• Fall Nature Study Ideas and a Free Printable Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt
    nature study,  science

    Fall Nature Study Ideas & A Free Autumn Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable

    We are well into fall here in the Canadian prairies and I figured it was about time I shared some ideas for fall nature study. To be honest, nature study is not something I am naturally good at. But I’m trying. Apparently my trying has been at least somewhat successful because a few weeks ago my six year old said “Mom loves nature.” – at least he thinks so! Our fall days here can be hit or miss. We often start getting snow at the end of September but it will usually melt right away or within a few days. The temperature can go from -10C in the morning to +20C in…

  • Memes and Jokes to Teach Your Children Grammar in a Fun Way
    language arts,  memes

    Memes, Jokes and Puns to Teach Your Children Grammar in a Fun Way

    I’m a big fan of grammar memes, and judging by how popular they are when I share them on Instagram, I’m not alone! But let me be honest, just because I love grammar memes does not mean I have the perfect grammar. I’m already worried about all the mistakes I’ll be making just writing an introduction to a grammar post! (I’m sure my overuse of exclamation marks is a very big grammar no-no.) Memes and funny grammar jokes are a great way to learn about grammar with your kids, it’s a way to make an otherwise boring subject like grammar fun. I would be remiss to write this post and…

  • A Look At Our Bookshelves and Favorite Books
    books

    A Look at Our Bookshelves

    We recently did some rearranging in our house and kind of accidentally ended up making a book and reading corner. Previously our books were kind of spread all throughout our house in different bookcases but now they are mostly all together. The only exceptions are that my son has all the picture books in his room, I may end up moving those with the rest of the books at some point. And then we have a few books used as decorations throughout the house as well as our collections of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, I have this leatherette collection and my husband has a set that…

  • The Best Book Lists (Picture Books and Chapter Books) from Intentional Homeschooling
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books

    The Best Books – A Guide to the Best Book Lists

    If you’ve been around here for any length of time you’ll have noticed that I share a few book lists (the understatement of the year). I thought it would make sense to create a place to share some of the best and most popular of the book lists so that’s what this space is! This is by no means an exhaustive collection of all the book lists on this site, I also have many book lists by grade, monthly book lists, seasonal book lists, our monthly reading wrap up and a lot more. You can see all the lists here (and our monthly wrap ups here). I will keep this…

  • What We've Been Reading Lately in our Home and Homeschool - books for mom, middle school and elementary kids - picture books, audiobooks and chapter books
    books,  reading lately

    What We’ve Been Reading Lately – September

    So, apparently when the weather changes here I start reading more. In June and July I only read one book a month and this month I read something like twelve books! Other than the cooler weather I also think Scribd has a lot to do with my increased reading. I’m not even a full month into my free trial and I’ve already read/listened to seven books on there with a couple more on the go and some of the ones I read at the beginning of the month pre-Scribd are available on there as well. I’ve personally been very impressed by the selection. Not sure what Scribd is? Think of it…

  • The Best Picture Books Published in 2019 - so far - part two
    book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books of 2019 – Part Two

    Every year I like to make picture books of the best books published that year. I take my job very seriously and read a ton of picture books. Many of them do not make these lists. Some times it surprises me what actually gets published, there are some truly terrible picture books out there! But there are also some great ones! Earlier this year I made a part one to some of our favorite picture books published this year and today I am sharing part two! If you have some favorite picture books that have been published in 2019 that I haven’t shared on either list, let me know, I’ll…