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Rainforest Lesson Activities We are learning about various animal habitats this month, and how the community of animals and plants interact to make each habitat unique. This week we are focusing on the rainforest. Here are lesson activities that include reading, writing, art, and cooking: Language Arts & Science: Our literature includes: Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine-A-Light Book is an amazing book because of the beautiful illustrations of the various creatures. It gives an accurate representation of this habitat. The BEST part of this book, along with the other books of the “Shine-A-Light Book” series is the magic of the hidden pictures. Each page has hiddenRead More →

refresh your homeschool

7 Ways to REFRESH Your Homeschool Homeschooling is fulfilling and enriching. With the ability to hone in on each student’s strengths, specific goals, and passions, homeschooling can be a rewarding experience for students and families as a whole. Yet, it can pose challenges and make you feel defeated at times too. Frustrations such as; power struggles, the uncertainty of how to help a student master a skill, managing multiple students, curriculum decisions and planning, can make homeschooling challenging. So, it is important to remember that every homeschool family can get stuck in a rut at some point. Much like needing to click the “refresh” button onRead More →

teaching kids about good leaders

Teaching Kids About Good Leaders Teaching kids about good leaders is important to set up role models for them to look up to. In addition, it can inspire admirable qualities to adapt to guide others and work more cooperatively with other people. Being a good leader or knowing a good leader are not innate. That is why educating children about leadership is key. What is a leader? By definition, a leader is a thing or a person that leads. A leader can guide a small or large group. Examples of leaders can be those who lead a small group for a class project, a teacher leadingRead More →

reasons why we homeschool

5 Reasons Why We Homeschool As a classroom teacher in the past, I never imagined I would be homeschooling my children. I was not against the idea, but it just never part of my family plan. When the opportunity came for me to work from home for a homeschooling program, I was asked one day by one of the parents, “Do you homeschool your children, or plan to?” At the time, I only had one toddler, so I quickly shrugged away the question, “I don’t right now, but probably not. I don’t have time.” As my daughter grew older, and our family grew, I foundRead More →

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lesson Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lesson Activities Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspirational leader, and it is no wonder that we take a day to honor what he stands for and represents.  In honor of Dr. King, we saw it fit to learn about good examples of world leaders. Our unit focus this month is on biographies, which fit perfectly. Using the Epic! reading app we quickly pulled up biographies on the spot, and were able to read a wide variety of role models that displayed good leadership. To prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are some lesson activities that we incorporated: EachRead More →

teaching kids technology

Teaching Kids Technology Teaching kids technology is important in our day and age. It surrounds us and is a vital part of how things work, is used in daily life, for communication, as part of businesses, and utilized in education. With technology all around us, it can be overwhelming to learn with the amount of various types of technology being developed on a daily basis. Furthermore, it can be scary for some with privacy and security issues. Justifiably, there are concerns regarding the safety of specific programs and software. However, when it comes down to it, forbidding it altogether would ultimately be a disservice toRead More →

organizational tools for moms

The Best Organizational Tools for Moms (This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing products/services through the affiliate links on this post contributes to the success of this site at no extra cost to you. I only share products that I personally recommend and trust. Click here to read my full disclosure policy) Finding an organizational system that’s just right for you No matter if you considered yourself an organized person or not prior to becoming a mom, parenthood can throw your organization skills for a loop. It is hard to stay on top of everything between taking care of yourself, your family, the household needs, personalRead More →

clutter free gifts for kids

5 Clutter-Free Gift Ideas for Kids It is exciting to have the opportunity to be generous and thoughtful when selecting gifts for those special people in your life. It can also be overwhelming thinking about all the stuff that will be accumulating. Holidays are a time to focus on kindness, generosity, and being with our loved ones. It is easy to get  stressed thinking about what gift to give. Sometimes it can even result in giving something or anything just to hand someone a gift. In doing so, we can sometimes add to the clutter of others’ lives. With the kids, it can mean a developmentRead More →

overplanning mom

Confessions of an Overplanning Mom Exhilaration from Planning Even before becoming a parent, I was always one who felt excited receiving my Student Planner while in school. The layout of calendars and lines for to-do lists gave me thrills. Then as a teacher,  the thrill was first purchasing  my Lesson Plan book and color coding the subject headings. As a homeschooling mom, I continue to feel the excitement with my plan book, and our family calendar. Now before you think how dorky this may be, I will let you in on a secret, that although I love planning, I do need work on fulfilling all of theRead More →

Teaching Kids How to Be Kind Explaining Kindness Kindness is not something we are born with. It is taught. Children learn from watching others. Therefore, we must show them and teach what acts of kindness mean. Teaching others how to be kind is not a one-time lesson but something talked about and practiced daily. Even as teenagers and adults, we can still use reminders of what it means to be kind and considerate. Using visuals When teaching kindness, it is a good idea to discuss specific actions that demonstrate the trait. So just saying “You are a kind person” or “He/she is nice” are vague statements and doRead More →