How to Have a Delightful Group Discussion: Make Trail Mix

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

I want to teach my children how to be active participants in group discussions. This skill will bless them (and everyone around them) at the dinner table, around the board table, in the Sunday School class, on public transportation, in the dugout, at the office, in the Senate, and just about anywhere the Lord will lead them. I had seen … Read More

3 “Back to the Basics” Ideas for the High School English Teacher

LauraAll Posts, College, English Literature, High School, Homeschooling

(My current PreK/ K students experience a lesson in fractions after a rousing 1-minute mathematical lecture by yours truly…) Years ago, I taught literature and English composition to high school and college students. I reminisce about those days often, fondly remembering my students who are “all grown up” now. To this day, my students remain dear to me. After all, … Read More

All I Want for our Children

LauraAll Posts, Homeschooling, Motherhood

While we simplify our homeschooling schedule to make way for lots of Christmas preparation and celebration, I’ve taken some extra time to read, pray, and think about our day-to-day lives. Heading into the new year, I’m asking, “What adjustments do we need to make here at home? Specifically, what do we want for our children?” I’ve been looking closely at … Read More

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

LauraAll 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, 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