• book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books About Easter (That Keep Christ at the Center)

    I did not anticipate how hard this book list would be to write. There are so many Easter picture books about chicks and bunnies and chocolate but unfortunately very few about Christ . . . And He’s the reason for the celebration! Anyway, I did manage to include some books on this list some of which are top notch books in general. Some of them may not completely be Easter specific but the whole point of Jesus coming to earth led up to His death and resurrection so I’ve included a few books that are a little broader than just Easter. I am looking forward to reading these books over…

  • For the Mama Who Thinks She Couldn't Homeschool *Insert Subject Here*
    real homeschool stories,  science

    For the Mama Who Thinks She Could Never Homeschool Because She Can’t Teach *Insert Subject Here*

    When we made the official decision to homeschool I felt fairly confident about my ability to teach every subject except science (well, I was a little leery about math too, but I already covered that). While science wasn’t necessarily a subject I struggled with in school it was definitely a subject I wasn’t very interested in. I had thought that my husband, who enjoyed science so much more than I, would take over the teaching of that subject, and while he does some sciencey stuff with the kids, the truth is, he has a full time job and doesn’t always have as much time to do the fun experiments with…

  • The Best Picture Books for April - great picture books that include all things gardening and flowers that kids will enjoy
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for April

    To me the month of April just vibes all things flowers and gardening* so that is the theme of this month’s book list. Well, flowers and gardening and Easter and new life – I plan on having a separate Easter book list up soon because every few years it falls in March and that can just get confusing. We have a few garden plants (tomatoes, peppers and eggplant) already started indoors and the rest will need to wait until the second half of May for it to be nice enough for us to plant outside in our garden. But I know people in other places can get into their gardens…

  • Homeschool Mini Planner - includes monthly planning sheets, weekly record sheets, unit study planner sheets and book lists sheets! Perfect for eclectic and minimal homeschoolers
    homeschool planning,  homeschooling as a lifestyle,  methods & philosophies,  minimalist homeschooling,  real homeschool stories,  relaxed homeschooling,  resources

    The Intentional Homeschooling Mini Planner

    Today I’m excited to share something with you that I have been thinking about for quite some time: a homeschool mini planner! I am a planner girl through and through but traditional planners and most homeschool planners don’t work with our relaxed/minimal/homeschooling as a lifestyle ways. I like to have a little bit of planning but also a fair bit of just documenting what we did. I also knew I wanted there to be prompts for different areas of our homeschool because sometimes I forget how much the kids are learning as we go about our daily lives. Enter the Intentional Homeschooling Mini Planner:     I am super excited…

  • 10 Great Read Aloud Novels For Grade 3 - perfect read aloud chapter books and audiobooks
    book lists,  elementary

    10 Grade Three Read Aloud Novels

    This has been a good year for read alouds in our home. We’ve re-read a few of our favorites and found some new favorites! If you’ve been here for awhile you’ll probably already know that when I say “read aloud” 90% of the time I mean “audiobook”. For us that works best, we mostly like to listen at lunch and when we are out driving. Oh, while we are on the topic of books, I took some time this week to organize the book lists on the site a bit. You can now view them by category! Check out the book lists by category: Picture Books Elementary Chapter Books Middle…

  • Relaxed and Minimal Homeschool
    homeschooling as a lifestyle,  real homeschool stories,  relaxed homeschooling

    Math at the Swimming Pool and Our Homeschool Lately

    Back when I started this homeschool blog I used it more to share peeks inside of our homeschool journey and it’s been awhile since I’ve done that so here we are: here’s a little peek into our homeschool lately.   THE DREADED WINTER I first need to admit that this has been a hard winter personally for myself which definitely affects our homeschool. I really want to do some themed studies soon but this winter has felt like survival through the cold was as much as I could muster. Now that things are warming up here on the Canadian prairies I am getting excited to get outside and start getting…