How to Make a Terrarium

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 27, 2013. If you’re eager to plant some greenery, but you’re still waiting for the threat of frost to pass, you might enjoy making a terrarium for inside the house. My plant-loving six-year-old found instructions in First Nature Activity Book by DK Publishing, and … Continue reading How to Make a Terrarium

What Is Project-Based Homeschooling?

{Project-based Learning} {Reggio-Inspired} Over a year ago, I found Lori Pickert’s blog and the terms “project-based homeschooling," “project-based learning” and "reggio-inspired" started to dance in my head. What I read on her site echoed my own thoughts on how I wanted to homeschool, but she defined the terms better for me. I think many homeschoolers … Continue reading What Is Project-Based Homeschooling?

Inspire Kids: Take advice from an astronaut…

This video is very short (2:23 minutes), and it's probably more appropriate to show to middle schoolers or high schoolers...kids who are starting to seriously think about their futures. (But I did show it to my six-year-old, and he said he liked it.) I want to post it here because you may have older children … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Take advice from an astronaut…

Amicalola Falls State Park

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 20, 2013. Earlier this year on one of those warm winter days, we made the spontaneous decision to take the boys to Amicalola Falls State Park, which is less than a two-hour drive northwest from Winder. When we got there, we weren’t quite sure … Continue reading Amicalola Falls State Park

Thank You, My Apology, and What can I do for you?

THANK YOU Recently this blog has acquired over 150 followers, and while I know that's peanuts in the blogging world, and the blogging experts say that only about 5-10% of my following actually read my posts regularly anyway, I am still tickled pink that 150+ people have found Mama of Letters worthy enough to click … Continue reading Thank You, My Apology, and What can I do for you?

Inspire Kids: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

I love bluegrass. (Not country music....bluegrass!)  I've had the pleasure of hearing a lot of live bluegrass music in this region I live in, and it just makes me happy. It's upbeat, and the musicians are always happy to play it. Their talent is always amazing to me. (I have no musical talent.) So, finding … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

No Spring Break

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 13, 2013. Last week was my husband’s spring break, so we had planned some family excursions. Unfortunately, the six-year-old came down with a nasty stomach virus, and as I write this, the three-year-old is sniffling and sneezing. My six-year-old was camped out on the sofa … Continue reading No Spring Break

Rockets and the Benefits of Failure: Project-based Homeschooling

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on March 6, 2013. Rockets are all the rage in my house. When my six-year-old asked for a rocket for Christmas, I thought he would fly it around the house a couple of weeks and then throw it in one of the plastic toy bins, a.k.a. … Continue reading Rockets and the Benefits of Failure: Project-based Homeschooling