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

Morning Circle Time: Preschool and First Grade

LauraFirst Grade, Our 24 Family Ways, Preschool

During the “school year”, we enjoy a Morning Circle Time at the breakfast table. Typically, I read from a devotional book as the girls eat. Afterward, we find the date on the calendar, and do a couple of exercises that correspond with the girls’ readiness (i.e. we talk about the weather, make the date with coins, do some skip-counting together, … Read More

Give the kids some choices

LauraMotherhood, Preschool

If you and your toddler are tiring of a constant struggle of the wills, remember the fantastic Montessori suggestion that, instead of telling a toddler to do something, give them two choices for accomplishing that task. For example, instead of commanding, “Put your shoes on,” try, “Which one do you want to put on first: your left shoe or your … Read More

Learning at Home: Another Indispensible Resource

LauraBook Reports, Early Elementary Education, Learning at Home, Preschool

A reader asked what I intend to do with Lia, my three year old, which made me realize that I haven’t used blog space to rave about another favorite resource in a long, long time: Ann Ward’s Learning at Home: A Christian Parent’s Guide with Day-by-Day Lesson Plans Using the Library as a Resource. This is an old, out-of-print GEM … Read More

Letter of the Week


At the turn of the year, I realized I had to rework my homeschooling plans for Lia. The girl is a serious schoolgirl. She wanted more worksheets, please?? More puzzles? More painting? Please, please please?? At first, I pulled a variety of worksheets and activities from black-and-white workbooks, organizing them in folders. Then, I bipped around the online community and … Read More

Getting Outside: Jump Rope

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Healthy Living, Kindergarten, Preschool

With one jump rope, even the littlest ones have tons of fun on the tundra. We played “horse”; Lia being a particularly diligent little horse, who even ate imaginary carrots. Then, of course, Viv skipped to her only jump-rope rhyme: “Cinderella, dressed in yellow; went upstairs to kiss a fellow…” Yup. That’s the only jump-rope rhyme she knows. And I … Read More