Making a Memory Jar

Toward the end of last year, a great idea popped up on my newsfeed: making a memory jar. It’s really simple: start the new year with an empty jar and fill it up over the year with recorded memories, fun moments, blessings counted, and joys celebrated.  At the end of the year, reflect on the year […]

How to Make Snow Cream

Have you ever made snow cream? You might call it snow ice cream. No matter what you call it, it’s super easy to make, and it’s really yummy! Rate the activity: Easy Supplies needed: 8 cups snow 1 cup milk 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions: 1. Gather 2 cups clean snow. Make […]

Weekly Photo Journal

Looking back on some things I wish I had done better on this homeschool journey, documenting it would be pretty high on the list. We have been homeschooling for eight years and have had so many fun and crazy adventures over those years. I cannot tell you how many times we would be somewhere and […]

Free Activities, Lessons, and Printables About Art

This week we’re celebrating art! We’ve got free art lessons, notebooking pages, lesson plans, art history, and even sensory recipes related to art! We also have a few freebies related to other topics, so be sure to take a look to see what works for you. This set of freebies is part of a new […]

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

My son’s birthday was coming up, and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. He immediately said he wanted chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and strawberries on top. Alrighty then! I set out to come up with a recipe that wasn’t just healthy, but that was also delicious. After experimenting with gluten […]

What’s the Difference Between Fine Arts and Crafts?

As a homeschool mom, especially if you don’t consider yourself artistic, you may be wondering what’s the difference between fine arts and crafts. Aren’t they the same thing? The answer is no. They are indeed related and even overlap now and then. But the essence of fine arts is  “a product which is appreciated  primarily or solely […]

Art Class – A Productive Struggle

In a recent blog post on my site, I talked about two simple principles to follow to help art students learn to persist, envision, and become problem solvers: Set your students up for success. Give them a problem to solve. How can you manage the art class to reinforce this kind of learning: persisting, envisioning, and problem […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 1/19/16 – 1/23/16

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 […]

FamilyLand: Where Coloring Is King

Have you noticed that coloring (for adults!) is all the rage right now? It’s likely that you’ve heard about its great benefits! Coloring can help relieve stress, calm you down, sooth frazzled nerves, and help you focus. Besides all that, it’s just plain fun! And it’s something you can easily do with your children whether […]

Free Activities, Lessons, and Printables about Electricity

We are celebrating Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, January 17th, by sharing lots of Free Activities, Lessons, and Printables about Electricity. He was a multi-talented man with his most famous role probably being that he was the inventor of the lightning rod. But he had many other inventions as well, such as swim fins, the rocking chair, bifocal lenses, the Franklin stove, and […]

Ben Franklin – Easy Electricity Science Experiment

This experiment demonstrates static electricity in action. Electricity was discovered by Benjamin Franklin. His birthday is January 17th. What a great way to celebrate his birthday learning about this very important discovery by doing an easy electricity science experiment! Rate the activity: Easy Supplies needed: Plastic Spoon One Teaspoon Salt One Teaspoon Pepper Wool product […]

10 Ways to Motivate a Reluctant Math Learner

As a homeschool mom, you likely have some subjects you prefer teaching over others, and it’s probably the same for your kids. Whether it is because of their ability or interest, most kids will be reluctant to do some of their schoolwork. If for your kids that subject is math, here are some ways to […]

FREE Reading Eggs 4 Week Trial!

★ FREE 4 week trial of Reading Eggs ★ Get your child reading with a FREE 4 week trial of Reading Eggs – the multi award-winning online reading program for 3-7 year olds. Click HERE to sign up for your free trial! Don’t forget to TELL YOUR FRIENDS so their children can also try Reading […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 1/12/16 – 1/16/16

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 […]

Taking New Year Inventory of Your Homeschool

There’s something about the New Year that makes you want to reevaluate your entire life:  Your relationships.  Your priorities.  Your diet.  Your checkbook.  Your sock drawer. But what about your homeschool?  While I realize January isn’t the start of the school year for most homeschoolers, I still think it’s a great time to do some […]

Are We Addicted to Busyness?

I don’t know about you, but lately I feel like we moms are in a competition to see which of us can be the most crazy busy! My family participated in that competition for years! We ran from one activity to another with no down time. Then last year I stopped to ask myself, “Are […]

Bourbon Street Chicken

This wonderfully rich dish is a great busy night meal, but don’t be deceived by the title. There’s no bourbon in here. The dish gets its name from the location it originated from, Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Questions Answered by a Homeschooler: Did You Have a Choice?

This is post #2 of a series in which I answer questions collected for me from the Hip Homeschool Moms Community about what it was like to grow up homeschooled. The first post in the series had to do with my favorite memory of being homeschooled. You can read that post here. Today’s article has […]