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Is Your Child Ready to Learn to Read? These 10 Tips Can Help You Find Out!

Teaching your child to read can be a fun and exciting process! One of the best ways to make sure it’s enjoyable, though, is to be sure she is ready to learn to read. Some children are ready at younger ages, and others need a little longer. The age at which she learns to read […]

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Homeschool Field Trips

Few things will break up homeschooling monotony like fun field trips!  And nothing drives home the learning like a visit to a museum, historic site, live performance, or attraction that relates to a subject you’ve been studying.  Often a single field trip will yield the same depth of learning as weeks’ worth of book study. […]

75+ Ideas, Resources, and Printables for Teaching ABCs and Reading

Teaching ABCs and reading can be such a fun and rewarding experience for you and your children! The resources below will help you teach your children letter recognition, letter sounds, and sight words. Also included are resources for teaching your children to read when they’re ready to move beyond ABCs! And finally, we’ve included some […]

The Case Against Full Day Kindergarten: Part 2

I hope this Case Against Full Day Kindergarten series (you can read Part 1 here) leads you to do what is best for your child, where today’s lines are blurred between publicly funded daycare and education. This post is second in a two part series : The Case Against Full Day Kindergarten.  Part 1 discussed how Kindergarten has […]

Nature Ideas for Kids: Take the Fun and Learning Outside

Play is so important! Childhood play and development go hand-in-hand. Play helps children learn more about the world around them and how to interact with other people of different ages. In this post, we will take this childhood play outside! Keep reading to find lots of nature ideas for kids! When it comes to childhood […]

Creating a Culture of Gratitude

Today, September 21st, is World Gratitude Day. For those who follow these things, today is a day to look around us, take stock, and express gratitude. Ideally, it’s a day that should be repeated every day of the year. So much so that it becomes less of a special celebration and more of an embedded […]

The Case Against Full Day Kindergarten: Part 1

It is my firm opinion that full day Kindergarten is not in the best interest of our young children.  Children should be engaged in open-ended and engaging play time to develop their brains and prepare for lifelong learning rather than spending a full day sitting in a classroom.   This post is first in a […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 9/20/16 – 9/24/16

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Thank you for linking up with us on our Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re glad to have you. And if you’re here to take a look around and find some fun topics, good information, ideas, or support, we’re glad to have you too! But first we hope you’ll take a […]

Allergy Relief Using Essential Oils

Most of us associate allergies with spring time, and while the worst allergy cases probably do occur during that time for most people, allergies can continue into the fall.  In a previous post, I discussed how to treat allergies with foods like local raw honey, garlic, and vitamin C.  In today’s post, I’m focusing more on […]

Embracing Our Differences

I thanked my acquaintance for the heads up and closed my laptop. I felt… sick, troubled, confused, and hurt all at once. There had been a meeting in the city. City is a bit of a stretch: Charlottetown has a population of approximately 35,000 but is the capital of our little province in the Gulf […]

Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies

Allergies can arise from being continuously overexposed to the same allergens. Over-the-counter medications address the symptoms of allergies, while certain natural remedies can help to treat the cause. If you are not a fan of taking over-the-counter medications, below you will find alternatives to give you natural relief for seasonal allergies. Local Raw Honey Honeybees […]

Fun and Educational Pumpkin Activities and Recipes for Homeschoolers

It’s almost fall. Soon we will see signs of fall like colorful leaves, yummy fall treats, and pumpkins! If you want more pumpkin-related or fall-related ideas for your homeschool, you might enjoy these articles: Pumpkin Pointillism: An Art Lesson in Primary Colors, 7 Must Read Harvest Books for Young Children, Science Experiment: Use Chromatography to […]

Printables and Ideas for Fall

Fall is almost here! Those who live in the North may already be experiencing cooler weather and falling leaves. Those of us in the South are just beginning to see a hint of fall, and we’re looking forward to the cooler temperatures and beautiful colors that fall brings.  To get ready for fall, we’re sharing […]

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

It’s my favorite time of the year. FALL! I love everything about it – a new school year starting (we homeschool year round, but start fresh again every fall) which means new beginnings and back to routine, the cooler weather, the bold colors in nature, apple picking, hay rides, corn mazes, and yes, even football! […]

Grandparents and Homeschooling

Last week I had an enlightening conversation with an extended family member about her homeschooling endeavors…..not with her children, but with her grandchildren. Grandparents and homeschooling could be a wonderful combination for many families! Our talk got me thinking about how “hip homeschool grandparents” might be a rising trend in the homeschool lifestyle. For one […]

Fall Herbs to Study with Your Kids

Most of us think of plants and herbs in terms of spring and summer. There’s no doubt that these two seasons are the best times to pull out the plant identification books and explore the great outdoors lush with plants waiting to be identified. What we may not commonly think of, though, is the fact that […]

Top 10 Homeschool Do’s and Don’ts

As we begin a new homeschool year (or continue our year for those who homeschool year-round), it can be tempting to feel like we need to be perfect. The truth is, though, that none of us is perfect! Our job is to simply do the best we can with and for our children. I put […]

Fall Yarn Leaf Magnets

Fall is my favorite season.  One of the things I enjoy the most about it is the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.  That’s probably why I was drawn to this neat yarn leaf craft.   I saw this fall yarn leaf craft in one of my family/parenting magazines many years ago.  At that time, […]