What I Teach My Children About Time

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Early Elementary Education, Learning at Home, Motherhood, Physical Activity, Preschool, Things to Say

Some of us are just starting out, just beginning.

Some of us are in our prime, the most beautiful we will ever be.

And, some of us are coming to the end of our lives here on earth.

The most important thing to remember is that no one knows which one they are.

They Finally Said, “I Do”

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Homeschooling, Laugh About, Motherhood, Preschool

After much cavorting around the house, Rapunzel and Sir John (aka Flynn Rider) were finally wed in the living room on a wintery day in 2012. Perhaps you will be bored by my many photos, but I was so delighted by their union (and by the adorable wedding planners) that I just have to fill up my blog with snapshots … Read More

Candy Experiments: SWEET!

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Homeschooling, Kindergarten

(Blowing bubbles into the water to see that air floats! Don’t worry – they weren’t drinking it!) We had a blast doing candy experiments with leftover candy. I snagged some clearance bags of warheads, nerds, crunch bars, skittles, m&m’s… and we got to work! I found all of the ideas at Candy Experiments and typed out my own lab sheets. … Read More

The Learning Parent Deals: Keep Your Eyes Open

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Homeschooling

The Learning Parent keeps running deals on their Character Concept material. I just received an email announcing a free set of character flash cards with the purchase of the book, Crossroads of Character. We’ve been loving this curriculum. If you’re unsure about purchasing the entire curriculum, this book and the flash cards are a great place to start! You can … Read More

Story of the World: Volume 1, Chapter 1

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Story of the World

Ancient Civilizations, here we come! This year is going to be so much fun! We enjoyed our first chapter of Story of the World. We’re reading the book and enjoying the Activity Book. I decided that since Vivienne will be doing narration and composition with her Writing curriculum, we’d hold off on making the history notebook until we cycle back … Read More

Writing With Ease: A Review of Susan Wise Bauer’s Writing Curriculum

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education

When I taught composition classes at Penn State University, I was shocked by the students’ inability to write. Not that I was some writing-genius at the time, but I was the instructor of the course and knew what to look for in collegiate writing. My only conclusion was that they were sorely under-prepared in high school. A few years later, … Read More

We Said “First Grade” But We Meant “Kindergarten”

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten

A while ago, I posted our curriculum plans for “first grade”. On paper, this year was definitely “first grade” for Vivienne – first grade reading, first grade math, you name it. HOWEVER, we learned something important: everyone in the whole wide world groups children according to grade level and not age, so our sweet 5 year old would technically be … Read More