Getting Outside

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Healthy Living, Motherhood

Okay, okay, I’ll admit it: when it comes to cold weather, the girls and I have become downright wimps.  And I’m the chief offender. I let a perfectly good cold-frame garden die because I just couldn’t go outside in the cold. And wind. And rain. And snow. (Can’t you just hear me whining? Ah, yes, this farmer has some growing … Read More

Sweet Science

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Preschool

Target has massive bags of candy on sale for $1.50. I don’t mean to be bossy, but buy one. Choose the bag with Nerds, BottleCaps, and SweetTarts. At home, set up mortar and pestle, pipettes, spoons, tiny bowls, sieves. Fill three little bowls: water, baking soda, and vinegar. Let your children mix, dissolve, filter, and fizzle. Though my camera battery … Read More

Playtime with Drama

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

Let’s face it, the common denominator in playing mean mommy and ghost is the EXCITEMENT! We mothers would be remiss not to acknowledge this to our children. After all, sin and evil are exciting to all of us humans. But when we become children of God, we learn two things: 1. That there are certain pleasures and excitements that we … Read More

How To Play GOOD Mommy

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Idea #1: When overcoming a rousing time of mean mommy, the first thing to do is to remind your children how to play good mommy. When I was a little girl, I was happy to rock my babydoll, change her diaper, and take her for walks. The urgency of getting her a nice warm bottle was sufficient drama for me. … Read More

They Were Playing Mean Mommy?!

LauraCharacter Training, Early Elementary Education, Healthy Living, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

We were pulling out of our friends’ driveway when I asked the girls what they had been playing with their friends while we moms talked in the kitchen. With fascination in her voice, Viv replied, “We played mean Mommy!” “Yeah!” Lia chimed in, “Jenny held her dolly up like this and said, “STUpid! STUpid!” Lia held her doll upside down … Read More

The Dropping Pencil Phenomenom

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

Arg! I have had it with the pencil dropping! I mean, tell me truly, must a five-year-old REALLY drop her pencil after every math problem?! The other day, I realized that I was retrieving said pencil entirely too often (it’s a great exercise for the abs, though). Sometimes said pencil would even mysteriously DISAPPEAR! In which case, I have lovingly … Read More

How to Make an Apple Pie: FIAR

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Preschool

It’s been apples, apples everywhere around here. To correlate with our field trip to Way Fruit Farm – complete with a tour of the apple orchards and cider-making process, we’ve been reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Of course, our Five in a Row curriculum provided lots of great ideas to get us started. Outside … Read More

Therapy for a SAHM

LauraEarly Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Staying at home with small children has many, many benefits. One, of which, is indulging in therapeutic spa treatments. (You’ve just gotta know where to find ’em!) Today, mine came through making this play-dough recipe. We dribbled in some red coloring and sprinkled on lots of cinnamon. When it came out of the pot, all warm and smooth and spicy, … Read More

What I Know Now: A Good Definition of Honor

LauraAll Posts, Character Training, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood, Preschool

Sure, it’s easy to define “obedience,” but God also tells us to “honor” our parents… and one another. The best, most practical definition we’ve heard is this: Honor is: 1. treating someone as special 2. Doing more than what’s expected of you 3. Having a good attitude [field name=iFrame]