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 […]

Creative Snack Ideas for Kids

Easy Snack Mix Featuring Quaker Squares Cereal #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp #spon

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for easy to grab, fun, and creative snack options for your kids, and so I was excited to be a part of this compensated opportunity from Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. Let’s face it, as homeschool moms we spend a lot of […]

Snow Dough Science

Snow Dough Science Play and Exploration

My kids love playing with all sorts of dough, and they adore all things arctic. We’ve revisited this theme a few times in our homeschool. This time, when my 5 year old pulled out the Arctic Toob and asked if I’d make a “snow bin” for her in our sensory table, I tried out a […]

Football Writing Activities

Football Writing Activities Great Writing Prompts for Boys

Need some help in motivating your boys to get their writing done? Try these great football writing activities.   I’m not really that much of a football fan, but my husband and kids are very excited when it’s time to watch the big game.  I try {often unsuccessfully} to get in the spirit and integrate the kids’ interests […]

Hands-On History Through Creative Play

Hands On History Through Creative Play

I’ve mentioned before that we tend to take a topic and run with it. My kids are highly intelligent and extremely creative. They enjoy diving deep into subjects we study. Mystery of History provides a great spine for our history lessons, though we may never finish Volume One at the rate we’re going.   One […]

Parenting Gifted and Intense Children

Top Posts about Parenting Gifted and Intense Children

It’s been a great year, full of kids activities, recipes, and tips for parenting your gifted and intense children. Inspired by a few of my favorite parenting writers, I reflected back on the five most popular parenting posts here on RLL.   These are the posts that were viewed, shared, and discussed the most – […]

DIY Airplane Wings for Creative Play

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

The holidays are upon us, and just like in years past, we’ve battled colds and the flu…again and again. Thank goodness for this opportunity from Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. My big kids were able to use the #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias campaign to bring some Disney Planes cheer to their siblings. The poor little ones […]

25 New Year’s Eve Activities for Kids

25 New Year's Activities for Kids

It’s almost time to ring in the new year – how will your family celebrate? Do your kids stay up until midnight? Do they do lots of fun New Year’s Eve activities throughout the day?   We always have a lot of fun and try new activities throughout the day to make it special. I’ve […]

Give Extra to a Special VIP in Your Life This Holiday Season

Give Extra and Show the VIPs in Your Life They Matter #ExtraGumMoments #ad

Since teaching our kids about appreciating others is so important to my husband and me {especially those who give extra to everyone around them}, I was thrilled to be chosen for a special compensated opportunity by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions, as always, are my own and we only share projects and […]

100 Super-Fun STEM Resources for Kids

100 Super Fun STEM Resources for Kids via

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics {STEM} skills are vital to our kids’ futures, and the future of society. Besides… it’s fun to incorporate STEM into everyday activities for young children. I’ve pulled together 100 super-fun STEM resources to help you enjoy some fun {and sneak in the learning} with your kids.   STEM is everywhere. […]

Pulling Together a Viking Unit Study


One of the things I love most about homeschooling is that we’re free to spend as much or as little time on a topic as we want to. And, if interests are reignited, we can study the same topic again with greater depth. Like Vikings and Viking recipes. The Vikings keep finding their way into […]

The Family and the Intense Child


You know you’re raising an intense child, but you’re at a loss as to how to ensure his success at family gatherings, co-ops, classes, and in any other situation where he’ll be over stimulated and off schedule. Right? And the holidays bring about special challenges. The first step towards success is to make sure that […]

What is an Intense Child?

What is an Intense Child via

If you have an intense child, you probably know it. Call them spirited, emotionally intense, difficult, high needs, or challenging…it doesn’t matter. You know them and you’re tired. And defeated. And sure you’re doing everything all wrong because those parenting books other parents swear by just don’t work for you. The intense child is more […]

The Holidays and Your Intense Child


The holiday season is here, and with it comes a break in the schedule, extra activities and parties, and lots and lots of craziness. Couple that with the unreasonable expectations we place on our children {intense or not} during this time of the year, the holidays can spell disaster for the intense child. And exhaustion […]

Christmas Giveaway

Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

I am thrilled to be teaming up with the wonderfully generous bloggers of the iHomeschool Network to bring you a HUGE giveaway to thank you for following us, engaging with us, and sharing your stories with us over the past year.     Raising Lifelong Learners is a place for me to share our life, […]

A Great Gift for Gamers – Gameband Minecraft

Gameband - The Perfect Gift for Minecraft Gamers #ad #cbias #gameonthego

My son turned twelve this past week. And, thanks to this opportunity, compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, I was able to score MAJOR cool mom points. All opinions are mine alone, though, and I only share what I believe you’ll all love too. The Gameband — or portable Minecraft as we call […]

Teaching Kids About Friendship and Being a Good Friend

Teaching Kids About Friendship and Being a Good Friend

Friendship is an important concept to explore with young children. Being a good friend is an important life skill – one that doesn’t come naturally. You can’t just expect your kids to know how to be a good friend by getting them together with other kids and leaving them to figure it out. Remember – […]