This Month’s Bibliography: Fortresses, Hip Circles, and Hot Cocoa

Laura"This Month's Bibliography", All Posts, Homeschooling, Morning Time, Motherhood

Just as a bibliography lists the works that developed a piece of writing, this post will list some of the things that are enriching and informing my life this month. I hope you discover something in this collection that is helpful to you and becomes a part of your bibliography, too. After you’ve read this post, would you share a … Read More

Narration and Watercolors: A Daily Ritual

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling

One of the things I discovered this summer was the beauty of coupling daily narration with watercolor painting.  It has become one of our favorite times of day. I typically don’t incorporate painting in our daily routine, but I was greatly inspired by some Waldorf and Charlotte Mason blogs.  (Although… type “Waldorf watercolor painting” into Pinterest and you’ll see our … Read More

Kids Laugh A Lot, Too

LauraAll Posts, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Laugh About, Marriage, Motherhood

When our home bubbles over with laughter – and I’m glad to say it often does – we are rich and strong together. The very pillars and foundation of our home are strengthened by our children, who create and share laughter so easily. After all, it’s their mother tongue: they’ve been laughing since before they could speak, or walk, or run.

Morning Time

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Morning Time

Happy Back-to-School!! Or rather, “Let the games begin”! We’re studying Medieval History this year and are looking forward to a rollicking time. Our homeschool day begins with Morning Time. For years, we’ve started each homeschool day by taking time to look at the calendar and observe the day God has given us, to look out the window and notice the … Read More

Homeschool Preschool: What Truly Matters in the Early Years

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

(Here’s our preschooler, acting out Peter Rabbit…) It’s Preschool-Sign-up Season in our town and young parents are trying to figure out the best educational option for their children. Recently, several young mothers have asked me to tell them the basics about homeschooling.  When we sit down to chat and I reflect on my experiences as a homeschooling mother, I realize … Read More

2 Superpowers for Every Kid: “I can go first.” “I can go last.”

LauraHomeschooling, Motherhood

One summer, we gathered some friends around the campfire to make s’mores. I was in the lawn chair of honor as the Mom with the Marshmallow Bag.  All the kids hovered around me like I was a YouTube clip on a cell phone. (Kids these days…) Each of those sun-kissed kids passionately wanted marshmallows… and each one of them wanted … Read More

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

The Chicken Principle: Part 1 of 3 (unless I think of more)

LauraChickens, Homeschooling, Marriage, Motherhood

As you know, we have 17 chickens. They lay eggs every day. Their entire lives revolve around laying those eggs: they eat, sleep, and socialize so that they can lay eggs. For the most part, they lay eggs in nesting boxes. We never had to teach or train them to do this. They just knew: “There is a plastic bucket … 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