Book Review: The Brainy Bunch (with my reflections on public vs home schooling)

Our local Family Christian bookstore is closing next month, and everything is 50% off, so I took the kids there last week in search of a couple of children’s bibles.  That search proved fruitless, but I did stumble upon a fascinating book that I was so tempted to buy, called The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family’s Method to College Ready by Age Twelve by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. I reluctantly left it on the shelf, with hopes that our[Read more]

Friday Reflections: To Work or To Play? The Angst of Summer with Kids at Home

When I’m not blogging, life is happening. Here’s what has been going on in my world this week. It feels like I just wrote one of these!  The truth is, I did.  On Monday.  While trying to catch up from not writing over the weekend.  Now, here it is, Friday again, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share how hard this week has been, probably the hardest of the summer.  Now, I know I said the second week[Read more]

Our Summer Schedule and a Summer Kit Giveaway!

photo credit: http://thesharebears.com

Yesterday, I shared our family’s summer theme verse, Colossians 3:17.  It fits well with our summer schedule, now getting underway . . . at the end of June! This summer, we are following a hybrid of two summer schedule ideas.  I am using the model we implemented two summers ago from FlyLady; our camp is simply called Wiley Family Camp.  We use camp terms like kapers (for chores), mess hall (for the kitchen/dining area), and bunks (for beds). FlyLady uses[Read more]

The Benefits of Reading to Children for 20 Minutes a Day

 Life has a funny way of getting in the way of itself.  I am dismayed at the number of life-giving activities I don’t engage in each day, simple gestures that bring a smile not only to my face but also to those I interact with.  In today’s segment of our Life’s Essential Ingredients series, I am looking at how to meaningfully connect with my children through reading to them.  Tomorrow, I will look at another facet of this idea:  Connecting[Read more]

Four Steps to Success with Homeschooling

http://www.homeschooldiaries.com/am-i-qualified-to-homeschool-my-child/

Last week, I began a series on Life’s Essential Ingredients where I listed ten things that I would like to accomplish each day. We have already covered steps for success with the first two Workouts and Worship.  Today, we will look at homeschooling. 3.  Guide the children through their schoolwork. I hate to admit it, especially as a homeschooling mom, but this is the hardest part of my day to accomplish consistently and successfully.  Therefore, these will be the focus of[Read more]

Are You Lacking Life’s Essential Ingredients?

What do you hope to accomplish at the end of each day? Recently, I read an article which made the parallel between planning our days like a chef plans a big meal. Before he can create a satisfying meal, he has to make sure he has all the essential ingredients. In the same way, what are the essential ingredients you need to create a satisfying life? In life, as in meal preparation, I often find that I am missing some[Read more]