I Want to Quit Homeschooling

I wrote this post a couple of months ago and am just getting around to publishing it. Can you relate to days like this?   Sometimes homeschooling looks like a family learning around the table. And sometimes it looks like Mom crying in her car outside of McDonald’s with a diet coke, scrolling through Facebook and texting a friend.  There’s no perfect Instagram picture for that, but the hashtag...

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5 Awesome Solar System Educational Apps

These 5 STEM educational apps make studying space awesome for elementary and middle school kids. Our family has tried a lot of different apps (my oldest child loves anything that combines technology with the subject he’s learning about) and we’ll tell you what keeps us coming back to these five.  I am thrilled to be partnering with StoneOak Media, makers of the Rockwell Adventures Solar System...

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Cool Experiments: Balloons and Fire

Can you pop a balloon with fire? Of course! Can you NOT pop a balloon, even though it is nearly touching fire? Yes! We love cool experiments and this one is so easy to set up. Watch this quick video to see what supplies you will need and what happens when you hold an air-filled balloon over a candle flame, followed by a water-filled balloon.  Did you see that? The balloon with air popped fairly quickly but the balloon with water...

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Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

If you haven’t gotten your hands on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or the sequel,  The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, stop reading this right now and go get them. I’ll wait. It really is that critical. My kids have proclaimed these two books their favorite read alouds ever, and that says something because I have read a lot of books out loud to them in my 11 years of parenting and our 6 years of...

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How to Homeschool Gently When Life Takes Over

Sometimes, life just happens. Something consumes us and makes our homeschooling routine hard, even impossible. You have a baby, you’re moving, there’s a health crisis, a money crisis, a death in the family,  the holidays.  Sometimes three of these things happen at once.  Homeschooling doesn’t get done, routine is nowhere to be found, the to-do list unchecked or unmade, the kids have  screens...

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