Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge (and Carnivorous Plants)

As I mentioned in my last post, we had good opportunities to do some birding on our trip to Mississippi, and this is my eight-year-old's biggest interest. On our last day of vacation, we made a stop at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, and we were hoping to see these amazing birds at the … Continue reading Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge (and Carnivorous Plants)

Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

I'm very happy to announce that I've finally finished a project I've been working on for a long time. It's a new e-book, The Everyday Homeschooler's Guide to Teaching First Grade. I recommend this book for anyone contemplating or currently homeschooling a child between the ages of 4-8. ("First grade" is only a guideline!) This book … Continue reading Your Guide to Teaching 1st Grade

Our 4th Grade Piano Adventures

At the end of May, my 10-year-old marked a full two years of taking piano lessons. In less than two years, he advanced to playing late intermediate/early advanced repertoire. This is quite remarkable, and for me, it finally sunk in just how remarkable this is over the past year. Of course, my husband recognized it … Continue reading Our 4th Grade Piano Adventures

My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects

As I look back over our school 2016-2017 school year, it's been fun to think about what my boys' major projects were this year. For my eldest, it was pretty much piano and gaming. But for my seven-year-old, he pursued many endeavors, and I had fun pursuing some of them with him. Yet it was … Continue reading My 1st Grader’s Ongoing Projects

Project-based Homeschooling: It’s All for the Birds (in a good way)

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~ Chinese proverb In past years, I wrote a lot of posts with examples of project-based homeschooling in our home, mostly because my eldest son was always making things. This year I have written only two! This is because both boys … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: It’s All for the Birds (in a good way)