First Day of School (and a Dr Seuss Craft)

There were a couple aspects of LittleMan’s first day of Kindergarten last year which were so successful, we decided to do them again this year for his first day of first grade.
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Messy Playdate 2014: A Roald Dahl Inspired Event

LittleMan is still working with early readers, however he has been a HUGE fan of chapter books since he was old enough to sit and listen to them read aloud. He is such a fan in fact that I eventually caved in and started getting him audio books because my throat couldn’t take reading aloud constantly. The first chapter books that he fell in love with were written by Roald Dahl: James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Magic Finger, and, his personal favorite, George’s Marvellous Medicine.
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Saturday Science: Solar Eclipse

Welcome back to Saturday Science! This week we have a very simple demonstration to help understand how solar eclipses occur. For this activity you’ll need a small object your child can hold near their face, such as a dime, and a large object they can look at from a distance, such as a tree.
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I’m the White Mom in a Black Neighborhood

Free Printable Homeschool Door Signs

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I recently moved to a neighborhood that has so many children, there is always someone to play with! (more…)

Motivating The Unmotivated Student (and a $500 giveaway!)

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Like most moms, I haven’t got a degree in child psychology. I can’t claim to have the answers to your problems, nor can I claim to have it “all figured out.”

Truthfully, after reading countless books and articles, spending innumerable hours collaborating with other parents, and generally studying my children everyday of their short lives, the only thing I’m an expert in is knowing my own shortcomings as a mother and a homeschooler. (more…)

Saturday Science: Veins

Here is a super simple model that you can make with your children to demonstrate how our veins carry blood throughout our bodies.
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For this you’ll need a box, some cardboard, a marble, and some tape. (more…)

How to Make a Family Travel Guide

I’ve written before on living a life of adventure¬†regardless of where you live and how tight your budget may be. We have just moved to my husband’s home-state and, in an effort to get me excited about the area, Marmaduke purchased me a guide book with many historical and natural must-see sights. This got me thinking about a handy little DIY travel guide that I made when we lived overseas.
How to make your own Family Travel Guide for homeschool field trips, weekend activities, and holiday fun, Suzy Homeschooler (1) (more…)

Messy Play Fun with Shaving Cream

Today is the final installment of our collaborative tot series with Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. Today we’re talking about messy play.
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The Benefits of Being Bored Outdoors

Welcome back for another installment of our collaborative toddler series. This week Kristan, of Munchkin and Bean, and I are talking all about toddlers in nature!

If you look through this site enough, see all the fun activities we do, then you might get the wrong idea about my children CONSTANTLY having something to do, some activity planned out for them. What I don’t often take the time to show is what my kids do when left to their own devices, and I should share that because it is crucial to their development.
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