As a mother who is about to enter her 4th year of homeschooling, and as a blogger who has been writing about homeschooling for over 2 years, I follow a number of wonderful homeschool bloggers.
But I have learned along the way that for every one good homeschool blogger out there, there are ten more who are just rubbish.
Here are some red flags for rubbish homeschool bloggers. If you see any of these traits then you should not hesitate to click “unsubscribe.” (more…)
If you haven’t already, go check out our tutorial on how to build a Viking Longboat out of plastic bottles. The following are the finished product pictures and LittleMan’s dreams come to fruition as we sailed around a local lake, aptly named Lake Valhalla.
LittleMan has inherited his mother’s knack for dreaming up big projects and, while we’re not always keen to jump on board with his time consuming and expensive ideas, we do try to support him when possible.
This plastic bottle Viking longboat was one such idea that we could get behind. (more…)
There is a new trend in parenting.
A growing number of people are asking, “Do you have a gun in the house?” before dropping children off at playdates and parties.
This question is an effort to combat the number of accidental shootings that occurs when children play with guns that have not been locked up.
One of my greatest sources of pride as a writer is being part of the Kid Blogger Network.
The KBN is a fantastic group of parents, grandparents, educators, and other care providers.
We are a passionate bunch and it shows in the effort we put into our children.
KBNers are well known worldwide as having some of the most creative and resourceful play ideas for kids.
So it just makes sense that we should write a book about play!
Myself and 93 other members of the Kid Blogger Network did just that, and here it is.
My parents are divorced. My husband’s parents are divorced. All 4 biological grandparents have remarried.
This means that our children have EIGHT people they call “grandma” and “grandpa.”
Some of these grandparents are unwaveringly supportive. Non-judgmental and loving.
Others disapprove of our various parenting and lifestyle choices, and they make their opinions undoubtedly known.
This is especially true about our choice to homeschool and our choice to use play-based, child-led learning methods.
Now, I don’t mind people disagreeing with me.
Like my Momma always said, its ok if we need to agree to disagree. We can still respect each other.
Its when the disagreement leads to disrespect that I start taking issue.
Recently we had a visit with one set of our children’s grandparents.
The visit went well. The adults spoke respectfully, the children were beyond happy to see their grandparents.
All in all, it was a great day.
It was such a good day, in fact, that it got me thinking about how polar opposite the experience was to another grandparent’s visit.
A few months ago my children were given some kinetic sand for their birthdays. The texture of this stuff was fantastic, it was just like sand except it held shape and it was far easier to clean up. I immediately fell in love with kinetic sand, but still had no idea how to play with it.
So when I had the opportunity to read a book titled “35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids” (by Dyan Robson) I was excited.
My son is 6 years old; there are many things that his friends can do that he can’t.
Perhaps its lack of motor skill. Perhaps its lack of desire to learn. Perhaps its just that he’s a late bloomer.
For whatever reason, he just hasn’t quite mastered tying his shoes and consistently writing legibly and, the big one, riding his bike.
Being 6 years old and being the only kid in the neighborhood is age who can’t ride a bike was starting to take its toll.
For a long time he’d watching longingly as his friends rode up and down the sidewalk, occasionally he’d run next to them, but never did he even try to learn (despite my urging) until earlier this month.
Finally he was ready.
Finally he wanted to learn.