Inspiring a Young Detective This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. My youngest son LOVES to play detective. He's a Sherlock Holmes fan, and he enjoys trying to solve mysteries on his own. We searched high and low for a trench coat and detective hat, and lucked out with a nice coat from the thrift store and a Sherlock … [Read more...] about Activities for Kid Detectives
Our teen literature group has been busy all summer, reading some great literature and going on several amazing field trips. We've added some younger students to the group, so we are now Real Teens Read/Real Kids Read. These students are a joy to spend time with, and it's been wonderful to watch how they are making connections to the literature as … [Read more...] about Real Teens Read: The Book Thief & Number the Stars
If you've been following our adventures with our hens, I showed off their new digs in my posts: Back Porch Chicken Coop Tour and Chicken Coop Tour: Surprise Inside! Now, I'd like to show you our chicken playground. The girls have a new sand pit, which they love for dust-bathing and cooling off. We just rimmed it with bricks and filled with … [Read more...] about Chicken Coop Tour, Part 3
This activity makes such a pretty ornament that can be adapted for any season. We made some for our Christmas tree, but they make beautiful decorations for any time of the year. Experiment with colors and textures, and be sure to raid the supplies you already have on hand for this inexpensive and unique craft activity. This project is best suited … [Read more...] about Ojos de Dios (God’s Eye) Craft
I'm honored to be part of the launch team for Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and Her JoyJars by Eric Rees and Jenna Glatzer. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, so it is perfect timing for this wonderful book's release. Never Ever Give Up is the story of Jessie Rees and her ten-month battle with cancer. It is … [Read more...] about Never Ever Give Up
Super excited to have my article featured at Crosswalk. Here's an excerpt -- head over there to read the rest! Does the thought of teaching your young learner how to read make your heart race? I’ll admit that my two biggest fears when we started homeschooling were the prospects of teaching my child how to read and of one day having to conquer … [Read more...] about 3 Easy Steps for Teaching Your Child to Read
I'm a scrapbooker, and my kids love to make scrapbooks of their own. It's really easy to make scrapbooks from items you have around the house and would ordinarily throw away. These little books are a great way to document your kids activities and for them to record their experiences. For kids who are otherwise reluctant writers, a scrapbook can be … [Read more...] about Family Scrapbooks from Scratch
I'm on a quest to incorporate more outside play into our school days this year. Even though my kids are getting older, there's always a benefit to going outside and expending some energy. With schoolwork, media, and Minecraft taking so much of their time and attention, I am actually planning "Active Time" in our school schedule. Pinterest is … [Read more...] about At-home PE Ideas
This humongous spider has a nice little hidey hole in our flower bed. We found out some cool stuff about it when we started investigating to find out what it is: Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolinensis) Largest wolf spider in North America Average 3 to 4 inches long Live in the ground and cannot climb very well Hunt at night, and their … [Read more...] about Nature Journal: Carolina Wolf Spider
What do you do when a stranger moves into your neighborhood? Not just the person you have not met, but a “real” stranger. The type who instills dread into the heart of every parent . . . the dangerous stranger. Kids are commonly taught not to talk to strangers. But when they think of a stranger, they usually picture someone who is scary looking, a … [Read more...] about The Friendly Face of Stranger Danger
Did you see our new chicken coop reveal? Check out this post for part one of the coop tour! Now that you've seen the basics, let us show you around a bit! Amadeus (Ah-mee) is happy you're here! Come on in and take a look around! Here's the opening to the ramp downstairs. Our cozy nesting box and ladder perch for … [Read more...] about Chicken Coop Tour: Surprise Inside!
I admit it, our hens are pretty spoiled! After raising them from eggs, they have become two of the best pets we've ever had, and they are the only pets that actually earn their keep with their delicious contributions to our breakfast burritos. (See how they got started here!) My talented husband set out to build an upgrade to our chicken coop … [Read more...] about Back Porch Chicken Coop Tour
Kali's Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis and John Gomes is one of the newest spring titles from Arbordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell). This cute photo journal style book follows the rescue of an orphaned polar bear named Kali from the Inupiat village of Kali to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage to his new home … [Read more...] about Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue
The boys were swimming and diving in the pool over the weekend, when a surprise came swimming by. We got an up-close look at this bullfrog, who was enjoying the pool as much as the boys were. It was really huge, and filled up both of my 16-year-old's hands! Being homeschoolers, of course we had to take pictures and then find out more about the … [Read more...] about Nature Journal: Bullfrog Surprise!