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 […]

A Trip to Castaway Bay {Plus… Win Tickets & Get a Discount Code}

Building Family Relationships Through Travel - Castaway Bay Sandusky Ohio

One of the greatest things about homeschooling is that we can take advantage of the off-season and visit waterparks, museums, and other vacation spots when they’re not busy. Travel – whether locally or to new cities – is one of the best things we can do as parents to build relationships with our kids and […]

Preschool at Home with Netflix

Preschool at Home with Netflix including a FREE printable

It can be challenging to keep little ones busy, engaged, and learning when you choose to do preschool at home. It’s so rewarding, though, to keep your kids home for preschool, even if you don’t choose to homeschool long-term. It gives your little ones one on one attention from the person they love most for […]

Sensory Play with Spice Painting

Sensory Play with Spice Paint

It’s always fun to mix art with sensory play, and my friend Anna from In the Playroom is sharing one way she and her kids have done just that. Enjoy… One way we’ve mixed art and sensory play recently was by creating our own varieties of scented paint by mixing a few different spices with […]

Super-Fun Valentine’s Day Science Activities


The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show love and kindness to others, tell someone you care, and… get messy and explore science concepts?     Yep. It’s the perfect time to have a little Valentine’s Day science fun with your kids. Grab some simple supplies and you’ll have the […]

Conversation Heart Goop for Valentine’s Day Science Fun

Conversation Heart Goop Recipe

Sometimes the best thing about science is that it doesn’t always work out like you thought it would. This happened to us when we ended up with a cool and slimy Conversation Heart Goop, instead of the slime we were going for.     The process is half the fun, and I think that failure […]

Build a Snowman Creativity Prompt

Snowman Creativity Prompt for Preschoolers

Encouraging your child to be creative doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. Simply set out some fun materials, give him or her a prompt or ask a question, and get out of his or her way. I love setting up creativity prompts for my kids – especially during the cold winter months when we’re […]

Engineering for Preschoolers

Engineering for Preschoolers

Engineering is all about finding out how things are built and why. It’s about finding ways to construct things better, and it’s about solving problems through the development of new technologies. And for preschoolers, engineering is about play.   Through their play, engineering for preschoolers looks like building challenges, blocks, marble runs, and sandcastles. It […]