This week I found myself sitting behind my closed bedroom door crying and gorging myself on giant handfuls of coffee nut M&M’s. Feelings of frustration and overwhelming thoughts had finally gotten the best of me. The constant sibling bickering, sickness, rain and endless questions compounded by the extra weight of trying to do All. The. […]
Our son is developing a love of history! He is fascinated with the stories, adventures and, in particular, ancient battles. So, I’ve been on the lookout for a hands on program that incorporates living books, and audio stories that will keep history exciting and that he would enjoy while letting him dive as deeply as […]
Borax Snowflake Crystal making is a fun STEAM activity for children of all ages. Remember STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! These snowflake crystals are also great if you live in a warmer climate that doesn’t see much real snow or if you just want to make some fun decorations!
Chalk pastels and kids go together like lightning bugs and a warm summer evening. Trust me, they are a perfectly glorious pairing. I had no idea what we were missing until a few weeks ago when I grabbed a chalk pastel tutorial for the children and me to try.
Easy Rubber Egg Experiment! Yes, easy! It only takes about 5 minutes to set up and then a week’s worth of observations. Come see how easy it really is!
Did you know that you could freeze bubbles? We discovered the joy of frozen bubbles during our last snow! As long as your temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then you too can enjoy some frozen bubble fun with the kids!
We were so thrilled to get our first snow here in East Tennessee! It was white, fluffy, and gloriously cold! So cold in fact that, if out long enough, your face and hands hurt! The children pointed out that when the sun’s rays hit it just right; it looked like millions of diamonds covering the ground. Of course the first thing I wanted to do, while the big fluffy flakes fell, was curl up together and read aloud. What better book to read while it’s snowing than the Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder. When we got to the part where Pa brought in the pans of snow for Laura and her sister Mary to drizzle the maple syrup into, our children were instantly on board with making maple syrup snow candy!
The past year has seen many changes and challenges for our family and our homeschool. We found ourselves uprooted from the hustle and bustle of city life, and planted firmly on my sister’s farm in Tennessee. Adjusting to the ebb and flow of this new life has been both overwhelming and wonderful. We’ve found that the seasons of homeschool, much like our lives, can transition and shift. So, with this New Year and new homeschool season upon us I am focused on being thankful, making more meaningful connections, and making memories with our children. What better way to bond with our kids than with brownies, books and games in the New Year!
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.