How Can a Mama Schedule Creativity Into Her Life?

Note: This column was printed in the June 27, 2012 edition of the Barrow Journal. I’ve been trying to figure out how to write more on this topic ever since my fellow blogger, Renee Tougas of fimby.tougas.net, wrote the definitive e-book for busy moms who want to find time for their own creative pursuits.  How … Continue reading How Can a Mama Schedule Creativity Into Her Life?

Cleaning the House with Young Children

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on June 20, 2012. Mothers of young children often lament how they can’t get anything done.  What they mean by this is how they can’t seem to get the laundry, house cleaning, or cooking done, or, if they do another kind of work, they can’t find … Continue reading Cleaning the House with Young Children

Guess who’s raising tadpoles?

Last week (on June 15th) when my five-year-old and I returned from his mini-camp, my husband and two-year-old surprised us with tadpoles!  They collected them at a stream where they found hundreds of tadpoles.  Most of them will get eaten by predators, so we're going to help three of them along until they mature and … Continue reading Guess who’s raising tadpoles?

Lessons Learned in the Garden

“A new study conducted for Britain's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has found that encouraging children to learn gardening boosts their development by helping them become happier, more confident, and more resilient. In addition, gardening also helps teach children patience and the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle.”   --Quote from an article titled, Teach … Continue reading Lessons Learned in the Garden

“Children generally start out that way…”

Every once in a while I happen upon a wonderful quote that involves children and my belief that they should be free to explore, play and use their imaginations.  If I can, I'll share these with you. I don't usually get a chance to listen to my favorite podcasts, but recently I was driving without … Continue reading “Children generally start out that way…”

A Homeschool Pre-Kindergarten Graduation

{Part 3 of Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio} {Free print out} So after my practice year, recording everything we did, and completely changing my mind about my son’s grade level, I wanted to wrap it all up with a graduation celebration. Why a graduation for “pre-kindergarten”? The main reason I did this … Continue reading A Homeschool Pre-Kindergarten Graduation

Graduating to Kindergarten or 1st Grade?

{Part 2 of Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio} In my last post I listed all the ways that I kept track of my son’s homeschool this past year from June 2011 – May 2012.  In June 2011, I wrote a post stating that I had an official kindergartener, and indeed, we completed … Continue reading Graduating to Kindergarten or 1st Grade?

Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio, Part 1

{Homeschooling without a curriculum} {Eclectic Homeschooling} {Free print outs for your record keeping.} Though I have seen countless blogs on the Internet offering advice on how to keep track of your child’s homeschool, I knew that I would have to come up with my own system or I wouldn’t stick to it.  So I write … Continue reading Recording A Homeschool Student’s Progress: The Homeschool Portfolio, Part 1

My Practice Homeschooling Year Is Over…

What Did I Learn? Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on June 6, 2012. Last week I wrote about the changes in the Georgia homeschooling law, which will go into effect during the 2012/2013 school year. This news was pertinent for my household since we’ll be filing the Declaration of Intent to Homeschool … Continue reading My Practice Homeschooling Year Is Over…