I can’t help it…I absolutely love Loaded Baked Potato Soup. It’s so creamy and hearty, and the flavors blend together in the best way. And with my Instant Pot, this soup is super easy to make! No more babysitting the soup as it cooks over the stove or in the oven, trying to gauge whether … Read More about Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Soup
I’m really more of a summer girl, but there are things I adore about fall. I love to watch the leaves turn, to bundle up in a comfy sweater on a cool autumn night, to sit around an open fire with friends. One of the things I love most though, is spiced apple cider. … Read More about Crock Pot Spiced Apple Cider
My husband is somewhat a brownie snob. He might say “expert” or even “connoisseur” if he’s feeling a bit fancy, but really, he just loves his brownies. However, I like skillet cookies. (I really like skillet cookies. And he loves me enough to compromise.) So, I set out to develop the perfect mixture of the two! … Read More about Triple Chocolate Skillet Brownie
I’ll be honest: I tend to look at most “self care for moms” posts with a bit of disbelief. I mean, they sound great, but seriously? I have yet to meet a mom who can realistically take time out for a spa day or take a whole weekend as “me time.” I know I can’t. … Read More about Real Life Self Care for Busy Moms
I grew up in northern Wisconsin, and while I don’t really miss the months of snow and ice, I do miss the leaves. In the summer they’re everywhere – you can barely tell there are buildings for all the beautiful trees! And in the fall…oh my word. There’s just something about the cool, crisp air, … Read More about DIY Nature Projects with Leaves
We’ve all heard the common saying: “Boys will be boys.” While there is a bit of cliché in this, there is also an element of truth. Having raised a boy to adulthood, I have seen all of the stages of “boys being boys.” Affiliate links may appear on this page. For details, please see our … Read More about Letting Boys be Boys
Unschooling may be one of the more controversial topics in the world of homeschooling for a couple of reasons:
First, this method is so very different from how many of us grew up that (at least at first) it’s hard to trust. Second, it’s a method that is often very misunderstood. It’s not a method that will work for every family, and that’s ok; however, Unschooling works incredibly well for some, so it’s worth investigating. And even if you decide not to jump in the deep end with this method, there may be facets of it that are well worth implementing in your homeschool.
“Charlotte Mason” is a term that is often heard in homeschool circles, but for many new families, it is a bit of a foreign concept. With terms like “living books,” “twaddle,” “Mother culture,” and “gentle learning,” it can seem a bit overwhelming to figure out.
Never fear, I’m here to help.
Classical Homeschooling does tend to be fairly rigorous, and in a way, it’s supposed to be. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. There is a learning curve for those of us who didn’t grow up with a classical education, but that part of it is actually kind of fun: you get to learn right along with your child, building your skills as you help them build theirs. It does take a level of commitment, though…it’s a lot more difficult to turn to a teacher’s manual for the answers. That’s not a bad thing, but it is something to be aware of.
That said, let’s dig into Classical!
Ahh, Shakespeare. The Bard himself. The playwright and poet we all know we’re supposed to teach…but how? Perhaps you remember suffering through some plays or sonnets in 10th grade English, frantically trying to figure out what they meant for the test. Or maybe you love Shakespeare yourself, but your kids just aren’t there yet.
This book might be just the ticket!
As much as I tried, my son never understood the appeal of studying seasonal things…at least not in season. He had no desire to do anything with pumpkins in the fall or flowers in the spring. As a result, I had a heck of a time trying to find fun things for him to work … Read More about Sign of the Beaver Literature Unit
I couldn’t figure out why it was so difficult for me to write this post…I love unit studies. Researching them, designing them, planning them, and teaching them are some of my favorite things. Why should it be so hard to write about them? Then I realized…it’s because I’ve got so many ideas for units I … Read More about Unit Studies 101