Project-based homeschooling: American Elm

Happy Arbor Day! In my last post, I told you a bit about my boys’ interest in plants and how we began identifying all the plants and trees in our yard. Even more so than plants, I think my eldest son is interested in trees, and he loves to try to identify them and propagate … Continue reading Project-based homeschooling: American Elm

Project-based Homeschooling: Plant Project

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, I thought I would write about a project we've been working on for over a year. My older son has always had a special interest in plants. When he was little, he became obsessed with seeds for awhile. Then he had his carnivorous plant project, and we still grow the … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Plant Project

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