• book lists,  geography,  picture books

    13 Children’s Books About South Africa

    Today I wanted to kick off a new book list series: books about particular countries. I asked Raeca which country I should start with and she said South Africa right away. South Africa is a country that is very special to us because it is Ephraim’s birth country. We were fortunate to be able to spend nearly six weeks there at the end of 2014 when we went to adopt him. Like so many other countries, South Africa is beautiful with a sad history. Children’s books have such a delicate but informative way that they share history and they are great for readers of all ages. 13 CHILDREN’S BOOKS ABOUT…

  • 6 Beautiful Books, Maps and Atlases for kids. A great way to introduce a love for geography in kids.
    book lists,  elementary,  geography,  middle grades

    6 Beautiful Maps, Books and Atlases to Get Kids Interested in Geography

    I love geography and learning about the world and I have a strong desire to pass this interest down to my children. I want to go everywhere, see everything and experience it all. While this may not exactly be possible right now I am trying my best to teach them about different countries and cultures while we stay at home. One of the ways I love to do this is through beautiful books. In the last few years there have been some gorgeous maps and atlases for kids come onto the scene. And while they may be geared towards the kids I love them just as much, if not, even…

  • Picture Books Set in Paris
    book lists,  geography,  picture books

    Picture Books Set in Paris

    After highschool I lived in England for a few months as an au pair and my biggest regret was not being able to travel very much (I was a broke 18 year old after all). I lived on the south coast of England and was so close to France but never got to travel there so it remains on my someday I’ll visit list. Since we aren’t travelling there any time soon we may as well read and learn about it! France, and more specifically, Paris has been our first place we are learning about in geography this year. Most of our geography learning is coming through reading a variety of picture books…

  • Our curriculum plans for homeschooling grade one and preschool.
    art,  curriculum,  geography,  history,  language arts,  math,  music,  preschool,  science,  spanish

    An Overview of Our Homemade Grade 1 & Preschool Curriculums

    Today is our official start to our first year homeschooling! I have been waiting for this day for about 3 years and I’m kind of nervous that it will all blow up in our faces, I don’t think it will but that fear is definitely there. When I started thinking about what I all wanted the kids to learn this year part of me got overwhelmed and just wanted to buy a full pre-made curriculum. BUT one of the reasons we are homeschooling is to have more flexibility in our days and our learning and I knew that wouldn’t be the best way for us. So, I decided to hack together…