BaseballBooksforKids

Our Favorite Baseball Books for Kids

  In Spring and Summer, we're very nearly all baseball all the time in this family. Since my crew loves the game, I thought perhaps they would love some books involving the game. These books are their favorites, but they are more than baseball books. They're just really great stories. So, maybe they'd be home runs with your gang even if … [Read more...]

Children'sBooksforArtStudy

Children’s Books for Art Study

   "Art is one of the basics for little children. They love talking, listening to stories, and drawing or painting." Isn't what Susan Schaeffer Macaulay shares in For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School true? Put two of those together and I think you have some of the best building blocks for teaching art. I've made … [Read more...]

SimpleSummerLearningPlans

Our Simple Summer Learning Plans

  At the end of each school year, I pencil out a simple, summer schedule. Mostly full of hopes for our summer and a tiny bit of intentional learning. This year, I’m keeping it even more simple than ever before. Because I’ve learned something this year. I don’t want more, I want more in our less. I want to pick some really good stuff and … [Read more...]

AnimalBooksPreschoolers

Our Favorite Animal Books for Preschoolers

  Guys, seriously so many good books in this world! I get so excited when I find some we love and I love sharing them with you. Here are some books we love reading that just so happen to teach us great things about animals. They're like science in a storybook. 1. I Love My Daddy, Because... - In beautiful drawings of daddy animals caring … [Read more...]

10BookstoRead

10 Books to Read (from CC Founder Leigh Bortins!)

  Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who name drops? Well, Leigh Bortins is kinda like that, but with books. In a totally innocuous kind of way, of course. This year I totally lucked out with Leigh Bortins as the featured speaker at the practicum I attended. Throughout her talks, Leigh shared with us books she has read, … [Read more...]

OurFamilysFavoriteAudiobooks

Our Family's Favorite Audiobooks

Our family listens to a lot of audiobooks for 2 main reasons: 1. My littles love them and 2. They learn so much. I couldn't even begin to count the times my littles have quoted a line, asked a question, or made a connection based on a story they've heard. We borrow from the library or buy favorites. When we buy, we usually get the CDs, burn them … [Read more...]

SummerLearning2015

Our Plans for Summer Learning 2015

I'm a find what works and stick with it kind of girl, so it might not surprise you to know much of our summer plans are the same as last year. And our goal is most definitely the same: We're taking a summer break without taking a brain break. All that said, here's what this summer looks like for us --   Math: We're using Life of Fred as a … [Read more...]

TheConversation

The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education

    Over the past couple weeks, I had the great opportunity to read a preview copy of The Conversation by Leigh Bortins. I really don't think I'm overstating when I unequivocally tell you, you should read this book! In the grammar stage with your littles? Read this book - it will fuel your excitement for the future! In the dialectic … [Read more...]

GetThis

Hey, My Littles, Get This!

  If I could, I would say to my littles, "If you get nothing else, get this." I'm not sure I'm the teacher I should be with this, but I do want to be. Reading this book brought me closer than before and reading Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan with my littles has reminded me. Maybe today you need to be reminded of the cleansing pleasure of … [Read more...]

Cycle 3: Week 3

Guess what? Life has gotten very busy - we're moving! I'm so glad I made a plan for simplicity for homeschooling this year.   This week we've been reviewing our history sentence by reading one of the books from our book list, the Boston Tea Party by Pamela Duncan Edwards. It's a cute book with good drawings that traces the chain of events … [Read more...]