• Our Summer Homeschooling - Heartschooling Ideal Rhythm
    heart schooling,  homeschool planning,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Our Ideal Summer Heartschooling Rhythm

    If you have been here for any length of time you’ll probably already know that I am not big on schedules. I mean, I’ve created broad annual goals each year to avoid them and my mini planner is perfect for those with schedule avoidance. But I wanted to go a little deeper into my heartschooling plan for the summer. I actually think this is more than a schedule, I think it may be . . . dare I say . . . a routine. Me and routine, we have a love-hate history. I’m not a fan of her but I see the benefits of getting to know her so I’m slowly…

  • Homeschooling the Heart - Our Summer Plan
    heart schooling,  homeschool planning,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Our Homeschool Summer Plan – Teaching the Heart

    Hey guys, so, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now. Really, ever since I shared what did and didn’t work this past year in our homeschool, but I just had so many other things on my list I needed to get checked off and I just barely sent our stuff in to our school division and now I feel like it is officially summer! While I told the kids we were done school a month ago (cause I have that authority) I felt like I wasn’t done until those reports were done so now I’m done for the year too! Except, not really. While I may…

  • Bird Literature Guide - a literature unit study on birds using The Burgess Bird Book for Children
    nature study,  science

    The Best Nature Study Resources

    For the month of June I am sharing a variety of the best nature books and resources over on Instagram. Because Instagram doesn’t allow links in posts I am also going to keep a running list of the resources I share here. If you have some great nature resources to share I would love for you to join in throughout the month over on Instagram, just use the hashtag: #homeschoolingwithnature and tag me (@intentionalhomeschooling) so I can see and share your posts! You can also go ahead and pin this post so you can come back and access it at a later date.     To see the resources first…

  • pond and water books
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for June

    Today I have another monthly picture book to share. We are on to June which means the year is nearly half over! For this month’s list I decided to mainly go with a water theme. Since the weather has warmed up here we’ve been spending a lot of time at a local pond looking to see what kind of animals we can find. We’ve found lots of birds, feathers, lots of bugs, including this awesome water beetle:     If you are looking for some great books to guide you on your water adventures, read on! Plus a couple of oddball summer books that I had to include because they…

  • Just One More Chapter - the perfect shirt for book lovers!
    apparel & accessories

    Just One More Chapter

    Hello fellow book lovers! A couple of weeks ago we got our Intentional Family apparel in and I’m excited to show off the first design “we” came up with! I say “we” because honestly, this was all her. Yes, my eight year old sat down to think of shirt designs and came up with “just one more chapter” and an image of a book. Be still my book loving heart. When the shirts came in (after she immediately grabbed a book and sat down) I took her out to grab a few photos and she says “they usually stand like this” and then poses for me, how does she even…

  • The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls - The Beginning - Book Review - great books for kids who love Magic Tree House
    book reviews,  elementary

    The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls – Book Review

    I am really excited to share today’s book review with you! So, I have one reader and one not-quite-a-reader-yet-but-listens-to-a-lot-of-audiobooks, both of them have loved the Magic Tree House series, my daughter has read almost all of them and listened to tons on audio and my son has listened to a number of the books on audio. If you are wondering why I am talking about the Magic Tree House when I’m reviewing a different book, here’s why: I think if your kids love the Magic Tree House books (as most kids do) they are going to love The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series. I was sent The Beginning, book…