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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 – […]

The Power of Education

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Education is very important to my husband and me, and this fact always prompts some interesting talking points and conversations when we meet up with family, friends, or former colleagues. I guess at first glance, it seems like we might have “turned our backs” on education, what with pulling our son out of school and […]

Encouraging a Love of STEAM in Preschoolers


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


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, […]