• Independent Books for Fourth Graders to Read
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    17 Independent Reads for Grade 4

    Every year I like to create a list of independent reads for my daughter (and will do the same for my son once he is reading on his own). She never reads every book on the list but I enjoy making it nonetheless. My main goal of the independent reading list is to push her out of her comfort zone. She can read harder books but can easily get into the rut of re-reading all the Geronimo Stilton books. I give her separate reading time during our official school portion of the day to read her current book off of my list so she also has other time to read…

  • Free Creative Writing Story Prompts - fun prompts for creative writing for elementary and middle grades
    free printables,  language arts,  resources

    Free Creative Writing Story Prompts

    One thing I want to incorporate into our upcoming homeschool year that we have never done before is to add in some creative writing. My daughter does some writing on her own here and there, a couple of years ago she was dictating her stories to me while I typed them out on the computer and now she’s switched over to writing her own stories out. Recently she was working on creating a list of characters for a story, it included a family tree and short descriptions of each of the characters, too cute. And while I love that she chooses to write her own stories I wanted to be…

  • Free Homeschool Vision Planner Download
    resources

    Free Homeschool Vision Planner Guide Book

    I’ve been thinking about our next homeschool year all summer and am super excited about it. Even though I don’t like to follow a detailed schedule I do like to make a plan for our year and this year I wanted to take it a step further and create a vision plan. I spent some time working out a series of questions to help create a vision for our homeschool and this year and I wanted to share it with you! The Homeschool Vision Planner Guide book is currently free to over on the Intentional Bundles site – you can grab your free homeschool vision planner guide book here. Enjoy!  

  • The Best Picture Books to Read in August - All About Weather - Fiction and Non-Fiction Picture Books Great for Kids in Elementary
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Best Picture Books for August

    Welcome to another monthly book list! I’ve been slowly collecting books about weather for us to study the topic so I thought it would make a great theme for August’s theme. We went on a little road trip last week and as we were driving home we drove through some spectacular storms and cloud formations. I often bemoan the fact that we live in flat prairie land but it sure makes it easy to see what is all going on in the sky. I captured this shot last week from my seat in the vehicle, it’s not something you would generally be able to get a good view or shot…

  • What We've Been Reading in Our Homeschool Lately
    books,  reading lately

    What We’ve Been Reading Lately – July 2019

    So, weekly this past winter and monthly in the summer I’ve been sending out my book-ish newsletter letting you know what we’ve been reading lately and some other book-ish resources and a couple of really good book deals that I came across. For the foreseeable future I am going to share what we we’ve been reading over here on the blog, but if you like all things books I would still suggest signing up for the book-ish newsletter because I have some fun book related things that I will be sharing there coming up soon!   WHAT WE’RE CURRENTLY READING     THE MOM This has been a slow reading…

  • A Look Inside My Mother Morning Basket
    mother culture,  real homeschool stories

    A Look Inside My Mother Morning Basket

    Last week I asked on Instagram which post out of a few ideas that I had you guys wanted to see on the blog first and my mother morning basket was the most popular response! I do think it is important to continue learning and growing as adults and making a morning basket for myself has been a way to make sure what I think is the most important learning gets done. A big key for me has been to start slow. I started with just two things in the basket and have slowly worked my way up to more and I assume once the weather cools down and winter…