• The Best Picture Books for May
    book lists,  picture books

    The Best Picture Books for May

    It’s time for another monthly picture book list! You can see all the monthly book lists here. I know we aren’t even halfway through the year yet but I’m already imagining doing a list of monthly chapter books for next year. That would be harder to create though, thankfully I’ve started thinking about it early! Because we live in the Canadian prairies to me May still brings forward images of spring and gardening but the theme for the March book list was spring and the theme for the the April book list was gardening so I had to think of a different theme for this month. With Mother’s Day in May…

  • real homeschool stories

    #HereIsOurHomeschool An Instagram Prompt Challenge

    There is only one more week until the #HereIsOurHomeschool Instagram prompt challenge kicks off! I ran this challenge last May for the first time and had so much fun with it I ran it in September again! I’m using the term “challenge” very loosely, you can feel free to share something for all the prompts or just some of them, no one is going to give you a grade or care if you miss a few days. Last year I found it to be a good exercise to look back on our school year and I found so much inspiration from others who joined in. Because I know we are…

  • A Homeschool Inteview
    apparel & accessories,  real homeschool stories,  resources

    Interest-Led Learning as a Family

    When we first started homeschooling things here looked a lot like school at home. There was a fair bit of sitting down and book work. What we learned about was dictated by me and a bit by the provincial curriculum. Over the last few years we’ve changed from school at home to a more interest-led approach. Our days are heavy on the play and learning to love each other well (because #siblingconflict is a great learning opportunity). And the idea of “learning” being something you do when you are sitting down in a quiet room has gone out the window. Learning is something we do all the time and everywhere…

  • Famous Canadians Free Notebooking Pages - great for learning Canadian history
    free printables,  geography,  history,  notebooking,  relaxed notebooking,  resources

    Free Notebooking Pages – Famous Canadians

    One of the things I love about homeschooling is following the interests of my kids. I am really looking forward to the day when they “know what they want to be when they grow up” (or you know, at least an idea. I’m not even sure if I know what I want to be when I grow up) and we can take those interests and run with them. Raeca has been wanting to create some printables/books with me and so the other evening we sat on the couch and did some brainstorming. We both came up with ten ideas and she narrowed it down to her favorite. The next day…

  • Find Your Homeschool Tribe - a free online (off of social media!) encouraging and inspiring homeschool tribe
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    Come Join the Intentional Homeschooling Tribe

    Over the last few years of having this blog I have heard from a number of homeschool moms who have been in search of a homeschooling community. Often there are not many homeschoolers around them or there are other homeschoolers but they choose to educate their kids in a different way. I knew I wanted to create an online community for homeschoolers that would be encouraging and inspiring. I wanted it to be online so people who lack in-person community could join and I knew I wanted it to be off of social media because I really didn’t want to spend more time on social media.     It took…

  • Lessons Learned From Veteran Homeschoolers
    book lists,  elementary

    Chapter Books for Grade Three

    I was chatting to Raeca about books yesterday and asked her what kind of book list I should share today. (Some weeks I have tons of ideas and the next nothing comes to me.) She suggested I do a list of chapter books for grade three. While I have done a list of grade three read alouds (here and here) I realized I had not yet shared a list of independent grade three chapter books. So, we tried to remember the books Raeca read this year that she really enjoyed. All the books on this list she considers to be 4 or 5 star books.     She is at…