Visit Philadelphia in 2014

benjamin franklin grave

Quiz time. I promise that you know this guy. Who is he? He is often called “the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States” and “the first American.” He may be the most influential American in the history of America. He quit school at age ten (because of […]

Instant Snow from Boiling Water – A Science Activity for a Cold, Cold Day

How to Make a Snow Cloud from Boiling Water

Much of America is experiencing a cold snap, the coldest weather in decades (according to the evening news). I personally don’t remember ever seeing sub-zero temperatures, so this is sort of a big deal. My children, who love to go outside every day – and especially go! play! in! the! snow! - are stuck inside, for skin […]

Organizing Our Homeschool Supplies

How I Organized Our Homeschool Supplies

We homeschool in our dining room. It’s also the room in which I have quiet time and do crafts and dig in the dirt and do macramé and sew and write in my journal and do pretty much everything else we do. We have a lot of stuff packed into our dining room, and it’s usually all over our […]

7 Tips for Helping Struggling Writers

7 tips for helping struggling writers

Grace and I have long used a journal during our homeschool time. When she was much younger, she wrote just one sentence and dictated the rest to me. That worked pretty well. All along, I have helped her to sound out her words and reminded her to put finger spaces between the words and add […]

20 Ways to Get Preschoolers Excited About Math

20 ways to get preschoolers excited about math

I have mentioned before (many times) that Grace resists “school time” every day. Because my earliest homeschool lessons were boring and repetitive (because I was strictly following the Calvert curriculum that was at least a year behind her ability), she associates school time with boring and repetitive. It’s hugely unfortunate, and I haven’t been able […]

What is Rainbow Writing and How Does It Help Emerging Writers?

rainbow writing and emerging writers

When we first started homeschooling, I saw rainbow writing all over the place, and I couldn’t figure it out. Back then, Grace resisted all writing practice, and I didn’t really investigate. Now that Grace enjoys tolerates writing practice, and she adores rainbows, I gave it another chance. A lot of people use the term rainbow writing in a lot […]

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