Making Arts & Crafts Meaningful for Young Children

The first step towards making arts and crafts meaningful for young children is understanding the difference between art and craft. CRAFT To craft is to make something beautiful that you will use. To knit a scarf or build a chair is craft, because you will use those items to meet a practical need. One needs … Continue Reading

Celebrating Houdini (Elementary Lapbook)

This week, my children and I are celebrating Harry Houdini, the most famous and loved magician of all time!  Surprisingly,  it’s been over 75 years since the great escape artist passed away on Halloween, 1926. This is the perfect week to remember Houdini, for not just his great magic, but also for the joy and … Continue Reading

Teaching Parts of Speech to Your Child (Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives)

In the early years of homeschooling, it’s all about laying the groundwork for independent reading- you’re going over the alphabet, the sounds, the shapes, and the combinations. For my children, we loved using Hooked on Phonics for Kindergarten and 1st grade, and it really made an improvement in their speech and reading skills. As time … Continue Reading

Homeschooling "On the Fly" (How You Can Teach Anything, Anywhere This Summer!)

While it’s officially “summer” for my children, that doesn’t mean that they are not learning at any given time. If you were a public school go-er like me, then summer means playing, zoning, and absolutely NO school lol. Yet for my children, they march to a different drum .”School” to them is fun, so why … Continue Reading