How to foster a relationship with your mother-in-law that encourages mutual respect

How to Foster a Relationship with Your Mother-in-Law that Encourages Mutual Respect

Mother-In-Law: The Dirty Word The word mother-in-law may as well be a swear word to many women.  If you have ever seen the old sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” you will see a mother-in-law in Marie which characterizes the commonly accepted and maybe even expected view of the mother-in-law figure. She is overbearing, manipulative, dissenting, and even disparaging toward her daughter-in-law.  Overall she might be a loving person, and a wonderful grandmother, but the tension always exists pitting the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  Often the son (the husband) is stuck in the middle trying to traverse the stormy waters between both women not wanting to disown his mother and yet simultaneously please his wife. My Story When my husband and I … Read more

dyslexia, apps, struggling readers

Top Apps for Dyslexia

Once my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia, I went on the search for educational tools that would aid my daughter in learning to read. Dyslexia is not a roadblock yet it does change the course of how you teach your child. One of my favorite new homeschool tools is the iPad. The sheer amount of educational apps can be overwhelming. So, I want to share my top picks that have helped my daughter. The apps will not only benefit a child with dyslexia but any child who struggles to read. 1. Dyslexia Quest- $1.99: (iTunes) The Yeti Master will take your child on an adventure while testing working memory, processing speed, visual memory, phonological awareness, auditory memory, and sequencing skills. … Read more

Homemade Cream of Soup Mix

Homemade Cream Of Soup Mix Recipe

I have been using this recipe for Homemade Cream of Soup for over five years now and love it.  It saves us money and is much more environmentally friendly than purchasing the canned versions at the grocery store. The health benefits are a bonus too! This recipe contains no unnatural preservatives or aluminum, and you are in control of the salt content.  Since it is a powdered mix it stores really well just in the cupboard in a dry, sealed container. I hope you love it as much as our family does! Try it today! Print Homemade "Cream Of" Soup Mix Recipe Ingredients 2 cup organic non-fat dry milk 2 1/2 cup arrowroot powder 1/2 cup organic vegetable broth powder 1/4 … Read more

Preschool at Home: Noah and the Flood Bible Lesson

Teaching through Noah and the Flood

Noah and the Flood is considered one of the most popular stories in the Bible. This biblical account is not just a cute little children’s tale though when you think about it. It is in fact, a detailed description of one of the most tragic events in human history, next to Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden. How do we teach the lessons presented to us in the Bible concerning Noah and the Flood to a preschooler? Download a FREE Bible Lesson on Noah and the Flood written with preschoolers in mind below!Looking for more Bible Lessons from Talking Mom2Mom? CLICK HERE to browse all of our Bible-based lessons. Teaching Tough Truths My children and I have been reading … Read more

Charlotte Mason

Homeschool Schedule: Fitting it all in the Charlotte Mason Way

The Charlotte Mason method employs short lessons which enable the student to stay engaged and develop the habit of paying attention while allowing a well-stocked day of lessons.  Many are amazed how many subjects my children study and books that are read in one year.  My children do not spend all day working on school.  In fact, they probably spend quite a bit less time than you may imagine. The Charlotte Mason method instructs class time as follows: 15-20 minutes per subject for grades 1-3 20-30 minutes per subject for grades 4-6 30-45 minutes per subject for grades 7-9 The two most important habits taught are the habit of attention and perfect execution.  Short classes allow you to build the habit of … Read more

Art Study the Charlotte Mason Way

Art Study the Charlotte Mason Way

Charlotte Mason & Picture Talks Charlotte Mason referred to art study as “picture talks.” The students were simply expected to express what they observed or how the work of art impacted them. The teacher’s role is not to lecture but to guide the conversation and allow the students to do the talking.   Implementing Charlotte Mason Art Appreciation The first step is to select an artist to study for a particular time frame. You may select one week by week, for a term or a semester. You may want to select an artist from the time period of history you are studying or simply start with a family favorite. Steps to Conducting your Art Study Select an artist to study. Select … Read more