available, talk […]

Surviving Sick Days with Kids

Surviving Sick Days at Home with Kids

There is a small part of me that really enjoys the extra cuddles that come when kids aren’t feeling well. Not that I want my kiddos to get sick – because when you have a larger-than-average family, it will travel through everyone before it’s done, and oftentimes travel back through, re-infecting the kids. But, those […]

8 Mess Free Creative Activities for Toddlers

Mess Free Creative Activities for Toddlers

I’m thrilled to welcome Clare from Super Mommy Club here today to share some mess free creative activities for toddlers with you. I’m always looking for new ways to keep my own toddler busy during the day, and with toddler twins, Clare is the expert to help us out! Enjoy this fabulous round up of […]

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for Twice-Exceptional Learners

A Review of the Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

With a twelve year old son, I’m starting to feel the ominous shadow of high school looming. Like most homeschool moms, I worry that I haven’t done enough to prepare my child for the challenges and increased academic rigor he’s sure to face as he gets into his high school years. I especially worry about […]