• Get the most out of your library with these tricks and save yourself thousands each year
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    10+ of the Best Educational Gift Ideas for Elementary

    Welcome back to the second installment of my educational gift guide series! Today I wanted to share some of my favorite gift ideas for kids in elementary. Once again the things on this list are things we either own and love or are really high on my to-buy-very-soon list. I could have shared way more things on this list but I wanted to keep it small to make sure I was sharing the best of the best. Here’s the list of the different categories in this educational gift guide series: + The Best Educational Gift Ideas for Toddlers (coming soon! I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t make this list…

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    gift guide,  preschool,  resources

    10+ of the Best Educational Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

    With Christmas around the corner I’ve obviously been thinking a lot about gift ideas for the kids and one of my favorite kinds of gifts to give kids are ones that are fun but also educational. Of course Christmas isn’t the only time we are buying gifts for our kids (or other kids) and I wanted to have a place to share some of my favorite preschool items. The things on this list are things we either own and love or are really high on my to-buy-very-soon list. I could have shared way more things on this list but I wanted to keep it small to make sure I was…

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Four

    A few words I would use to describe our homeschool this week: worn out, uninspired and boring. Ha! Sounds too good to pass up, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, not every week is like this one! Most of the reason for the feeling worn out was due to our two foster boys, I was just plain out overwhelmed this week and that feeling just flowed over into our homeschool. Since we are Canadian I can’t even blame our lack of academics this week on Thanksgiving like my American friends can . . . 😉 Even though it feels like we didn’t do a whole lot this week I still like to…

  • book lists,  elementary,  picture books

    The Best Children’s Books for December

    Here we are at the end of monthly book lists! I can’t believe how fast this year went by! For this month’s book list I wanted to stick with the reason behind this season and focus on books that prepare us for the Christmas season. I am always looking for more great Christmas books that keep Christ at the center so if you have some that aren’t on this list let me know so I can check them out! If you are looking for Advent resources you can find some here. You can also check out a similar themed list (with almost completely different books) I wrote three years ago!…

  • The Best Advent Activities and Resources for Families and Parents
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    Advent Resources for Families

    One of my goals for December is to put most of our emphasis on Advent and the Reason for the Christmas season. I asked on Instagram last week if my followers had any good Advent resources to share and I’ve been doing some research myself and I wanted to share some of the resources I came across. Many of these I have not used myself yet but they have been recommended by trusted sources or come from reputable sites so I feel confident in sharing them.     FOR THE FAMILY     JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE READING PLAN This is so easy and one of the things I plan on…

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Three

    I think we are slowly getting into a bit of a home and homeschool routine with a preschooler and toddler in the mix! Thankfully we all got more sleep this week than last week so that obviously makes a big difference in our homeschool.     OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW   For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids: The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4 The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1 The Preschooler – he’s 3 The Toddler – he’s 1 (almost 2)   + My son did multiple TYCTR lessons this week and even did two in one day! + We got the…