• The Best Chapter Books Audiobooks and Novels for Grade One
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary

    12 of the Best Chapter Books for Grade One

    I recently shared my daughter’s favorite chapter books from her year in grade four and today I wanted to share my son’s favorite chapter books from his year in grade one! Grade one is kind of a tricky year for chapter books. Kids are learning to read but generally not ready to read chapter books on their own. The books on this list are either ones we read together or (and mostly) books he listened to on audio on his own. I love audiobooks for many reasons, but one of which is how it helps kids who are not quite ready to read difficult books but they are ready to listen to…

  • Homeschool Book & Resource Haul - lots of fiction and non-fiction books for our homeschool
    resources,  reviews

    Homeschool Book & Resource Haul: fiction and non-fiction books we’ll be using in our homeschool

    We’ve acquired a lot of new homeschool books and resources and wanted to show a homeschool book and resource haul with you today! Also, I decided to start a homeschool specific YouTube channel! I will be using this space to share all sorts of homeschool things including tips for beginners, resources we are loving, homeschool day in the life videos and of course, homeschool book hauls. I would love for you to pop over and subscribe on YouTube, that would help me out a lot!       RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS VIDEO   Book Outlet Referral Link – get $10 off your first order Finch & Pine Design Challice…

  • A list of 12 novels that are great for read alouds or read alones for kids in and around grade 4. These are chapter books my daughter read in grade four and loved!
    audiobooks,  book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    12 of the Best Chapter Books for Grade Four

    Back in my short lived school teaching career I always thought grade four was the best age. Kids are still young enough where they liked school but old enough they caught on to sarcasm. It was like the sweet spot as far as ages go. Well, now my oldest is officially done grade four and I have to say, it was a great year! Since we added fostering into the mix this year things looked a lot different than I imagined they would, but one thing stayed the same: she read (and listened to) a lot of books. I asked her to share her favorite books from the year and…

  • How do You Start Homeschooling? How to Homeschool Legally and Find a Method and Homeschool Style that Works for Your Family
    homeschool basics,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    How to Start Homeschooling: homeschool legally and find a method that works for your family

    You have decided you want to homeschool but how do you actually start homeschooling? How do you make sure you are homeschooling legally as well as how do you really educate your children? I will be tackling those two questions today. If you have been homeschooling for years but feel like you are stuck in a rut you may still benefit from this video as I give some tips and tricks on how to find a method that works for your personality and your family.       WATCH NEXT Homeschool Q & A – With My Husband! Homeschool Bookshelf & Cabinet Tour – Sharing Some of Our Favorite Homeschool Resources…

  • The 5 Most Popular Homeschool Methods and Styles Explained
    methods & philosophies

    The 5 Most Popular Homeschool Methods and Styles Explained

    I’m not really the kind of person who likes to put myself in a box (I’m a rebel through and through) BUT I have found it helpful to figure out what homeschool method works best for us. We just finished our fourth year homeschooling and we finally hit our stride in the last few months of this year once I realized that there was a definite homeschool style that suited our family. Today I’m going to share the five most popular homeschool methods that I see people gravitating to these days and what they actually mean. These are very short summaries to give you an overview. My goal here is…

  • The Best Chapter Books for Boys - Great Novels for Elementary Boys - funny and serious novels for boys
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Chapter Books for Boys – Novels Boys (& Girls!) Will Love! a combination of funny and serious books

    Today I am sharing some of the best chapter books for boys (in my opinion). Ephraim loves these novels so they are kid approved too! These novels are perfect for boys but most girls will enjoy them as well! This video is a collaboration with Challice from Sodbuster Living, please head over to her YouTube channel, subscribe and check out her videos.     If you want to see more book lists for boys in the future, let me know!     The Best Chapter Books for Boys   Charlotte’s Web Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of…