As 2016 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on all of our homeschool adventures, rabbit holes of learning and books of inspiration. You, my readers, have with been with us through them all and I thank you. I hope we have brought you some encouragement, resources and laughs this past year. Here are the top 10 posts of 2016 here at Nourishing My Scholar, plus our top 10 photos on Instagram. I hope you enjoy this look back over our year!
Archives for December 2016
I just went out and bought all the twinkle lights I could find! No, I’m not stocking up for next year’s holiday decorations. I’m preparing myself for the dark cold winter that lies ahead. As moms, we know that with the dreariness of winter’s days, the less happy we can become. A certain grey dullness can overshadow the joys of our everyday life. Even our little ones can exude a bit more crankiness this time of year. There are certain triggers, compiled over several weeks, which can bring about the gloom. Yet there are also some proactive choices we can make to help keep our happy even through the winter months.
If you live in the southeastern region of the United States, then more than likely you’ve heard of Ruby Falls, Tennessee. This unique underground waterfall and limestone cavern is a favorite destination for many families. We’ve passed by it for years, but we finally made the stop and visited on our last trip back from Atlanta. Wow, what an amazing experience! We learned tons about the different speleothems or cave formations such as stalactites, and stalagmites, plus so much about cave and cavern formations.
Every year I set aside time for the children and I to do some Christmas baking. Sometimes that means that another activity must fall to the wayside. We all enjoy our Christmas cookies far too much to skip this family tradition. It has brought us joy for many years. Not to mention all of the lovely memories we’ve made. So, when I announced that today was the day for Christmas baking, the children were beyond thrilled. Our daughter even donned her best dress just for the occasion!
Swirl Paint Ornaments, also known as pour paint ornaments, are a fun and easy activity for children during the holidays. We have been wanting to make these awesome ornaments for years, but never seemed to make the time during this chaotic and hectic season. This year, was to be different. This year we created beautiful swirl paint Christmas ornaments, and had a fabulous time in the process.
The holidays are upon us and I find myself surrounded by the chaos that is holiday travel with children. Our bags are packed for our adventure and excitement is in the air. You know the excitement? The kind that prevents you and your children from sleeping all night long. It is akin to the excitement of Christmas Eve.
What if your child isn’t ready for Harry Potter? What books are similar but for a younger audience? I’ve scoured the internet looking for great fantasy adventure books, alike to the famous Harry Potter series, yet geared toward children who are NOT yet ready for the intensity that comes along with the Hogwarts life. So, here are 20 Books for Kids Not Ready for Harry Potter!
We are a family of bibliophiles. We love books. We collect books. We never seem to have enough books! Curling up together and reading aloud is one of our favorite activities. Give us quality books that teach life lessons while keeping us engaged and entertained and we’re a fan for life. The Harry Potter series will likely go down in history as a quality children’s book series that teaches life lessons. Here are 5 of those life lessons we learned from the Harry Potter books.
Our son led the way over streams, across logs and over bridges. He was as happy as a lark showing his friends the way up the mountain. The children discovered snail shells, river rocks, mountain trout, mushrooms, and lovely golden leaves every where they turned.
Your reluctant reader has finished the Harry Potter series…um…now what? Here they are all glassy eyed and full of wonder from their journey into Hogwarts and Diagon Alley. They are simply unwilling to come back to the muggle world, but instead wish to stay in the realm of fantasy and adventure. Well, I too have found myself in this exact position, and I’m positive I’m not alone. Here are 25 books your child should love reading after Harry Potter!