Every Christmas I desire to bless those who are meaningful in my life. Yet my bank account reminds me that blessing every person in life may not be in the budget. Enter the Christmas Gift Basket for the whole family. I decided a fun and more frugal way was to gather together items for the entire family as opposed to individual gifts. Of course I still had to set my budget so I wouldn’t blow through frugal because it can be tempting. So of you are looking for some fun and frugal ideas to gift a whole family try one of these ideas. Family Game Night Gift Christmas is a great time to play games with the family. If … Read more
Supplies: A-Z Card Guides for index cards Set if index cards Markers Hole punch Book rings ABC Stickers Instructions: Punch holes in the top corner of your A-Z cards. Use the first A guide card as your cover page. Decorate it as you wish. You may want an ABC book in a particular theme such as animals or a general book. Use the index cards as your pages. Decorate your pages to match your theme, if you chose one. You may use stickers for the letters or image, have your child draw the images and write the letters, or cut out images or letters from magazines or newspapers. Punch holes in the top corner of your index card pages as … Read more
The thought of math struggle conjures up images of a child in tears as he makes a futile effort to understand the equations before him. Certainly, math struggles can bring a student to tears. Yet, math struggles can bring a homeschool mom to tears. What is the solution to creating a positive view of math where the children can thrive and mom can relax? How A+ Interactive Math became My Solution Throughout my 15 years homeschooling 4 children (graduating one…yippy!) I have seen my share of math curriculum, math tears, and math victories. A decade and a half of life spent homeschooling taught me two things; 1. Children need consistency and a multi-sensory approach to learning. 2. Math doesn’t have … Read more
History has always served as the foundation for my homeschool. It began as purely selfish intentions as I am a self-proclaimed, unashamed history lover. History is mixed with language, writing, literature, and science in my home. From morning lessons to afternoons watching history documentaries, I created a few little history lovers of my own. Our home is sprinkled with interactive history books, historical fiction, and a son who keeps us up to date with the best historical documentaries on Netflix. So, it would only stand to reason that we want a serious history curriculum that emphasizes faith with a side of fun. Is that possible? I had many friends and some readers ask me about The Good and the Beautiful. … Read more
Do your kids love little quizzical books and games? They are going to LOVE our Brainy Days Warm Ups Calendar Series. With 5 questions per week for 4 weeks a month, you can begin your school day with these little brain exercises to get those neurons firing correctly before getting to the “hard stuff” of homeschooling. Is one quiz question not enough? Go back and download our previous Brainy Days Warm-Ups: September Edition October Edition Thanksgiving Edition Christmas Edition These FREE downloads are so much fun. Use them as a conversation starter around the breakfast table or an intriguing writing prompt to warm up those tired brains in the morning. Come back and let us know your favorite way to … Read more
A Christmas Carol Copywork & Notebooking Pages A Christmas Carol has always been one of my favorite holiday stories. It has become a family tradition to read the story and watch the movie each year. This time of year can be a peaceful and beautiful time, even in the busyness, when you take the time to focus on what makes it a lovely time of year. Get your FREE copy today by clicking the download button below. I have always felt that taking time out to focus homeschooling and my home on the holidays always made for very special memories. Start a homeschool family tradition with this Dickens’ classic!