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

The Most Important Thing

LauraBlogging, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Marriage, Motherhood

“Jesus is not coming for a church that’s gritting her teeth, struggling to stay free from sin, secretly wishing she could indulge in a little immorality No, Jesus is coming for a church utterly devoted to Him – one that is free on the inside. The greatest motivation for obedience comes as we encounter more revelation of who Jesus is.” … 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